YUKIO MISHIMA EXHIBITION - PHOTOS, MANUSCRIPTS, MEMORABILIA Kanagawa Museum 2005
YUKIO MISHIMA EXHIBITION CATALOG including Manuscripts, Books, Photos, and Personal Memorabilia. The exhibition, YUKIO MISHIMA DRAMATIC HISTORY, was held at the Kanagawa Modern Literature Museum in 2005. The catalog was published by the Museum in conjunction with the exhibition. First Edition. TEXT IN JAPANESE.
Softcovers, 7x10 inches, 63 pages plus a fold-open "Chronology" of Mishima's life and works at the rear. FULLY ILLUSTRATED.
FINE condition, tight, bright, clean and unmarked.
About the Exhibition (translated from the Introductory page)::
******This year marks the 80th anniversary of Yukio Mishima's birth and the 35th anniversary of his death. Mishima lived through the turbulent Showa period of war, defeat, reconstruction, and rapid economic growth. In 1970, at the age of 45, Mishima committed suicide. The Yukio Mishima exhibition was first held by Mishima himself in 1970, just before his death, and the second was in 1979, so this is the first time in 26 years that it has been held. This exhibition is a comprehensive introduction to Yukio Mishima's life and works. The exhibition focuses on historical materials, but also includes many recently discovered materials. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the many people and organizations who submitted their works and provided their cooperation in organizing this exhibition.******
About YUKIO MISHIMA (from Wikipedia):
******Kimitake Hiraoka, aka Yukio Mishima, b.1925 d.1970, was a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, Shintoist, nationalist, and founder of the Tatenokai / Shield Society. Mishima is considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.
Mishima's political activities made him a controversial figure, and he remains so today. From his mid 30s, Mishima's right wing ideology and reactionary beliefs were increasingly evident. Mishima formed the Tatenokai for the avowed purpose of restoring sacredness and dignity to the Emperor of Japan. On 25 November 1970, Mishima and four members of his militia entered a military base in central Tokyo, took its commandant hostage, and unsuccessfully tried to inspire the Japan Self-Defense Forces to rise up and overthrow Japan's 1947 Constitution (which he called "a constitution of defeat"). After his speech and screaming of "Long live the Emperor!", he committed seppuku.******