Yui Aragaki (Japanese: 新垣 結衣, Hepburn: Aragaki Yui, born June 11, 1988) is a Ryukyuan Japanese actress, model, singer and occasional radio show host. She was selected as the most desired girlfriend and the most desired female celebrity face on Oricon's yearly survey several times.
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6+1⁄2 in)|
|Labels||Warner Music Japan|
Aragaki Yui was born on June 11, 1988 in Naha, Okinawa. She is the youngest among her two siblings. After seeing an audition notice for the junior fashion magazine Nicola (ニコラ, Nikora), she applied for it and won the Grand Prix award for the audition. In 2001, at the age of 13, she began her Nicola modelling career and was very well received as a Nicola model, having set a record for appearing on cover for 15 times. One of her co-models, actress Enomoto Ayako, gave her the nickname 'Gakky' as a take on her surname. She moved to Tokyo at 15 and enrolled at Horikoshi High School famous for being the academic base of many famous celebrities including Seiko Matsuda. She made her acting debut in Shibuya in 2005. She also became quite popular as in the Pocky commercials. She also expanded into voice acting in 2006 as well as movies as of 2007. Other sources report that the abysmal reactions to her vocals lead to the stress. She has continued acting for the small and big screen since, however, and released more music. She also became a host for the radio program Girls Locks which lasted between 2010 and 2012.
At the age of 15, Aragaki moved to Tokyo and enrolled in Horikoshi High School, a private high school popular for being attended by many Japanese celebrities. In 2004, she decided to put her Nicola career on hold and expand her career path into gravure and acting, and she also appeared in variety shows and commercials, with her Pocky commercials being the most popular. A year later, she officially graduated from Nicola. Even so, she still appears in the magazine occasionally.
In 2005, Aragaki took up a role in the TBS drama, Dragon Sakura, starring alongside Japanese idols like Tomohisa Yamashita and Masami Nagasawa. This marked a breakthrough in her acting career. Since then, she has been cast in many other dramas, like My Boss, My Hero and Gal Circle. She also starred in the 2007 tragic love story movie hit Koizora, for which she won her first award, the Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Newcomer. Currently, she has 5 newcomer awards.
Aragaki won the Film prize at the 45th Golden Arrow Awards in 2008. Her tremendous number of movie shoots as well as the preparation for her debut album resulted in her suffering from work-related stress in 2007. She was invited as a judge in 58th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
Outside acting she also released her first album, Sora, and the single "Heavenly Days", a song from Koizora. "Memories", the theme song for Tokyo Serendipity, was included in her debut album. She also performed at Budokan.
In 2014, she tried the role of mother for her first time in film Twilight Sasarasaya.
In 2016, she acted an ideal wife in The Full-Time Wife Escapist, raised a social topic in Japan. She also performed in "koi dance" as ending of the drama, become viral in Japan. She was invited as a judge again in 67th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
In 2017, Aragaki Yui acted as Masako Matsushita in Kizuna : hashire kiseki no kouma also known as Ties: A Miraculous Colt. It was broadcast on NHK, and the story is about she raising the little ponies after the earthquake with her father. During the same year in July, Code Blue Season 3 that she had participated in has finally released after 7 years broadcasting the second season. In October, Aragaaki Yui played as Tamako Tomita in Mixed Doubles directed by Junichi Ishikawa.
Aragaki Yui won the best actress reward at the 60th Blue Ribbon Awards.
In 2018, Aragaki Yui acted as Shinkai Akira in Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi (We Can Not Become Beasts, Weakest Beast). She also participated in the Code Blue the Movie that is released in July.
|Tokyo Serendipity||Yui Aoki||Akiko Ōku||Lead role|
|Sky of Love||Mika Tahara||Natsuki Imai||Lead role|
|2008||Cheer Cheer Cheer!||Momoyama Momoko||Kensaku Watanabe||Lead role|
|2009||Ballad||Princess Ren||Takashi Yamazaki|
|2010||Hanamizuki||Sae Hirasawa||Nobuhiro Doi||Lead role|
|2012||The Wings of the Kirin||Kaori Nakahara||Nobuhiro Doi|
|2014||Twilight: Saya in Sasara||Saya||Yoshihiro Fukagawa||Lead role|
|2015||Have a Song on Your Lips||Yuri Kashiwagi||Takahiro Miki||Lead role|
|S: The Last Policeman - Recovery of Our Future||Hayashi Iruma||Shunichi Hirano|
|2017||Mixed Doubles||Tamako Tomita||Jun'ichi Ishikawa||Lead role|
|2018||Code Blue||Dr. Megumi Shiraishi||Masaki Nishiura|
|Dragon Sakura||Yoshino Kosaka||TBS|
|Onna no Ichidaiki!||Koshiji Fubuki (child)||Fuji TV|
|2006||True Love||Aso Natsumi||Fuji TV||Lead role|
|Kanojo no Koibumi||Yukari Kawamura||TV Asahi||Lead role|
|My Boss My Hero||Umemura Hikari||NTV|
|2007||Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter||Kawahara Kome||TBS||Lead role|
|2008||Code Blue||Dr. Megumi Shiraishi||Fuji TV|||
|2009||Code Blue Special Episode||Dr. Megumi Shiraishi||Fuji TV||Television film|||
|2010||Angel Bank||Kaoru Kitashiro||TV Asahi||Cameo (episode 1)|
|Code Blue 2||Dr. Megumi Shiraishi||Fuji TV|||
|2011||Full Throttle Girl||Ayukawa Wakaba||Fuji TV||Lead role|
|Ranma ½||Akane Tendo||NTV||Lead role; television film|
|2012||Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai||Hanazono Erika||Fuji TV||Television film|
|Legal High||Machiko Mayuzumi||Fuji TV|||
|2013||Public Affairs Office in the Sky||Rika Inaba||TBS||Lead role|||
|Legal High SP||Machiko Mayuzumi||Fuji TV||Television film|||
|Legal High 2||Machiko Mayuzumi||Fuji TV|||
|2014||S: The Last Policeman||Iruma Hayashi||TBS|||
|2015||The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami||Kyoko Okitegami||NTV||Lead role|||
|2016||The Full-Time Wife Escapist||Mikuri Moriyama||TBS||Lead role|||
|2017||Ties: A Miraculous Colt||Shoko Matsushita||NHK||Miniseries|||
|Code Blue 3||Dr. Megumi Shiraishi||Fuji TV|||
|2018||Weakest Beast||Shinkai Akira||NTV||Lead role|||
|2020||Daddy is My Classmate||Sachiko Obika||NTV|||
|2021||The Full-Time Wife Escapist: New Year's Special||Mikuri Moriyama||TBS||Lead role; television film|||
|Dragon Sakura season 2||Yoshino Kosaka||TBS||Cameo (the final episode)|||
|2022||The 13 Lords of the Shogun||Yae||NHK||Taiga drama|||
|2006||Digimon Data Squad||Anime series||Yoshino Fujieda|
|Digimon World Data Squad||Video game|
|Keroro Gunsō the Super Movie||Anime film||Mirara|
|2008||News Taiga Special Earth of Life ... Overseas (Australia) Reporter|
|Yui Aragaki one step at a time-20 years old now-|
|2010||Special News "Air medical services, Yui Aragaki reports the forefront"|
|A miracle story seen by the fighting nurse SP "Code Blue”|
|JOUNETSU – TAIRIKU – Yui Aragaki|
|2011||Athlete's Soul 2nd "I want to cheer up Japan-Aoi Ishikawa 19-year-old oath"|
|2015||NHK Special "Life evolution"|
|Release||Title||Oricon Single charts peak positions and sales||Album|
|2008/07/16||Make My Day||1||2||53,471||85,341||Hug|
Download Only Single
|2009/12/9||Chiisana Koi no Uta||Yui & a school students group||Yui sing the song with more than 3000 high school students|
|2010/9/22||Hanamizuki||Yui & SCHOOL OF LOOK! listeners||12 members selected from listeners of "SCHOOL OF LOCK!"|
|Release||Title||Oricon Album charts peak positions and sales|
|March 2007||Hi no Kageru Oka||Mitsuya Cider|
|August 18, 2007||Memory||Tokyo Serendipity|
|November 3, 2007||heavenly days||Koizora|
|April 15, 2009||Utsushie||Aishiteru: Kaiyō|
|April 2009||Heart will drive||Round One Entertainment|
|May 27, 2009||Hachimitsu||系春の『花Sacas』|
|October 2009||Chiisana Koi no Uta||Sony Walkman S Series|
|July 31, 2010||WALK||Hutch the Honeybee: Melody of Couraget|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2007||20th Nikkan Sports Film Award||Best Newcomer Award||Waruboro and Koizora||Won|
|4th TVnavi Drama of the Year||Best Supporting Actress||Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter||Won|
|17th TV LIFE Annual Drama Award||Won|
|2008||32nd Elan d'or Awards||Newcomer of the Year||Won|
|29th Yokohama Film Festival||Best Newcomer Award||Koisuru Madori, Waruboro, and Koizora||Won|
|50th Blue Ribbon Awards||Best Newcomer Award||Won|
|31st Japan Academy Prize||Newcomer of the Year||Koizora||Won|
|45th Golden Arrow Awards||Film Prize||Herself||Won|
|6th Tokyo Girls Collection||BEST GIRL OF 2007||Won|
|2009||13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix||Best Supporting Actress||Smile||Won|
|61st Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2014||79th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Legal High 2||Won|
|2016||2nd Confidence Award Drama Prize||Best Actress||Kyoko Okitegami's memo||Won|
|2017||6th Confidence Award Drama Prize||Best Actress||The Full-Time Wife Escapist||Won|
|91st Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|25th Hashida Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|20th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix||Best Actress||Won|
|10th Tokyo Drama Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|30th Nikkan Sports Film Award||Best Actress||Mixed Doubles||Nominated|
|21st Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix – Summer||Best Supporting Actress||Code Blue3||Won|
|94th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|27th TV LIFE Annual Drama Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2018||60th Blue Ribbon Awards||Best Actress||Mixed Doubles||Won|
|27th Tokyo Sports Film Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|41st Japan Academy Prize||Best Actress||Nominated|
|43rd Hochi Film Award||Best Supporting Actress||Code Blue – Movie Ver.||Nominated|
- Daio Paper – Elleair (2003)
- Seika – Meiji (2014 Dec – 2015 Feb)
- Senoby – JT Beverage (2005 Mar – 2006 Feb)
- NTT East (2005 Dec-2013 Dec)
- Pantene – Procter & Gamble (2006–2014)
- Dailies Aqua – Ciba Vision (2006)
- Pocky – Glico (2006–2008)
- Townwork – Recruit (2006–current)
- Japanese Red Cross (2007 January – 2007 December)
- Uniqlo – SKINNY MIX"キャンペーン (2007 February – 2007 April)
- Mitsuya Cider – Asahi Soft Drinks (2007 March -)
- ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (2008 March – 2010 February 2014 April – Current)
- Green Tea – Asahi Soft Drinks (2009–current)
- Sony Walkman S Series (2009 Oct – 2010 Sep)
- Tokyo Metro – Tokyoheart (2010 Apr – 2011 Mar)
- Haruyama Trading Co.,Ltd. – (2010 February – 2012 January)
- Toyota – Ractis (2010 November – 2011 October)
- Meiji – Chocolate Almonds (2011 April – current)
- Meiji – Meltykiss (2011 October – current)
- DeNA – Mobage (2011 November – 2012 October)
- KOSÉ- Sekkisei (2012 July -current)
- DeNA – Final Fantasy (2012 July- 2012 October)
- Canon – EOS (Mirrorless single-lens camera) (2012 July – 2014 July)
- Canon – IXY PowerShot (Compact digital camera) (2013 February- 2014 February)
- Canon – EOS kiss X7 (Single-lens reflex camera) (2013 November- 2014 February)
- KOSÉ- ESPRIQUE (2014 November – 2015 February)
- GMO CLICK Securities, Inc -(2015 January – Current)
- Meiji – Valentine Special (2016 February)
- Uniqlo (2017)
- NIPPON PAPER CRECIA Co., LTD. – Kleenex (2017 April – current)
- Uniqlo – ドレープコレクション (2017 March – Current)
- Toyota – Noah (2017 July – Current)
- H&M – (2021)
- Chura Chura (2006)
- A Happy New Gakky (2006)
- Masshiro (2007)
- Koisuru Madori (2007)
- Gekkan Yui Aragaki Special (2010)
- Hanamizuki Official Photostory Book (2010)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2005 Calendar (Release on December 10, 2004: Triax (Hagoromo))
- Aragaki Yui Official 2006 Calendar (Release on November 7, 2005: Triax (Hagoromo))
- Aragaki Yui Official 2007 Calendar (Release on November 4, 2006: Triax (Hagoromo))
- Aragaki Yui Official 2008 Calendar (Release on October 22, 2007: Triax (Hagoromo))
- Aragaki Yui Official 2009 Calendar (Release on October 27, 2008: Triax (Hagoromo))
- Aragaki Yui Official 2010 Calendar (Release on October 28, 2009: Triax (Hagoromo))
- Aragaki Yui Official 2011 Calendar (Release on October 13, 2010: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2012 Calendar (Release on October 26, 2011: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2013 Calendar (Release on October 6, 2012: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2014 Calendar (Release on November 2, 2013: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2015 Calendar (Release on November 8, 2014: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2016 Calendar (Release on November 7, 2015: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2017 Calendar (Release on November 12, 2016: LesPro)
- Aragaki Yui Official 2018 Calendar (Release on September 1, 2017: LesPro)
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- "Yui Aragaki wins Oricon poll for most desired female celebrity face, again!".
- "第11回 女性が選ぶ"なりたい顔"".
- "Golden Arrow Awards: Aragaki wins big". Tokyograph. March 4, 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- "Yui Aragaki Profile".
- "なぜ「逃げ恥」は"国民的ドラマ"になり得たのか" (in Japanese).
- "新垣結衣と星野源が結婚を発表「互いに支え合い豊かな時間を積み重ねていけたら」". Oricon. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
- "コード・ブルー:山下智久主演の劇場版が12月7日地上波初放送 ドキュメンタリー番組も". Mantan-web. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "堺雅人主演「リーガル・ハイ」が連ドラで復活！今年10月スタート". Cinematoday. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "新垣結衣結婚にブルーインパルス粋な祝福？「少しでも心にゆとりを」". Nikkan Sports. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "新垣結衣、向井理ドラマ「S -最後の警官-」に途中参戦！スナイパー役でレギュラー出演". Cinematoday. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "新垣結衣、西尾維新作品を連ドラ化『掟上今日子の備忘録』で主演". TV dogatch. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "逃げるは恥だが役に立つ ガンバレ人類！新春スペシャル！！". TBS. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "役所広司「楽しく価値ある仕事ができた」と自信、主演ドラマ『絆～走れ奇跡の子馬～』". TV dogatch. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "獣になれない私たち:最終回視聴率は8.3％ 新垣結衣＆松田龍平W主演作". Mantan-web. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "Daddy is My Classmate". Nippon TV. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
- "長澤まさみと新垣結衣の共演に「眩しすぎる」「歴史的」の声、本作関連ワードがTwitterトレンド上位を独占…「ドラゴン桜」最終回". Cinema Cafe. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- "鎌倉殿の13人:新垣結衣が大河ドラマ初出演 小栗旬"北条義時"の初恋の人、八重役". Mantan-web. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
- "Newcomer Award・Aragaki Yui・20th Nikkan Sports Film Award" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. December 5, 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "第４回「ドラマ・オブ・ザ・イヤー２００７」結果発表！" [4th TVnavi Drama of the Year].
- "TV LIFE年間ドラマ大賞 受賞リスト".
- "Elan d'or Awards List of Winners". All Nippon Producers Association. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Yokohama Film Festival at Kannai Hall – Aragaki Yui and others" (in Japanese). Yokohama Community Design Lab. February 3, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Blue Ribbon Awards" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. February 13, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "31st Japan Academy Prize Awards List" (in Japanese). eiga.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Golden Arrow Awards" (PDF). Japan Magazine Publishers Association. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "Confidence Award Drama Prize: "Nigehaji" wins six categories, Aragaki Yui wins her second Best Actress Award" (in Japanese). Tokyo Pop Line. January 20, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "91st Drama Academy Awards Results (Best Actress)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- "25th Hashida Awards Winners Announced: "Nigehaji" Aragaki Yui, "Toto Neechan" Takahata Mitsuki and others" (in Japanese). oricon ME. April 1, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
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- "ドラマアカデミー賞". Archived from the original on November 15, 2017.
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