2016 / Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation to present Saori Yuki Benefit Concert at Aratani Theatre, Oct. 29

Japan’s popular singer Saori Yuki, left, and her sister and classical singer Sachiko Yasuda.(Courtesy of Aurora Foundation)

Japan’s popular singer Saori Yuki, left, and her sister and classical singer Sachiko Yasuda.(Courtesy of Aurora Foundation)

The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation in Los Angeles will present the 2016 Aurora Benefit Concert featuring Japan-based singer sisters Saori Yuki and Sachiko Yasuda on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 pm at Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.

From Sept. 12, tickets are available to sell for $125, $100, $75, $55, $35.

The proceeds of the concert will be used for scholarship fund of Japanese language teachers and students who will become Japanese language teachers in the U.S.

For tickets, visit www.jlsf-aurora.org  or call Aurora office at (323) 882-6545.

Saori Yuki made her debut in 1969 with the song “Scat in the Dawn,” a tremendously successful hit. She has been one of Japan’s popular singers since then.

In 2011, Yuki collaborated with the American jazz orchestra Pink Martini to create the album “1969” including “Scat in the Dawn.”

“1969” was distributed in over 50 countries.


Saori Yuki Bio

In 1969, she had a hit with “Yoake no Scat (Scat at dawn)”, which sold 1.5 million copies,[1] which led her to sing at the NHK‘s Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the annual year-end music show (after that she continued her appearance until 1978).

In 1970 her single “Tegami (The Letter)” peaked at #1[2] and was the second best selling single in Japan in 1970.[3] For “Tegami” she won an award at the 12th Japan Record Awards.[4] She received the Best Vocalist Award at the 15th Japan Record Awards for her hit “Koibumi (Love Letter)”.

She quickly became a popular TV personality, appeared on a numbers of variety shows, and acted in several movies. She received the Award of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Japan Academy Prize in 1983 for her role of Chikako Numata, a mother of two difficult sons in The Family Game.

In 1985, she started appearing on stage again with her sister Sachiko. They toured around Japan with their specialty of Japanese children’s songs and received the Best Planning Award in 28th Japan Record Awards for their hit album Ano-toki, Kono-uta (あの時・この歌 (“Those Times, These Songs”).

Their repertoire has not been limited to children’s songs but included also pop, classical, and anime songs.

In 2009, she released her first original album since 1984, commemorating the 40th anniversary of her singing career as Saori Yuki. A collaboration album with Pink Martini titled 1969 was released in November 2011[5] in more than 20 countries, and quickly gained popularity[6] in various places including the United States, Canada, Singapore and Greece.