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Maybe vagueness has been good for me. The word means two different things in Tokyo and Osaka, you know. In Tokyo it means stupidity, but in Osaka they talk about vagueness in a painting and in a game of Go.
Kawabata apparently committed suicide in 1972 by gassing himself, but a number of close associates, including his widow, consider his death to have been accidental; one thesis, advanced by Donald Richie, was that he mistakenly unplugged the gas tap while preparing a bath.
His works are influenced by Zen Buddhism (where insight comes through isolation) and by the haiku (a brief, but expressive poem).