Ryota Yamasato

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Ryota Yamasato
Native name山里亮太
Born (1977-04-14) April 14, 1977 (age 42)
Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Alma materKansai University
Years active1999–present
Yū Aoi (m. 2019)

Ryota Yamasato (Japanese: 山里亮太, Hepburn: Yamasato Ryōta, born April 14, 1977)[1], also known as Yama-chan (山ちゃん), is a Japanese comedian and television and radio personality. He rose to fame in the 2000s as one half of the manzai comedy duo the Nankai Candies. Outside Japan he is best known as one of the commentators on the reality television series Terrace House.

Life and career[edit]

Yamasato is a member of the 22nd graduating class of Yoshimoto Kogyo's New Star Creation (NSC) school of comedy in Osaka. His first known owarai comedy duo was Footlight Kōtei (足軽エンペラー, Futtoraito Kōtei) together with Tomio Nishida from 1999 to 2003. Yamasato played the role of the boke or "funny man" to Nishida's tsukkomi or "straight man". He then formed the Nankai Candies (南海キャンディーズ) with Shizuyo Yamasaki in June 2003.[2] However, in this duo Yamasato plays the tsukkomi, while Yamasaki is the boke. The Nankai Candies took second place in the 2004 M-1 Grand Prix,[2] leading to many television appearances and subsequently moved their base from Osaka to Tokyo. That year they also won the 25th ABC Newcomer Comedian Grand Prix Newcomer Award.[2] In 2005 they received the 40th Kamigata Manzai Grand Prix Newcomer Award and the 43rd Golden Arrow Newcomer Award.[2] They competed several more times in the M-1 Grand Prix; coming in ninth place in 2005 and eighth in 2009,[2] and being eliminated in the semifinals in 2008, 2016 and 2017. Beginning in 2007, the Nankai Candies were not active much while Yamasaki competed as a boxer. She even became a women's middleweight champion before retiring from the sport in 2015.[3][4]

Beginning with season 3 of Terrace House: Boys × Girls Next Door on April 12, 2013, Yamasato became a studio commentator on the reality TV series Terrace House.[5] He has continued this role on each installment of the franchise, where he is known as the cynical one who enjoys highlighting the house members' flaws.[6][7] In 2015, he was given his own spin-off on Netflix Japan's YouTube channel titled Yama Channel where he comments solo.[8]

Yamasato co-authored two books that were both released on June 25, 2013. News no Yomikata Oshiemasu! explains recent political and economic words in an easy-to-understand manner, while Yamasato Ryōta no 'Tarinai' Eigo teaches simple English for communication.[9]

Yamasato played the villain in the 2016 Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger the Movie: Ninja in Wonderland.[10] Since October 2016, Yamasato and his fellow Terrace House commentator You have co-hosted the puppet show Nehorin Pahorin on NHK Educational TV. They each voice mole puppets who co-interview the non-famous guest represented by a pig puppet. The anonymity afforded via the puppets and voice modulation allows the guests to talk candidly about topics not usually covered on mainstream TV, such as idol otaku or host club addiction.[8]

Yamasato voiced the character Karasutengu in the 2017 anime film Pretty Cure Dream Stars!.[11] He released Tensai wa Akirameta, a completely revised and updated version of his 2006 autobiographical book Tensai ni Naritai, on July 6, 2018 and it sold 100,000 copies in two months.[12] A fan of One Piece since its beginning, Yamasato voiced the character Donald Moderate in the 2019 One Piece: Stampede film.[13][14]

On June 3, 2019, Yamasato married actress Yū Aoi.[15][16]

Selected filmography[edit]


Live-action films[edit]



  • Tensai ni Naritai (天才になりたい, November 2006)
  • Hajimete no Gravure. YGA Shashin-shū (はじめてのグラビア。YGA写真集, July 24, 2007) – editor
  • News ga Motto Yoku Wakaru hon (ニュースがもっとよくわかる本, September 11, 2009) – co-authored with Akira Ikegami
  • News no Yomikata Oshiemasu! (ニュースの読み方教えます!, June 25, 2013) – co-authored with Mita Masaki
  • Yamasato Ryōta no 'Tarinai' Eigo (山里亮太の「たりない」英語, June 25, 2013) – co-authored with Masato Honma
  • Tensai wa Akirameta (天才はあきらめた, July 6, 2018)
  • Anoko no Yume wo Mita Ndesu. (あのコの夢を見たんです。, April 12, 2019)


  1. ^ "南海キャンディーズ - お笑いナタリー". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e "南海キャンディーズ プロフィール". Yoshimoto Kogyo (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  3. ^ "Comedian now boxing champion". The Japan Times. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  4. ^ "南キャン、1年ぶり漫才披露 コンビ再始動で早速ボクシングネタ". Oricon (in Japanese). 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  5. ^ "チュート徳井、山里、馬場園ら加入「テラスハウス」観察". Natalie (in Japanese). 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  6. ^ "What It's Really Like Inside Netflix's "Terrace House"". Tokyo Weekender. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  7. ^ "Unscripted: Revisiting Japan via Netflix". Lancaster Online. 2018-12-02. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  8. ^ a b "NHK puppet show offers a rare glimpse into unconventional lives". The Japan Times. 2018-03-03. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  9. ^ "南キャン山里、著書2冊同時発売記念サイン会大盛況". Natalie (in Japanese). 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  10. ^ "スーパー戦隊映画で悪役演じる山里が覚悟「これからは子供にも嫌われる」". Natalie (in Japanese). 2016-01-06. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  11. ^ "Precure Dream Stars! Film Announces Guest Cast, Story". Anime News Network. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  12. ^ "山里亮太のエッセイが発売2ヶ月で10万部突破「本当にうれしいです」". Oricon (in Japanese). 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  13. ^ "南キャン山里の夢叶う!劇場版「ONE PIECE」声優、海賊万博の司会者". Natalie (in Japanese). 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  14. ^ "One Piece Stampede Anime Film Casts Yusuke Santamaria, Rino Sashihara, Ryōta Yamasato". Anime News Network. 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  15. ^ "蒼井優と南海キャンディーズ・山里亮太が結婚 3日に婚姻届提出(スポーツ報知)". Yahoo! Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  16. ^ "山里亮太と蒼井優3日に結婚". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 5, 2019.

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