The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima, book review

The Temple of Dawn or Akatsuki no Tera in Japanese is Mishima’s 1970 novel. The third in his tetralogy known as the Sea of fertility, and extremely late in his writing career. This novel follows Honda once again, and the mad Siamese princess Chantrapa who believes that she is the reincarnation of a Japanese man and wants to be … Continue reading The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima, book review

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