The novel is loosely based on the burning of the Reliquary (or Golden Pavilion) of Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto by a young Buddhist acolyte in 1950. The pavilion, dating from before 1400, was a national monument that had been spared destruction many times throughout history, and the arson shocked Japan.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is a novel by the Japanese author Yukio Mishima.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- A mesmerizing and unforgettable journey.
- No setting seems as mystical and foreign as the Golden Temple.
- Learn about the effect of fires, wars, floods, earthquakes and direct human destruction on a society.