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

On Hagakure 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

#203 – Remembering Yukio Mishima

Death and Night and Blood Ran through the veins of Kimitake. Wearing a death mask of confessions, He oscillated between the crying boy after his Writings had been burned by his father, Which he had crafted by his grandmother's Deathbed, and the strong man Who disembowelled himself for the Honour of the Sun-God: the Emperor. Not … Continue reading #203 – Remembering Yukio Mishima