You Yokoyama

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You Yokoyama
横山 裕
Birth name Kimitaka Yokoyama
Born (1981-05-09) May 9, 1981 (age 36)
Origin Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan
Genres Enka, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, radio host, lyricist
Years active 1996–present
Labels Teichiku Records, Imperial Records
Associated acts Kanjani Eight

You Yokoyama (横山 裕, Yokoyama Yū, born May 9, 1981) is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, radio host and lyricist. Yokoyama is also a member of Kanjani Eight, which is under the management of Johnny & Associates. His image color in the group is black.

Career[edit]

Yokoyama entered Johnny's on Christmas 1996 where he met fellow members Subaru Shibutani and Shingo Murakami. The reason he entered Johnny's is because his mother briefly saw his classmate on TV and said, "My kid is better looking." Rare among Johnny's talent, Yokoyama has been given a stage name. This has been said due to the difficult kanji of his real name, Kimitaka Yokoyama (横山 侯隆, Yokoyama Kimitaka). It is believed that "You" has been chosen by Johnny Kitagawa as it is easy to say. Although he has a stage name, nobody actually refers to him as "You", not even Johnny who is famous for referring to other people as "You".

When appearing in variety shows and radio, Yokoyama and Murakami are the two most talkative members. He has even been called a comedian due to his talking style. However, off screen, Yokoyama is very shy. He rarely speaks whilst in the dressing room, as he is too busy playing games.

Recently, Yokoyama has been appearing in quite a few dramas such as The Quiz Show 2 and Hidarime Tantei EYE.

Yokoyama's mother died at age 50 on May 16, 2010 at 11:51pm. She collapsed while shopping, and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Sources say that it might have been a heart attack. The funeral was held on May 18, which all the members of Kanjani8 attended.[1][2]

Discography[edit]

Solo songs

  • "Confusion"
  • "Fantastic Music!"
  • "Wonder Boy"
  • "413man" (Lyrics by Yokoyama)
  • "Trickster"

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 Don't Worry! Isamu Igarashi
1999 47 Ronin Chikara Ōishi
Nekketsu Renai Dō Pinokkiyokoyama
P.S. I'm Fine, Shunpei Keisuke Shimokawa
2000 Ike Ike Ikemen! Hiro
Food Fight Hirōmi Manaka
Scary Sunday: 2000
2001 The Worst Date in History Ginji Naniwa
Hanran no Voyage Ten Kuzuyama
2002 Engimono: Mitsuo Mitsuo
2003 Hakusen Nagashi: Age 25 Hijiri Kōsaka
2005 Gekidan Engimono: Lonely My Room Natsuki Ōtani
2006 Kemarishi Kasuga
2007 Haikei, Chichiue-sama Tokio Nakagawa
Yukan Club Seishiro Kikumasamune
2008 Yonimo Kimyō na Monogatari: Dotsukidotsukarete Ikiru no sa Nakamura
2009 The Quiz Show 2 Toshio Honma
Koishite Akuma Hādēs/Kobayakawa
Hidarime Tantei Eye Special Yumeto Tanaka
0 Gōshitsu no Kyaku Shiina (Hotel Manager)
2010 Hidarime Tantei Eye Yumeto Tanaka
2011 CONTROL ~Hanzai Shinri Sōsa~ Kei Teranishi
2012 13-sai no Hello Work Kiyofumi Takano
Papadol! You Yokoyama (as himself)
Boys on the Run Prison Guard (guest role)
2013 Shikatsushi Joō no Hōigaku Hajime Inukai
2014 Suikyuu Yankees Kurosawa Yoshio
2016 On Yasuhisa Shōji

Movie[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 Shinjuku Shōnen Tanteidan Akira Suou
2010 8Uppers Mac
2012 Tenchi Meisatsu Honinbo Dosaku
2012 Eight Ranger Makoto Yokomine
2014 Eight Ranger 2 Makoto Yokomine
2017 Hamon Keisuke Ninomiya

Stage[edit]

  • Kyo to Kyo (April – November 1998)
  • Mask (December 1998)
  • Tōa Hiren (October 2001, June – July 2002)
  • Aoki-san Ie no Okusan (February 2002)
  • Takizawa Enbu Jō (March 2006)
  • Dream Boys ( 2006)
  • Bluemoon (May 2015)
  • 上を下へのジレッタ (May 2017)

Radio[edit]

Concerts[edit]

  • You Yokoyama ga Yacchaimasu Concert (Osaka Shochikuza Theater) (December 2007)
  • You Yokoyama ga Yacchaimasu 2 Concert Spring 2008 (Nagoya and Tokyo) (March 2008)
  • You Yokoyama ga Yacchaimasu 3 Concert Spring 2010 (14 prefectures) (April 2 – May 30, 2010)

Endorsements[edit]

  • Tamagochi (1997)
  • Video Sugao 2 Selling (1999)
  • Video Sugao 3 Selling (2001)
  • TV Guide (December 2007, together with Murakami Shingo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]

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