So one of the things the Yakuza does when you fuck up is get you to cut the joints off your fingers (“yubitsume“). Which means there are a bunch of people walking around in Japan who are missing the last part of their pinkie finger for dumb shit they did when they were kids. Unfortunately, Japan being what it is, it’s pretty much impossible to re-integrate back into mainstream society if you’ve ever had any association with organised crime. And, yanno. Most people can’t regrow their digits.
So what’s an ex-con-trying-to-go-straight to do?
Meet Yukako Fukushima, the self-taught prosthetist who specialises in making fake fingers for reformed gang members. And, yup. Her story’s just as cool as you’re imagining.