Mishima Tribute 2015
On November 25, 1970, author Yukio Mishima made poetry with a splash of blood by committing harakiri after making a statement urging his people to fight the degradation of their cultural identity and national honor. I took this photo in remembrance the 45th anniversary of his grandest gesture, to acknowledge his continued influence on my own work. No one remembers moderation or half-measures. GO ALL THE WAY.
This photograph was inspired by stills from Mishima’s 1966 short film “Patriotism,” in which he played a soldier who committed harakiri, foreshadowing the method of own death four years prior to his suicide.