Episode 104 – The Patriot

This week: did the postwar period destroy the soul of Japanese culture? Mishima Yukio certainly thought so. We’ll explore his life, his career, and the unusual manner of his untimely death this week!

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Inose, Naoki. Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima.

Mishima, Yukio. The Way of the Samurai: Yukio Mishima on Hagakure in Modern Life.

Nathan, John. Japan Unbound.

Nathan, John. Mishima: A Biography.

Images

Mishima as a child. His early life was rather traumatic, torn between an aristocratic grandmother who wanted him to be a literary achiever and a father who was worried that his son would grow up to be weak.
Mishima as a child. His early life was rather traumatic, torn between an aristocratic grandmother who wanted him to be a literary achiever and a father who was worried that his son would grow up to be weak.
Mishima during the prime of his career.
Mishima during the prime of his career.
Barakei, the photobook Mishima did with Hosoe Eiko, really is something.
Barakei, the photobook Mishima did with Hosoe Eiko, really is something.
It's quite something indeed.
It’s quite something indeed.
Mishima Yukio (below) with fellow right-winger and author Ishihara Shintaro, who would go on to be the Mayor of Tokyo.
Mishima Yukio (below) with fellow right-winger and author Ishihara Shintaro, who would go on to be the Mayor of Tokyo.
Mishima during the fateful 9/25/70 "coup attempt". After the SDF refused to support him, Mishima retreated back inside the SDF HQ building in Ichigaya and took his own life.
Mishima during the fateful 9/25/70 “coup attempt”. After the SDF refused to support him, Mishima retreated back inside the SDF HQ building in Ichigaya and took his own life.
Some have suspected that Mishima's short story Patriotism -- which was eventually made into a movie, as shown here -- depicted his intentions from the beginning.
Some have suspected that Mishima’s short story Patriotism — which was eventually made into a movie, as shown here — depicted his intentions from the beginning.
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