Yukio Mishima

Buddhist Thought 4Buddhism in India

Buddhist Thought 4: Recognition and Transcendence <唯識〉 - A recommended commentary on the highest level of Mahayana Buddhist thought!

While "Buddhist Thought 2: Analysis of Existence " introduced in the previous article explained Abhidharma, the pinnacle of Buddhist philosophy in Theravada Buddhism (or more precisely, Theravada Buddhism), this work, "Buddhist Thought 4: Recognition and Transcendence " is a recommended reference book on the philosophy of wisdom, considered the pinnacle of Mahayana Buddhist thought. The book is a highly recommended reference book on the highest level of Mahayana Buddhist thought.

In this book, we will first look at what materialism is in the first place and from what historical aspect it has emerged. For us readers, it would be too strict to start with an esoteric idea. Therefore, this book is an introductory book, so we will start by looking at the process of its formation rather than the esoteric philosophy of materialism and get a rough overall picture of it. This was very helpful to read.

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The connection between Yukio Mishima and Buddhism: Where did Mishima learn Buddhism, including the philosophy of Yusama in "The Sea of Fertility"?

We do not know what Mishima actually read when he studied Buddhism, but we know from the article in the complete works referred to here that he read a number of introductory books and arrived at Yudhistra, and that he was taught by Dr. Masu Yamaguchi of Otani University.

I am now deeply aware that I would like to relearn the Yoboku-kyo again in order to better appreciate "The Sea of Fertility," which became Mishima's lifework. This will be an important point in understanding Mishima's thoughts in his later years.

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Yukio Mishima's "Impressions of India" - What did Mishima see and think during his trip to India in his later years? Strong influence on "The Sea of Fertility!

Yukio Mishima spent 15 days in India in the fall of 1967. The route was a forced march around the vast country of India.

In his later years, Mishima had a fairly strong interest in India. This is not an age when anything can be easily searched on the Internet. You cannot learn much about Hinduism without actively gathering information yourself. This strong interest in India and Buddhism seems to have greatly influenced Mishima's literature, especially "The Sea of Fertility.

There is no doubt that this interview article is an important source of information about Mishima's views on India.

Introduction to Behavioral ScienceYukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Yukio Mishima, "Introduction to Behavioral Studies" - Mishima himself wrote about his own self-determination! Recommended commentaries for understanding Mishima's suicide

Until Mishima's suicide on November 25, 1970, almost no one had expected him to make his decision. Yes, many people had noticed something vaguely unusual about Mishima, but they did not think that he would go to such lengths.

But after his suicide, time after time, it turned out exactly as Mishima had predicted in this book. In "An Introduction to Behavioral Science," Mishima's thoughts are expressed directly. I am going to do it. I will take action. I am not just a man of my word.

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Masayasu Hosaka, "Yukio Mishima and the Tatenokai Incident" - Recommended reference book to learn about the detailed process leading up to his suicide at the Self Defense Forces Ichigaya Camp in 1970.

On November 25, 1970, Yukio Mishima and four members of the Tatenokai holed up in the Ichigaya Camp of the Self-Defense Forces, and after making speeches from the balcony urging the uprising against the Self-Defense Forces, both Mishima and Masakatsu Morita committed seppuku (ritual suicide). This book is the best introduction to the background and circumstances of this shocking incident.

The book provides a fairly detailed look at the process that led to Mishima's suicide. I found the explanation of the formation of the Tatenokai, its progress, and Mishima's connection to the Self-Defense Forces to be particularly interesting.

I can't introduce its contents here, but I was also surprised by the number of "eh! I can't tell you about the contents of the book here, but I can tell you that I was surprised by many things that came out. I think my view of Mishima changed before and after reading this book.

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Yukio Mishima's "Music" Synopsis and Impressions - A masterpiece that contains a critical challenge to Freud's psychoanalysis!

A unique work that dramatically depicts the depths of the female psyche and sexuality."

Although this introduction may make it sound like a dubious work, "Female Psychology and Sexuality," this work is actually a novel written by Mishima in which he challenges Freudian psychoanalysis. I read this book precisely because I was interested in this challenge to Freud.

The protagonist of this work is a psychiatrist. The story progresses in the form of a memoir by this middle-aged psychiatrist.

He presents his own psychoanalysis in abundance in this memoir, but he is not with the right person! His plausible interpretations are overturned one after another by the mysterious actions and words of beautiful women. Herein lies Mishima's challenge to Freud.

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Yukio Mishima's "After the Banquet" Synopsis and Impressions - Highly acclaimed overseas! A problematic work that led to a privacy lawsuit

While Mishima tried to depict "the times" in "Kagamiko's House," his current work, "After the Banquet," was written based on the actual election of Hachiro Arita, a politician, as governor of Tokyo.

However, after the publication of this novel, Mishima was sued by Mr. Arita. This became the first privacy trial in Japan, and Mishima suffered a psychological shock following the house of "Kagamiko's House.

However, as Mr. Tokuoka and Donald Keene state, the work itself is undoubtedly very good. This work seems to be highly appreciated overseas as well.

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Yukio Mishima's "Kagamiko's House" Synopsis and Impressions - Mishima's Failure? Considering his turning point feature film.

This work, "Kagamiko's House" is a full-length novel published in 1959. Yukio Mishima won the Shinchosha Literary Award in 1954 for "Shiosai" and the Yomiuri Literary Award in 1956 for "Kinkakuji," and in 1958 he married his wife Yohko.

Kagamiko's House" was written by Mishima with all his heart and soul. Mishima himself states that the major theme of this work is "the times.

In this novel, Mishima attempted to express the Mishima style of "postwar is over" literature by projecting the times onto the four young men gathered at Kagamiko's house. This was Mishima's first attempt at an ambitious challenge.

However, "Kagamiko's House," which took Mishima 500 days to write with all his heart and soul, was severely criticized by critics and branded as a failure. Mishima was deeply wounded by this.

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Masako Notoji, "Disneyland, the Holy Land" - A highly recommended book with an exciting perspective on Disney as a sacred place of faith and pilgrimage!

本作は「聖地」「信仰」「文化」という側面からディズニーを見ていく点にその特色があります。僧侶である私にとってこれは非常に興味深いテーマであります。

はっきり申しましょう。「この本はものすごく面白いです・・・!」

新書でこれだけのことがまとめられているというのはかなり奇跡です。これほどの本にはなかなかお目にかかれません。ディズニーファンだけではなく、文化や宗教に関心のある方にもぜひおすすめしたいです。

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Kobo Abe's "The Woman in the Dunes" Synopsis and Impressions - Internationally acclaimed masterpiece! What is Kafkaesque worldview and international literature?

本作『砂の女』は20カ国以上の国に翻訳された国際的にも高く評価された名作です。

ストーリー自体はあくまでシンプル!ふと迷い込んだ砂丘で、理不尽にも穴の中の家に閉じ込められた主人公。砂の壁に囲まれた穴から脱出すべく奮闘するも・・・という物語です。

前回の記事で紹介した『箱男』はストーリーが難解で、問題作と言われるほどの奇作でしたが今作『砂の女』は非常に読みやすいです。

ただ、阿部公房らしい不条理な世界観は健在です。

文学の国際性ということを考えることになったこの作品は私にとっても貴重な読書となりました。これは楽しい読書でした。