TORRANCE — The Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation presents Kosetsu Minami in a benefit concert for disaster relief in Japan on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.
Born in 1949 in Oita, Minami formed a band, Kaguya Hime, in 1970. Its distinctive musicianship created several million-seller songs, and it has profoundly influenced the Japanese folk music industry. In 1975, Kaguya Hime held an all-night outdoor concert, attracting 60,000 fans and creating a legend in Japanese music history.
Minami has been a pioneer and trendsetter. As a solo musician, he released hit songs such as “Natsu no Shojyo”(Summer Girl) and “Yume Ichiya”(One Night’s Dream). He has worked as a radio DJ, and his program was one of the most listened-to programs in that era.
He is also passionate about social issues. Over the last 10 years, his annual Peace Concert has raised approximately $2 million to support elderly victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. His Green Paradise Concert has been since 1992 to raise environmental awareness.
In 2009, when he was 60, some 20,000 people gathered for Minami’s summer concert. That same year, he released an album that was a critical and commercial success. Currently, Minami lives in the Kyushu area and is touring all over Japan.
“I fell in love with Los Angeles when I made my first trip abroad in my college years,” Minami said, promising a concert of both nostalgic favorites and new songs and urging his fans to show their support for the earthquake/tsunami victims in the Tohoku area.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $100, $75, $55 and $35, and are available from All American Tickets, (888) 507-3287 or www.allamerican-tkt.com. Tickets are also available at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Little Tokyo, (213) 687-4480, and Costa Mesa, (714) 662-2319; Sanuki no Sato in Gardena, (310) 324-9184; and the Aurora Foundation, (323) 882-6545 or www.AuroraEvent.org.
The foundation will hold its 13th awards dinner and gala on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, 120 S. Los Angeles St. in Little Tokyo. Tickets are $100. For more information, call (323) 882-6545.
Established in 1998 by Dr. Akiko Agishi as a non-profit organization, the Aurora Foundation provides scholarships and grants to Americans interested in Japanese language and culture. The recipients have been generating goodwill for U.S.-Japan relations, and the foundation believes that its efforts will continue to influence younger generations. Net proceeds from the fall event help fund the Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship, Aurora Challenge Grant, Aurora Speech Contest, and Aurora Endowment Fund.
California Association of Japanese Language Teachers
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Japan America Society of Southern California
Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Los Angeles
Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Japan National Tourism Organization, Los Angeles
L.A. Kimono Club
L.A. Tokyo Kai
Nanka Oita Kenjin Kai
Orange County Japanese American Association
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