efe-epaBy Antonio Hermosín Gandul Tokyo

Yukio Mishima lived and died as a character in one of his turbulent plays. Today, 50 years after his death, Japan is still coming to terms with the legacy of one of its most influential and uncomfortable authors.

Mishima took his life by "harakiri" – self-disembowelment – on Nov. 25, 1970, after taking the captain of the headquarters of the Japanese Army hostage in Tokyo and failing his attempt to inspire a coup.

The gruesome death of the greatest Japanese cultural celebrity of his time overwhelmed the country, which the writer himself predicted: for years he repeatedly represented his suicide according to the ritual of the samurai through his novels, plays or films. EFE-EPA