Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣 Aragaki Yui?, born June 11, 1988) is a Japanese idol[1], model, actress, singer, seiyū and occasional radio show host of Ryukyuan ancestry.

Because of her fashion sense and logical personality, she gained a large fanbase.[2]. Her beauty, particularly her smile,[3]. and face[4] has been praised.



After seeing an audition notice for the junior fashion magazine nicola, her sister sent in Yui's profile and she auditioned, winning a Grand Prix award. She became a nicomo, a model for the magazine. By 2001, her fellow nicomo, Ayako Enamoto, nicknamed her Gakky.

Aragaki expanded her modeling career into gravure in 2004. She also appeared on variety shows and commercials, her commercials for Pocky being most popular. A year later, she officially graduated from the magazine. During the same year, she acted in the TBS drama, Dragon Zakura, alongside fellow Japanese idol, Tomohisa Yamashita and actress Masami Nagasawa. This was her breakthrough performance. Since then, Aragaki has been cast in various dramas like Kanojo no Koibumi, Gal Circle and My Boss, My Hero. Despite the expiration of her contract with 'nicola', she still appears in the magazine occasionally. She currently holds the record for appearing the most number of times as its cover girl.

In 2007 she started the year with a movie, Waruboro, with Shota Matsuda and Yuu Shirota. Afterwards she was cast alongside Hiroshi Tachi and Shigeaki Kato in TBS' summer drama, Papa to Musume no Nanokakan. Aragaki plays a high school student who exchanges bodies with her father, a middle-aged salaryman.

Aragaki was also cast in the movie Koisuru Madori (Tokyo Serendipity), with Ryuhei Matsuda. Later that year came she appeared in the tear jerker Koizora with Haruma Miura.

Outside acting she also released her first album, Sora, and the single heavenly days, a song from Koizora.

In 2007 she starred in three films and a drama, and recorded a debut album. But she became ill from work related stress [5][6]

To date, Aragaki has won five Newcomer awards for the movies Waruboro, Tokyo Serendipity and Koizora/Sky of Love. Her fifth award was in honor of her role in the ¥3.6 billion-grossing movie, Sky of Love. [7]

Memories, the theme song for Tokyo Serendipity, was included in her debut album. She also performed her at Budokan[8].

She also released two singles in 2008, Make my day and Akai Ito. Make my Day was used in the NHK drama Hachi-One Driver, while Akai Ito is a cover of a song written and performed by Kobukuro during their indie days, in commemoration of the duo's tenth anniversary in the Japanese music industry.

In August 2008 Aragaki' played intern Megumi Shiraishi in the medical drama Code Blue: Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyuumei, with Tomohisa Yamashita and Erika Toda. At the same time she made the movie Fure Fure Shojo.

She also appeared in Ballad, with Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, as a feudal princess. She released her fifth single PIECE in February 2009.

Aragaki also hosts GIRLS LOCKS!, part of the Japanese radio program, SCHOOL OF LOCKS!, together with other U-20 idols Maki Horikita, Chiaki Kuriyama and Nana Eikura. She also works as a voice actor.


Year Title
2005 Sh15uya
2005 Dragon Zakura
2005 Onna no Ichidaiki!
2006 True Love
2006 Kanojo no Koibumi
2006 Gal Circle
2006 My Boss My Hero
2007 Papa to Musume no Nananokan
2008 Code Blue
2009 Smile
2010 Angel Bank
2010 Code Blue 2


Year Title
2007 Waruboro
2007 Koisuru Madori (Tokyo Serendipity)
2007 Koizora (Sky of Love)
2008 Fure Fure Shojo (Cheer Cheer Cheer!)
2009 Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta (Ballad)
2010 Hanamizuki

Voice acting

Year Title Type Character
2006 Digimon Savers Anime series Yoshino Fujieda
Digimon World Data Squad Video game Yoshino Fujieda
Sgt. Keroro Anime film Mirara



  • Chura Chura
  • Masshiro
  • Koisuru Madori



Release Title Oricon Single charts peak positions and sales Album
Daily Weekly Debut Overall
2008/07/16 1st Single
"Make my day"
1 2 53,471 85,341 Hug
2008/10/15 2nd Single
"Akai Ito"
1 3 34,236 64,461
2009/02/25 3rd Single
6 7 18,204 25,283
2009/05/27 4th Single
9 10 15,946 22,048


Release Title Oricon Album charts peak positions and sales
Daily Weekly Debut Overall
2007/12/05 1st Album
2 3 72,879 133,086
2009/06/17 2nd Album
3 5 22,540 40,704
2010/09/22 3rd Album

See also


  • 61st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Smile
  • 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring 2009): Best Supporting Actress for Smile


External links

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