Yukio Mishima

Japanese author (1925–1970)
In this Japanese name, the family name is Mishima.

Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio, January 14, 1925–November 25, 1970)[1] was a Japanese writer, poet, playwright, actor and film director.[2] One of his close friends was Yasunari Kawabata. On November 25, 1970, he tried to make a coup d'état for military force but in vain and killed himself via seppuku.

Yukio Mishima
Yukio Mishima, 1956
Japanese name
Kanji三島 由紀夫
Hiraganaみしま ゆきお
Katakanaミシマ ユキオ

Early life


Mishima studied at the elite Peers School (学習院, Gakushuin).[2] When he was child, he stuttered.

In 1941, Mishima wrote his first notable story. In Hanazakari no Mori (花ざかりの森, "The Forest in Full Bloom"), he described a feeling that his ancestors lived within him.

Mishima graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1947.



Mishima worked in the Japanese Ministry of Finance. At the same time, he was writing.[3]

In 1949, he published his first major novel, Confessions of a mask.[2]

Selected works


In a summary based on writings by and about Yukio Mishima, OCLC/WorldCat lists roughly 1,700+ works in 4,400+ publications in 40+ languages and 56,600+ library holdings.[4]

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  • Confessions of a mask, 1949
  • The sound of waves, 1952
  • The temple of the golden pavilion by Yukio Mishima, 1956
  • The sailor who fell from grace with the sea, 1959
  • After the banquet, 1960
  • Death in midsummer, and other stories, 1966
  • Spring snow, 1968
  • Runaway horses, 1969
  • The temple of dawn, 1969
  • The decay of the angel, 1971


Mishima's grave
  1. Yukio Mishima was the writer's name used by Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Mishima Yukio" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 640.
  3. Shabecoff, Philip. "Mishima: A Man Torn Between Two Worlds," New York Times. November 26, 1970; retrieved 2012-6-8.
  4. WorldCat Identities: Mishima, Yukio 1925-1970; retrieved 2012-6-8.

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