(59) After all, Yukio Mishima was exceptional! The overwhelming power of his brush strokes gives the impression of Dostoevskian black magic.

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After all, Yukio Mishima was exceptional! I feel Dostoevskian black magic in his overwhelming writing power.

After visiting the University of Tokyo's Yasuda Auditorium, I finally returned to Hakodate and continued reading furiously without a break.

And finally, Yukio Mishima's masterpieceKinkakuji TempleThe first time, he picked up the

Kinkakuji Temple

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, which were 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, I was no longer dumbfounded. 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 groaned at the thought that this was the kind of overwhelmingly beautiful writing that only Yukio Mishima could produce.

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 I doubt if it is an acceptable text today. I have such an impression. However, there is certainly a sense of euphoria that blows away such doubts. There is definitely a beauty in the language that, although I don't know exactly what it is, I find myself immersed in it before I know it. This was a shock.

The story is told in the form of the protagonist's confession, but it is very sticky! The story is full of intense 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? We will see it 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 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" depicts 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.

What both of these works have in common is an excessive self-consciousness. And a great crime 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 rather, 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 works come at us with an unusual inspirational power.

And I was convinced that Yukio Mishima's "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" is just such a work. This style. This heat! It is a work to be feared.

After all, Yukio Mishima was a giant! No wonder he is highly acclaimed overseas. There was such a writer in Japan.

And here's where I come in.The Grief of a Nation.I read a variety of Mishima's works, including "The Last of the Mishimas," but the most significant for me was Yukio Mishima's first full-length novel, "The Last of the Mishimas," which was published in 1964.Confessions of a Mask."It was. This work had a great influence on my relationship with Yukio Mishima. What a surprise,Yukio Mishima and Disneyhave been connected. I will talk about that in the next article.

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