Aya Ueto

Aya Ueto (上戸 彩, Ueto Aya, born September 14, 1985) is a Japanese actress, singer, model, tarento, and occasional radio personality. Born in Nerima, Tokyo, Ueto was discovered when she participated in the 7th Japan Bishōjo Contest, where she won the special jury prize. At the age of thirteen, Ueto made her acting debut, in the film Satsujinsha: Killer of Paraiso (1999), and she and fellow Japan Bishōjo Contest participants, Mami Nejiki, Mai Fujiya, and Manami Nishiwaki, formed the unsuccessful idol group Z-1. In 2002, after their disbandment, Ueto continued her music career as a solo artist, under the record label Pony Canyon, where she debuted with the single "Pureness."

Ueto's breakthrough came when she was cast as a high school student suffering from gender dysphoria, in the sixth season of the long-running TBS drama 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei. Her critically acclaimed performance led to several leading roles and endorsements, eventually establishing herself as one of Japan's most recognizable faces. As one of Japan's most ubiquitous celebrities, Ueto constantly appears on billboards, shop windows and train adverts, and has held the annual title of CM Queen five times since 2004.

She has also ventured onto the big screen, in the lead role in Ryuhei Kitamura's blockbuster Azumi (2003), which earned her a Japan Academy Award for Best Actress nomination; its sequel, Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005); and the film adaption of Thermae Romae (2012).

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Aya Ueto - Re. 2004 CD, Album, Copy Protected
No Image Aya Ueto - 感傷 / Mermaid 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Aya Ueto - License 2006 CD, Album, Limited Edition, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
Aya Ueto - Best Of UetoAya (Single Collection) 2006 CD, Compilation
Aya Ueto - Happy Magic 〜スマイルプロジェクト〜 2009 CD, Album, Limited Edition, DVD, DVD-Video
Aya Ueto - License 2006 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - Hello 2003 CD, Maxi-Single, Copy Protected
Aya Ueto - Message 2004 CD, Album, Limited Edition, DVD, DVD-Video
Ueto Aya* - Ayaueto 2003 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - Way To Heaven 2007 CD, Single, Stereo
Aya Ueto - Best Of UetoAya (Single Collection) 2006 CD, Compilation, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
上戸彩* - 風 / 贈る言葉 2004 CD, Single, Copy Protected, Promo, DVD, Promo
上戸彩* - Hello 2003 CD, Maxi-Single, Copy Protected, Limited Edition, DVD, PAL
Aya Ueto - Happy Magic 〜スマイルプロジェクト〜 2009 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - Message 2004 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - 愛のために。 2004 CD, Maxi-Single
Aya Ueto - Hello 2003 CD, Maxi-Single, Copy Protected
Aya Ueto - Message 2004 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - Happy Magic 〜スマイルプロジェクト〜 2009 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - License 2006 CD, Album
Aya Ueto - Best Of UetoAya (Single Collection) 2006 CD, Compilation, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC

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