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    Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:28:57

    X Japan's Yoshiki Auctions Crystal Piano For Japanese Earthquake Relief - He is from the earthquake-ravaged country

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    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. Yoshiki makes his home in Los Angeles today, but he is from Japan originally, where the band is absolutely massive.

    Yoshiki said he felt the earthquake's 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. "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 US single, "Jade," which had been scheduled to be released today, so that they may focus on their time and energies on helping with the recovery. We can't fault the band for that. In fact, it makes me like them even more!

    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). The Yoshiki Foundation has already donated to American organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Grammy Foundation, and St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels.

    What have you done to help Japan in the wake of this natural disaster?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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