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What good is the pinky of a piece of shit leader who can't even keep his men in line... huh?!
— Kashiwagi to Nishikiyama, Yakuza Kiwami

Osamu Kashiwagi (柏木 修, Kashiwagi Osamu) is a recurring supporting character in the Yakuza series.

He is the captain and later second patriarch of the Kazama Family, the captain of the Tojo Clan, as well as the interim chairman of the Tojo Clan in Daigo Dojima's absence. He is also the founder of the Honest Living Association and the proprietor of Survive Bar.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Kashiwagi has black hair and a tall build. Kashiwagi's hairstyle was initially a slicked-back one in Yakuza 0, later changed into a longer side part hairstyle from Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami onward. He has a noticeably large scar across his nose and left cheek. In Yakuza: Like A Dragon, his hair is slicked-back again, though it has become gray and white in areas with age. With how strong he is, it can be assumed that he is extremely muscular. His tattoo is never shown.

Attire[edit | edit source]

Kashiwagi usually wears a gray double-breasted suit over a white dress shirt, cool gray necktie, a pair of black dress shoes. In Yakuza 0, he wears a teal double-breasted suit with brown shoes, a white shirt, and purple necktie. In Yakuza 3, he wears a pinstripe indigo suit with a much lighter purple tie, and black dress shoes. When working as the bartender at Survive Bar, he wears a gray dress shirt, dark red necktie with small white and red stripes, a medium gray vest with a tattersall pattern, matching pants, and tortoise shell glasses. During funerals or other formal events, Kashiwagi is usually seen wearing a double-breasted black suit and black oxfords with a white dress shirt and a black necktie.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Kashiwagi is a calm and collected individual with a strong sense of honor, but won't hesitate to bring the pain to those who fail to adhere to the strict codes of being a yakuza. Despite being quiet, he is highly respected and Kiryu and Nishikiyama never retaliated when Kashiwagi struck them.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Yakuza 0: 1988[edit | edit source]

As the Kazama Family captain, Kashiwagi is the right-hand man of Shintaro Kazama and a superior to Kazuma Kiryu and Akira Nishikiyama. During Kazama's incarceration, he became the de facto leader of the family.

Kashiwagi, with Kiryu and Nishikiyama, in the Kazama Family office.

As Kiryu is framed for the murder of a man on the Empty Lot, he and Nishikiyama come to Kashiwagi for advice and support. He guesses that, as Kiryu returns from the Dojima Family headquarters, Daisaku Kuze approached him and asked him to sell out Kazama, which Kiryu confirms. He concludes that someone framed Kiryu for the murder, then asks him to tell him all that Kuze told him and in turn tells Kiryu and Nishikiyama what he knows about Kamurocho's redevelopment project. He is violently opposed to Kiryu confronting Sohei Dojima to terminate his oath.

As Goro Majima enters the Kazama Family office in search of Nishikiyama, Kashiwagi stops. After he refuses to give up both Nishikiyama and Kiryu, he takes Majima to the roof of another building to fight him. He remarks on having wanted to face Majima one-on-one. Ultimately Kashiwagi loses, as Majima comments on prowess by remarking the Kazama Family to be breeding 'monsters like this'.

Help for Kiryu in his fight against Keiji Shibusawa and his men arrives as Kashiwagi brings the Kazama Family to the scene.

Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 1995-2005[edit | edit source]

During the first game (and its Kiwami remake), Kashiwagi still holds his position as the Kazama Family's captain. Although he delivered the news to Nishikiyama that he will be awarded leadership of his own family, he later lamented the fact that it was not Kiryu who filled his seat. He served as Nishikiyama's mentor in spite of this, aiding him in running the Nishikiyama Family by sending some of his accomplices. 

When Kiryu, Haruka, Kazama, and Terada are attacked by the Shimano Family at Shibaura Wharf, he arrives with Kazama Family to help. However, the battle ended with the death of Shimano and Kazama. In the end, Kashiwagi became the second Patriarch of the Kazama family.

Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2: 2006[edit | edit source]

Prior to Yakuza 2, following those of the first game, Kashiwagi takes over the chairmanship of the Kazama Family following Shintaro Kazama's death. He is also the second-in-command of the Tojo Clan under Yukio Terada, as well as under Yayoi Dojima, and continues to be under Daigo Dojima as Tojo Clan's Sixth Chairman. The 300 men he gathers in the Kamurocho area support Daigo in his fight against the Go-Ryu Clan.

Yakuza 3: 2007-2009[edit | edit source]

Continuing as captain of the Tojo Clan, Kashiwagi takes over as interim chairman when Daigo is shot. He calls Kiryu, then in Okinawa, to inform him of that incident and later meets him in the Millennium Tower's Kazama Family office in Kamurocho.

He tells Kiryu about his meeting with the other Tojo executives, Yoshitaka Mine, Tsuyoshi Kanda, Goh Hamazaki, and Majima. Kashiwagi and Mine agreed to ask Kiryu to come back to the Tojo Clan and take over as acting chairman, which was opposed by Kanda and Hamazaki while Majima chose to abstain. Further, he reveals to them that the man who supposedly shot Daigo resembled the late Shintaro Kazama, but that he doesn't know any more than that of his identity.

He warns Kiryu to, out of the Tojo executives, keeps an eye on Kanda in particular, and shares his expectation that each organization will try to make their own move. As Kiryu shows him the picture of the man who shot Shigeru Nakahara, he confirms that it is the same man who shot Daigo but questions how he could have come from Okinawa to Tokyo in the allotted time between the two incidents. He also explains that Daigo was possibly shot because of his involvement in the Okinawa resort deal, and concludes that it was likely over his unwillingness to give up the deed to Sunshine Orphanage's land specifically. He tells Kiryu that he placed Daigo in a trustworthy hospital without having told anyone where and decides to keep it secret to Kiryu as well.

Kashiwagi after being shot by the CIA.

As he does, the office experiences a blackout. A CIA helicopter arrives in front of the window and fires a gattling gun at Kashiwagi and Kiryu inside. While Kiryu is unharmed, Kashiwagi is gravely injured. His last words to kiryu are him asking Kiryu to find the man who is working with the Kazama-look-alike, suspecting he would be the one to try and take control of the resort deal and a traitor within the Tojo Clan.

It was later discovered that Osamu was the founder of the Honest Living Association which was used to help out and rehabilitate yakuza members who wanted out of the life or were not cut out for yakuza work, including Arase. Their headquarters is an abandoned restaurant called Kamuro Castle being represented by Ibuki, an ex-soldier of the Dojima Family.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 2000-2019[edit | edit source]

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It is later revealed that he survived the shooting of the armed chopper, but was left in a coma. He then moved to Ijincho, Yokohama where he opened a bar now known as Survive Bar. He chose that name as a reminder of having survived that experience. It is unknown if Tojo Clan is aware of his current status or whereabouts. While running his bar he became proficient in cooking and making both bouquets and Chinese medicine, as Ichiban can craft said items at the bar.

Fighting style[edit | edit source]

Karate[edit | edit source]

The only time that Kashiwagi ever shows his combat prowess is during the fight with Majima in Yakuza 0. As stated below he has knowledge of the Oi-Zuki (though his sheer strength has augmented the technique to send a grown man flying back at least 10 feet). This knowledge implies he has training in either Karate, Jujitsu, or both. He has at least one combo, rush attack, counterattack, etc., all of which do their fair share of damage. He may combo a knee strike into a side kick and a Morote-Zuki. He will also often utilize a karate hammer fist, a jab, hook, uppercut combo, an Oi-Zuki, a right spinning back kick, and a cross, spinning backhand, spinning backhand combo. When one bar of Kashiwagi's health remains, a QTE will trigger. Press the correct button within in a (very) brief period to dodge his punch. Success will result in Majima barely avoiding the attack while gaining Heat, along with Kashiwagi praising the dodge. Failure will result in losing a chunk of health to the Oi-Zuki. It is evident that Kashiwagi is an extremely powerful opponent, as Majima calls him a monster and is visibly tired from the fight. When informed that Majima beat Kashiwagi by Nishikiyama, Kiryu is surprised to hear that Majima wasn't killed from the fight. During his poundmates summon in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Kashiwagi wields a pump action shotgun.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kashiwagi appears to like cold noodles.
  • In Yakuza 0, at any point after the completion of the first chapter, Kashiwagi appears in the background of the cinematic for Judgement -Shinpan- playing the keyboard.
  • Though alive, working in Ijincho, Yokohama, Kashiwagi appears in Daigo Dojima's summon in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, alongside Sohei Dojima, Shintaro Kazama and Futoshi Shimano, with his title's displayed as a Kazama Family Captain. It should be noted that unlike the other characters Daigo brings with him, Kashiwagi's legs remain unshaded. This could be a further indication of him being alive as opposed to Dojima, Kazama and Shimano, as ghosts in Japanese mythology usually don't have visible feet, or have shaded feet to show that they have passed.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Yakuza 0[edit | edit source]

Yakuza Kiwami[edit | edit source]

Yakuza Kiwami 2[edit | edit source]

Yakuza 3[edit | edit source]

Yakuza: Like a Dragon[edit | edit source]

Ryū ga Gotoku Online[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The given height of 185 cm (6′ 1″) is based on the character model's scaling factor within the game's data. For Dragon Engine games, this method is believed to be very accurate (±1 cm). However, this is intended as an estimate, not a substitute for an official statistic.
    • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, PC, November 2020) - .JSON File - "character_model_model_data.json"
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