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[Jap.,=belly-cutting], the traditional Japanese form of honorable suicide, also known by its Chinese equivalent, seppuku. It was practiced by the Japanese feudal warrior class in order to avoid falling into enemy hands.
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He said: "We really committed harikari for that third.
Then again, before committing harikari, Mishima got around all right on his own; cruising the streets near some Manhattan baths, he picked up Tennessee Williams before either of them even knew the other was a writer.