I was just staring into space in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, and it hit me that it’s been ten years— It’s my 10th anniversary for a lot of things: it’s my tenth anniversary of Juri Ueno~~~ and Last FriendsÂ turned 10 this year! It’s also ten years since the Beijing Olympics, ten years since Beijing, Beijing! Wo Ai Beijing; it’s been ten years since BiBi, ten years of YAM Magazine, and ten-mother-freaking-years since I became a fan of Yu Aoi . It didn’t come in this order, but you get the idea.
May 16th is the date. Remember that. This should’ve been posted that day, but I’m way to giddy to wait. It’s taken me a long time to sit down and look back at years of archives to update this entry, but I suppose it still beats trying to figure out how to write a comprehensive Wikipedia entry.
Yu-chan and I, we’ve had our ups and downs, but I’ve always tried to stay as loyal as possible. LOL I may not stalk her tags online 24/7 (all my Japanese sources in English are rubbish now) and my Japanese skills are in the gutter, but I’ve managed to remain the biggest English/Spanish-speaking Yu Aoi fan in this side of the hemisphere (if not the world, xD). It’s been a good ride, Yu-chan. I’m looking forward to all the catching-up of all your latest movies. Here’s to another decade with Yu!
Cheap Yu-puns intended~
Aoi Yu è’¼äº•å„ª (born Natsui YuÂ å¤äº•å„ª August 17, 1985) is a Japanese actress and model from Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She made her film debut as Shiori Tsuda in Shunji Iwaiâ€™s 2001 filmÂ All About Lily Chou Chou. She became widely known for playing Tetsuko Arisugawa inÂ Hana & AliceÂ (2004) â€“ also directed by Shunji Iwai, as well as Kimiko Tanikawa in the hula-dancing filmÂ Hula Girls, and Hagu in the 2006 live action adaptation of the popularÂ Honey & CloverÂ manga series.
In 2009, Aoi was namedÂ Rookie of the YearÂ in the field ofÂ Films in Media and Fine ArtsÂ byÂ The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
After several nominations in the Supporting Acting category at numerous film awards throughout her career, she was named Best Actress at the 41st Japanese Academy (æ—¥æœ¬ã‚¢ã‚«ãƒ‡ãƒŸãƒ¼è³ž), presented on March 3rd 2018 , for her role onÂ Birds Without Names.
- Photobook + Book Releases
- Notable Magazine Shoots + Covers
- Single Promotion + MV Appearance
- Other Facts
Yu Aoi set herself on the path to acting when she was cast as Polly in the 1999 rendition ofÂ Annie, followed by her appearance as a regular on TV Tokyoâ€™sÂ Oha SUTAÂ (The Super Kids Station)  in 2000. A year later, she finally made her silver screen debut inÂ Shunji Iwaiâ€˜sÂ All About Lily Chou ChouÂ playing Shiori Tsuda alongsideÂ Hayato Ichihara,Â Shugo Oshinari, Miwako Ichikawa, andÂ Ayumi Ito. Aoi would then work inÂ Ao to Shiro de MizuiroÂ andÂ GaichuÂ (Harmful Insect) with actressÂ Aoi Miyazaki.
With her first roles on the small and big screen came commercial deals and endorsements for Sony, Yamaha, DoCoMo, Toshiba and Coca Cola.
In 2003, commemoratingÂ the 30th anniversary of Kit Kat in Japan, Shunji Iwai shot a series of short films starring Yu Aoi andÂ Anne Suzuki, which was eventually expanded into the feature film calledÂ Hana & Alice, a film that earned Aoi theÂ Best ActressÂ award at theÂ Japanese Professional Movie Award.
In 2005, Aoi played her first lead on the big screen inÂ Letters from Nirai Kanai, which was sold in Korea with the alternate title ofÂ Aoi Yuâ€™s LetterÂ due to her popularity in the country. She has had supporting roles in the Miki Satoshi filmÂ Turtles Swim Faster than ExpectedÂ starringÂ Juri Ueno, and,Â YamatoÂ withÂ Shido NakamuraÂ andÂ Kenichi Matsuyama; the latter would earn her one of her double-nomination asÂ Best Supporting ActressÂ at the 2007Â Japanese Academy Award. She won against herself for her work as Kimiko Tanikawa in the Japanese hitÂ Hula Girls, which was sent to theÂ Academy AwardsÂ as the Japanese official selection that year.
To this date, her role as the hula dancing girl from small town Iwaki remains her most successful role yet, earning her a dozen awards asÂ Best ActressÂ andÂ Best Supporting Actress, alongside her other smaller roles that year as Hagu inÂ Honey & Clover, and Kana Sato in the Shunji-Iwai-produced and Nirai-Kanai-directedÂ Rainbow Song. Aoi also lent her voice to play Shiro in the animated filmÂ Tekkonkinkreet, the adaptation to the Taiyo Matsumoto manga,Â Black and White, directed byÂ Michael Arias.
During these years, she made commercials for Aeon, Nintendo, Canon, the Japan Racing Association (JRA), Shiseido Cosmetics, Shueisha Publishing, Kirin Beverage and signed on to endorse DoCoMo with stars likeÂ Anna Tsuchiya,Â Kazue Fukiishi, Keiko Kitagawa, Tomoya Nagase,Â Satoshi Tsumabuki, Asano Tadanobu, andÂ Eita. Moreover, Aoi released two successful photobooks withÂ Yoko TakahashiÂ as photographer, and distributed by Rockinâ€™ On,Â Travel SandÂ (2005) andÂ DandelionÂ (2007). Add to that two interviews with NHKâ€™sÂ Top RunnerÂ in 2005, and TBSâ€™Â JounetsuÂ (Passion) interview in 2006, which was translated into Korean and Chinese.
Yu Aoi spend some time on the small screen during those years. First, on the 2005Â Rakugo-related dramaÂ Tiger & Dragon, written by Kankuro Kudo, for which she starred as Risa. And finally she joined the cast ofÂ Dr. Kotoâ€™s Clinic, starting its second series in 2006.
2007 proved to be a prolific year for her as she participated in the live action adaptation of the manga seriesÂ MushishiÂ alongside Joe Odagiri, as well asÂ WOWOWâ€™sÂ Donâ€™t Laugh at my Romance,Â Welcome to the Quiet RoomÂ with Yuki Uchida, and going back to the stage to play Desdemona in a rendition of Shakespeareâ€™sÂ Othello. For these last two, Aoi showed to be moving closer to a more thespian career path by even losing 7Kg. to play Miki, an eating disorder patient.
Aoi began 2008 with the release ofÂ Donâ€™t Laugh at my Romance, which would earn her a nomination asÂ Best Supporting ActressÂ at theÂ Asian Film AwardsÂ in 2009. WOWOW would signed her for the experimental dramaÂ CamouflageÂ (aka.Â Aoi Yu x 4 Lies), in which Yu Aoi would collaborate with four different directors exploring the theme of lies. The series lasted for 12 episodes, and included work withÂ Ryo Kase, Yoichi Nukumizu, Shoko Ikezu,Â Nobuhiro YamashitaÂ and Yuki Tanada.
A couple of months later, NTV would sign Aoi to play her first TV leading role as Handa Sen in the live action adaptation of Kikuchi Shotaâ€™s manga series,Â Osen, which aired until the end of June 2008 with ten episodes, which remains Aoi’s only lead role in a mainstream drama.
Next up, Aoi releasedÂ One Million Yen GirlÂ written and directed byÂ CamouflageÂ director Yuki Tanada, once again released by WOWOW. Her second leading film role sinceÂ Nirai KanaiÂ in 2005, and proved to be a wise career choice by cementing her as a more serious actress. However, she didnâ€™t forget her supporting roles, as she briefly participated in the Japanese World-War-II-jury-themed filmÂ Best Wishes for Tomorrow, as well as the internationalÂ Tokyo!Â â€“ a three-short-film collection byÂ Michel Gondry, Leo Carax and Bong Joon-Ho, and directed by the latter.
During the year, she managed to release two photo essays, one titledÂ Kaiten TEBURU wa MutsukashiÂ about her visit to Taipei, Taiwan, withÂ All About Lily Chou ChouÂ andÂ Hana & AliceÂ still-photographerÂ Ivy Chen, in which she started to show her passion for shaved ice, referred to in Japanese asÂ KakigooriÂ (Wikipedia), an interest that would lead to writing articles for the Japanese magazine Casa BRUTUS; and her second photo essay which was titledÂ Kyou KonogoroÂ and had photographs byÂ Sayo Nagase.
By the end of 2008,Â she revealedÂ that she had been to the Guyanas and visited the Amazon bank river alongside actor Osawa Takao for an Asahi TV adventure calledÂ The Lost WorldÂ (ãƒã‚¹ãƒˆãƒ¯ãƒ¼ãƒ«ãƒ‰), which aired on December 22nd, 2008.
In early 2009,Â the Ministry of Education , Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of JapanÂ named Yu AoiÂ Rookie of the YearÂ in the field of Films in Media and Fine Arts, citing her work in her film debut inÂ All About Lily Chou Chou, until her work inÂ One Million Yen Girl.
The year, however, proved to be a quiet one. With no television appearances, little films and work mostly focused on magazine shoots and commercials shooting. By this time, she continued promoting Kirin Beverages, cementing herself as the main image for theÂ Kirin Mid-Afternoon TeaÂ brand, and started promotingÂ LG Cellphones.
Yu Aoi releasedÂ Honokaa Boy, in which she appeared for five minutes, proving she didnâ€™t mind taking small roles that would elevate the profile of a project she felt was important, and took the part of Ikechan on the filmÂ Ikechan to BokuÂ (titled in English asÂ Good Bye, My Secret Friend) a live action adaptation of the picture book of the same name by Rieko Saibara, a coming of age story which let her lend her voice to the imaginary friend of Yoshio, played by Arashi Fukasawa.
She also returned to the stage in the playÂ Gakuya, which ran for a month and let Aoi actÂ alongside Kyoko Koizumi, Nozomi Muraoka, and Eri Watanabe.
The first teaser for Yoji Yamadaâ€™s filmÂ Otouto,Â About her Brother, was revealed in October 2009, set for an early 2010 opening. The film was important because it let Aoi work with the renown director, who happened to be the director ofÂ The Hidden Blade, one of her favorite films.
Aoi closed the year with theÂ Vogue Nippon Women of the Year 2009 awardÂ alongside Yukie Nakama, Aya Ueto, and Yukiko Motoya, as well as the publication of the first trailer forÂ About her Brother,Â and the announcement of a guest appearance inÂ NHKâ€™s 49th period drama,Â Ryomaden, and the announcement of a starring role in period romanceÂ Raoiu, alongsideÂ Masaki Okada.
About her BrotherÂ was chosen asÂ the film to close the 2010 Berlinale, which was received with generally favorable reviews with 11 nominations at theÂ Japanese Academy Awards, and gave Yu her second nomination forÂ Best Supporting ActressÂ at theÂ Asian Film Awards, and her third nomination for Best Supporting Actress at theÂ Japanese Academy Awards.
Aoi opened the year with more news. The first one being that she would star in the production ofÂ FLOWERS, which got Aoi and other Tsubaki Shiseido sponsoring actresses together to celebrate the different Japanese cinematic eras telling stories about different generations of women. The second one, thatÂ she and Shunji Iwai would be back togetherÂ for his English production debut ofÂ Vampire, where Aoi would play the role of a suicidal exchange student.
She followed that with the announcement of the filmÂ Yogashiten Coin de Rue, which was released on February 2011. In the meantime, Aoi did the U-Can commercials which came with a 11min. short,Â Sute Neko OL, and decided to publish her pop-up bookÂ Uso.Â alongsideÂ 3D exhibits in Shibuya and Nagoya.
In June 2010, it was revealed that Yu Aoi would be voicing a character in the Takeshi Koike animated filmÂ Redline, alongside Kimura Takuya and Asano Tadanobu, which would open in October 2010 in Japan and selected cities in the United States. In July, she did a one-episode guest star on the TBS comedyÂ Unubore Deka, which reunited her with theÂ Tiger & DragonÂ team, including Kankuro Kudo and Tomoya Nagase. That same weekend, Aoiâ€™s episodes forÂ NHKâ€™sÂ RyomadenÂ started airing for a total of 13 episodes, that would almost last until the end of 2010.
On November 2010, it was announced that she would be returning to the stage alongside Satoshi Tsumabuki for a new Hideki Noda play titledÂ To South, which opened in February 2011 until the end of March. Some of the dates of the play were cancelled or re-scheduled due to the Tohoku Earthquake that hit Japan on March 11th near the north east coast of the country, which generated a tsunami that destroyed the region, and ignited the problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
TheÂ Hula GirlsÂ cast, which included Aoi, donated Â¥10M JPY to the city of Iwaki, which is the city where the film was shot, and the ones that suffered the most from the nuclear disaster . Aoi also joined the original Hula Girls for the documentaryÂ Fukushima Hula Girls, for which she narrated, as it screened at the 2011Â Tokyo Film FestivalÂ .
During these past couple of years, some of Yu Aoiâ€™s sponsor deals came to an end, passing the baton to new members for the JRA Club Keiba commercials , but she has continued sponsoring for Kirin and LG Mobile Phones, and started promotingÂ Calbee Potato Chips. She currently was named the 4th female personality in number of sponsors  in 2010, promoting 10 companies just below Aoi Miyazaki (11), Saki Aibu (12), and Aya Ueto (13).Â In 2011, Aoi continued promoting Calbee Potato Chips  as well as Kirin, all the while she started doing a series of commercials for JINS Air Frame glasses , and participated in the campaign for BEAMSâ€™ Koiweb .
Shunji Iwaiâ€™sÂ VampireÂ opened atÂ SundanceÂ to mixed reviews, but it would still do the festival rounds until its release in Japan in September 2012. In the meantime, there were reports that Yu Aoi would be releasing an experimental short by CM and MV director Komatsu Mayumi (å°æ¾çœŸå¼“) titledÂ TamatamaÂ , which was shot in Ireland, as well as the confirmation that she had been cast as Takani Megumi in the live-action adaptation of the popular manga,Â Rurouni Kenshin.Â Yu Aoi was set to startÂ work with director Yoji Yamada once again inÂ Tokyo Family, alongsideÂ Bunta Sugawara, Etsuko Ichihara, Masashiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa, Shigeru Muroi, Shozo Hayashiya, and Satoshi Tsumabuki. However, due to the earthquake, Yamada decided to postpone the projectâ€™s start-up date, which would have started on early April 2011.
By late 2011, it was announced that Aoi would take part on filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawaâ€™s latest WOWOW drama titledÂ Shokuzai, which would star Kyoko Koizumi, and have the presence of Chizuru Ikewaki, Eiko Koike and Sakura Ando in other prominent roles alongside Aoi .
The year closed with the release of the first teaser forÂ Rurouni KenshinÂ .
These past couple of years, Yu Aoiâ€™s activities were quiet, beginningÂ January 2012 with the broadcast ofÂ Shokuzai, which would eventually last for five episodes in the span of five weeks. However, Aoiâ€™s participation only required her to appear on the first episode, which co-starred Mirai Moriyama. In February, it was announced that Aoi would participate in the stage playÂ Madame de SadeÂ  with a run all throughout March that year. During February, she also published her 10th photobook release titledÂ A DreamÂ with photographs by Yoshihiko Ueda. Then, in early June, Yoji Yamada held a press conference with the cast forÂ Tokyo KazokuÂ to announce that they had finally begun shooting the film after its postponement the prior year due to the Tohoku Earthquake .
It was in early July 2012 when Yu Aoi, after years of swirling in the romance rumor mill of the Japanese entertainment industry, announced on her blog that she was in a relationshipÂ with actor Suzuki Kosuke , who had also made an official statement on his own blog. A month later, by late August, the teaser forÂ Tokyo KazokuÂ  was revealed with only 15 seconds of footage featuring Aoiâ€™s co-star Satoshi Tsumabuki only. However, it would be the much awaited live action adaptation ofÂ Rurouni Kenshin; which would span one of the best-received anime adaptation trilogies; and Shunji Iwaiâ€™s Japanese release ofÂ VampireÂ that would be causing a stir when Aoi was revealed to have cut her long locks of hair , which apparently didnâ€™t sit well with her management. Finally in September, Yu was the face for Right Onâ€™s new campaign, in which she was sporting her spanking new hair . The month ended with the announcement that Aoi would participate in a Japanese remake of Hong Kongâ€™s classicÂ Infernal Affairs, a two-part series titledÂ Double FaceÂ .
On October, it was announced that Aoi would be participating onÂ the playÂ Zipang Punk Goemon ROKKU IIIÂ , with shows beginning in mid-December and running until the end of February 2013 in Tokyo and Osaka. 2012 finished with Aoiâ€™s participation on the experimental radio dramaÂ 6 Colors, which she voiced alongsideÂ Oguri Shun, as well as the first trailer ofÂ Tokyo KazokuÂ  and its first advanced screening, and the publication of the Taiwanese edition ofÂ Kaiten TEBURU ha MutsukashiiÂ titledÂ Taiwan GirlÂ .
The year 2013 was pretty uneventful, starting with the release of Tokyo Family, which would eventually earn Aoi her third Best SupportingÂ nomination at the Asian Film Awards and her fourth Best Supporting nomination at the Japanese Academy Awards. Her activities followed with the broadcast ofÂ The Most Distant GalaxyÂ  and its quick announcement and airing on February, and the announcement of Aoiâ€™s film by Daisaku Kimura titledÂ Haru o SeotteÂ co-starringÂ Kenichi Matsuyama, Etsushi Toyokawa and Sakura Ando, which would be filmedÂ at the Tateyama mountain range between April and November, with a planned opening date by June 2014 . Already by June 2013, Aoi had a notable appearance on the 8th episode of Galileo 2, oppositeÂ Masaharu Fukuyama.
As Aoi continued shooting Haru o Seotte, her 2013 activities closed in September with the release of the animated Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Our first 2014 news was when they announced the theatrical release of Aoi’s period punk musical Zipang Punk, which would open by March, followed by the release of Haru o Seotte in June, leading to the broadcast of the second season ofÂ WOWOW’s Mozu, which would in turn overlap Fuji TV’s remake of their 1966 drama, Wakamono-tachi, titled All About my Siblings (è‹¥è€…ãŸã¡2014) where she was –once again– paired opposite Satoshi Tsumabuki. These activities would build-up Aoi’s presence in time for the release of both Rurouni Kenshin films, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends, completing the successful trilogy .
The best news that year, however, had to be the announcement of Shunji Iwai’s first animated film, a prequel to Hana & Alice, simply titledÂ The Case of Hana & Alice. Aoi also publishedÂ 8740 DIARY 2011-2014,Â Â a collection of text and photos gathered between those years from different directors, screenwriters and co-stars .
Yu Aoi began 2015 with theÂ Tadaima IwakiÂ (ãŸã ã„ã¾! ã„ã‚ã) campaign,Â to promote tourism to Iwaki after the 2011 earthquake . The Case of Hana & Alice came out in February, followed by the broadcast of Dr. Rintaro in April through June, where she played a geisha withÂ Dissociative Identity Disorder; as well as a small role inÂ Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, and eventually opened in Japan in October.
It was confirmed that she’d be voicing a character in aÂ Disney ChannelÂ Lilo & StitchÂ SP . She also started doing commercials for real state developer Mitsui Fudosan (ä¸‰äº•ä¸å‹•ç”£æ ªå¼ä¼šç¤¾), as part of their Tokyo 2020 campaign. In the second half of 2015, there were several announcements. First, in September, it was revealed that Aoi would star in a brand new play forÂ Spokaneâ€™s Left HandÂ (ã‚¹ãƒã‚±ãƒ¼ãƒ³ã®å·¦æ‰‹), which would run through the second half of November ; followed byÂ Nobuhiro Yamashitaâ€™sÂ Over the FenceÂ (ã‚ªãƒ¼ãƒãƒ¼ãƒ»ãƒ•ã‚§ãƒ³ã‚¹), an adaptation of a story in the anthologyÂ Kogane no FukuÂ (é»„é‡‘ã®æœ) by Sato Yasushi. A month later, it was reported thatÂ Yu Aoi would be starring in a live-action adaptation of Yamauchi Marikoâ€™s (å±±å†… ãƒžãƒªã‚³) book AZUMI HARUKO wa Yukuefumei (ã‚¢ã‚ºãƒŸãƒ»ãƒãƒ«ã‚³ã¯è¡Œæ–¹ä¸æ˜Ž), titled Japanese Girls Never Die and directed by Daigo Matsui. Her first leading role in seven years since Yuki Tanada’s One Million Yen Girl .
2016 was quite a calm year, as it began withÂ What A Wonderful Family!, another collaboration with Yoji Yamada that would span his family comedy trilogy (so far); as well as reports that Aoi would be participating in a Japanese adaptation of John Fordâ€™s 1600s incest tragedy â€˜Tis Pity Sheâ€™s a Whore, in a play that would run through June . 2016 would finish with the release of Over the Fence in September, the report of a yet-to-be-determined film withÂ Giuseppe Tornatore , and Japanese Girls Never Die by December. The previous year would be the calm before the storm that would be 2017 for Yu Aoi fans as she began with the announcement of a movie adaptation of Mahokaru Numataâ€™s (æ²¼ç”°ã¾ã»ã‹ã‚‹) Kanojo ga Sono Na o Shiranai Tori-tachi (å½¼å¥³ãŒãã®åã‚’çŸ¥ã‚‰ãªã„é³¥ãŸã¡) , which would be titled Birds Without Names; as well as the report of her role in the sport comedy dramaÂ Mix (ãƒŸãƒƒã‚¯ã‚¹ã€‚) . She also beganÂ doing commercials for Sanko Seika (ä¸‰å¹¸è£½è“â€) products, includingÂ Yuki no Yado (é›ªã®å®¿) rice crackers covered with Hokkaido cream [CM Making];Â Cheese Almond crackers [CM Making]; and the third one which would be used in late July for Parinko (ã±ã‚Šã‚“ã“) crackers [CM Making].
In May, the Tokyo International Film Festival announced that they’d be presenting a series to celebrate The Muses of Japanese Cinema, which included presentations of films byÂ Sakura Ando, Hikari Mitsushima, Aoi Miyazaki and Yu Aoi , ahead of the release of the second entry in Yoji Yamada’s family trilogy, What a Wonderful Family! 2. Aoi’s activities continued in July with the broadcast ofÂ We’re Millennials Got a Problem? SP, the start ofÂ Hello, Detective Hedgehog, the release of the live-action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul, as well as the revelation that she’d be starring in the play Antigone . Already in October, Mix opened one week ahead of Birds Without Names, which would earn Aoi her first nomination for Best Actress at the Asian Film AwardsÂ (her fourth in total) and get her her first nomination and win for Best Actress at the Japanese Academy Awards. Aoi would close the year with the broadcast of NTV’s My High School Business, which she co-starred alongside Arashi member Sho Sakurai (whom she worked with in Honey & Clover) and Mikako Tabe, playing a shy high school teacher with a heart of gold.
Aoi’s 2018 began with the presentation of Antigone through the month of January in Tokyo  and February in Matsumoto, Kyoto, Toyohashi and Kitakyushu , her Best Actress win; as well as the announcement that she’d be voicing a character in the animated film Penguin HighwayÂ (ãƒšãƒ³ã‚®ãƒ³ãƒ»ãƒã‚¤ã‚¦ã‚§ã‚¤), based on Tomihiko Morimi (æ£®è¦‹ç™»ç¾Žå½¦)’s novel . Her activities so far includes the third installment of Yoji Yamada’s What A Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life, as well as the broadcast of TV Tokyo’sÂ Miyamoto kara Kimi e. It was recently revealed that Aoi would be starring inÂ the music video for Hoshikuzu Scat’s Shinjuku Chanson, written by Lily Franky, and directed by her Birds Without Names director, Shiraishi Kazuya .
Photobook + Book Releases
- YuÂ (å„ªâ€•è’¼äº•å„ªå†™çœŸé›†) (2001)
- From YuÂ (From å„ª) (2003)
- Travel SandÂ (2005)
- DandelionÂ (2007)
- Kaiten TEBURU wa MutsukashiiÂ (2008)
- Kyou KonogoroÂ (2008)
- PortugirlÂ (2009)
- Uso.Â (2010)
- TamatamaÂ (2012)
- A DREAMÂ (2012)
- 8740 DIARY 2011-2014 (2014)
Notable Magazine Shoots + Covers
- EYE SCREAM Frebruary 2007
- spoon March 2009
- So-En October 2009
- Madfory Magazine October 2011 with Korean actorÂ Kim Soo Hyun
- MEKURU Magazine August 2015
- Watashi no KyuushuuÂ (ç§ã®ä¹å·ž) October 2016
- FRaU Magazine February 2018
Single Promotion + MV Appearance
- Every Little Thing â€“ Many Pieces [YouTube] (2003)
- KINMOKUSEI (ã‚ãƒ³ãƒ¢ã‚¯ã‚»ã‚¤) – Hito to KOUMORI (äººã¨ã‚³ã‚¦ãƒ¢ãƒª 
- GOING UNDER GROUND â€“Â ãƒãƒ¼ãƒˆãƒ“ãƒ¼ãƒˆ â€“ Heart Beat 
- HOME MADE Kazoku â€“Â å›ãŒãã‚ŒãŸã‚‚ã® (Kimi ga Kureta Mono) â€“ What You Gave Me 
- Shiori â€“ Smile (YouTube)
- Kobukuro â€“ CALLING //Â Kanashii HanabiÂ [(2]
- Moumoon â€“ Sunshine Girl 
- Maika â€“ Kokoro (å¿ƒ) â€“ Raiou / The Lightning Tree Main Theme
[Short Version] [Long Version]
- Yu Aoi x Chatmonchy â€“ Bus Romance 
- Noanowa â€“ Have a Good Day! 
- Chatmonchy -Â Kienai Hoshi (æ¶ˆãˆãªã„æ˜Ÿ) [Japanese Girls Never Die OST]  [YouTube]
- Ishizaki Huwie (çŸ³å´Žã²ã‚…ãƒ¼ã„) – Flower Vase (èŠ±ç“¶ã®èŠ±, Kabin no Hana)Â [Japanese Girls Never Die OST] [YouTube]
- Hoshikuzu Scat (æ˜Ÿå±‘ã‚¹ã‚ãƒ£ãƒƒãƒˆ) – Shinjuku Chanson (æ–°å®¿ã‚·ãƒ£ãƒ³ã‚½ãƒ³) dir.Â Shiraishi Kazuya (ç™½çŸ³å’Œå½Œ)
Yu Aoiâ€™s 10 Favorite Films (According to a January 2008 FrAU issue)
- Like AsuraÂ (2003)
- Memories of MurderÂ (2003)
- Ten Minutes OlderÂ (2002)
- The Hidden BladeÂ (2004)
- White Oleander (2002)
- Yi Yi: A One and a TwoÂ (2000)
- Almost Famous (2000)
- 2:37Â (2006)
- Kaza-hanaÂ (2000)
- SwayÂ (2006)
- Has an older brother. 
- Can reproduce the sound Yoshi (from Mario Bros) makes when it jumps, with her nose.
- Dislikes chocolate fondue. 
- Hates hard-boiled eggs. 
- Loves shaved ice. 
- Has a shaved ice machine at home.
- She has been a regular contributor to Casa Brutus Magazine on the topic of shaved ice since 2009.
- Lost 7kg. for her role inÂ Welcome to the Quiet Room. [blog msg]
- Once friends with Aoi Miyazaki and Juri Ueno .
- Was classmates with Teppei Koike (WaT), and shared the sponsorship of JRA. 
- Fan of Chatmonchy.
- Was bullied as a kid. 
- Is a huge ANGERME (ã‚¢ãƒ³ã‚¸ãƒ¥ãƒ«ãƒ ) stan  as shown on the episodeÂ Utai Odori Kurui SP (æŒã„è¸Šã‚Šç‹‚ã„SP) of NTV’sÂ UCHI no GAYA ga Sumimasen! (ã‚¦ãƒã®ã‚¬ãƒ¤ãŒã™ã¿ã¾ã›ã‚“ï¼).
- Is now often compared with Japanese actress Haru Kuroki.
- Korean actresses Hwang Seung-Un (í™©ìŠ¹ì–¸) andÂ Son Soo-Hyun (ì†ìˆ˜í˜„) have been compared to her , as well as Korean model Jo Eun-Hee (ì¡°ì€í¬).
- Celebrated 15 years of career in 2014.
- Almost quit acting at age 23 .
- Likes Sumo wrestling.
- Japanese poet Shuntaro Kanikawa (è°·å·ä¿Šå¤ªéƒŽ) wrote a poem titled Aoi Yu (ã‚ãŠã„ã‚†ã†), included in the MEKURU issue.
- Celebrated her 30th birthday with Peter .
- Hung out with Japanese Girls Never Die co-starÂ Mitsuki Takahata in photos taken by Yoko Takahashi .