El Templo del Alba

Professor Yukio Mishima

Chronicles the history of twentieth century Japan through the eyes of Shigekuni Honda, a young law student who will eventually become a judge and retire an extremely wealthy man, as he watches and struggles over the years of turmoil within Imperial Japan, growing pre-war fanaticism during the 1930s, and post-war secularization in a society becoming ever more morally and spiritually decadent, all the while believing he continues to encounter the various reincarnations of a friend condemned by karma to always suffer early death.