Yoshiki to be honoured with handprint ceremony at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre

Pioneer composer, musician and cultural icon Yoshiki deservedly finds his place along Hollywood’s starriest walkway. 

In news that feels much overdue, prolific composer Yoshiki is set to be honoured with a handprint and footprint ceremony at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre later this month.

The official unveiling of Yoshiki’s handprints will take place on January 9 in Los Angeles, in recognition of the multi-hyphenate’s decades-spanning career in music, fashion, and film. 

Yoshiki TCL Theatre handprints

It marks the first time a Japanese artist has imprinted their hands on the renowned theatre in its nearly 100-year history, and comes after the release of Yoshiki’s directorial debut, Under The Sky, which premiered in September.

That project — which included his own live performances as well as interviews with fellow musicians like SixTones and The Chainsmokers — adds to an already illustrious career for Yoshiki, who is perhaps best known as the leader and co-founder of the rock bands X Japan and The Last Rockstars.

Yoshiki’s music career has seen him collaborate with the likes of Bono, KISS and Brian May of Queen.

As a composer, Yohiki has produced theme songs for the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, as well as contributed to the soundtracks of anime series like Attack on Titan and films like Saw IV.

In fashion, Yoshiki is the visionary behind the rock-inspired kimono brand Yoshikimono, and became the first male Japanese cover star of Vogue Japan in 2017. 


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Yoshiki’s philanthropic efforts have seen him found the Yoshiki Foundation America, which provided relief efforts for the Australian Red Cross amid 2020’s Black Summer.

The imprinting ceremony will see Yoshiki rightfully rub shoulders (or hands) with fellow icons on the TCL Theatre pathway, from acting greats like Anthony Hopkins and Robin Williams to equally iconic musicians like The Smashing Pumpkins and Frank Sinatra.

Yoshiki’s imprinting ceremony will be followed by a reception and performance at Japanese House in Los Angeles. It’s welcome news for longtime fans of one of the music industry’s true visionaries. Congrats, Yoshiki!