One of Kansai’s masterpiece designs is David Bowie’s stage costume with the motif of the Japanese myth “Inaba’s White Rabbit”.
Being active as a producer of live events beyond the boundaries of fashion designers, he held large-scale shows in Russia, Vietnam, India, and other countries, but he also designed the Keisei Electric Railway’s limited express “Skyliner”. He continuously played an active part in a wide range of fields.
Even after he was 70 years old, Kansai continued his energetic activities by holding shows that fuse Japanese traditional culture and art. Last March, he announced that he was hospitalized for acute myeloid leukemia and he was undergoing treatment. It was right after he achieved the North Pole landing at the age of 75 last year.
He wrote in his social media, “I see it as a new challenge for me and I am positively devoted to the treatment. I will return to become a ‘super energetic Kansai Yamamoto’ to continue to energize people all over the world.” He was sending a message.
According to his management, Kansai Yamamoto died at the hospital in Tokyo, where he was hospitalized, at the age of 76 on the 21st of this month due to acute myelogenous leukemia.
The funeral was attended only by relatives.