Benitez3group to not only connect with like-minded people in the literary field, but also fed with thebelief
that the war is holy. The elder also believe that, ‘[O]ne should die young in this age. To dieyoung, I am sure, is the culture of my country.” (
Stokes93) This statement was drawn from hisstudy of Otsu-no-Miko, a Japanese classic of a tragic prince in the seventh century. Thisstatement alone carries enough reason to believe that Mishima shares the same view with Hasudaabout death and destruction, that which is a part of Japan that makes it beautiful.
Mishima’s involvement with the Bungei Bunka led to th
e formation of the NipponRoman-
ha (Japanese Romanticists), which furthered their belief of the “Sacred” war. Led by
Yojiro Yasuda and his rhetorical gift, the group took the belief of holy war too far even forMishima. Said Jun Eto in one of his conversation with Henry Scott Stoker, author of The Lifeand Death of Yukio Mishima,They believed in the value of destruction and ultimately in self-destruction. They
valued ‘purity of sentiment,’ though they never defined this; and they called for ‘preservation of the nation’ by purging selfish party politicians and zaibatsu
[business] leaders. They believed that self-destruction would be followed byreincarnation, linked mysteriously with the benevolence of the Emperor. TheJapanese, they considered, were superior to all other peoples. (Stokes94)Nonetheless, Mishima was intrigued enough to collect Roman-ha works, in particular
Shizuo Ito’s, for the group. The works produced by the Nippon Roman
which drew fromthe 19
century Romantic movement, Marxism, andkokugaku (nationalism derived from thethoughts of 18
century thinker Norinaga Motoori)
had great influence during the war and wasencouraged by the Japanese leaders.