NEWS: YOSHIKI donates 10 million yen to Kyoto Animation
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen to support the victims and survivors of the Kyoto Animation fire which occurred on July 18.After learning about the tragedy that befell the studio, YOSHIKI made the donation to the dedicated support fund established by Kyoto Animation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
“I’m always doing tours around the world,” said YOSHIKI. “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.”
NEWS: YOSHIKI REVEALS NEW WINE COLLECTION "Y BY YOSHIKI CALIFORNIA"
A tasting presentation celebrating the release of "Y by Yoshiki Chardonnay 'Encore' California 2017" and "Y by Yoshiki Cabernet Sauvignon California 2017" was held on August 9, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
The new wines come from the "Y by Yoshiki" wine brand created by YOSHIKI in collaboration with Robert Mondavi Jr., a 4th generation Napa Valley winemaker. Since 2009, they have released 4 vintages, and all of them sold out immediately after release, causing the media to call them "phantom wines". "Y by Yoshiki California" is smart, casual wine created with the concept of "having more people enjoy wine casually".
"Though I was confident with my 10 years of winemaking experience, I impressed myself by creating such a smooth wine at this price range," YOSHIKI said. "Still, I didn't expect it to be sold out so quickly." About his next wine, YOSHIKI says "It will be even better."
NEWS: YOSHIKI COMPLETES RECORD 12 SOLD-OUT PREMIUM DINNER SHOWS DESPITE HAND INJURY.
YOSHIKI WELCOMES CELEBRITY GUESTS, RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY, AND PREVIEWS SONG FROM UPCOMING NEW FILM
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES $100,000 TO EARTH ALLIANCE AMAZON FOREST FUND TO PREVENT DESTRUCTION OF AMAZON RAINFOREST
YOSHIKI has donated $100,000 to Earth Alliance and its Amazon Forest Fund in support of local efforts on the ground that are working to support the indigenous and local communities that are protecting the land and biodiversity. After hearing about the increasing fires throughout the Amazon region, YOSHIKI discovered the newly launched Earth Alliance and reached out to make the donation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. YOSHIKI chose to donate to the Amazon Forest Fund and Earth Alliance, which is hosted by Global Wildlife Conservation, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Earth Alliance is a new organization co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio in order to help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems.
For more information and to donate to the Amazon Forest Fund directly, visit: https://ealliance.org/amazonfund .
NEWS: LATEST Y BY YOSHIKI WINES SOLD OUT
Just two weeks after their release, a record 25,000 bottles have been shipped of the new wines by Y by Yoshiki -- Y by Yoshiki Chardonnay “Encore” California 2017 and Y by Yoshiki Cabernet Sauvignon California 2017 -- with stores sold out everywhere due to unprecedented demand.
Called “smart casual wines” by YOSHIKI, they were created in the desire to have many people enjoy relaxed drinking. YOSHIKI is involved in numerous projects around the world and visited the Napa Valley many times during breaks in his schedule. This release is a long-awaited new wine that has finally reached perfection after many tastings with Rob Mondavi Jr. in Napa.
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES 10 MILLION YEN TO HOMETOWN STRUCK BY DISASTROUS TYPHOON
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $93,000) to Japan’s Chiba prefecture which suffered a devastating blow from Typhoon Faxai on September 10, 2019.
YOSHIKI posted his personal message on Twitter after the disaster. "I'm in America now, and I just became aware that my hometown of Tateyama was hit, along with the entire Chiba prefecture, by a typhoon causing massive amounts of damage. I'm very concerned, and I’m praying for a fast recovery."
NEWS: YOSHIKI’S KIMONO BRAND YOSHIKIMONO OPENS TOKYO FASHION WEEK 2020 S/S
Yoshikimono – the cutting-edge kimono fashion brand created by Japanese rock star YOSHIKI – has been chosen for the prestigious opening spot at Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo 2020 S/S, to be held October 14, 2019.
“As the eldest son of kimono shop owners, kimono had been an integral part of my life since childhood,” said YOSHIKI. “Since I began living abroad, I’ve seen the importance and beauty of Japan’s traditional culture. This led to my strong desire to share this beauty with as many people around the world as possible. This is the first collection in three years. I’m so excited to share this with everyone.”
NEWS: YOSHIKI headlines TV Asahi Dream Festival 2019
YOSHIKI gave a special performance as the headliner of TV Asahi's 60th Anniversary Dream Festival on the final night, October 14, 2019. For the finale of the festival, a massive group of 70 artists including members of Luna Sea, GLAY, Golden Bomber, The Oral Cigarettes, SCANDAL, and Kiyoharu joined YOSHIKI for a group performance of “X” in a surprise event that brought back memories of the 2016’s Visual Japan Summit.
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES 10 MILLION YEN TO AID TYPHOON HAGIBIS VICTIMS IN EASTERN JAPAN
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $93,000) to the Japanese Red Cross Society in support of areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon 19) on October 12, 2019. YOSHIKI’s donation through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America came immediately after the storm, one of the strongest in Japan’s history, brought severe flooding and power outages, destroying homes and claiming over 70 lives across Eastern Japan.
"I came to Japan for a concert and fashion show around the same time as the typhoon,” said YOSHIKI, “and I saw the force of the storm with my own eyes. It caused problems with my own recordings and rehearsals, but when I thought about how the struggles reported on TV of those affected by the disaster are infinitely more serious than that, it brought tears to my eyes. I donated in hopes that I could provide even the slightest assistance.”
NEWS: YOSHIKI LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL EXPANDING TO MAJOR MARKETS ACROSS AMERICA
YOSHIKI LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL will begin airing in major markets across the U.S. on PBS stations beginning in November 2019.
The classical music special was filmed during YOSHIKI’s sold-out solo concerts at Carnegie Hall as the superstar Japanese musician and classical composer performed to standing ovations from American audiences.
YOSHIKI LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL made its broadcast premiere this year in the New York City area on WNET THIRTEEN, the most-watched public television channel in America. Because of the enormous reaction from American viewers, YOSHIKI’s touching, must-see concert has created overwhelming demand, with major PBS-affiliated TV stations receiving numerous requests to add the special to their programming schedule.
NEWS: SARAH BRIGHTMAN AND YOSHIKI BRING AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
YOSHIKI joined Sarah Brightman at Royal Albert Hall for their final live performance of “Miracle” on November 11.
The collaboration of the two legendary international artists culminated in a standing ovation from the audience who gathered at London’s most iconic venue for Brightman’s last stop on her “HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert” world tour. The Royal Albert Hall performance was the latest on-stage reunion for YOSHIKI and Brightman, who first performed the song together in Germany in September 2018. YOSHIKI was invited by Brightman to travel to some of the largest cities on her HYMN album tour, including New York (Radio City Music Hall), San Francisco (Masonic Auditorium), Los Angeles (Dolby Theatre), and Tokyo (Yokohama Arena).
NEWS: YOUTUBE ORIGINALS ANNOUNCES "YOSHIKI: LIFE OF A JAPANESE ROCK STAR" TO PREMIERE MARCH 2020
NEWS: YOSHIKI TO PRODUCE DEBUT SONG FOR JOHNNY'S GROUP SIXTONES
YOSHIKI will produce the debut song of Johnny & Associates’ new group SixTONES, scheduled for release on January 22, 2020.
The surprise announcement was made on November 19 at the group’s concert at the Tokyo International Forum, and this will be the first time that YOSHIKI has partnered with a Johnny’s artist. YOSHIKI responded to the requests of the group’s producer Hideaki Takizawa, who sought the collaboration to further Takizawa’s dreams of having SixTONES perform and develop a presence overseas. YOSHIKI has recently collaborated with several international artists and projects including Gene Simmons from KISS, Roger Taylor from Queen, Marilyn Manson, Sarah Brightman, and the upcoming soundtrack for xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel.
NEWS: FORBES ASIA NAMES YOSHIKI ONE OF 30 HEROES OF PHILANTHROPY 2019
Forbes Asia has named YOSHIKI one of Asia’s 30 Heroes of10 Philanthropy in 2019.
Forbes’ 13th annual Heroes of Philanthropy list honors billionaires, entrepreneurs, and celebrities who are committed to solving the most pressing issues facing the Asia- Pacific, including Jack Ma (former chairman of Chinese multinational conglomerate Alibaba), Azim Premji (founder and chairman of India’s giant tech firm Wipro), and Suh Kyung-bae (CEO of Amorepacific Group, South Korea’s largest cosmetics company).
Forbes highlights YOSHIKI’s ongoing commitment to world change through his 501(c)(3) Yoshiki Foundation America, which has raised over $1.5 million dollars in its mission for disaster relief, environmental recovery, cancer research, and education in Japan and the United States as well as other areas worldwide.
NEWS: YOSHIKI MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE WITH KISS AT TOKYO DOME
YOSHIKI appeared as a surprise guest on December 11 during the Tokyo Dome performance of KISS's "End of the Road World Tour". He shocked the audience by performing piano and drums for two songs during the encore of KISS’s only Tokyo show on the band’s “Final Tour Ever”.
NEWS: YOSHIKI AND KISS WILL COLLABORATE FOR ONCE IN A LIFETIME NEW YEAR'S EVE TELEVISION PERFORMANCE
NEWS: YOSHIKI’S CLASSICAL MUSIC SPECIAL IS SMASH HIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON PBS!
YOSHIKI LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL will air on PBS in 14 cities across the U.S. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with encore showings in Los Angeles and New York this month added due to enormous reaction from classical and rock music fans across the country.
Japanese rock star YOSHIKI will team up with American rock legends KISS for a once-in-a-lifetime television performance on Japan’s NHK network.
The artists will appear together as “YOSHIKI feat. KISS” (“YOSHIKISS”) during the New Year’s Eve “Red and White Music Battle” (“Kouhaku Uta Gassen”), the most-watched television program in Japan which is also broadcast worldwide.
The upcoming performance will mark the first time YOSHIKI and KISS have appeared on television together. “I want us to create a performance that will have a big impact,” YOSHIKI said. “I think we’re really going to shock people.”
NEWS: SixTONES "Imitation Rain" Music Video (music & lyrics by YOSHIKI) receives over 1 million views in first 24 hours
YOSHIKI: "I composed this song 'Imitation Rain' during a crazy schedule. Watching this music video makes me feel everything was worth it! They will change J-pop history.
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#HandWrittenLyrics #手書きの詞 "I'm in LA now. I composed this song "Imitation Rain" during a crazy schedule. Watching this Music Video makes me feel everything was worth it! They will change J-pop history. 今LAです、怒濤のスケジュールの中、作曲したので #ImitationRain のMV見ると涙が.. 素敵なグループ #SixTones に出会えて光栄です ! #YOSHIKI #XJAPAN ファンも彼らを応援してね。 同時デビューする #SnowMan も素晴らしいグループ！ 彼らが #JPOP の歴史を塗り替えます。 @sixtones_official Watch on #youtube -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTh-ncw31ZA&feature=emb_logo
NEWS: "YOSHIKISS" - THE DREAM TEAM OF YOSHIKI AND KISS - GETS WORLDWIDE REACTION FOR "ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE - YOSHIKISS VERSION" AT 70TH NHK KOUHAKU UTA GASSEN
NEWS: YOSHIKI ON THE RED CARPET FOR THE 77TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS IN HOLLYWOOD
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES $100,000 TO ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES: AUSTRALIAN WILDFIRE RELIEF AND RAINFOREST TRUST
YOSHIKI has donated $100,000 ($50,000 to the Australian Red Cross to aid victims of the Australian wildfires and $50,000 to the Rainforest Trust’s Conservation Action Fund) to two of the world’s most urgent environmental issues through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
“Conservation and sustainability are two of my primary concerns,” said YOSHIKI. “No matter what country you are from, we are all one planet. This is an issue that concerns everyone, and I hope more people will join this cause.”
NEWS: "Y BY YOSHIKI OAKVILLE" IN HIGH DEMAND AT PREMIUM HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ACROSS JAPAN
The latest premium wine brand produced by YOSHIKI — "Y by Yoshiki Oakville" — is in high demand at the most exclusive hotels and restaurants across Japan, including the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, the Shangri-La Hotel, and Joël Robuchon, and its exceptional quality has received resounding praise from wine connoisseurs.
NEWS: YOSHIKIMONO CHOSEN FOR V&A EXHIBITION IN LONDON
CUTTING-EDGE FASHION BRAND FROM YOSHIKI SURGES IN POPULARITY INTERNATIONALLY
YOSHIKIMONO – the cutting-edge fashion brand created by YOSHIKI – has been chosen to be displayed at the prestigious V&A Museum in London during Europe’s first major kimono exhibition. "Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk" (February 29 – June 21, 2020) features YOSHIKIMONO alongside works from other prominent fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano.
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $100,000) to the Japanese Red Cross this week in commemoration of the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The disastrous event, which occurred on March 11, 2011, was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. YOSHIKI responded to the devastation and loss of life in his home country with charity performances with his rock band X Japan and a series of donations which continue through the present day.
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES 10 MILLION YEN TO JAPANESE RED CROSS FOR GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY
NEWS: YOSHIKI STARS IN NEW WONDA CAMPAIGN FOR "X-BITTER"
NEWS: YOSHIKI DISCUSSES CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WITH NOBEL LAUREATE SHINYA YAMANAKA
NEWS: YOSHIKI STARS IN NEW COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGN FOR SUUMO
NEWS: YOSHIKI MAKES DONATION TO MEALS ON WHEELS ACROSS LOS ANGELES, URGES SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY SUDDEN FOOD SHORTAGES
YOSHIKI has made donations in support of multiple Meals on Wheels branches across Los Angeles through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
"I think now is the time to support each other. It's time to give, not take, especially when there are people who are vulnerable during the current crisis," said YOSHIKI, who has made Los Angeles his home for the past 20 years.
"I wanted to make a donation to the elderly people who have difficulty going out and cannot get enough to eat. If I can help just a little, then maybe others can also be inspired to give. This situation is not just limited to L.A., and I myself am having more difficulty than usual getting food. I hope it will end soon.
"YOSHIKI's relationship with Meals on Wheels extends back 10 years, and his support this week includes gifts of $3000 each to Meals on Wheel locations in:Long Beach, Culver City, West Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Downtown L.A., Orange County, Pasadena, Santa Monica.
Donations to Meals on Wheels can be made through the organization's website.
will.i.am has released the uplifting track "#SING4LIFE" on his YouTube channel, created with fellow musicians Bono, Jennifer Hudson, and YOSHIKI.
#SING4LIFE" is based on a song written by Bono, who was impressed by the citizens of Italy singing together from their rooftops and balconies while isolated due to COVID-19. As soon as Bono wrote this song, he uploaded a solo version to U2's Instagram, and collaborated with will.i.am, who turned to his longtime friends YOSHIKI and Jennifer Hudson to complete the track.
YOSHIKI accepted the offer and wrote the score immediately, completing the piano recording two hours later. "#SING4LIFE" was created by the four artists from their separate locations across the globe through their communication via internet.
NEWS: BONO, WILL.I.AM, JENNIFER HUDSON, AND YOSHIKI COLLABORATE ON "#SING4LIFE" TO INSPIRE HOPE AND LOVE DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
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”I know you are trying hard to restrain yourself to fight against this virus. I believe that your effort... everyone's effort, will affect the entire human race. We will overcome, we can do this together. I'm praying for your health and safety.” 皆さんも大変な思いをして、このウィルスの終息に向け、自粛をされていると思います。”一人一人の努力が人類全体を救う”と思います。一緒に頑張ろう。みんなの健康と安全を祈っています。 REPOST: @iamwill @U2 @iamjhud @yoshikiofficial #bono #u2 #iamwill #blackeyedpeas #jenniferhudson #yoshiki #xjapan #StayHome #SpreadLOVE #新型コロナウイルス #coronavirus #COVID19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz-DoaHi3zo
NEWS: Rakuten presents a new credit card designed by YOSHIKI.
NEWS: YOSHIKI SPECIAL INTERVIEW IN VOGUE JAPAN
YOSHIKI's exclusive interview will be published in Vogue Japan's May 2020 issue (published March 28), featuring YOSHIKI's viewpoints on music and kimono.
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES $100,000 TO COVID-19 RELIEF FUND FOR MUSIC INDUSTRY DEVASTATED BY CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
YOSHIKI has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund established by the Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares to help music creators and professionals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
YOSHIKI said, "As a musician, I decided to donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help my colleagues who might be struggling. With this virus threatening not just one country but the entire world, I sincerely hope that, through self-restraint and patience, we can contain the spread of new infections and eliminate this threat as soon as possible, and all industries can be revived again, including the entertainment industry."
Recording Academy and MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
NEWS: YOSHIKITTY NOMINATED FOR 5TH YEAR IN A ROW IN 35TH ANNUAL SANRIO CHARACTER RANKING
Yoshikitty, the collaboration between Hello Kitty and YOSHIKI, has been nominated among the Top 100 characters in the 35th Annual Sanrio Character Ranking contest. Fans worldwide can vote daily on all their devices – computers, smartphones, and tablets – from April 10 through May 25.
NEWS: YOSHIKI INTERVIEWED BY BBC NEWS "OUTSIDE SOURCE"
YOSHIKI was interviewed on the BBC News program "Outside Source" to discuss the current COVID-19 situation with over 100 million viewers worldwide. YOSHIKI was asked about his charity efforts, his #SING4LIFE collaboration with Bono, will.i.am , and Jennifer Hudson, and his concern for the safety of his fans.
NEWS: YOSHIKI FEATURED IN 2 OF 2019'S TOP 10 TV COMMERCIALS IN JAPAN
Recent commercials featuring YOSHIKI for McDonald's Japan and real estate giant RECRUIT spiked in popularity to place the top 10 of the “Most Popular TV Commercials", ranking higher than over 2500 TV spots in the same period according to top media research firm Soken Consulting. McDonald's Japan, for which YOSHIKI appeared in the "'Crazy Request to McDonald's" campaign, doubled in popularity from last year and finished in 6th place, their best-ever result.
NEWS: KINSUMA SPECIAL ft. YOSHIKI WILL BROADCAST ON TBS IN JAPAN
Kinsuma Special - TBS
Friday 4/24 at 8PM (Japan Time)
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES 10 MILLION YEN TO JAPAN'S NATIONAL CENTER FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE
YOSHIKI has donated 10 million yen (appx. $100,000) to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
The National Center for Global Health and Medicine researches infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases, including the coronavirus. The organization’s Center Hospital is the National Center's only general hospital, and it has the largest number of accommodations for specified infectious diseases.
YOSHIKI said, "I believe that the people we should be supporting are the healthcare workers who are treating coronavirus patients as we speak. I wanted to support as much as I could. I want people, including myself, to remember that the actions of everyone who's enduring staying home are contributing thousands of times more to the healthcare workers than what I have donated. I will also do my best as a musician to support people."
NEWS: YOSHIKI STARTS OFFICIAL AMEBA BLOG
NEWS: YOSHIKITTY SURGES TO TOP 5 IN SANRIO CHARACTER RANKING'S MID-TERM RESULTS
YOSHIKITTY MERCHANDISE SELLS OUT IMMEDIATELY
The mid-term results of the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking were announced on May 12, showing Yoshikitty in the Top 5 of the current worldwide totals. Fans can continue to vote multiple times a day from all their devices through May 25 (Japan time).
In addition to online voting, which is available to everyone both in and outside Japan, other voting methods include buying goods at the Sanrio online shop, leading to an immediate rush that put all Yoshikitty merchandise out of stock instantly. Yoshikitty is also leading the results in overseas territories, currently placing #1 in Brazil, #2 in China, and #3 in Germany.
NEWS: YOSHIKI INTERVIEW IN NUMERO MAGAZINE (FRANCE)
“J’irais jusqu’à la mort pour mon art” : Rencontre avec Yoshiki, batteur mythique de X Japan