YOSHIKI auctioned his beloved crystal piano this week, with the winning bid reaching 40 million yen (over $270,000 USD) when the 4-day auction ended on January 16.
YOSHIKI announced the auction on January 9 at his ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre, where his cement handprints and footprints were unveiled at the forecourt of the Hollywood landmark. YOSHIKI is the first Japanese star to receive the rare honor from the Chinese Theatre since the tradition began nearly 100 years ago.
The classically-trained pianist and composer's Kawai CR-40N piano had been used for recording in his Los Angeles studio and for tours. YOSHIKI said a final farewell to the donated piano with a performance during the TCL Chinese Theatre ceremony: "I'm a little sad to say goodbye to my crystal piano, which is like family to me, but I think some people will be saved by this. Please cherish it."
During the ceremony, YOSHIKI said, "This year, on January first, came more sad news, a huge earthquake struck Japan. It hits me so hard. I’d like to share this moment with those who are mourning loved ones lost. If I may, I’d like to take the opportunity of this special event to give something back, as I’ve done before."
YOSHIKI also donated 10 million yen earlier this month to the Japanese Red Cross to aid disaster relief through his 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. YOSHIKI said, "I want to spread awareness and expand the circle of support. I sincerely hope that everyone in the disaster-stricken areas can return to their normal lives as soon as possible."
Donations can be sent to the Japanese Red Cross through Yoshiki Foundation America's website: https://yoshikifoundationamerica.org/donate.html
One hundred percent of the proceeds from both of YOSHIKI’s donations, a total of 50 million yen (over $340,000 USD), will support victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake which occurred earlier this month in Japan. Over 1900 people in the region are still stranded without power, food, or medicine.