Greg Johnson, editor of Counter-Currents, posted a brief remembrance of Yukio Mishima earlier this year.
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Note on this Thanksgiving feast day, as you carve at your turkeys and hams, that on November 25th, 1970, Yukio Mishima cut his stomach open.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the day he embraced the Octopus of Death.
He sacrificed himself for strength and beauty, for Tradition, for art.
He opened his belly to show the world that his indomitable soul would not be conquered by life.
He asked, “Would you live and let the spirit die?”
And boldly, he answered. He spilled his guts.
Sincerity. He meant what he said. He lived what he wrote.
He took a stand against time and registered his protest against an emasculated, vanquished future.
Thank you, Mishima, for rejecting hollow, materialistic technocracy.
Thank you, Mishima, for making poetry with a splash of blood.
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People have been asking me if I was going to make these available for a while. I silk-screened the original batch myself, but I don’t want to get into keeping an inventory of these or shipping them out, so I decided to upload the image to zazzle.com and make it available that way.
Please excuse the models.
The shirts are only available for men.I would suggest light heather grey or white – I can’t predict how the design will show up on darker colors. The grey/black ringer t-shirt looks like a good bet.
I’ve read this piece by Rollins a few times over the years, and it is relevant here for both the weightlifting angle and the Mishima quote. It’s inspired a lot of people. It’s Rollins’ own Sun and Steel.
Normally I wouldn’t post a complete essay a man wrote without his permission, but a quick search shows that this has been reprinted and reposted so many times that it seems as though it is OK. If Mr. Rollins objects, I’d be happy to take it down…I don’t think I want to fight him…
Complete essay after the jump:
The photographer who took the famous “Ordeal by Roses” shot of Mishima will be having an exhibition in June at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan.
and on Wikipedia
Here’s an article about another exhibition that too place a few years ago.
Japan Times: EIKOH HOSOE
Photographer chronicles an alternate Japanese history
I wasn’t aware that David Bowie was at one time a Yukio Mishima fan, but this blog cites the following quote from Thomas Newton Howard, accompanied by the image above.
THOMAS NEWTON SEABROOK: “Bowie now read and enthused – in typically vociferous fashion – about art, literature, and classical music; painting, previously an intermittent distraction, became a full-time hobby. Many of his own artworks – which included a giant expressionist portrait of the Japanese author and nihilist Yukio Mishima – hung from the walls of his Berlin apartment.”