BJAFA – BJAFA Annual Auction 2014
Auction Ends: Dec 15, 2013 11:00 PM EST

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Private Japanese Lesson with Alex York

Item Number
Estimated Value
$350 USD to DGCharlie
Number of Bids
19  -  Bid History

Item Description

Don't miss your chance to win 1.5 hour private Japanese lesson with J-Pop singer and Japanese television personality Alex York!

Alex will share his experiences and advice regarding Japanese language study in a special one-on-one private lesson. He will address the winner's interests and questions, plus help with any trouble points in Japanese. Anyone interested in the Japanese language is encouraged to bid! The lesson can be done in person (NYC area), or to anyone in the world through Skype video chat!



Item Special Note


New York City born and raised, singer-songwriter Alex York draws influences from an eclectic mix of music legends—from David Bowie, Queen, and The Beatles, to Japanese greats Southern All-Stars, B’z, and Misora Hibari—all the while soaking up the fresh stylings of his own generation's pacesetters. He is fluent in the Japanese language and studied Japanese at Yale University.


    Alex has amassed a strong independent following and gained acclaim from media, as well as been a featured performer at major festivals. The 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) nominated both his song "I Don’t Care" for best alternative rock song of the year, as well as his track “Push and Pull” for best pop song of the year, marking a double nomination. Time Out New York has called him “a rock star in the making". He has brought his dynamic live show to the Bamboozle festival, CMJ music festival, and Japan Society j-CATION festival, among others.


    He recently had his Japan debut on NTV's hit primetime show Waratte Koraete!, which billed him as a "heartthrob, charismatic musician", "adept at Japanese". Shortly after the broadcast, Alex's love song to Japan, "American Boy", charted #8 on the iTunes Japan Pop charts. "Change," an inspirational rock ballad he wrote in the hope of a swift recovery from the 2011 earthquake / tsunami, charted at #19.  The two songs hit #1 and #2 on the Amazon Japan Pop charts.

    The success of his song "American Boy" and its music video, which has received more than 1,000,000 views, helped Alex be dubbed one of the  "trends of 2013" by popular Japanese teen magazine Pichi Lemon. He has also been featured on popular Japanese TV shows Fuji TV's Nonstop!and NTV's Zip!. Most recently, Alex charmed listeners with his banter in Japanese and powerful singing voice on Radio Nikkei’s Sweet Nine Station.

    Since July 2012, Alex has appeared as a reporter / television personality on FCI Morning Eye, broadcast by Japanese Fuji TV in America. His friendly personage and fluency in Japanese have hooked viewers, making his segments among the most viewed. 

   Always valuing communication with his fans, Alex has independently drawn in more than 80,000 devoted followers on Twitter and over 90,000 Facebook fans across the world since entering the music scene in 2010.

    Strong response in Japan also led Alex to be invited in September by the US Ambassador to Japan in Tokyo to perform a special charity concert, in honor of the American-Japanese cultural friendship program, the TOMODACHI Initiative. 

    Alex is a strong supporter of Japan's reconstruction efforts after the 2011 earthquake / tsunami and donates 20% of all his profits to disaster relief.

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