Yui Aragaki

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Yui Aragaki
Native name新垣結衣
Born (1988-06-11) June 11, 1988 (age 30)
Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Other names
  • Gakky
Years active2001–present
AgentLesPros entertainment
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Musical career
LabelsWarner Music Japan
WebsiteOfficial Site

Yui Aragaki (新垣 結衣, Aragaki Yui, born June 11, 1988) is a Japanese actress, model, singer and occasional radio show host.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Yui Aragaki was born in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture on June 11, 1988, and has two older sisters. 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. A fellow Nicola model Ayako Enomoto gave her the popular nickname "Gakky."

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.[3] Her tremendous number of movie shoots as well as the preparation for her debut album resulted in her suffering from work-related stress[4][5] in 2007.

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.[6]

She was also the co-hosts for popular radio program Girls Locks in 2010-2012.[7]



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
2015 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
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
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 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku 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
2017 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

Voice acting[edit]

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



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


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[8]
2008 32nd Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Herself Won[9]
29th Yokohama Film Festival Best Newcomer Award Koisuru Madori, Waruboro, and Koizora Won[10]
50th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Newcomer Award Won[11]
31st Japan Academy Prize Newcomer of the Year Koizora Won[12]
45th Golden Arrow Awards Film Prize Herself Won[13]
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 Okitegami Kyōko no Bibōroku Won[14]
2017 6th Confidence Award Drama Prize Best Actress Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu Won[14]
91st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress Won[15]
25th Hashida Awards Best Actress Won[16]
20th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress Won[17]
10th Tokyo Drama Awards Best Actress Won
30th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Actress Mixed Doubles Nominated
2018 60th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actress Won
27th Tokyo Sports Film Award Best Actress Nominated
41st Japan Academy Prize Best Actress 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 2016-07-14.
  2. ^ "Entertainment News from Japan: Aragaki Yui a Rising Star". Japan Zone. 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  3. ^ "Golden Arrow Awards: Aragaki wins big". Tokyograph. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2006. Retrieved February 5, 2006.
  5. ^ "Yui Aragaki Planet: Aragaki Yui by NewPaper". Aragaki-yui.blogspot.com. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  6. ^ "Yui Aragaki to debut at Budokan". Tokyograph. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  7. ^ "Yui Aragaki Profile".
  8. ^ "Newcomer Award・Aragaki Yui・20th Nikkan Sports Film Award" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  9. ^ "Elan d'or Awards List of Winners". All Nippon Producers Association. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  10. ^ "Yokohama Film Festival at Kannai Hall - Aragaki Yui and others" (in Japanese). Yokohama Community Design Lab. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  11. ^ "Blue Ribbon Awards" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  12. ^ "31st Japan Academy Prize Awards List" (in Japanese). eiga.com. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  13. ^ "Golden Arrow Awards" (PDF). Japan Magazine Publishers Association. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  14. ^ a b "Confidence Award Drama Prize: "Nigehaji" wins six categories, Aragaki Yui wins her second Best Actress Award" (in Japanese). Tokyo Pop Line. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  15. ^ "91st Drama Academy Awards Results (Best Actress)" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  16. ^ "25th Hashida Awards Winners Announced: "Nigehaji" Aragaki Yui, "Toto Neechan" Takahata Mitsuki and others" (in Japanese). oricon ME. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  17. ^ "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 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-08-18.

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