Year: 1973 Source: Life-Threatening Behavior, v.3, no.3, (Fall 1973), p.198-212 SIEC No: 19850601

The suicide of Yasunari Kawabata & Yukio Mishima symbolize 2 sides of Japanese character: the chrysanthemum & the sword. The crysanthemum represents the pleasure the Japanese derive from simple & beautiful objects in nature & art; the sword represents their passion for militarism. The author suggests the difference between the two suggest different causes of suicide: agression for Mishima & passivety, resignation and/or despair for Kawabata. (NBB)