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The Collection of Yukio Mishima's Short Essays and Reviews on Sports (Book Review)

Yukio Mishima, a Japanese novelist well known to people across the world, was not familiar with sports in his childhood and his adolescence. In 1955, at the age of 30, he trained his body and began to enthusiastically undertake sporting activities. Both before and during his sporting phase, Mishima wrote short essays and reports on sports and martial arts in newspapers and magazines. Those prose pieces were compiled chronologically according t o their themes into a volume entitled The Collection of Yukio Mishima’s Short Essays and Reviews on Sports . The short essays and reports in the anthology evidence Mishima’s views on life and death and his philosophy of sports, evincing the progressive chan ges in his beliefs as his devotion to sports and martial arts increased.

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