May 27 2010

Japanese Leg of ‘Bad’ Tour Dedicated to Yoshiaki Hagiwara

Category: Children,Humanitarian,PhotosSeven @ 2:30 am

Man In The Mirror 12" Vinyl

Man In The Mirror 12" Vinyl

Yoshiaki Hagiwara, a five year old boy, was kidnapped and murdered while Michael was touring in Japan.

Michael heard about Yoshiaki before one of his concerts there, and made a comment about this incident during the performance:

I am very sorry and deeply saddened to hear about Yoshiaki. If I could, I would like to rush to his parents to express my words of sympathy and pay tribute to Yoshiyaki. I would like to dedicate my Japanese tour to Yoshiyaki. Yoshiyaki, I know you’re out there watching us. I hope such a brutal and heartbreaking thing never happens again. And I love you.

-Michael Jackson

Michael also made a donation of $20,000 dollars to the grieving family.

On the sleeve of this vinyl record is written:

Dedicated to Yoshiaki Hagiwara
May such a terrible thing never happen again.
I will always love you. -Michael Jackson.

Also noted:
A Portion of Michael Jackson’s royalties from this record is donated to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children with cancer.

Here, Michael dedicates the tour to Yoshiaki:

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{ Thanks to my friend Monita for finding this and sharing it with me! -Seven }

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7 Responses to “Japanese Leg of ‘Bad’ Tour Dedicated to Yoshiaki Hagiwara”

  1. Venice says:

    I just cant enough of those videos.. 😀 I spent my day watching it over and over.. 🙂 He was seen happy here and his performance was amazing!! Love him so much!!

  2. june says:

    These were so great to watch. How the crowds reponded to Michael and his obvious pleasure at bringing at bringing such enjoyment to so many people around the world. I was looking for, and did see, Frank DiLeo, who managed Michael back then. And Jennifer Batten and a few other familiar faces. Michael drew performers to whom who wanted to learn from him and be inspired by him. He was so peaceful and joyful around those he knew and didn’t know that they could not help but be lifted by his gentle soulful nature. I feel he had two lives, pre-1993 and post-1993, even though he was hounded before 1993, the catalyst for his post-1993 tortured life was Tom Sneddon, who most assuredly never knew or even considered who this gentle giant of entertainment and charity REALLY was and the gifts he gave to the world. Thank you so much for providing these links to the past.

  3. Rashmi says:

    Seven & Venice – no problem 🙂

    Joyce, it IS wonderful – I wholeheartedly agree with your post and love the highlights you picked out. I have watched the footage so many times but discover something new on each viewing!

    The blackboard message highlighted, again, to me that Michael occupied a higher plane of consciousness. I am so glad I lived in the same era and was thus able to experience his art and appreciate his philosophy on life. He was truly remarkable – a bright shining star in an often mediocre world, which clearly wasn’t ready for him.

    Rashmi x

  4. Joyce says:

    I Totally agree with Rashmi, I didn’t care in the least that I could not understand a word of the narration. I could not tear myself away for the 45 minutes or more of this entire video. I wish it was available on DVD somewhere. It is so wonderful. My favorite parts that I have to mention:
    In Part #2: when they show the extended close ups of Michael’s feet dancing it was magnificent to behold! I will have to watch that again and again! I also love watching him at Disney Japan. You can hear him giggling above everyone else!
    In Part #3: The huge crowds that gathered outside the stadium during the concert just to hear his voice. I would have done that! During rehearsals, the back up singers doing the “Beat It” fight scene using a banana. Must have been so exciting being part of that tour.
    In Part #5: Love the flashing light robe Michael has on after a concert in the van ride back to the hotel. Best of all, Michaels chalkboard message to everyone in the tour says everything about Michael,
    “Make Love Your Weapon to Overcome Any Evil!” signed Michael Jackson.
    Finally, in Part #6 I love the preshow circle scream session and prayer. I didn’t even mention the heart wrenching dedication to the kidnapped child, Yoshiaki.
    Sorry for this longwinded letter of love but I just had to put my feelings into words! I will not ever be able to stop thinking about and loving this very special man. He was truly a divine spirit.
    Thanks for this wonderful video link. There is so much on YouTube that is garbage and I would have hated to miss this!

  5. Venice says:

    Thank you for sharing with us, Rashmi.. The videos are beautiful..



  6. Seven says:

    THANK YOU RASHMI! As always… <3

  7. Rashmi says:

    Hi Seven (and Monita!)

    You guys may have seen this already but just thought I’d post the links of the Japanese documentary from which the clip of Michael dedicating IJCSLY to Yoshiaki is taken from. It’s one of my favourite pieces on Michael, with lots of rare footage of him both on and off-stage (shopping, on a commuter train (!), mingling with fans – who have to be some of the most dedicated in the world IMO, etc).

    I don’t understand Japanese unfortunately but to paraphrase one of the YouTube comments – only for Michael would I glue myself to a documentary where I don’t understand a word the narrator is saying! My favourite clip (apart from the very emotional dedication to Yoshiaki) is at the beginning of part 5 where MJ runs towards a fence and climbs up it during his performance of ‘Bad’ – his energy & passion are incredible.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Part 5
    Part 6

    Rashmi x