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Yukio Mishima

(1924 - 1979)

 

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Yukio Mishima Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 24, 2021
1. Yukio Mishima Marker
Inscription.  Japanese novelist, playright, poet, actor and film director whose work blended modern and traditional aesthetics to explore sexuality and political change
 
Erected 2019 by Rainbow Honor Walk.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Rainbow Honor Walk 🏳️‍🌈 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is January 14, 1925.
 
Location. 37° 45.559′ N, 122° 26.141′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on 19th Street west of Castro Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4134 19th Street, San Francisco CA 94114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Del Martin (within shouting distance of this marker); Frida Kahlo (within shouting distance of this marker); Bayard Rustin (within shouting distance of this marker); Christine Jorgensen (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Hay (about 300 feet away, measured in
Yukio Mishima Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 24, 2021
2. Yukio Mishima Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here embedded in the sidewalk on 19th Street.
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a direct line); Randy Shilts (about 300 feet away); Harvey Milk (about 300 feet away); Keith Haring (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. Yukio Mishima (Wikipedia).
'Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio, 14 January 1925 – 25 November 1970), born Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake), was a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, Shintoist, nationalist, and founder of the Tatenokai (楯の会, "Shield Society"), an unarmed civilian militia. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. He was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, but the award went to his countryman and benefactor Yasunari Kawabata. His works include the novels Confessions of a Mask (仮面の告白, Kamen no kokuhaku) and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (金閣寺, Kinkaku-ji), and the autobiographical essay Sun and Steel (太陽と鉄, Taiyō to tetsu). Mishima's work is characterized by "its luxurious
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vocabulary and decadent metaphors, its fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Western literary styles, and its obsessive assertions of the unity of beauty, eroticism and death".'
(Submitted on November 25, 2021.) 

2. Yukio Mishima: The strange tale of Japan’s infamous novelist (BBC, November 24, 2020).
Excerpt: "He was Japan’s most famous living novelist when, on 25 November 1970, he went to an army base in Tokyo, kidnapped the commander, had him assemble the garrison, then tried to start a coup. He railed against the US-backed state and constitution, berated the soldiers for their submissiveness and challenged them to return the Emperor to his pre-war position as living god and national leader. The audience, at first politely quiet, or just stunned into silence, soon drowned him out with jeers. Mishima stepped back inside and said: “I don’t think they heard me.” Then he knelt down and killed himself by seppuku, the Samurai’s ritual suicide."
(Submitted on November 25, 2021.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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