Japanese rock star deeply moved by connection to Anime creators and fans
Yoshiki has donated ten million yen in support of the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire which occurred on July 18th. After learning about the tragedy that befell the studio, the Japanese rock star made the donation to the dedicated support fund established by Kyoto Animation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
Yoshiki — who lives in L.A. — heard about the devastating fire when news reports reached U.S. media, posted his personal message to Twitter.
“I am in the United States and I learned about the Kyoto Animation fire on the local news,” Yoshiki says. “My heart aches. Japanese anime, and each one of those creators, is a treasure of the world. I hope they recover as soon as possible.”
The incident affected Yoshiki deeply due to his personal and professional connection to anime which has lasted for over two decades, and he was moved to take action as soon as possible.
“I’m always doing tours around the world,” he states. “No matter where I go, animation fans come to my concerts and support my global activities. I’m always grateful to them. And I always want to contribute to the development of Japan’s anime culture, which I consider one of the world’s treasures. I truly share the pain of those who lost their families. I really hope this will assist the bereaved, and also hope that the circle of support around them will expand.”
As composer, rock drummer, classically-trained pianist, and leader of the rock group X Japan, Yoshiki’s artistic connection to the world of anime spans 22 years. His compositions include “Forever Love,” the theme song for Clamp’s original animation Movie X (1996), “Scarlet Love Song,” the theme song for the anime movie Tezuka Osamu’s Buddha: The Great Departure (2011), and “Hero (Yoshiki Classical version),” the theme song for the anime movie Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary (2014). In 2018, he composed the opening theme “Red Swan” for the TV anime Attack on Titan Season 3.
Through his humanitarian work with Yoshiki Foundation America, Yoshiki donated 11 million yen – the winning auction bid for his crystal piano used in X Japan’s 1997 “Last Live” concert – to support victims of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake. In 2016, he also donated six million yen raised by the auction of his favorite drum set to earthquake disaster reconstruction.
In 2011, X Japan donated all performance fees from their festival appearances to the Tohoku earthquake support efforts, and in 2015, the band donated 28 million yen in concert revenue to the earthquake reconstruction live of Ishinomaki.
In 2016, Yoshiki also donated ten million yen to the victims of the Kumamoto earthquakes, and gave $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas through the Recording Academy’s charity foundation MusiCares.
In July 2018, he donated ten million yen to the reconstruction effort after the 2018 floods in Japan and ten million yen to victims of the Eastern Iburi earthquake that same year.
Last month, Yoshiki visited the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and donated $150,000 to music education. His ongoing charity work includes supporting the Japanese Red Cross, the Make A Wish Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, the Grammy Foundation, and multiple other organizations.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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