One of the most eagerly anticipated sessions at NEST 2017 featured Japanese rock legend Yoshiki – and he didn’t disappoint. In addition to giving a stunning piano performance, Yoshiki was joined on stage for a fireside chat by Rakuten Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani as well as a surprise guest, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who had delivered a keynote speech earlier in the day.

 

Moment to savor: Mickey, Yoshiki and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi snap a selfie on stage at NEST 2017.

Moment to savor: Mickey, Yoshiki and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi snap a selfie on stage at NEST 2017.

Yoshiki delighted audiences with renditions of his compositions "Forever Love" and "Art of Life."

Yoshiki delighted the NEST audience with renditions of his compositions “Forever Love” and “Art of Life.”

"My dream was to play in Madison Square Garden. I knew it'd take time, but I never stopped dreaming," Yoshiki said.

“My dream was to play in Madison Square Garden. I knew it would take time, but I never stopped dreaming,” Yoshiki said.

"Behind each genius there's a lot of painstaking effort and hard work," Mickey Mikitani explained in reference to Yoshiki.

“Behind each genius there’s a lot of painstaking effort and hard work,” Mickey said of Yoshiki.

"Japanese culture is becoming even more popular around the world. I can taste Japanese food almost everywhere," Yoshiki said.

“Japanese culture is becoming even more popular around the world. I can taste Japanese food almost everywhere,” Yoshiki said.

Mickey and Yoshiki were joined on stage by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

Mickey and Yoshiki were joined on stage by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to discuss their friendship and Koizumi’s long-lasting respect for Yoshiki’s music.


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