In response to the ongoing and lingering negative effects impacting the victims of Japan’s devastating Earthquake and Tsunami, world renowned Japanese soprano Seiko Lee (soloist with the New York City Symphony) and Japanese/Hollywood actor Shin Koyamada (co-star of Tom Cruise’s epic The Last Samurai) have united their relief efforts for a special one night benefit concert to show that America has not forgotten their Japanese brothers and sisters.
Hosted by Nia Lyte and to be held Saturday, July 9, 2010 at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center (244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012), the 90 minute or so concert will begin at 8:00 pm. Advanced ticket prices are $25 for adults 18 and over, and $15 for children ages 10-17. Tickets can be purchased at the door based on availabilty. Please call 888-338-8441
Under their respective N.P.O. banners, The Seiko Lee Project and the Shin Koyamada Foundation’s JERFA (Japan Emergency Relief Fund of America) initiative, Lee and Koyamada have dubbed their joint relief concert Waves of Healing from Los Angeles as a metaphor that although we can’t control the ocean’s waves we can create our own waves to balance the helplessness of our losses with humankind victories.
About Shin Koyamada:
Apart from being a 6-time national martial arts champion, Shin Koyamada became an international celebrity after co-starring with Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. His star power was cemented with his starring role in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior one of the Disney Channel’s top rated original movies ever. Through philanthropic work with Chuck Norris and President George H.W. Bush via the Boy and Girls Club of America’s youth empowerment Kickstart program, Bush and Norris inspired Koyamada to co-find the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF). In 2010, Koyamada was named the International Goodwill Ambassador of the Okayama Prefectural Government in Japan and continues to help other US nonprofit charitable events. Owner of the production company Shinca Entertainment, his latest venture, creation of the hot manga comic book series Dreamhoppers, merely further accentuates his entrepreneurship versatility.
About the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF):
Founded by Shin Koyamada and Nia Lyte in March 2008, the SKF is a United States nonprofit organization that offers youth scholarships to foster the importance of respect, honor, courtesy, value and manners through martial arts and active participation in global environmental issues. The current SKF president is the honorable Shoichi Nakagiri. The SKF also raises money to provide education for underprivileged individuals and families as well as to implement international cultural exchange projects. The SKF is all geared toward empowering youth to achieve their goals and dreams and promote an Earth-friendly lifestyle. For more information please visit www.koyamada.org.