Japan Expo is delighted to welcome Yoshiki, the legendary founder of the equally legendary group X JAPAN! The visual kei icon is joining us on the occasion of the screening of We Are X, a documentary about the group.
Yoshiki is a songwriter, drummer, and a classically-trained pianist. His rock group X JAPAN has sold 30 million singles and albums combined, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. Now the band's popularity is spreading throughout the world, having recently completed a soldout World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
In 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan's reign. In 2005, Yoshiki composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, he also recorded a classical album coproduced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and for the first time, a Hello Kitty product line is named after a person – "Yoshikitty". In 2010, he launched his nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America, which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims.
In 2012, he composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®, which airs in 167 countries. In 2014, he performed Part 1 of his Yoshiki Classical World Tour, which took place in 10 different countries (US, Mexico, Russia, Germany, France, UK, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan). He has been making headlines in the U.S. with his legendary band X JAPAN, which recently performed their first stateside concert in four years at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Having grown up in a family that managed a kimono business, Yoshiki created a collection of rock-inspired kimono that debuted during the finale of the 2015 MercedesBenz Fashion Week in Tokyo.
In January of 2016, We Are X premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as a part of the World Cinema Documentary competition and took home the special jury award for Best Editing. The film then screened at the SXSW Film Festival and won the audience award for Excellence in Title Design.
X JAPAN has announced the release of the band’s 1st new studio album in 20 years.
Don’t miss Yoshiki for a talk-show following the screening of the documentary We Are X at Japan Expo: click here for more about the event!
- We Are X on www.wearexfilm.com
- X JAPAN on www.xjapan.com; www.facebook.com/XJapan; twitter.com/xjapanofficial; www.youtube.com/xjapanofficial
- Yoshiki on www.yoshiki.net; www.facebook.com/YoshikiOfficial; twitter.com/YoshikiOfficial; www.youtube.com/user/yoshikiofficial; www.instagram.com/yoshikiofficial