Yukio Mishima's "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" Synopsis and Impressions - "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Must Be Burnt". A Young Monk's Ruin and Inner Vortex

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Synopsis and Thoughts on Yukio Mishima's Masterpiece "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" - "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Must Be Burned". A young monk's ruin and inner whirlpool

The book introduced here is "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" by Yukio Mishima, published by Shinchosha in 1956.

Let's take a quick look at the book.

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The Golden Pavilion must be burned--. The "confession" of a young man leading to ruin.
Mishima's most read works. It is also internationally acclaimed. New Commentary] Riku Onda


Beauty is ...... aesthetic is already a vindictive enemy for me." For Mizoguchi, a learned monk suffering from a stutter and an ugly appearance, the Golden Pavilion was beauty itself, transcending the world. Then why did he burn his admiration? Inspired by the real-life Kinkakuji arson case, the 31-year-old Mishima entrusted his entire inner self to this immortal masterpiece. Herein lies the greatest principle that pervades Mishima's literature: "the negation of phenomena and the affirmation of ideas," depicted through the images of blood and flames.
Detailed notes on terms and historical background are included at the end of the book, as well as commentary by Shoichi Saeki, Mitsuo Nakamura, and Riku Onda, and a chronology.

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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" is Yukio Mishima's well-known masterpiece.

I picked up this book from Shuhei Kosaka, whom I mentioned in my last article.The Zenkyoto Generation as an Ideology."was the catalyst.

I originally picked up a copy of "Zenkyoto Generation as an Ideology" after learning about the 1971 student armed uprising in Sri Lanka, but it was also the presence of Yukio Mishima that I came across while learning about the student conflict in Japan. Speaking of Zenkyoto and Yukio Mishima, a movie titled "Mishima Yukio vs. Todai Zenkyoto - 50 Years of Truth" was recently released and has become a hot topic.

When considering Japanese thought and the trends of the times, Yukio Mishima cannot be excluded.

And I had always wanted to read Yukio Mishima's works someday.

I was in Rome last year in 2022. The Italian guide who took care of me at that time said to me, "Yukio Mishima is wonderful. His style of writing is very beautiful. If you like Dostoevsky, you will love it.

To my surprise, I had the curious experience of being recommended Yukio Mishima by an Italian. As a lover of Dostoevsky, I was strongly motivated to read this book.

However, with the writing of travelogues and Buddhist studies that followed, I was unable to find the right time to start working on Mishima's literature, but now it seems that the time has finally come. The unexpected intersection of Yukio Mishima with the Sri Lankan Buddhist tradition is an opportunity not to be missed. There is no way to miss this opportunity. I have decided to read all of Mishima's works at once.

However, I thought that it might be too difficult to dive into Mishima's literature, so I first picked up a guidebook titled "Bungo Navi: Mishima Yukio" published by Shinchosha.

This book is just excellent! It is compact, yet provides an easy-to-understand summary of Yukio Mishima's life and its characteristics!

I really appreciate this attempt by Shinchosha. It is an excellent gateway to the great writers, whom we tend to avoid because they seem difficult. The book explains in great detail what is interesting and great about the masterpieces of the great writers, and which works are recommended to read first. I appreciate that there are no difficult literary or philosophical discussions. I applaud this book for making it easy for anyone to get started.

And one more book.

I also recommend "What Did Yukio Mishima Leave Behind?" by Shukun Sakurai, published by Kizuna Publishing in 2020. I was able to learn about the figure that I know only because the author had a close relationship with Yukio Mishima in this book.

After learning about Yukio Mishima and the flow of his works roughly from these introductory books, I finally started on his masterpiece, "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

This was my first Mishima film. It was a tense moment.

From an early age, my father often told me about the Golden Horn."

The story begins with these words.

Where does Mishima's unique style of writing begin? Where does he find the beauty that is admired around the world?

I read carefully through the opening words, spoken in a matter-of-fact manner.

Then, lo and behold, on the first two pages, a beautiful description appeared that struck me.

Maizuru Bay was located one and a half ri to the west of Shiraku Village, but the sea was blocked by mountains. However, there was always a sense of the sea in the air. When the sea was stormy, many ogres would escape from the village and land in the rice paddies.

Shinchosha, Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, p. 6

But there has always been something of a sea premonition hovering over this land."

What an expression! At this point, I began to sense the intense style of Mishima's literature.

And there is no end in sight for the Mishima style in the future.

One of the most memorable passages is the following.

It just so happened that the institutional school uniforms had been taken off and hung over the white penkipainted fence. Pants and a shirt of white underwear. They were ...... right next to the flowers, giving off the smell of sweaty young skin. The bees had mistakenly rested their wings on the flowers of these white, glowing shirts. His cap, decorated with gold braid, hung on one of the fences, just as it had on his head, correctly and conspicuously. He was challenged by his juniors to the back ring,rikishisumo wrestlerThe first time I went to the

The shedding of these things gave the impression of a cemetery of honor. The abundance of flowers in May reinforced this impression. In particular, the cap, with its jet-black eaves, and the leather belt and dagger that hung on its side, were detached from his body, and instead radiated a lyrical beauty, as complete and ...... ...... as the memories themselves, which seemed to be the relics of a young hero. It was a relic of a young hero.

Shinchosha, Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, p. 11-12

How could they have put so many beautiful words together? EspeciallyThe leather belt and dagger that hung beside him, detached from his body, took on a lyrical beauty that was as complete ...... as the memory itself: the relic of a young hero."The expression, "I am a very beautiful writer! I was astonished at the overwhelmingly beautiful writing that only Yukio Mishima could have done.

In the commentary by Riku Onda at the end of the book, he had this to say about Mishima's beautiful writing style. This was also wonderful and made me doubly groan.

There is a phenomenon in the world in which an image is so prevalent and so widely known that the original is more like a copy than a copy of the original. It is like going to a famous sightseeing spot and thinking, "This looks like a postcard," or seeing a famous Western painting in a museum for the first time in Japan and thinking, "This is just like a textbook.

Whenever I see the Golden Pavilion, I always think "it looks like a plastic model". I always think that there is a "model of the Golden Pavilion," even though it should be the original. In addition, the smell of the paint that my brother used to paint on the plastic model comes back to my nose.

Yes, to be honest, the Kinkakuji temple is too "papier-mâché". To be more precise, it is more like a piece of calligraphy. It smells somehow suspicious and false. You could even say that it is theatrical. And this is exactly how I feel about Yukio Mishima's works.

Yukio Mishima's writing somehow smells of gold paint. His writing is so perfect and beautiful that no one can imitate it (and when you think about it, it seems impossible to describe it any other way), so it glides smoothly, without any clinging. It is just like the Golden Pavilion, which is always so spotless and shining that you would never feel the urge to "smudge" it.

This is why "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" could not have been written by anyone other than Mishima, and why it is naturally his masterpiece. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" is probably the most fortunate work in the history of Japanese literature in that the thing to be written and the person to write it coincided exactly. The gold (truth) emerged as a result of the most perfect timing of the meeting of two superb "hariboje".

Shinchosha, Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, p. 369-370

Yukio Mishima's writing somehow smells of gold paint. His writing is so perfect and beautiful that no one can imitate it (and when you think about it, it seems impossible to describe it any other way).

Yes, that is exactly what it is!

How is it possible to write such sentences? How can he come up with such expressions? The style of writing is so beautifully decorated that it could even be described as excessive!

The writing is so overwhelmingly beautiful that no one who wants to write could possibly feel more defeated.

At the same time, this is not my ideal text, and if you ask me if it is an acceptable text in today's world, I doubt it. I have such an impression. However, there is certainly a sense of euphoria that blows away such doubts. I don't know about you, but there is definitely a beauty in the language that makes you feel immersed before you know it. This was a shock.

The story is told in the form of the protagonist's confession, and it is very sticky! The story is filled with a strong sense of self-consciousness. I am different from others. He is proud of it, and it has become his identity.

The inner life of a young monk who is so out of control that he can no longer help himself is told in this work.

We must burn the Golden Pavilion."

Why did the young monk have to think so? That is what we will see from his childhood to his decision.

And as I was reading this work, it occurred to me that "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" is Dostoevsky'sCrime and Punishment."The idea was that the work might be a counterpart to the

The commentary on "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" also mentions Dostoevsky'sThe Brothers Karamazov.There was a reference to "Crime and Punishment," which for me strongly reminded me of the image of "Crime and Punishment.

This is because "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" is about the psychological situation of a self-conscious young monk who burns down the Golden Pavilion, while "Crime and Punishment" is about the psychological struggle of an intelligent poor student after he murders an old woman moneylender.

The common denominator in both of these works is excessive self-consciousness. And a great sin that shakes the world.

In Crime and Punishment, the protagonist kills an old woman and her sister with an axe.

And Yukio Mishima used the Kinkakuji Temple, which was actually set on fire and burned down in 1950, as the subject of his novel.

Kinkaku Shariden immediately after the fireWikipedia.

In both works, an enormous, irrevocable crime is linked to one young man's intense self-consciousness.

Unlike "Crime and Punishment," "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" does not depict what happens after the incident. However, because it is not depicted, there is a lingering feeling, or room for imagination. The fact that "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" does not depict the aftermath of the arson may be one of the characteristics of this work. I have experienced a strange persistence after reading this work. It is not the end of the story. Even days after reading it, the novel's unusual power to inspire persists, and even now I find myself asking myself, "What was that all about?

I once called Crime and Punishment "Dostoevsky's black magic. Dostoevsky's work strikes us with a strange and inspirational force.

And I was convinced that "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" by Yukio Mishima is just such a work. This style. This heat...! It is a fearsome work. I look forward to reading more of Yukio Mishima's works.

Well - it was a tremendous piece of work.

It was also very significant for me to be able to read this work at this time. It was a wonderful reading that allowed me to come into contact with the spirit of the times and the thoughts of the giant human being that was Yukio Mishima at that time.

I would highly recommend this work.

The above is a summary and impression of Yukio Mishima's "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" - "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion Must Be Burned. A Young Monk's Ruin and Inner Vortex".

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