Someone bold enough to snap shots of the mafia could easily find himself swimming with the fishes. But for one Belgian photographer, a Yakuza family in Japan actually allowed him access for two years. From the images and stories that emerged, a very different picture gets painted from the one depicted on the big screen. Oh, there’s still the wild tattoos and missing fingers, but there’s also a level of sophistication and respect you might not expect. Here’s a look at Anton Kusters’s work.

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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