Back: Allen Uyeda (CPAS Foundation Chairman), Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa, and Mrs. Yoko Misawa. Front: CPAS recipients Junichi Yagi (2016-18) and Jennifer Yoo (2017-19). Photo courtesy of Center for Japanese Studies

What do you get when you combine an American singer, a Korean-Japanese guitarist, an American-Japanese bassist, and a Japanese drummer? For Junichi Yagi, the answer is: Inspiration.

Playing drums in a band with work colleagues may not be a natural pathway to become a Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship recipient, but it was for Yagi. He went from practicing paradiddles, to meeting Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. What a difference a scholarship makes!

Yagi Press Release