Thursday, January 24, 2008

Aya Ueto 上戸彩

In 1997, Aya Ueto participated in the 7th All-Japan National Young Beauty contest, where she received a special award from the judges. Her discovery led to many TV commercial deals, which eventually started her acting career.

In 1999, she formed the J-pop band Z-1 with Mami Nejiki, Mai Fujiya, and Manami Nishiwaki. They released five singles before breaking up, but Aya went on to start a solo career when she signed with Pony Canyon two years later. She released her first single, "Pureness," in 2002. It peaked at #4 on the Oricon charts and became the first female artist debut single in 3 years and 3 months to enter the Top 5 since Kyoko Fukada. Since then, she has released thirteen singles and six albums. Throughout her soon to be five year old solo musical career she has collaborated with the likes of Tetsuro Oda, RYOJI (from Ketsumeishi), Toshihiko Takamizawa (from The Alfee), Toko Furuuchi and Suguru Shimabukuro (from Begin).

Aya began her acting career in May 1999 in the movie "Killer of Paraiso". In 2000 she received her first role in a drama, Namida wo Fuite. In 2001, she played a part in Kinpachi-sensei, and her performance greatly boosted her popularity. She starred in several later dramas, including Koukou Kyoushi 2003, Hitonatsu no Papa e, and Ace o Nerae!. She also ventured into the big screen in famed film director Ryuhei Kitamura's 2003 blockbuster Azumi and in its sequel, Azumi 2: Death or Love in 2005, where she played the title role in both.

She is often said to physically resemble Japanese star Momoe Yamaguchi and is widely regarded to be one of the biggest idols in Japan today. She is often mentioned as a "super idol". As of 2007, Aya Ueto remains ubiquitous in Japan, appearing constantly on magazines and in commercials.

[2002.08.28] Pureness
[2002.11.07] kizuna
[2003.02.26] Hello
[2003.08.27] Kanshou/MERMAID (感傷/MERMAID)
[2003.11.27] Binetsu (微熱)
[2004.02.04] Ai no Tame ni. (愛のために。)
[2004.06.16] Kaze/Okuru Kotoba (風/贈る言葉)
[2004.07.28] Afuresou na Ai Daite/Namida wo Fuite (あふれそうな愛、抱いて/涙をふいて)
[2004.11.17] Usotsuki (ウソツキ)
[2005.06.08] Yume no Chikara (夢のチカラ)
[2005.08.03] Kaze wo Ukete (風をうけて)
[2006.02.15] Egao no Mama de (笑顔のままで)
[2007.03.14] way to heaven
[2007.05.30] Namida no Niji / SAVE ME (涙の虹)

[2003.03.12] AYAUETO
[2004.03.03] MESSAGE
[2004.12.08] Re.
[2005.08.24] UETOAYAMIX
[2006.03.08] License
[2006.09.20] BEST of UETOAYA-Single Collection-

[2001.12.21] THE COMPLETE Ueto Aya
[2003.02.14] uetoaya films vol.1 "PUZZLE"
[2003.08.06] UETO AYA FIRST LIVE TOUR Pureness 2003
[2003.09.18] UETO AYA CLIPS 01
[2005.03.16] UETO AYA CLIPS 02
[2005.09.21] Attack No.1 CLIPS (アタックNo.1 CLIPS) (with Fukuda Saki)
[2005.12.14] UETO AYA LIVE TOUR 2005 "Genki Hatsu Ratsuu?" (元気ハツラツぅ?)

[2000.12.20] Namida wo Fuite
[2001.06.20] Yome wa Mitsuboshi
[2002.03.28] 3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi-Sensei
[2002.07.11] Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari
[2002.09.11] My Little Chef
[2003.03.21] Kou Kou Kyoshi 2003
[2003.09.03] Hito Natsu no Papa e
[2003.09.28] Satou Kibi Batake no Uta
[2004.03.11] Ace wo Nerae!
[2005.01.09] Yoshitsune
[2005.04.14] Attack No.1
[2005.10.09] Nada Sousou ~kono ai ni ikite~
[2006.02.27] Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi
[2006.04.18] Attention Please
[2006.07.13] Shimokita Sundays
[2007.01.13] Attention Please Special
[2007.02.11] Ri Kouran
[2007.xx.xx] Wataru Seken wa oni Bakari
[2007.04.19] Hotelier

[1999.05.??] Murderer ~killer of paraiso~
[2002.02.15] Peter Pan 2: Neverland no himitsu
[2003.05.10] Azumi
[2004.03.12] Azumi 2 Death or Love
[2004.12.25] Install
[2005.08.??] Ashita Genki ni Na~re!

Photobooks / Books
[2001.10.10] Hare nochi Ame, nochi Hare (晴れのち雨、のち晴れ)
[2001.12.26] Kiss Shite ii Desuka? (キスしていいですか)
[2002.07.22] Aiueto (あいうえと)
[2003.04.17] Ueto Aya VERSUS Azumi (上戸彩VERSUSあずみ)
[2003.07.19] MESSAGE
[2003.09.17] September Fourteenth
[2004.09.11] natural
[2004.12.27] Install ~Nozawa Asako no Fuukei~ featuring Ueto Aya (インスト-ル~野沢朝子の風景~featuring上戸彩 )
[2005.02.25] Ueto Aya in Azumi 2 Death or Love (上戸彩inあずみ2 Death or Love)
[2005.03.26] Last Teen
[2005.04.14] Attack No.1 FAN BOOK (アタックNo.1 FAN BOOK)
[2005.06.24] Ueto Aya Monogatari (上戸彩物語)
[2005.09.14] Breath
[2005.12.14] thank you! aya ueto live 2005