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Yamashita Tomohisa, February 2012

Also known as

Yamapi (山P), Pi (ぴー)


April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09) (36)


Funabashi, Chiba, Japan




Singer-songwriter, actor, idol

Years active



WMG Japan, Johnny's Entertainment

Associated acts

B.I.G, 4Tops, NEWS, Shūji to Akira, Kitty GYM



Yamashita Tomohisa is a Japanese pop singer and actor. On October 7th, 2011, it was announced that he would be leaving the band NEWS and in January 2012, he switched labels to Warner Music Japan.

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Name: Yamashita Tomohisa (山下智久)
  • Real Name: Aoki Tomohisa (changed when father left family)
  • Nicknames: Yamapi, YamaP, Pi, Tomo-chan
  • Birthday: April 9, 1985 (36)
  • Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 175cm (5'9")
  • Weight: 60kg
  • Blood Type: A
  • Family: Mother, younger sister
  • Favorite Phrase: Maji de? (Really?)
  • Favorite Band: Southern All Stars
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, baseball, skiing, going to the beach
  • Favorite Colors: Black, white, red

Biography[edit | edit source]

Yamashita Tomohisa entered Johnny's Entertainment at age 11 in September of 1996. From there he became a very popular Junior, eventually coming to be the leader of the Juniors. He was a member of the group B.I.G. as well as Four Tops, the former hosts of the Shounen Club television program. He was pulled from Four Tops into NEWS when the group was formed.

In NEWS, Yamashita is often in the front and center as he is the most popular member. Despite this attention, he maintains a silly personality which occasionally prompts his band mates to question whether he is actually human or not. He is good friends with Akanishi Jin of KAT-TUN and Jin's family, as well as Nishikido Ryo, Shirota Yuu of D-Boys, and Ikuta Toma, formerly of Four Tops.

In 2005, he appeared in the dorama Nobuta wo Produce with KAT-TUN's Kamenashi Kazuya. The two released a single as the duet Shuuji to Akira acting as their characters from the dorama.

During NEWS' hiatus, he released a solo single for the dorama Kurosagi which sold remarkably well for a solo release. He also became a regular columnist of Seventeen magazine.

In the summer of 2006, he was put into the promotional group Kitty GYM where he and the Thai duo Golf & Mike were the principal members.

On the 7th of June 2007, there were news about that Kurosagi would be made into a movie, and that Yamashita Tomohisa would star again as Kurosaki. Other former cast members were Horikita Maki and Ichikawa Yui. The movie premiered in March of 2008.

In September 2008, Yamashita graduated from Meiji University with a major in Business.

On October 7, 2011, it was announced that along with fellow bandmate Nishikido Ryo, he would be leaving the band NEWS, and that Yamashita would be pursuing a solo career. In January 2012, he switched labels to Warner Music Japan.

"Ai, Texas" is Yamashita’s first single under Warner Music Japan, and was released on February 29th, 2012.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Note: Click here for prior releases with NEWS.
Note: Click here for prior releases with Shuuji to Akira.
Note: Click here for prior releases with Kitty GYM.

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Filmography[edit | edit source]

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Publications[edit | edit source]

Magazines[edit | edit source]

  • [2009.12.xx] Arena 37 Degree 2010 January Issue (Feature)
  • [2010.07.xx] Gekkan Songs August 2010 (Cover & Feature)
  • [2011.01.xx] POTATO February 2011 Issue (Feature)
  • [2011.06.xx] Popolo August 2011 Issue (Feature)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He is good friends with Akanishi Jin. The two, along with Shirota Yuu, wear the same friendship bracelet bought by Jin.
  • He went to the same high school as Tegoshi Yuya and Perfume.
  • The nickname "Yamapi" was given to him by Takizawa Hideaki, and is short for Yamashita Pink as at the time he was always wearing pink.
  • He has two dogs, P-chan and Hime-chan.
  • He had studied business at Meiji University and graduated September of 2008.
  • He has a younger sister, Rina, who he is very protective over.
  • He entered Johnny's Entertainment on 1996-09-06 after being inspired by Takizawa Hideaki.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Johnny & Associates
Groups A.B.C.-Z, Arashi, GOLF & MIKE, Hey! Say! JUMP, Kanjani8, KAT-TUN, KinKi Kids, Kis-My-Ft2, NEWS, NYC, Sexy Zone, Shounentai, SMAP, Tackey & Tsubasa, TOKIO, V6
Special Groups 20th Century, Coming Century, J-FRIENDS, Kitty GYM, MATCHY with QUESTION?, Nakayama Yuma w/B.I.Shadow, NYC boys, Shuuji to Akira, Tegomass, The SHIGOTONIN, Toraji Haiji, TRIO THE SHAKiiiN
Solo Artist Akanishi Jin, Domoto Koichi, Domoto Tsuyoshi, Ikuta Toma, Kondo Masahiko, Takizawa Hideaki, Yamashita Tomohisa
Kanto Jr. Butoukan, Jr.BOYS, MADE, Mis Snow Man, M.A.D., MA-Mix, noon boyz, Question?, They Budou
Kansai Jr. 7 WEST, B.A.D., Gang-Star, Little Gangs, Shadow WEST, Veteran
Past Debuted Groups Four Leaves, Hikaru GENJI, LITTLE GANG, Johnny's, Johnny's Junior Special, Ninja, Otokogumi, Shibugakitai, THE GOOD-BYE
Past Johnny's Jr. Group A.B.C., A.B.C. Jr., B.I.G. WEST, B.I.Shadow, BOYS, FiVe, Four Tops, Heike-ha, Hey! Say! 7, I.N.G. Shinkoukei, J.J. Express, Kis-My-Ft, K.K.Kity, OSSAN, Snow Prince Gasshoudan, Tanokin Trio, Tap Kids, TOP Kids, V.West, Ya-Ya-yah
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