I don’t have many words today, other than to say that I’m incredibly sad about the passing of the wonderful musician and actor David Bowie. You might be wondering what that has to do with Japan? Well, actually quite a lot. Bowie had a lot of connections with Japan and some of his fashion was clearly influenced by Japanese fashion giants such as Kansai Yamamoto (山本 寛斎), and also by traditional arts such as kabuki. One of my colleagues wrote a great blog post on this topic which has been reblogged today. You can read it here.
Back in 2013 I wrote a post about an amazing Bowie photo exhibition which featured photos by the Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita (鋤田正義). You can read the post here. My favourite picture by Sukita, and one of my favourite photos of Bowie, is this one of him in Kyoto.
Rest in peace, David Bowie (8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016).