Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Japanese Pagoda Temple on Fire

“ There’s something very shabby about a noble grave like this, isn’t there?” said Kashiwagi. “ Political power and the power of wealth result in splendid graves. Really impressive graves, you know. Such creatures never had any imagination while they lived, and quite naturally their graves don’t leave any room for imagination either. But noble people live only on the imaginations of themselves and others, and so they leave graves like this one which inevitably stir one’s imaginations. And this I find even more wretched. Such people, you see are obliged even after they are dead to continue begging people to use their power of imagination.”


— Yukio Mishima


The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

1959, Kinkakuji / Translated from Japanese by Ivan Morris