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Dr. Yashiro Yukio, internationally known as a scholar of Botticelli, a man of great learning in the art of the past and the present, of the East and the West, has summed up one of the special characteristics of Japanese art in a single poetic sentence: "The time of the snows, of the moon, of the blossoms - then more than ever we think of our comrades." When we see the beauty of the snow, when we ...
Along with the death of all his family while he was young, Kawabata suggested that the War was one of the greatest influences on his work, stating he would be able to write only elegies in postwar Japan.
His works are influenced by Zen Buddhism (where insight comes through isolation) and by the haiku (a brief, but expressive poem).