Historical Who is Who

MISHIMA, Yukio

1925 - 1970
Japan
LITERATURE, POLITICS

 

Prolific author – novelist, play right and poet, inspired by the ideals of the imperial Shinto past. He criticised the terms of the political settlement following the end of WW2, and instead sought to re-establish the Samarai Bushido as models to be imitated. He excelled in the martial arts of karate and kendo and he committed ritual suicide to magnify his protest against what he saw as the contemporay government’s ‘sell-out’ of its heritage. Outside Japan, his writings have been especially popular in Italy.             

Life

Writings

Video

Interview with Yukio Mishima (9 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPAZQ6mhRcU

 

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