Yukio Mishima on Romaji

“Romaji is awful,” Mr. Mishima said flatly.

“The visual effect of a Chinese character is very important.” He slashed out the rounded, multi-stemmed character for “rose,” and looked at it admiringly.

“See how the rose appears physically in the shape of the Kanji,” he said.

“A writer loves to give such an effect to his readers.”

Source: “How to Write in Japanese” by Robert Trumbull (New York Times), Sept. 19, 1965.

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