On Hagakure: The samurai ethic and modern Japan by Yukio Mishima, book review

On HagakureĀ or Hagakure Nyuman in Japanese (Introduction to Hagakure in English) is Yukio Mishima's 1967 take on Jocho Yamamoto's (1659-1791) Samurai ethics, which was written down by one of his followers and is known as The Hagakure, which means 'Hidden among the leaves'. In this text the views of Yamamoto were set down and came … Continue reading On Hagakure: The samurai ethic and modern Japan by Yukio Mishima, book review

Spring snow by Yukio Mishima, book review

Spring snow or Haru no Yuki in Japanese is Mishima's 1969 novel. The first in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career. The story is about Kiyoaki Matsugae and his friend Shigekuni Honda. Kiyoaki is the son of an aristocrat which comes from a Samurai family, his … Continue reading Spring snow by Yukio Mishima, book review