Who else but Yukio Mishima could tell that? (“Galloping Horses”, Humanitas Publishing House, 2010) On November 25, 1970, after completing his last novel, he did it himself.
A prince of the imperial family pays homage to a very young and exalted patriot, a kendō fighter (3 dan), in a private audience.
“If Her Majesty had the opportunity to be dissatisfied with your behavior, what would you do?” The prince (career soldier) asks.
The 19-year-old responds without hesitation: “I would split my stomach immediately (…).
“Then I ask you something else. If Her Majesty were pleased with you, what would you do?”
“I’d do the same, split my stomach right away.”
– How so? Explain me.
– It’s about loyalty. Let’s just say I’m making some rice dumplings with the intention of giving them to Her Majesty. As for the result, if His Imperial Majesty is not hungry and simply does not want them, or if he tells me
It should be noted that Japan was in a period of great economic turmoil during the Shōwa Era (1926–1945), when the aristocracy knelt before a rapacious and cosmopolitan bourgeoisie, and the “Son of the Sun”, the Emperor, seemed to be overshadowed. Behind the words of the young kendō fighter pulses one of the patriotic beliefs of the moment – the so-called “desperate loyalty”.
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