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I come out on the stage determined to make people weep. Instead, they burst out laughing.

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in He attended the University of Tokyo. His first work of fiction, a short story, was published when he was a .

bedtime story: “When do you know it’s over?” He asked quietly. “When someone stops trying,” she answered. “Or worse, when trying no longer works.” —Sue Zhao artist yet unknown

Sakura Lanterns, with Japanese kanji characters. Sakura (櫻花) means cherry tree in Japan, and this style of lantern is associated with the annual cherry blossom festival (hanami, 花見, lit. "flower viewing"). Hanami at night is called yozakura (夜桜, literally night sakura). In many places such as Ueno Park, these temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura. [parts from Wikipedia]

Sakura Lanterns, with Japanese kanji characters. Sakura (櫻花) means cherry tree in Japan, and this style of lantern is associated with the annual cherry blossom festival (hanami, 花見, lit.

The Geiko (Geisha) Ichiyuri walking to a tea house in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan

The part of town where you'll likely see a geisha. It's more common to see the apprentice "maiko" than a geisha. Most people mistake a maiko for a geisha. Maikos wear a dangling obi and dangling hair ornament while geishas do not.