Masaki Aiba

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Masaki Aiba
Native name 相葉 雅紀
Born (1982-12-24) December 24, 1982 (age 31)
Origin Chiba, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, actor, television personality, radio host, dancer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, saxophone
Years active 1996–present
Labels Pony Canyon, J Storm
Associated acts Arashi

Masaki Aiba (相葉 雅紀 Aiba Masaki?) (born December 24, 1982) is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, television personality, and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi.

Aiba began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 13. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Aiba started an acting career when he was cast as the lead role of Gordie for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. About five years after his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, he became one of the co-hosts of the variety show Tensai Shimura Dōbutsuen (天才!志村どうぶつ園 Genius! Shimura Zoo?) in 2004, making him the first member of Arashi to regularly participate in a variety show not primarily hosted by Arashi.

Early life[edit]

Aiba was born in Hanamigawa, Chiba as the first child of his family. He has a younger brother who is four years younger.[1][2] Aiba was raised by his grandparents until he was four years old because his parents were busy running their newly opened Chinese cuisine restaurant then.[3]

Prior to joining Johnny & Associates, Aiba watched a program called Love Love SMAP (愛ラブSMAP Ai Rabu SMAP?) and saw SMAP playing basketball on television.[4] Wanting to play basketball with them, he sent in the application to join the talent agency himself, without exactly knowing what the agency specialized in until the day of auditions.[4] Aiba became a Johnny's Jr. in August 1996 at the age of 13.[5]

Music career[edit]

For music-related releases and activities as a member of Arashi, see Arashi.

In collaboration with the other members, he has written the lyrics to "Fight Song" and "5x10". For his solo song "Hello Goodbye", Aiba played the harmonica portion of the song throughout Arashi's Arashi Marks 2008 Dream-A-Live and Arashi Marks Arashi Around Asia 2008 concert tours. Aiba also used to play the saxophone; however, due to the collapse of one of his lungs in 2002, he was forced to stop playing due to the operation he had to undergo.[6][7]

Acting career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Aiba began acting in a 1997 stage play based on an American coming of age film called Stand by Me with future bandmates Jun Matsumoto and Kazunari Ninomiya.[8] In 2005, Aiba took up the lead role of Keiji Takashima (高島 啓治 Takashima Keiji?), a naive but honest station attendant living in a world after a World War III nuclear war, in Tsubame no Iru Eki (燕のいる駅 A Station with Swallows?).[9] In 2007, Aiba portrayed Adam, a shy young man with a heart defect, in Wasurerarenai Hito (忘れられない人 Unforgettable Person?). It was the first stage adaptation of the 1993 film Untamed Heart.[10] In early 2008, Aiba was given the lead role of Colin Briggs in the stage play called Greenfingers, which was adapted from the movie of the same name.[11]

Aiba reunited with director Keiko Miyata (宮田 慶子 Miyata Keiko?), who has been the director for his stage plays since 2005, and took on the lead role for Kimi to Miru Sen no Yume (君と見る千の夢 The Thousand Dreams I Dream With You?), which ran from May 5 to May 24, 2010. He portrayed a young man hovering over life and death due to a violent traffic accident.[12]

Drama[edit]

In 1997, Aiba made his drama debut portraying Akira, one of the many children left to survive in a city under government lockdown after a mysterious disease wipes out all the adults, in the drama Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi (ぼくらの勇気 Our Courage: Miman City?). After the announcement of the formation of Arashi in September 1999 and their position as supporters for the 1999 Volleyball World Cup competition, all five members starred together for the first time in the volleyball-centered short drama V no Arashi.

Although Aiba was featured in a number of dramas such as Mukodono 2003 (ムコ殿2003 The Son-in-Law 2003?) and Yankee Bokō ni Kaeru (ヤンキー母校に帰る Drop-out Teacher Returns to School?), he became more known for his appearances in variety shows instead and went on to focus on stage productions after Yankee Bokō ni Kaeru.[13]

On August 2, 2009, it was announced that Aiba would not only act in his first drama series in nearly six years but also star as the lead actor for the first time.[13] In My Girl, Aiba portrayed a young man who discovers that he has a five-year-old daughter after receiving the news that his girlfriend, who he has not seen in six years, was killed in an accident.[14]

In January 2010, Aiba co-starred with the other members of Arashi in the human suspense drama special Saigo no Yakusoku. He portrayed Akira Tanada (棚田 昭 Tanada Akira?), a 28-year-old coffee shop employee who is caught up in a building hijack.[15][16] Starting January 2011, Aiba starred as genius bartender Ryū Sasakura (佐々 倉溜 Sasakura Ryū?) in the drama adaptation of the manga Bartender.[17] Aiba also made a guest appearance on the final episode of bandmate Ninomiya's drama Freeter, Ie o Kau (フリーター、家を買う。 Part-time Worker, Buys a House?), which aired on December 21, 2010.[18] In April 2012, Aiba once again starred in a lead role as "Katayama Yoshitaro" in the NTV drama adaption of the similarly named novel series, " Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri (三毛猫ホームズの推理).[19] In 2013 he will take the lead role as a doctor in "last hope"

Film[edit]

In 2002, he made his motion picture debut in Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy (ピカ☆ンチ Life is HardだけどHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy?), Arashi's first movie together, as the lead character Shun. He subsequently reprised his role for the 2004 sequel Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy (ピカ☆☆ンチ Life is HardだからHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard Therefore Happy?).

The group once again came together in 2007 to co-star in Kiiroi Namida (黄色い涙 Yellow Tears?) with Aiba portraying an aspiring singer in the 1960s.[20]

Other ventures[edit]

Radio[edit]

Since October 5, 2001, Aiba has his own radio show Arashi's Aiba Masaki no Rekomen! Arashi Remix, which currently broadcasts on JOQR. On May 17, 2009, Aiba hosted a special radio program on Tokyo FM called Muteki no Aiba-kun (ムテキの相葉クン! Invincible Aiba?).[21]

Variety show host[edit]

In 2004, Aiba became a regular part of Ken Shimura's variety show Tensai Shimura Dōbutsuen. With co-hosts of the show such as Tomomitsu Yamaguchi, Sayaka Aoki and Becky, Aiba interacts with various wild animals such as tigers, pandas and crocodiles in zoos both in and out of Japan such as Singapore, South Africa, Philippines and Indonesia.

Field navigator[edit]

From July 18 to July 19, 2009, Aiba was appointed a Field Navigator for the Gymnastics Japan Cup 2009 (体操Japan Cup 2009 Taisō Japan Cup 2009?).[22] He was once again a navigator on October 18, 2009 for the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2009: London Rally (世界体操選手権2009 ロンドン大会 Sekai Taisō Senshuken 2009 Rondon Taikai?).[23]

In July 2010, Aiba was a Field Navigator for the Gymnastics Japan Cup 2010 (体操Japan Cup 2010 Taisō Japan Cup 2010?).[24] Aiba was the official navigator for Fuji Television's coverage of the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands from October 16 to October 24, 2010.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Drama
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi Akira
1998 Shōnentachi Kei Matsushita
1999 V no Arashi Masaki Aiba Lead role with other members of Arashi
2001 Mukodono 2003 Ryo Takeyama
2002 Shōnen Taiya: Second Story - Gypsy Roku Four-episode drama
2002 Shōnen Taiya: Third Story - Aoki-san Uchi no Oku-san Masaki Four-episode drama
2003 Kaigo Kazoku: Hana, Sakimakka Akira Mataki Television special
2003 Gekidan Engimono: Eleventh Story - Kurū ga Mama Kazuya Lead role, four-episode drama
2003 Yoiko no Mikata Akira Mataki Episode 7 guest appearance
2003 Yankee Bokō ni Kaeru Tetsuji Yashiki
2006 Triple Kitchen Eisaku Odajima Television special
2006 Kuitan Special Extra Cameo appearance
2009 My Girl Masamune Kazama Lead role
2010 Saigo no Yakusoku Akira Tanada Lead role with other members of Arashi, television special
2010 Freeter, Ie o Kau Hirata Episode 10 guest appearance
2011 Bartender Ryū Sasakura Lead role
2011 21 nin no Wa~Shinsai no Naka no 6-nensei to Sensei no Kiroku~ Documentary narrator
2012 Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri Yoshitaro Katayama Lead role
2013 ″Last Hope″ Hatano Takumi Lead role
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shinjuku Shōnen Tantei-dan Sōsuke Hashiba
2002 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy Shun Okano Lead role
2004 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy Shun Okano
2007 Kiiroi Namida Shōichi Inoue
2011 Nippon Rettou: Ikimonotachi no Monogatari Documentary narrator
2014 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Tabun Happy Shun Okano

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Stand By Me Gordie Lead role
2005 Tsubame no Iru Eki Keiji Takashima Lead role
2007 Wasurerarenai Hito Adam Lead role
2009 Green Fingers Colin Briggs Lead role
2010 Kimi to Miru Sen no Yume Haruya Ikebe Lead role

Awards[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2010 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Fall 2009) Best Actor My Girl Won[26]
TV Navi Drama Awards (Fall 2009) Best Newcomer Won[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Love So Sweet (Secret Talk). J Storm. 2005-11-16. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  3. ^ "そして僕らは嵐になった Arashi Story 1980–2009". Pia: 10–22. August 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ". February 23, 2004. Fuji TV.
  5. ^ "Shōnen Club Premium". January 18, 2009. NHK.
  6. ^ All or Nothing. J Storm. June 12, 2002. Retrieved October 12, 2009. 
  7. ^ "24-Hour Television". August 22, 2004. NTV.
  8. ^ "Shōnen Club Premium". July 19, 2009. NHK.
  9. ^ "相葉雅紀主演『燕のいる駅』制作発表" (in Japanese). Theater Guide. 2005-06-27. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Aiba to star in "Untamed Heart"". Tokyograph. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  11. ^ "Masaki Aiba takes "Greenfingers" to the stage". Tokyograph. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  12. ^ "君と見る千の夢" [The Thousand Dreams I Dream With You] (in Japanese). The Globe Tokyo. Retrieved 2010-03-06. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b "Arashi's Aiba stars in television drama". Tokyograph. August 2, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Shingo Murakami added to "My Girl" cast". Tokyograph. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  15. ^ "嵐が10年ぶりにメンバー5人全員でドラマ出演! フジ新春ドラマ『最後の約束』" (in Japanese). Oricon. November 11, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  16. ^ "新春スペシャルドラマ『最後の約束』" (in Japanese). Fuji Television News. November 11, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Arashi's Masaki Aiba stars in "Bartender" drama". Tokyograph. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  18. ^ "二宮ドラマに相葉 メンバー出演"一巡"" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  19. ^ http://www.tokyohive.com/2012/02/aiba-masaki-to-unite-with-a-crime-solving-cat-for-new-drama-on-ntv/
  20. ^ "Masaki Aiba announces solo performance". Tokyograph. April 1, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Arashi Timeline 2001" (in Japanese). Johnny & Associates. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  22. ^ "Arashi Timeline 2009" (in Japanese). Johnny & Associates. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  23. ^ ""体操のお兄さん" 「嵐」の相葉雅紀が再び!" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. 2009-10-05. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  24. ^ "番組" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  25. ^ "Masaki Aiba headed to Netherlands to cover gymnastics championships". Tokyograph. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  26. ^ "第13回ドラマGP 秋投票 「マイガール」が3部門を制す" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  27. ^ "ドラマ・オブ・ザ・イヤー2009 秋クール 【 10月〜12月期 】 結果発表!" (in Japanese). Tvnaviweb.jp. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 

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