X Japan's Yoshiki visited a Kyoto bookstore on Tuesday to greet fans and talk about the new book "YOSHIKI" (Kadokawa Publishing, 2,310 yen), a non-fiction tale of his dramatic near-death written by Narumi Komatsu.
Having arrived in Kyoto for other work, he proposed the idea of an appearance the night before, deciding on a surprise visit to Ogaki Bookstore in Karasuma. Despite the fact that the visit was only announced on Yoshiki's website, over 300 fans had appeared by 7:30 a.m. that morning to greet the star.
The store had posted 20 security guards on crowd control for Yoshiki's visit. When the Mercedes-Benz carrying the star arrived just after noon, fans screamed in excitement, some with tears in their eyes. Yoshiki was accidentally crushed by a group of swarming fans, and sources say he escaped with sprained fingers on his right hand. He was inside just long enough to sign the shop's poster for the book, but for about three minutes, his presence turned what is normally a quiet book store into a whirlwind of excitement similar to an X Japan concert.
"I'm really happy. We've been doing shows here since before our debut, and Kansai is like a second home to me," he said. When asked about playing concerts in the region, Yoshiki announced, "It's a definite possibility. Things have already started to move, and if all goes well, it might happen some time this year." Regarding the location, he commented, "I'd definitely want a stage built that won't shake."
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