Yui Aragaki

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Yui Aragaki
新垣 結衣
Born (1988-06-11) June 11, 1988 (age 33)
Other names
  • Gakki
  • Gakky
  • ガッキー
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
  • radio host
Years active2001–present
AgentLesPros entertainment
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
(m. 2021)
Musical career
LabelsWarner Music Japan
Japanese name
Kanji新垣 結衣
Hiraganaあらがき ゆい
Katakanaアラガキ ユイ

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.[1][2] She was selected as the most desired girlfriend and the most desired female celebrity face on Oricon's yearly survey several times.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

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.[6] Her tremendous number of movie shoots as well as the preparation for her debut album resulted in her suffering from work-related stress[7][8] 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.[9]

She was also the co-hosts for popular radio program Girls Locks in 2010–2012.[10] She also invited as a host of 54th Japan Record Awards.

In 2012–2013, She acted with Masato Sakai in comedy hit Legal High.

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.[11] 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.

Personal life[edit]

In 2021, Aragaki married singer, songwriter and actor Gen Hoshino, her co-star in the television series The Full-Time Wife Escapist.[12]



Year Japanese Title English Title Role Film Production Notes
2007 ワルボロ Waruboro Yamada Toei Company
恋するマドリ Koisuru Madori Yui Aoki Cinequanon Lead role
恋空 Koizora Mika Tahara Toho Lead role
2008 フレフレ少女 Fure Fure Shojo Momoyama Momoko Shochiku Lead role
2009 BALLAD 名もなき恋のうた Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta (Ballad) Princess Renheme Toho
2010 ハナミズキ Hanamizuki Sae Hirasawa Toho & TBS Lead role
2012 麒麟の翼 〜劇場版・新参者 The Wings of the Kirin Kaori Nakahara Toho
2014 TWILIGHT ささらさや Twilight: Saya in Sasara Saya Warner Bros. Lead role
2015 くちびるに歌を Have a Song on Your Lips Yuri Kashiwagi Asmik Ace Entertainment Lead role
S -最後の警官- 奪還 RECOVERY OF OUR FUTURE S The Last Policeman - Recovery of Our Future Hayashi Iruma Toho
2017 ミックス。 Mixed Doubles Tamako Tomita Toho Lead role
2018 コード・ブルー -ドクターヘリ緊急救命- Code Blue Dr. Megumi Shiraishi Toho Lead role

Television dramas[edit]

Year Japanese Title English Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2005 シブヤフィフティーン Sh15uya Ema TV Asahi Lead role
ドラゴン桜 Dragon Zakura Yoshino Kosaka TBS
越路吹雪・愛の生涯~この命燃えつきるまで私は歌う Onna no Ichidaiki! Koshiji Fubuki (child) Fuji TV Guest
2006 トゥルーラブ True Love Aso Natsumi
彼女の恋文 Kanojo no Koibumi Yukari Kawamura TV Asahi
ギャルサー Gal Circle Nagisa NTV
マイ★ボス マイ★ヒーロー My Boss My Hero Umemura Hikari Lead role
2007 パパとムスメの7日間 Papa to Musume no Nanokakan Kawahara Kome TBS Lead role
2008 コード・ブルー Code Blue Dr. Megumi Shiraishi Fuji TV Lead role
2009 コード・ブルー SP Code Blue Special Episode
スマイル Smile Mishima Hana TBS Lead role
2010 エンゼルバンク Angel Bank Kaoru Kitashiro TV Asahi Cameo (episode 1)
コード・ブルー 2 Code Blue 2 Dr. Megumi Shiraishi Fuji TV Lead role
2011 全開ガール Zenkai Girl Ayukawa Wakaba Lead role
らんま1/2 Ranma ½ Akane Tendo NTV Lead role
2012 もう誘拐なんてしない Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai Hanazono Erika Fuji TV TV movie
リーガルハイ Legal High Machiko Mayuzumi Lead role
2013 空飛ぶ広報室 Public Affairs Office in the Sky Rika Inaba TBS Lead role
リーガルハイ Legal High SP Machiko Mayuzumi Fuji TV Lead role
リーガルハイ 2 Legal High 2
2014 S -最後の警官 S – Saigo no Keikan Iruma Hayashi TBS
2015 掟上今日子の備忘録 Kyoko Okitegami's memo Okitegami Kyōko NTV Lead role
2016 逃げるは恥だが役に立つ The Full-Time Wife Escapist Mikuri Moriyama TBS Lead role
2017 絆~走れ奇跡の子馬~ Ties: A Miraculous Colt Shoko Matsushita NHK Lead role
コード・ブルー~ドクターヘリ緊急救命~ Code Blue 3 Dr. Megumi Shiraishi Fuji TV Lead role
2018 獣になれない私たち Weakest Beast Shinkai Akira NTV Lead role
2020 親バカ青春白書 Daddy is My Classmate Sachiko Obika NTV [13]
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!! The Full-Time Wife Escapist: New Year's Special Mikuri Moriyama TBS Lead role
2022 鎌倉殿の13人 Kamakura-dono no 13-nin Yae NHK Taiga drama [14]

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Type Character
2006 Digimon Data Squad Anime series Yoshino Fujieda
Digimon World Data Squad Video game
Keroro Gunsō the Super Movie Anime film Mirara


Year Title
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
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
Daily Weekly Debut Overall
2008/07/16 Make My Day 1 2 53,471 85,341 Hug
2008/10/15 Akai Ito 1 3 34,236 64,461
2009/02/25 Piece 6 7 18,204 25,283
2009/05/27 Utsushie 9 10 15,946 22,048

Download Only Single

Release Title Artist Note
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
Daily Weekly Debut Overall
2007/12/05 Sora 2 3 72,879 133,086
2009/06/17 Hug 3 5 22,540 40,704
2010/09/22 Niji 2 4 19,888 29,902


Year Title Tie-in
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 nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2007 20th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Newcomer Award Waruboro and Koizora Won[15]
4th TVnavi Drama of the Year Best Supporting Actress Seven Days of a Daddy and a Daughter Won[16]
17th TV LIFE Annual Drama Award Won[17]
2008 32nd Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Won[18]
29th Yokohama Film Festival Best Newcomer Award Koisuru Madori, Waruboro, and Koizora Won[19]
50th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Newcomer Award Won[20]
31st Japan Academy Prize Newcomer of the Year Koizora Won[21]
45th Golden Arrow Awards Film Prize Herself Won[22]
6th Tokyo Girls Collection BEST GIRL OF 2007 Won[23]
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[24]
2017 6th Confidence Award Drama Prize Best Actress The Full-Time Wife Escapist Won[24]
91st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress Won[25]
25th Hashida Awards Best Actress Won[26]
20th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress Won[27]
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[28]
94th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Won[29]
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


Official photobooks[edit]

  • 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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Female Oricon Readers Rank Celebrities With the Ideal Face – Nihongogo". nihongogo.com. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Entertainment News from Japan: Aragaki Yui a Rising Star". Japan Zone. October 29, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Yui Aragaki wins Oricon poll for most desired female celebrity face, again!".
  4. ^ "第11回 女性が選ぶ"なりたい顔"".
  5. ^ "恋人にしたい女性有名人ランキング".
  6. ^ "Golden Arrow Awards: Aragaki wins big". Tokyograph. March 4, 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Yui Aragaki Planet: Aragaki Yui by NewPaper". Aragaki-yui.blogspot.com. June 6, 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "Yui Aragaki to debut at Budokan". Tokyograph. October 8, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
  10. ^ "Yui Aragaki Profile".
  11. ^ "なぜ「逃げ恥」は"国民的ドラマ"になり得たのか" (in Japanese).
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Daddy is My Classmate". Nippon TV. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Newcomer Award・Aragaki Yui・20th Nikkan Sports Film Award" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. December 5, 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  16. ^ "第4回「ドラマ・オブ・ザ・イヤー2007」結果発表!" [4th TVnavi Drama of the Year].
  17. ^ "TV LIFE年間ドラマ大賞 受賞リスト".
  18. ^ "Elan d'or Awards List of Winners". All Nippon Producers Association. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  19. ^ "Yokohama Film Festival at Kannai Hall – Aragaki Yui and others" (in Japanese). Yokohama Community Design Lab. February 3, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  20. ^ "Blue Ribbon Awards" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. February 13, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  21. ^ "31st Japan Academy Prize Awards List" (in Japanese). eiga.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  22. ^ "Golden Arrow Awards" (PDF). Japan Magazine Publishers Association. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  23. ^ "ガッキー、2007年のベストガール受賞も足ガクガク".
  24. ^ a b "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.
  25. ^ "91st Drama Academy Awards Results (Best Actress)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: "Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu" wins three categories" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "日刊スポーツ・ドラマグランプリ".
  29. ^ "ドラマアカデミー賞". Archived from the original on November 15, 2017.

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