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Tomohisa Yamashita a.k.a. YamaPi (Japanese Actor, Singer and Idol)

Updated on August 31, 2011

All about Japanese idol, singer, and actor Tomohisa Yamashita, lovingly known to fans as "Yamapi"

You might know Tomohisa Yamashita or YamaPi as flight doctor Aizawa Kousaku in Code Blue or basketball player Naoki Kamiya in Buzzer Beat but did you know that there is so much more to this handsome Japanese actor and singer?

Yamapi has achieved a lot of success with J-pop boyband NEWS and is launching a solo singing career in the next few months via an Asian concert tour and a solo album. His popular TV dramas have been well received as well, airing in Fuji TV's prestigious getsukyu (Monday 9 pm) primetime slot in Japan, making Yamashita the first person to have starred in two getsukyus with only a single drama season in between.

See Tomohisa Yamashita photos, performance videos, TV commercials and movie trailers and learn more about the popular Japanese idol right here.

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Yamapi as "Naoki Kamiya" on Buzzer Beat (2009)

Yamapi as "Naoki Kamiya" on Buzzer Beat (2009)
Yamapi as "Naoki Kamiya" on Buzzer Beat (2009)
Yamapi - Tomohisa Yamashita
Yamapi - Tomohisa Yamashita

Tomohisa Yamashita's Profile

The hard facts about popular J-pop idol Yamapi

Name: Yamashita Tomohisa

Real Name: Aoki Tomohisa (changed when father left family)

Nicknames: YamaPi, YamaP, Pi, Tomo-chan

Birthday: April 9, 1985

Birthplace: Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Star sign: Aries

Blood Type: A

Height: 176cm (5'9")

Weight: 54-60kg (119-132lbs)

Family: Mother (Naomi Yamashita) and younger sister (Rina Yamashita)

Pets: 2 Dogs (Hime-chan & P-chan)

Education: Graduate of Meiji University, Faculty of Business, majoring in Marketing

Hobbies: listening to music, baseball, skiing, going to the beach

Favorite Colors: black, white, red

Favorite Artist: Southern All Stars

Favorite Phrase: Maji de? (Really?)

Best Friends: Ikuta Toma, Nishikido Ryo, Akanishi Jin, Shirota Yuu

Jpop groups: B.I.G., 4TOPS, NEWS, Shuji to Akira, Kitty GYM

Education: Meiji University (Business major, 2008 graduate)

Information from DramaWiki / Photo from Tomohisa Yamashita on Facebook

'Yamapi' stands for Yamashita + Pink, a nickname given him by fellow Johnny Idol Takizawa Hideaki.

All about Tomohisa Yamashita - What you need to know about the Japanese pop superstar.

Tomohisa Yamashita
Tomohisa Yamashita

Tomohisa Yamashita or YamaPi to friends and fans joined Johnny's Entertainment's stable of artists in 1996 at the age of 11 and made his official CD debut with J-pop boy band NEWS in 2004.

Since joining Johnnys, he has also been a member of Johnny's Jr. groups B.I.G. and 4Tops. Yamapi began to appear in television dramas soon after. In 2000, at age 15, his performance in Ikebukuro West Gate Park earned him an award for "Best Newcomer".

In 2002, Yamashita and the three most popular Tokyo Juniors Toma Ikuta, Jun Hasegawa, and Shunsuke Kazama formed 4Tops who then began to host the Junior television program, The Shounen Club.

In September 2003, eight other boys from Johnny's Juniors were chosen to form the group NEWS with Yamashita as the leader.

In October 2005, Yamashita and Kamenashi Kazuya from KAT-TUN formed the temporary unit Shuuji to Akira to promote their TV drama Nobuta wo Produce which also starred Horikita Maki. They released a single,Seishun Amigo which sold over a million copies in four weeks. Seishun Amigo topped the Oricon Yearly Single Rankings for 2005.

In spring 2006, Yamashita starred in Kurosagi: The Black Swindler, a drama based on the manga of the same title. He also recorded the TV drama's theme, his debut single as a solo artist Daite Señorita which became #1 in the Oricon ranking.

In the latter half of 2006, Yamashita joined a Thai brother-duo Golf-Mike to form a temporary unit called Kitty GYM along with Kitayama Hiromitsu (Kis-my-ft2), Inoo Kei (J.J. Express), Totsuka Shota (A.B.C.), and Yaotome Hikaru (Ya-Ya-Yah). The group was created to cheer on the Japan Women's Volleyball team and they released a single in August called Fever and Future under the name GYM which stands for Golf, Yamashita and Mike. Yamashita returned as a member of NEWS on December 31, 2006 on Johnny's Countdown 2006-2007.

Yamashita, along with KAT-TUN's Koki Tanaka and Kis-my-ft2's Taisuke Fujigaya, then starred in Byakkotai, a 2-part mini-series that aired in January 2007. The drama special features the story of Sakai Mineji one of the members of Byokkotai.

In April 2007, Yamashita was casted in a successful romance drama series called Proposal Daisakusen alongside Nagasawa Masami which was his first lead role in a FujiTV primetime drama.

In July 2008, Yamashita starred in the medical drama Code Blue, and subsequently Code Blue 2 playing a flight doctor in training alongside actresses Aragaki Yui and Erika Toda. The time slot of the series changed to Mondays at 9pm marking Yamashita's third time in the popular timeslot.

In the summer of 2009, Yamashita starred as the lead actor in a sports/romance drama called Buzzer Beat alongside Kitagawa Keiko.

Following the release of his second solo single Loveless, Yamashita held his first solo concert, Short but Sweet. His third solo single One in a Million was released on July 28, 2010. It debuted on top of the Oricon single charts and was his 20th consecutive number one hit.

Yamashita returns to the big screen as Yabuki Joe in the live adaptation of Ashita no Joe, a critically acclaimed boxing manga in 2011. Johnny's Entertainment also recently announced that Yamashita Tomohisa will be holding his first solo tour to accompany the release of his first solo album in 2011 and it will span 5 cities across Asia.

Information from Wikipedia / Photo from Tomohisa Yamashita on Facebook

Watch Tomohisa Yamashita in the teaser for "Ashita no Joe" (2011) - A live-action adaptation of the critically acclaimed manga

Ashita no Joe is a critically acclaimed boxing manga created by Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba in 1968 that was later adapted into an anime series and movie. A live-action movie adaptation has been announced for 2011 and popular Japanese actor/singer Tomohisa Yamashita will play Yabuki Joe and Yusuke Iseya will play Rikishi.

Yamapi - Yamashita Tomohisa
Yamapi - Yamashita Tomohisa

Tomohisa Yamashita's Filmography and Awards

Proof of how prolific and talented the Japanese actor is.


Code Blue 2 as Aizawa Kousaku (Fuji TV, 2010)

Buzzer Beat as Kamiya Naoki (Fuji TV, 2009)

Code Blue SP as Aizawa Kousaku (Fuji TV, 2009)

Code Blue as Aizawa Kousaku (Fuji TV, 2008)

Proposal Daisakusen SP as Iwase Ken (Fuji TV, 2008)

Proposal Daisakusen as Iwase Ken (Fuji TV, 2007)

Byakkotai as Sakai Shintaro & Sakai Mineji (TV Asahi, 2007)

Kurosagi as Kurosaki (TBS, 2006)

Nobuta wo Produce as Kusano Akira (NTV, 2005)

Dragon Zakura as Yajima Yusuke (TBS, 2005)

Sore wa, Totsuzen, Arashi no you ni... as Fukazawa Takuma (TBS, 2004)

Budo no Ki (Grapevine) as Shindo Yosuke (2003)

Stand Up!! as Iwasaki Kengo (TBS, 2003)

Lunch no Joou as Nabeshima Koshiro (Fuji TV, 2002)

Long Love Letter as Otomo Tadashi (Fuji TV, 2002)

Shounen wa Tori ni Natta as Nagashima Ken (TBS, 2001)

Kabachitare as Tamura Yuta (Fuji TV, 2001)

All Star Chushingura Matsuri as Asano Takumi (2000)

Shijo Saiaku no Date as Okamura Yuki (2000, ep1)

Ikebukuro West Gate Park as Mizuno Shun (TBS, 2000)

Kiken na Kankei as Miyabe Satoshi (Fuji TV, 1999, ep10-11)

Kowai Nichiyobi (NTV, 1999, ep13)

P.P.O.I. as Amano Taira (NTV, 1999)

Nekketsu Renaido (NTV, 1999, ep7)

Shounentachi as Kakuda Shinya (NHK, 1998)


Ashita no Joe (2011)

Kurosagi (2008)

Shinrei Surfer no Shi (1996)


13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Summer 2009): Best Actor for Buzzer Beat

11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring 2007): Best Actor for Proposal Daisakusen

9th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (2005-06): Best Actor for Nobuta wo Produce

4th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (2000-01): Best Newcomer for Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Annual Junior Awards: 'Best Boyfriend', 'Most Beautiful', etc. (2000)

Information from DramaWiki / Photo from Tomohisa Yamashita on Facebook

Watch YamaPi in the "Buzzer Beat" trailer

Buzzer Beat (a.k.a. Buza Bito ~ Gakeppuchi no Hero?) is a 2009 Fuji TV Japanese television drama which stars Yamashita Tomohisa, Keiko Kitagawa, and Aibu Saki.

The series follows Naoki Kamiya (Yamashita Tomohisa), a basketball player who just entered the professional league. He lacks confidence and is completely weak under pressure when it comes to work and romance. Although he has a cheerleader girlfriend Natsuki (Aibu Saki), he falls in love with a cheerful aspiring violinist Riko (Keiko Kitagawa) who inspires him to follow his dreams and do his best.

Buzzer Beat, a 2009 Japanese drama

2009 Japanese Drama : Buzzer Beat w/ Eng Sub
2009 Japanese Drama : Buzzer Beat w/ Eng Sub
Kamiya Naoki is a young player from a professional basketball team. But due to his relatively smaller size and his tendency to crack under pressure, he is unable to show his true skills on the court. Meanwhile, Shirakawa Riko is a cheerful, strong-spirited music college graduate aiming to become a professional violinist. One day, Riko finds Naoki's lost cell phone on a bus, and their meeting begins a friendship that eventually turns into love. However, Naoki was already considering marriage with his current girlfriend. And it doesn't help matters that Naoki's coach has fallen in love at first sight with Riko!

Watch Tomohisa Yamashita in the "Kurosagi" movie trailer

The Black Swindler (Kurosagi) is a Japanese manga written by Takeshi Natsuhara and illustrated by Kuromaru. The series is about a boy named Kurosaki who swindles only other professional swindlers known as shirosagi. The series was adapted as an 11-episode TV drama that was aired on TBS from 14 April 2006 to 23 June 2006. On March 8, 2008, Kurosagi the Movie with Tomohisa Yamashita starring as the Black Swindler once again, was released.

Buy the Kurosagi (Kurosaki) movie DVD

Japanese Movie Eiga : Kurosagi (Standard Edition) DVD
Japanese Movie Eiga : Kurosagi (Standard Edition) DVD
Kurosaki is a young man whose family was destroyed by swindlers. Despite that, Kurosaki grows up to become a con artist known as Kurosagi. As Kurosagi, he swindles other con artists and returns the money to the original victim. He works with the master swindler Katsuragi Toshio even though Toshio had a hand in the destruction of Kurosaki’s family. Kurosaki's life begins to change when he meets Yoshikawa Tsurara, a young law student who disapproves of his disrespect of the law. Can she persuade Kurosaki to give up swindling and his quest for revenge?

Yamapi as "Kurosaki" in the TV series Kurosagi (2006)

Yamapi as "Kurosaki" in the TV series Kurosagi (2006)
Yamapi as "Kurosaki" in the TV series Kurosagi (2006)

Complete your Tomohisa Yamashita Jdrama collection

Browse through a wide selection of English-subtitled Japanese dramas on DVD

with Tomohisa Yamashita and special edition box sets at Yesasia

Yamapi's live performance of "One in a Million" - Watch Tomohisa Yamashita perform his 3rd solo single

One in a Million is Tomohisa Yamashita's 3rd solo single, released in July 2010 which reached Weekly #1 at Japan's Oricon music chart in August. Watch him perform the song below.

Tomohisa Yamashita's "Loveless" live performance - A performance video for Yamapi's second solo single.

Tomohisa Yamashita's second single as a solo artist Loveless was released in November 2009 and reached weekly number 1 at Japan's Oricon music charts. (His first single, Daite Senorita, also attained the #1 spot in 2006). Watch Yamapi's live performance of Loveless below.

Yamapi Photo Gallery - Photos of the handsome Japanese actor Tomohisa Yamashita

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Yamapi performing "Daite Senorita", theme from TV drama Kurosagi

Daite Senorita is the theme from the TV drama Kurosagi and is performed by Yamashita Tomohisa. Watch Yamapi perform the song live in the video below.

Buy Yamapi's first solo single "Daite Senorita" - Theme from the 2006 Jdorama Kurosagi

Daite Senorita
Daite Senorita
First solo single from NEWS member Tomohisa Yamashita and theme song to the TV series "Kurosagi." For his solo debut, Yamashita has performed a sexy new rock song that will sure to have fans swooning. Includes the B-side "Yubiwa" written and composed by Yamashita himself. Regular edition includes the bonus tracks "Himawari" and "Daite Senorita (karaoke version)" which are not included with the limited edition release. Features 3-fold 6-page booklet.

YamaPi and Jpop group NEWS performing "Mola" - A song off NEWS' 2008 album "Colour"

NEWS is a six-member J-pop group formed in 2003 by Johnny Kitagawa (of Johnny's Entertainment) consisting of Keiichiro Koyama, Ryo Nishikido, Tomohisa Yamashita, Takahisa Masuda, Shigeaki Kato and Yuya Tegoshi. The group's name is an acronym based on the cardinal directions (North, East, West, South) and the members locations. Watch NEWS led by Yamapi perform "Mola", a single off their 2008 album "Colour".

Buy "Touch", Japanese group NEWS' 2005 album

Touch is the first studio album by Japanese musical group NEWS, released on April 27, 2005. The album reached the number one position on the Oricon Daily Album Chart and Oricon Weekly Album Chart. Four singles have been released from this album. "Kibou ~Yell~" was used as the 2004 FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournaments theme song for Japanese television broadcasting. "Kirameki no Kanata e" was used as the image song for the 36th Spring High School Volleyball tournament, as well as the Nivea "8x4 Powder Spray" commercial song. "Akaku Moyuru Taiyou" was used as the image song for the 2004 Japanese Fuji Television broadcast of the FIVB World Grand Prix. "Cherish" was used as the TBC "Good News" Campaign Song. "NEWS Nippon" was used as the 2003 Volleyball World Cup Japanese broadcast song.

Tomohisa Yamashita as "Akira Kusano" in Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

Tomohisa Yamashita as "Akira Kusano" in Nobuta wo Produce (2005)
Tomohisa Yamashita as "Akira Kusano" in Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

YamaPi's music videos and performances

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Yamapi as Yajima Yusuke in the Japanese drama Dragon Zakura (2005)

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