YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA
Yoshiki Foundation America is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation founded in 2010 by Japanese musician Yoshiki of the multi-million-selling rock band X Japan. A number of personal experiences brought Yoshiki to the launch of his foundation beginning with the loss of his own father when he was just a teenager. Like so many people around the world, he read news accounts and was deeply moved by the devastating effects of the 1995 earthquake in Kobe; in 2009, he paid an emotional visit to an orphanage in Sichuan, still reeling in its recovery, with so many children still displaced and orphaned. Additionally and as a tribute to Yoshiki’s late X Japan band mate, Hide, who embraced the support of children with bone marrow disease, The Yoshiki Foundation provides funds to offer assistance through music to children with this debilitating illness. Music is what kept Yoshiki moving forward with his life after his father’s passing, and bringing music to children in need is at the heart of his Foundation. While he was thankful he was in a position to donate several pianos and other musical instruments to the schools affected by the Kobe and Sichuan earthquakes, as well as having the children in the local orphanages as his personal guests at local X Japan concerts, he wanted to do more, something permanent and enduring.
NEWS: YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA PROUD SPONSOR OF PABLOV TENNIS CLASSIC 2018
Yoshiki Foundation America is proud to sponsor the Pablove Tennis Classic again this year, raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research! Presented by WME, YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA , and CityNational Bank
NEWS: YOSHIKI holds presentation of signature drum set for 6 million JPY donation to Japan Red Cross
YOSHIKI held the presentation ceremony of his special drum set which was donated to the charity auction for the Great East Japan Earthquake. The highest bid price of 6,040,000 JPY will be fully endowed through YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA 501(c)(3) to the Japanese Red Cross.
The @Pablove Foundation is proud to announce our 4th Annual Pablove Tennis Classic returning Presenting Sponsor, @yoshikifa!— pablove foundation (@pablove) May 11, 2018
Here's a message from @YoshikiOfficial himself!
Thank you to #Yoshiki for helping fight childhood cancer with love! 💕
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NEWS: YOSHIKI donates 10 million yen to heavy rain disaster area in western Japan
After YOSHIKI received the report of heavy downpours and flooding in July 2018 which greatly damaged various places around western Japan, he made a donation of 10 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. The Japanese Red Cross Society also began accepting donations for the "July 2018 Heavy Rain Disaster Relief Fund" on July 10th.
YOSHIKI sent the following message via social media, re-posting the article from the New York Times. "I just saw the news in the U.S. I pray for those who passed away. And I truly hope the damage caused by heavy rain will not spread any more."
Japanese Red Cross Society
July 2018 Heavy Rain Disaster Relief
NEWS: YOSHIKI performs marathon of sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo and continues fundraising efforts.
YOSHIKI completed the first wave of his sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo on July 16, a marathon 7 shows over 4 days celebrating the fifth anniversary of his intimate concert series.
“EVENING WITH YOSHIKI 2018 IN TOKYO JAPAN 6 DAYS 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL” included guest appearances by Yoshikitty, a string quartet, guest vocalists Katie Fitzgerald and Ashley Knight, a YOSHIKIMONO fashion show, a collaborative performance with the Maki Asami Ballet Group, and a surprise drum performance from YOSHIKI.
In addition, YOSHIKI continued his fundraising efforts through Yoshiki Foundation America with a charity auction of the rock star’s clothing worn in TV performances and music videos as well as precious personal items including a signed ball from FC Barcelona player Gerard Piqué, who attended YOSHIKI’s dinner show the same week. The total bids over seven performances amounted to ¥47,760,000, bringing the total amount raised from YOSHIKI’s dinner show charity auctions to ¥148,220,000.
NEWS: YOSHIKI gives inspiring performance with young blind drummer at Budokan and donates 3 million yen for environmental protection and disaster relief.
NEWS: EVENING WITH YOSHIKI 2018 IN TOKYO JAPAN 6 DAYS 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL raises 69 Million Yen for Charity
YOSHIKI completed his 5th Anniversary solo concert series on September 1, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, bringing the total to 10 sold-out performances over 6 days.
The event’s charity auction, which included personal items and valuable clothing that had been used in filming, resulted in bids totaling 69.26 million yen. The total amount gained from the charity auction sales is being donated to support disaster relief and other domestic and foreign charitable institutions through YOSHIKI’s 501(c)(3) non-proft organization, Yoshiki Foundation America.
In addition to contributing 10 million yen in June toward areas devastated by flooding in western Japan, YOSHIKI brought a certificate for 3 million yen to an appearance on “24 Hour Television” on August 26th. It was also revealed that YOSHIKI readily agreed to the offer without accepting a performance fee, stating that “Charity work is something I wish to continue as my life’s work for as long as I live.”
NEWS: YOSHIKI donates 10 miilion yen to Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake relief
Upon receiving the news of the large scale damage caused by the Hokkaido earthquake on September 6, which brought more destruction to Japan following Typhoon Jebi two days earlier on September 4, YOSHIKI posted a message of support on his .
“I recently learned of the typhoon and earthquake in Japan through the American news. I’m praying for everyone’s safety, and that there can be a swift recovery. My prayers go out to all those who are affected by typhoon and earthquake in Japan.”
On September 12, YOSHIKI announced the 10 million yen contribution to the Japanese Red Cross Society’s Heisei 30 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake Relief Fund through his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America.
Donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society Heisei 30 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake Relief Fund can be made at: http://www.jrc.or.jp/contribute/help/308/
NEWS: YOSHIKI DONATES 100 MILLION WON TO SOUTH KOREA FIRE VICTIMS
YOSHIKI has donated 100 million won (approximately $90,000) through Yoshiki Foundation America, to ChildFund Korea to support victims of the devastating forest fire which struck South Korea last week on April 4, 2019.
The forest fire spread quickly over a wide area, and over 4,000 residents were evacuated. The South Korean government declared a national emergency, and 1 death,11 injuries, over 820 affected people, and over 530 hectares of forest and 478 homes destroyed in the fire have been reported as of April 8.
After hearing that his close friend, Korean-born Hollywood actor Lee Byung-hun, had donated 100 million won to the affected area, YOSHIKI felt moved and also decided to donate in order to help those suffering from the disaster.
“I was moved when my close friend Mr. Lee Byung-hun made a donation, and I was inspired by our international friendship," said YOSHIKI. "I wanted to help those people suffering from the disaster, and I pray from the bottom of my heart that they can recover as soon as possible.”
NEWS: YOSHIKI MAKES $150K DONATION AND PRESENTS MASTER CLASS AT PRESTIGIOUS FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC
"Play every concert as if it is your last."
Yoshiki made a rare appearance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami on Thursday, June 27, to present the school with a donation of $150K on behalf of his non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Yoshiki Foundation America, and Dean Shelton Berg’s office suite was officially renamed in Yoshiki’s honor. The presentation was attended by a host of dignitaries from the school and the Consulate of Japan in Miami. Yoshiki also conducted a Master Class with students and Yoshiki’s fans hosted by Shelly Berg, with whom he has collaborated on several projects including the Golden Globe Awards theme and Yoshiki's sold-out Carnegie Hall performances.
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 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: YOSHIKI FOUNDATION AMERICA SPONSORS PABLOVE FOUNDATION TENNIS CLASSIC FOR 5TH STRAIGHT YEAR
Yoshiki delivered a personal message in support of childhood cancer research and the Pablove Foundation. "Fighting childhood cancer with love."
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 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.”