Yukio Mishima

(January 14th, 1925 — November 15th, 1970)

Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威) wrote under the pen name Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫). He was a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, and film director. Famously, Mishima founded the Tatenokai, a civilian militia determined to restore power to the Japanese Emperor.

Considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century, Mishima was nominated for the 1968 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Much of Mishima’s personal life was controversial, and he is still a contested figure today. Ideologically, he was a right-wing nationalist, and he committed seppuku after a failed attempt to overturn the 1947 Constitution.

Yukio Mishima is a book author.

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