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Wisteria sprays, as they trail in the breeze, suggest softness, gentleness, reticence. Disappearing and then appearing again in the early summer greenery, they have in them that feeling for the poignant beauty of things long characterized by the Japanese as "mono no aware."
Kawabata was the president of the Japanese P.E.N. (a worldwide association of writers, founded to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere) from 1948 to 1965; in this position, Kawabata was a driving force behind the translation of Japanese literature into English and other Western languages. For his efforts, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Arts and ...
His main characters are distant isolated loners, who make observations about the world they experience around them.