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Yoshiki auctions off beloved crystal piano to support Noto Peninsula earthquake victims

By SoraNews24

It’s an unfortunate truth that natural disasters don’t care what day it is, so the residents of the Noto Peninsula and surrounding regions faced an extraordinary catastrophe in the form of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on New Year’s Day. What was already a serious disaster was made worse by people being on vacation, both visiting the affected area and in positions normally at the ready to provide support.

The damage suffered by this relatively rural area is severe and rebuilding will be a long and hard road for the survivors. Among those pledging their continued support is none other than X Japan drummer, multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, and possibly the biggest mensch in the country, Yoshiki. Although he has a history of charitable donations too long to list, this one is a cut above the rest.

Anyone who’s seen a solo live performance of Yoshiki on the piano would have noticed an exquisite Kawai CR-40N Crystal Grand Piano. These transparent pianos generally sell for millions of yen (tens of thousands of US dollars) and fewer than 10 are produced each year.

This instrument has been a personal favorite of Yoshiki’s for about a decade, but as a show of support to the people of the Noto Peninsula, he suddenly put it up for an emergency auction from Jan 12 to 16. About 1,000 bids were made in the five-day period, and when the dust settled, the winning bid was 40 million yen.


The money made from the auction will go to Yoshiki Foundation America which in turn will provide it to the Japanese Red Cross Society. But in addition to the money, Yoshiki also hopes that the spectacle of giving up his beloved piano will help raise awareness that the people of Noto still need our help.

It’s just the latest in a never-ending outpouring of generosity from the rock star, and hopefully, a reminder for all of us to stay safe in the coming year.

Source: Twitter/@YoshikiOfficial via Netlab

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Honestly surely all the people who are going to buy the piano would also be the types who would donate to the earthquake alone? This is Japan where people still care about each other.

And the government is supposed to be one the most prepared countries in the world

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Bought it for 4 million yen. Sold for 40 million yen. Donates the money.

Tax relief - noice.

PR boost - noice.

It's a win win for Mr Yoshiki

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I'd of thought it would have sold for more, truth be told. While I have never been a big fan of X-Japan, Yoshiki is a pretty cool dude. Respect for him.

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That's really something. He's doing something for the earthquake victims even though it costs him. Not a lot of people willing to give like that.

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He also regularly donates musical instruments to high schools in Japan, and The US.

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He seems like a really generous guy.

Fair play to him

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Absolutely magnificent gesture from Yoshiki. 40 million yen ($270,000) is a significant amount, so big up to the mystery buyer also.

Heart-warming story in the face of tragedy.

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Classy move. Classy musician.

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A little self serving. He is rich. Just donate a chunk of money to the region. True philanthropists keep their names out of the headlines.

Why not hold several benefit concerts around Japan and donate ALL proceeds to the region.

It's just a piano.

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masterblaster. 22  01:58 pm JST

A little self serving. He is rich. Just donate a chunk of money to the region. True philanthropists keep their names out of the headlines

Why not hold several benefit concerts around Japan and donate ALL proceeds to the region.

It's just a piano.

It may be and I'm sure he can get another one in the future. But it's not just any old piano. It's a

Kawai CR-40N Crystal Grand Piano, only 10 are made in a year. A lot of people bid for this baby and it holds some importance. This is a very generous motion from this Japanese Elton John. With his fame people would pay huge yen to own this contraption and the proceeds go to disaster relief.


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