Yukio Mishima, born Kimitake Hiraoka, receiving three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature, was known as one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. He impressed audiences by his modern and traditional works, focusing on sexuality, death, and political change, such as Thirst for Love (1950) and Way of the Samurai (1967). His death of ritual suicide by seppuku after a failed coup d'état attempt was remembered as Mishima Incident. He was named The Mishima Prize in 1988 as a honor for his great contributions.
His first steps in writing began since the age of 12. He was attracted by works of classic Japanese authors like Raymond Radiguet, Oscar Wilde, Rainer Maria Rilke and other European authors. During the time in school, he was also involved in German, French, and English.
On June 11, 1958, he got married to Yoko Sugiyama with a daughter, Noriko (born June 2, 1959) and a son, Iichiro (born May 2, 1962).