Why Yakuza Chop Fingers

28/5/2004

Why Yakuza chop fingers

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— Giacomo @ 10:55

[Joy Ito: Chopping pinkies and swords grips](http://joi.ito.com/archives/2004/05/28/chopping_pinkies_and_swords_grips.html):
>The proper grip of a Japanese sword relies on a grip focused on the pinkie of the left hand. Today, I learned that the tradition of chopping the left pinkie as punishment for disgrace was based on this fact. Without a left pinkie, it’s quite difficult to grip a Japanese sword.

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