Yui Imaizumi

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Yui Imaizumi
今泉 佑唯
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Yui Imaizumi in 2019
Born (1998-09-30) September 30, 1998 (age 24)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
  • television personality
Years active
  • 2011–2012
  • 2015–2022
PartnerMahoto Watanabe (2021)
Children1
Musical career
Also known asYui Kashiwagi
Years active
  • 2011–2012 (Smile Gakuen)
  • 2015–2018 (Keyakizaka46)
  • 2019–2022 (solo career)
Formerly of
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Yui Imaizumi (今泉 佑唯, Imaizumi Yui, born September 30, 1998) is a retired Japanese actress, singer, model, and television personality. She is a former member of the idol girl group Keyakizaka46 (now Sakurazaka46).

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2011, Imaizumi was a member of the underground idol group Smile Gakuen (スマイル学園) under the name Yui Kashiwagi (柏木佑井), also known as "Yuiful" Kashiwagi (ゆいふるの柏木).[1][2] She left the group in March 2012.[3]

2015–2018: Keyakizaka46[edit]

On August 21, 2015, Imaizumi along with 22 other members were announced for the newly created idol group, Toriizaka46 (later Keyakizaka46).[4] Imaizumi made her musical debut with Keyakizaka46's first single, "Silent Majority".[5] She formed a duo named "Yuichanzu" (ゆいちゃんず) with Yui Kobayashi due to the fact that they share the same name and play the guitar. After debuting in Silent Majority, the duo continued performing after positive fan feedback.[5][6][7] Additionally, Imaizumi made two song appearances as part of Sakamichi AKB (坂道AKB), a group made of various AKB48 and Sakamichi members.[8][9] Aside from music, Imaizumi also started her modeling career, becoming a regular model for the fashion magazine Ar and published a solo photobook titled Daremo Shiranai Watashi (誰も知らない私, lit.'The Me Who Nobody Knows').[10][11]

In April 2017, Imaizumi took an temporary leave from the group due to poor health and returned in August the same year. She took another break in December.[12][13]

After the release of "Ambivalent", Imaizumi officially departed from the group on November 5, 2018 during a farewell ceremony in Kyoto, expressing her desire to pursue other forms of entertainment. She became the third member to leave the group, and the first member to leave since their musical debut.[14][15][16]

2019–2022: Solo career[edit]

In January, Imaizumi changed her management company from Sony Music Japan to Avex Group.[17] Her first independent acting role was in the stage play Atami Satsujin Jiken (熱海殺人事件).[18] Since then, Imaizumi has been involved in many different projects. She was featured in a variety show produced by TV Asahi titled Imaizumi Yui no Otonajoshi (今泉佑唯のオトナ女子, lit.'Yui Imaizumi's Adult Woman'), was a regular on the MBS Radio show Appare Yattemasu! (アッパレやってまーす!), starred in the 2020 movie A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic (酔うと化け物になる父がつらい, Yōtobakemono ni Naruchichi ga Tsurai), and performed in a stage adaptation of Azumi.[19][20][21][22]

On July 4, 2021, Imaizumi ended her contract with Avex and became an independent talent.[23] She launched her official blog on September 30.[24]

In November 2021, Imaizumi portrayed the title character in the stage adaptation of the manga Lady Snowblood[25] and performed the theme song, which was released digitally.[26] She continued the role in the sequel in February 2022.[27]

In September 2022, it was announced that Imaizumi had been suffering with hearing loss. She still appeared in the stage play Saigo no Isha wa Sakura wo Miagete Kimi wo Omou that month as scheduled, although in a different role.[28]

On October 26, Imaizumi announced her retirement from the entertainment industry, citing concerns about the media's intrusion to the private lives of her family and child. She also revealed that she has been diagnosed with mild squamous intraepithelial lesions.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Imaizumi has four older brothers and is the youngest child in her family.[30]

In January 2021, Imaizumi announced her pregnancy and upcoming marriage to then-YouTuber and rapper Mahoto Watanabe.[31][32] She gave birth to a girl on June 25, 2021.[33] However, due to Watanabe's arrest, Imaizumi announced that she would not be registering her marriage to him and would raise her child with the help of her family.[34]

Discography[edit]

Keyakizaka46[edit]

Year Single Song Notes
2016 "Silent Majority"[5] "Silent Majority" (サイレントマジョリティー)
"Te o Tsunaide Kaerōka" (手を繋いで帰ろうか)
"Shibuyagawa" (渋谷川) As "Yuichanzu" with Yui Kobayashi
"Noriokureta Bus" (乗り遅れたバス) With Yurina Hirate, Yui Kobayashi, Miyu Suzumoto, and Rika Watanabe
"Kimi ga Inai" (キミガイナイ)
"Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai"[35] "Sekai ni wa Ai Shika Nai" (世界には愛しかない)
"Kataru Nara Mirai o..." (語るなら未来を…)
"Bob Dylan wa Kaesanai" (ボブディランは返さない) As "Yuichanzu" with Yui Kobayashi
"Futari Saison"[36] "Futari Saison" (二人セゾン)
"Otona wa Shinjite Kurenai" (大人は信じてくれない)
"Seifuku to Taiyō" (制服と太陽)
"Yuuhi 1/3" (夕陽1/3) With Yurina Hirate, Yui Kobayashi, and Neru Nagahama
2017 "Fukyōwaon"[37] "Fukyōwaon" (不協和音)
"W-KEYAKIZAKA no Uta" (W-KEYAKIZAKAの詩)
"Tuning" As "Yuichanzu" with Yui Kobayashi
"Eccentric" (エキセントリック)
"Kaze ni Fukarete mo"[38] "Kaze ni Fukarete mo" (風に吹かれても)
"Hiraishin" (避雷針)
"Saisei Suru Saibo" (再生する細胞) Solo
2018 "Glass wo Ware!"[39] "Glass wo Ware!" (ガラスを割れ!)
"Mou Mori e Kaerou ka?" (もう森へ帰ろうか?)
"Zenmai Shikake no Yume" (ゼンマイ仕掛けの夢) As "Yuichanzu" with Yui Kobayashi
"Ambivalent"[40] "Hi ga Noboru Made" (日が昇るまで) Solo

Sakamichi AKB[edit]

Year Single Song
2017 "Shoot Sign"[41] "Dare no Koto wo Ichiban Aishiteru?" (誰のことを一番愛してる?)
2018 "Jabaja"[42] "Kokkyo no Nai Jidai" (国境のない時代)

Solo career[edit]

Year Single
2021 "Shurayuki"[26]
2022 "Ame ga Yuki ni Kawaru" / "Shinku no Hana"[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref
2019 Brave Father Online: Our Story of Final Fantasy XIV Kataoka Teruo Noguchi [44]
2020 Rolling Marbles Erika Ken'ichi Ugana Lead role [45]
A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad's an Alcoholic Fumi Tadokoro Kenji Katagiri [46][47]
2022 Tyida Aki Yūji Nakamae [48]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
2016 Tokuyama Daigorō o Dare ga Koroshitaka? (徳山大五郎を誰が殺したか?) Herself TV Tokyo [49]
2017 Zankoku na Kankyaku Tachi (残酷な観客達) Erena Iwamoto Nippon TV [50]
2018 Koi no Tsuki (恋のツキ) Satoko Sakaki TV Tokyo [51]
2019 The Good Wife (グッドワイフ) Secretary TBS Episode 6 [52]
Million Joe (ミリオンジョー) Mai Moriaki TV Tokyo [53]
Hidarikiki no Eren (左ききのエレン) Yurina Mitsuhashi MBS [54]
2020 Manatsu no Shōnen: 19452020 (真夏の少年〜19452020) Yuma Muro TV Asahi [55]

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2019 Atami Satsujin Jiken Tomoko Mizuno [18]
2020 Azumi Azumi Lead role [20]
2021 Lady Snowblood Lady Snowblood Lead role [25]
2022 Lady Snowblood and the Eight Rogues Lady Snowblood Lead role [27]

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