Year: 1986 Source: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting, (7th: Nevada: 1986). 14p. SIEC No: 20070297

This paper investigates philosophically the Japanese samurai notion & activity of seppuku, the traditional method of suicide among the warrior class. Seppuku follows prolonged physical, mental & social preparation, a period the author equates to physical training. The suicide of Yukio Mishima is discussed in this context. (10 refs.)