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Friday, July 18, 2008

Yukio Mishima

One of the writers I became interested in when I was in my twenties was Yukio Mishima. His work filled me with fascination, but even more fascinating was his life and the various biographies that I read about him. For a while I was obsessed with Mishima. When he was a young man he began bodybuilding, and he developed his strength with intensive gym workouts. He wrote about the world of the samurai, a warrior class that lives by a code that focuses on honor, patriotism, and swords. In fact, the study of swords is a time-honored Asian practice, leading to enlightenment. Moderns interested in this art may wish to visit Rubis. I will have more to say about Mishima in future posts and on my blog Ars Artiste.

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