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Purgatory (賽の河原, Sai no kawara) is an underground gambling and pleasure den owned and operated by the The Florist of Sai. It is located in northeastern Kamurocho under West Park, and once the land is redeveloped, under the Kamurocho Hills office tower.
History[edit | edit source]
Purgatory was opened by the former police detective turned private information dealer known only as The Florist of Sai at some point between 1991 and 2005. It is based in an old subway station on a disused line. Purgatory is home to brothels, a casino, and an illegal fighting arena. It is designed to resemble a traditional Japanese pleasure district. Underneath the Florist's office, there is a bank of monitors linked to hidden cameras strategically positioned throughout Kamurocho. He uses these to gather intelligence for his underground information network.
Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami[edit | edit source]
In this game, Purgatory is accessed from a street entrance to the old subway station in West Park. Kiryu first meets The Florist here to try and find out about Mizuki. Kiryu is accompanied by Makoto Date, and The Florist comments about how it was Date who got him kicked out of the force for taking bribes for information. The Florist initially says that Kiryu will not be able to afford his services, but Date implores him to cut a deal. The Florist then agrees to give him the information in exchange for winning three fights in the Coliseum.
Yakuza 2/Kiwami 2[edit | edit source]
In Yakuza 2 and Yakuza Kiwami 2, the Florist leaves Purgatory in the care of Goro Majima after choosing to rejoin the police, and he monitors the city from an office in the Millennium Tower until he eventually chooses to return to Purgatory. While Purgatory is in his care, Majima starts to redevelop West Park into Kamurocho Hills.
Yakuza 4[edit | edit source]
Construction of Kamurocho Hills necessitated the demolition of the old subway station entrance, so now characters must open a manhole cover located in the Shichifuku Street Parking lot to access it. Kiryu and Taiga Saejima are able to open these with brute force, whereas Shun Akiyama and Masayoshi Tanimura must use a special tool.
Store[edit | edit source]
There is a General Store run by the Suspicious Man stood near the Kamurocho Hills entrance.
|Staminan X||1,000||Staminan X slightly charges up your HEAT and recovers health. Popular after a hard day's work.|
|Tauriner||300||This is Tauriner. It only charges up HEAT a little.|
|Black Umbrella||1,000||Like this Black Umbrella? You could probably use it for a weapon. Hell, the boss used to swing a mean umbrella.|
|Tattered Scarf||100||This smells so bad it might come in handy in a fight. Never take it to a club!|
Yakuza: Dead Souls[edit | edit source]
The Florist has decided to make Purgatory a refuge for those seeking shelter from zombies. Characters access the district from a manhole cover in Children's Park and must travel through a zombie-infested sewer and disused subway line to reach it. The Florist requests Akiyama to protect the district from a swarm of incoming zombies, and in return gives the characters information as to the cause of the zombie outbreak.
Notable Locations[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In Yakuza 3, a homeless man reveals to Kiryu where the term "purgatory" comes from. He says that like the biblical myth, it is situated underneath West Park, which was like a heaven for the homeless, and above a group of gambling rooms for the rich that they considered hell.
- The large monitors in The Florist's surveillance room in the original Yakuza game are branded "Kabuki," a reference to Kamurocho's real-life equivalent Kabukicho.