Historical Who is Who
1925 - 1970
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.
Interview with Yukio Mishima (9 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPAZQ6mhRcU