Many would say Yoshiki’s contributions to Japanese music culture are priceless, so in a way, you could say this is a bargain.

Japanese musician Yoshiki has already carved out an enduring legacy for himself as the leader of the massively popular and influential rock band X Japan, but that’s not his only claim to fame. In addition to numerous solo and crossover music projects with other bands, he’s also dabbled in the worlds of fashion modeling and design, giving him a professional resume that few of us can ever hope to come close to.

However, fans will soon have a chance to be physically close to Yoshiki, as the musician has announced his fifth annual dinner show, dubbed “Evening with Yoshiki 2018.”

This year’s iteration will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo, part of the swanky Roppongi Hills entertainment complex. The highlight, of course, is the live musical performance by Yoshiki, taking place in much more intimate confines than the stadiums his concerts routinely sell out. Lending even more culture to the program is a performance by the Asami Maki Ballet Company, and Yoshiki will also be peppering the proceedings with charismatic chatter for the entertainment of the assembled audience.

All of this is accompanied by a full-course French dinner prepared by the Hyatt’s chefs, some of the most highly respected culinary professionals in Tokyo. There’s no word on whether or not Yoshiki’s beloved cheese rice crackers will be on the menu, but it wouldn’t be a shock if they’re among the souvenirs and limited-edition merchandise being offered for sale at the event, which will also include a charity auction.

Of course, a small-venue concert by one of Japan’s biggest stars doesn’t come cheap, nor does gourmet cuisine, and the combination of those two rarefied treats means that tickets to Evening with Yoshiki 2018 are priced at 86,400 yen (US$810) per person. Still, if you’re a superfan, apparently it’s money well-spent, and at least one X Japan-loving member of the SoraNews24 team says it’s “a bargain.”

For each of the last four years, tickets have sold out almost instantaneously, and things will probably be no different when they go on sale this year. Reservation details have yet to be announced, but the dates are set, as Yoshiki’s dinner show will be held nightly from July 13 to 16. That sounds like a pretty intense schedule, so hopefully he remembers to listen to his body and take care of his health while putting on what’s sure to be a very entertaining show.

Related: Yoshiki official blog
Source, top image: Press release
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