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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."
He was the first Japanese writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1968.
His works are influenced by Zen Buddhism (where insight comes through isolation) and by the haiku (a brief, but expressive poem).