BURKE, VA – More than 650 students from Lake Braddock High School had the chance to learn about Japanese culture and enjoy a live musical performance when Japanese rock star and actor MIYAVI visited the school.
As part of the kick off of his North American tour in Washington, DC, MIYAVI visited Burke on October 6 to meet with the students.
“I enjoyed my visit to Lake Braddock High School, where we had a little acoustic performance and a panel discussion with the lovely students. What beautiful energy,” MIYAVI said in a statement after the performance. “I hope to see these students again in a bright future, which they will.”
During her visit to Lake Braddock High School, MIYAVI also spoke about the importance of her mission as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the message behind each of the songs that he interpreted and his journey as a musician and actor. .
The show was made possible through a partnership between the Embassy of Japan and Lake Braddock High School to introduce Japanese culture to students in Fairfax County.
“We were so excited to celebrate Japanese culture with MIYAVI, and really appreciated the great energy and questions we received from the students,” said Ryo Kuroishi, Counselor for Public Affairs at the Japanese Embassy.
“With his music, his art and his work as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, MIYAVI truly embodies a commitment to forging international ties, so as diplomats we were proud to partner with his team to bring a part of that inspiration to those students,” Kuroishi said.
MIYAVI, born Takamasa Ishihara, is known for his unconventional guitar playing style. He does not use a pick, but instead uses a “slap style” which has earned him the nickname “samurai guitarist”.
In 2014, MIYAVI appeared in the movie “Unbroken”, directed by Angelina Jolie. He contributed voice acting and music to the “Arcane League of Legends” series, appeared in Netflix’s “Kate,” and starred as Byakuya Kuchiki in the 2018 live-action adaptation of “Bleach.”
Along with the visit to Lake Braddock High School, MIYAVI played a show in DC as part of his 20th anniversary tour of North America to celebrate his two decades in the music industry.