Yukio Mishima and Hagakure: Bushido that Modern Japanese bookmen practiced

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Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), the representative writer intruded into Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's office in Tokyo and suicided on January 25, 1970. This was well-known "The Mishima Incident." We can explain the cause of Mishima's suicide from different views, but we can also know that behind the incident and Mishima's behavior, there was Bushido from Hagakure by reading Mishima's articles written after World War II. It is undoubted that there is a profound relationship between Mishima's second half of life and Hagakure. I expounded the influence of Bushido from Hagakure on Mishima and his responses, to explain the cause of his suicide from the view of Bushido from Hagakure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-288
Number of pages34
JournalTaiwan Journal of East Asian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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