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.
The ceremonial first pitch for the game against the Angels was tossed by Naomi Osaka, the reigning champion of the U.S. Open.
On the field before the game, MIYAVI also performed “What’s My Name?” and the title track from his first solo album in three years, No Sleep Till Tokyo, which was released Thursday (July 25). He launches a 22-date world tour Friday (July 26) in Vancouver, with 15 North American dates and seven European shows planned.