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Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: Harakiri of Olympic Samuri

Olympic Games Tokyo 2021: Harakiri of Olympic Samuri

The character, who oversaw the criminal, attempted to stage a coup by invading the headquarters of the Tokyo Self-Defense Forces.

Yukio Mishima.EFE

Yukio Mishima He gave three cheers to the emperor before inserting a five centimeter dagger into his stomach. Then, holding the sharp bladed dagger in his right hand, he ran seven and a half centimeters across the abdomen, opening the wound. Without removing the steel from his body, he asked for his lieutenant to behead him with a seventeenth-century katana, which belonged to his family. lieutenant, Masakatsu Morita, I missed the blow twice because of nerves. Embarrassed, he gave the sword to another companion, masayoshi koga, which in one stroke cleanly severed the head from Mishima’s trunk.

Minutes earlier, leaning on the balcony of a military barracks in Tokyo, Mishima sent his last words to the Japanese soldiers who were listening to him: “I see you will not rebel. My dream has failed. Salute to the Emperor now.” Do it.” His coup had failed.

Mishima believed that by offering his body in high sacrifice in honor of a bygone era, he would raise awareness among his compatriots, in a revolution to reintroduce the traditional virtues of the old Japanese Empire. Will get up He was wrong again. But his ‘seppuku’, the ritual of suicide, the tragic ceremonial self-immolation, known in the West suicide, affected the whole world.

Japanese writer on November 25, 1970 Yukio Mishima, was done. He was 45 years old. It was not an impulsive suicide, but the culmination of a literary work that was a preparation for the ritual of his own death.

Mishima was a writer with a nihilistic sensibility, outgoing and critical, but full of trauma and engaged in traditional values ​​coupled with an obsession with the meaning of death.

a long range fighter

The author embodied the contradictions of a Japanese nation that had gone from a feudal society to a first-order military power. Mishima left a writing legacy with 244 of his works, ranging from fiction novels to plays. He also starred in a movie ‘Patriotism’ in which, curiously, he played the role of a young Japanese soldier who decides to adopt the samurai’s ritual of suicide.

On Friday morning, in the events section of a Japanese newspaper, there was an article that claimed suicides were on the rise in Japan as a direct or indirect result of the economic ruin and loneliness the pandemic is leaving the country.

The suicide rate among women, adolescents, children and men over 50 is the highest, rising 14.5% last year.

A month earlier, a senior official of the Japanese Olympic Committee, yasushi moriyaThe 52-year-old jumped in front of a moving train at the Shinagawa subway station, a skyscraper overlooking the bay. TokyoVery close to the Olympic Village and most of the Games venues. moriya He was at the direction of the committee and was one of those strong voices who always stipulated not to postpone the Games despite all the chorus that took place on the streets of Japan.

When Moriya committed suicide, according to a Japanese newspaper Yukan FujikHe had a bag with three chocolates and two notebooks. Also a book, ‘After the Banquet’, is written by Yukio Mishima.