X JAPAN’S YOSHIKI TO AUCTION OFF HIS “CRYSTAL” PIANO TO AID JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE/TSUMANI VICTIMS
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 15, 2011 – Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese rock band X Japan, will put his favorite “crystal” piano on the auction block, donating all proceeds to help provide aid to the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
The custom-made, plexi-glass “Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai” with Yoshiki’s name engraved on it, was used when the band played their legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome.
The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan’s first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. “It took awhile to locate my mother, but she is, thankfully, OK,” said Yoshiki, “and I’ve spoken with [band members] Toshi, Pata, Sugizo and Heath, and they are all safe as well. I am praying for the people here who are still trying to locate their family and friends.”
X Japan has decided to postpone the release of their first U.S. single, “Jade,” that had been scheduled to be released today, so that they may focus their time and energies on helping with the recovery.
In addition to raising money by auctioning his “crystal “piano, Yoshiki will collect donations for the Japanese disaster relief through the Yoshiki Foundation America, his California non-profit, public benefit corporation with tax-exempt status as a section 501(c) (www.yoshikifoundation.com ). The Yoshiki Foundation has already donated to American organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Grammy Foundation, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
Early Friday morning on March 11th, an earthquake registering 8.9 on the Richter scale struck off the north west cost of Sendai, Japan. In the aftermath of the initial devastation, a tsunami caused even more damage. The death count has been over 300 as of this writing, with many more missing. Power in many places has been out and communication to many areas has been difficult.
Our hearts and thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy.
JrockRevolution.com staff member, Maura, was on a train when the quake hit Tokyo and there was worry it might derail. Since then, all trains had been stopped, forcing commuters to walk or seek shelter. "...we're not out of the woods yet. We're still getting major aftershocks. I got home and everything in my house had fallen. Everything. Except my fish and his tank." Reports on damage were still coming in as we spoke.
Twitter became something of a lifeline to some who had been in power outage areas. While a text could reach one recipient, Twitter users were able to connect with groups who passed on messages to other friends that they were safe. Google initiated The People Finder in multiple languages to help people search for friends and loved ones. There is also a new Google Crisis Center with information, resources and news as it happens.
Throughout social media, many of us with friends and loved ones in Japan continue to wait for information. Artist MIYAVI has taken time to re-tweet valuable information as well.
For some, it's a little easier to find information that they're okay. We've tracked people exchanging information on artists who have already checked in as okay. Yoshiki has tweeted that he's fine. Miyavi has said he and his family are okay. Luna Sea's official Facebook has reported all members are fine.
Below are some additional helpful links. If you know a Twitter we should follow, a Facebook Page or Group, or other social media outlets for information on relief, news or even artists, please use the form here. As we gather information on what our international family can do to help, we'll keep this page updated.
地震當時YOSHIKI正在東京的錄音室製作X JAPAN的新專輯，他花了好一段時間才找到母親，並且和其他團員連絡上，大家都健康而安全。X JAPAN已決定延遲發售他們的美國出道單曲“JADE”，也已於今天公佈，讓他們可以集中時間和精力幫助日本。