Yukio Mishima

1925 - 1970

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Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫, Mishima Yukio), born Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威, Hiraoka Kimitake, 14 January 1925 – 25 November 1970), was a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, Shintoist, nationalist, and founder of the Tatenokai (楯の会, "Shield Society"). Mishima is considered one of the most important post-war stylists of the Japanese language. He was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times in the 1960s—including in 1968, but that year the award went to his countryman and benefactor Yasunari Kawabata. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yukio Mishima has received more than 5,905,679 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Yukio Mishima is the 137th most popular writer (down from 119th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Japan (down from 10th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Japanese Writer.

Yukio Mishima is most famous for writing the book "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion."

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  • 92

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  • 6.27

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  • 4.70

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Kamen no kokuhaku
When a Japanese youth discovers he has homosexual tendencies he hides himself behind conventional behavior
Gogo no eikō

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Over the past year Yukio Mishima has had the most page views in the with 1,129,888 views, followed by English (1,010,464), and Russian (183,605). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ukrainian (777.31%), Mingrelian (141.85%), and Simple English (130.66%)


Among writers, Yukio Mishima ranks 137 out of 7,302Before him are Plautus, Cato the Elder, Hafez, Samuel Beckett, Günter Grass, and Adam Mickiewicz. After him are Carlo Collodi, Boris Pasternak, Mary Shelley, Petronius, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Among people born in 1925, Yukio Mishima ranks 5Before him are Malcolm X, Margaret Thatcher, Pol Pot, and Richard Burton. After him are Patrice Lumumba, Gilles Deleuze, Paul Newman, Alija Izetbegović, Giorgio Napolitano, Zygmunt Bauman, and Mahathir Mohamad. Among people deceased in 1970, Yukio Mishima ranks 9Before him are Bertrand Russell, Gamal Abdel Nasser, António de Oliveira Salazar, Erich Maria Remarque, Abraham Maslow, and Jimi Hendrix. After him are Max Born, Sukarno, Alexander Kerensky, Mark Rothko, Nelly Sachs, and François Mauriac.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Yukio Mishima ranks 11 out of 6,245Before him are Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Emperor Meiji (1852), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Matsuo Bashō (1644), and Haruki Murakami (1949). After him are Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Naruhito (1960), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Taishō (1879), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), and Yoko Ono (1933).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Yukio Mishima ranks 4Before him are Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Matsuo Bashō (1644), and Haruki Murakami (1949). After him are Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Osamu Dazai (1909), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Natsume Sōseki (1867), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), and Kōbō Abe (1924).