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Yukio Mishima chose his pen name when he was just 16

[UPDATED: 2-14-2018]
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), one of Japan’s most famous writers, chose his pen name when he was just 16.

The discovery of a draft of his book Hana Zakari no Mori, The forest in full bloom, has his name, Kimitake Hiraoka, crossed out and the name Yukio Mishima written alongside it. This early draft was written when he was 16.

The draft was found in Kumamoto in 2016. The forest in full bloom was published in 1941 in the literary journal Bungei Bunka.

Mishima, who was reportedly considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964 and on at least two other occasions, committed suicide in 1970.
Yukio Mishima chose his pen name when he was just 16 Posted by Richard Nathan