Japanese Musician YOSHIKI Meets With Shohei Ohtani & Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Japanese musician and composer YOSHIKI received a standing ovation for his piano performance of the national anthem prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ matchup against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on April 16.

YOSHIKI, who has been named “the most influential musician in Japanese history,” also performed his international hit “Endless Rain,” which he wrote for his rock band X Japan.

YOSHIKI received more cheers when he ceremoniously declared “It’s time for Dodgers Baseball!” over the public address system. He was later presented with autographed Dodgers jerseys from Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, in addition to his own custom “YOSHIKI” jersey with No. 44 on the back.

“It was an honor to talk with Ohtani and Yamamoto, who also live in L.A.,” YOSHIKI said in a statement. “I received signed uniforms from the two of them. In addition, I was surprised to receive a uniform with my own name on it from the Dodgers.

“After meeting athletes Ohtani and Yamamoto, I feel grateful and inspired to take on the world. I’m happy that in addition to Hello Kitty, yoshikitty also came to Dodger Stadium. It was an amazing day. I didn’t expect that I would perform the American National Anthem twice due to sound issues.

“As soon as I heard the loud applause after my performance, I was glad that I did my best, including the improvisation. It was worth it to come back to L.A. despite the extremely demanding schedule. Thank you to everyone.”

YOSHIKI-Hello Kitty connection

April 16 was additionally Hello Kitty Night at Dodger Stadium, which was significant as YOSHIKI was previously chosen to create the global theme song for Hello Kitty’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

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