Japanese guitarist MIYAVI took part in the Los Angeles Dodgers' Japan Night on Wednesday (July 24), playing the U.S. national anthem for the opening ceremony.
"Through my music today, I'd like to express my gratitude to the acceptance of diversity in the U.S.," says the musician, who has lived in L.A. with his family for five years. "This country welcomed us, and I'm grateful for its generosity. Music and sports brings us all together. I'd like to embody that today."
MIYAVI has given back to the Japanese community in L.A. through his work as an artist and as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since 2017, which involves working closely with the Japanese Embassy and Japan House Los Angeles. He was recommended by Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers and others to perform the national anthem for the special event.