Kids all over the southern tip of Japan’s main island Honshu are waking up to the sad news that their Halloween has been cancelled. The city of Kobe, aside from being home to some of the most amazing wagyu cattle and their marbled-to-perfection meat, is also home to some of the sweetest gangsters this side of the eternal fire. The Yamaguchi-gumi, a faction of the Yakuza, have recently been in turmoil owing to an epic split in the members, and the effects have taken their toll on their annual Halloween celebration.
Halloween Has Been Cancelled
Each year these gangsters host an event whereby the kids of the city come and practice their extortion skills on some real Yakuza. They usually open up an area where they gift youngsters snacks, sweets and other awesome presents. As long as they kept their mouths shut. Well, not really. It was basically a pretty effective PR exercise. This year, however, the rising tension has meant that the Yamaguchi-gumi didn’t want to risk any kids being hurt, so have categorically decided to cancel the event. Such a shame. Such sweethearts.
Despite our sarcasm, it is worth noting that this faction of the Yakuza has a good humanitarian streak, having provided aid, financial support and shelter to local residents after the infamous Kobe earthquake in 1995 and Fukushima accident of 2011. So hats off to them on that front.
But Kobe’s kids will still be upset at the cancelled event. In a press release, the Yamaguchi-gumi announced the decision in the most courteous manner possible:
Every year on October 31st, as per custom, we have held a Halloween [event], but this year, due to various circumstances, the event has been called off. We realize this is causing great regret to those parents and children who looked forward to this, but next year we absolutely will hold the event, so please look forward to it. In great haste, we humbly inform you of this.
The struggle, is in fact, real. But at least we can look forward to the 2016 edition of this awesome-sounding party!
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