Kikkawa Yuu was born on May 1, 1992 in Ibaraki, Japan to a couple whose names are undisclosed.
Kikkawa took part in the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition, but wasn't selected to join the group.
On April 7, 2007, she was added to Hello Pro Egg and officially listed on their site.
In 2008, she was chosen, along with fellow Egg Kitahara Sayaka, to be part of the anime based group MilkyWay with Morning Musume member Kusumi Koharu. She also provided the voice of the corresponding character in the Kirarin☆Revolution anime series.
On December 24, it was announced that she had finished her Hello Pro Egg training, and her next activity would be performing as the opening act during the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert tour, marking the start of her solo career. During the tour the "Kikkawa Yuu Support Project" was announced, and an official website was opened.
On January 16, Kikkawa announced that she will be holding a press conference somewhere in Tokyo on January 26. She also had a solo event scheduled in Nagoya, Japan, towards the end of January.
On May 11, her debut single titled "Kikkake wa YOU!" was released under Universal Music Japan. It was originally scheduled to be released March 30, 2011, but due to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the release was pushed back. The single was available in four versions: Regular, Limited A, B, and C and each limited edition featured a different B-side from the 3 different songs she performed as the opening act for H!P’s 2011 winter concert tour, "Sayonara Namida" "Candy Pop" and "Fuyuzora Hanabi."
Kikkawa made an appearance in Atlanta for the Anime Weekend event. The event took place from September 28 to September 30.
Kikkawa branded Android-based edenTAB tablet featuring exclusive Kikkawa related apps and wallpapers titled Kikka Tab. There were only 100 available and they were available for pre-order on August 6th at 35,800 Yen. There was two exclusive apps included with the tablet: Kikka Alarm a morning wake-up call app, and Kikka Camera with You.
Kikkawa also made an appearance on Japan Expo in France and Japan Expo Belgium.
In March, Kikkawa starred as Chava in a stage production of Fiddler on the Roof.
On May 1, Kikkawa released her second photobook titled "YOU21".
On June 3, it was announced that Kikkawa would collaborate with the group Kimaguren to release a promotional single for Café-ole. Together they were called "Kikkaren".
In July, it was revealed that Kikkawa will be in the Japan Expo in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd through August 25th.
On October 1, she was transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.
On December 31, Kikkawa announced at Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ that she would release a new song in 2014.
On June 25, she released her 7th single titled "URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan".
On October 29, she released her 8th single "Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata".
On May 6, Kikkawa released her 9th single "Hana".
From March 30 to April 3, Kikkawa appeared in the stage play "Yuki no Princess".
On June 1, she released her 10th single "Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai".
On May 24, she released her 11th single "Sayonara, Standard".
On January 17, she released her 12th single "DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through".
On May 23, Kikkawa released the digital single "NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU". Her past catalog also became available on digital download and streaming services such as iTunes, Spotify, Recochoku, and LINE MUSIC in over 200 countries.
In celebration of her 27th birthday and the start of the Reiwa era on May 1, Kikkawa released the digital single "Koi". It is the first in two-part work that tells different love stories about the same heroine.
On August 16, it was announced that Kikkawa and Sengoku Minami were cast in the stage play "Dare ga Tame no Alchemist Butaiban "Hijiriishi no Tsuioku" ~Yami wo Mitsumeru Mono~". The stage play ran from September 26 to 29 in Tokyo.
On November 5, it was announced that Kikkawa Yuu was cast in the "Cutie Honey Emotional" stage play. It will run from February 6 to February 9, 2020.
On January 31, the audio for her original song "Yellow Butterfly" was released through a video uploaded to YouTube. This is the first song that Kikkawa has written the lyrics for.
On March 4, it was announced that events and lives for the month of March were postponed or cancelled for all YU-M Entertainment artists in consideration of a new policy established by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
On March 13, all YU-M Entertainment artists collaborated for a 25 hour-long television program aired through NicoNico Live Broadcast at 7:30 PM JST titled 25jikanhan Television ~Idol to Mirai e Mukau Basho~.
On March 14, after the conclusion of the 25jikanhan Television ~Idol to Mirai e Mukau Basho~, YU-M Entertainment announced a crowdfunding project to help invest in their artists' future to make up for postponed or cancelled events due to the coronavirus.
On April 7, Twitter user @kangfoo4 compiled several Tweets of Kikkawa meticulously picking apart her food and counting the pieces with the caption "This is what idols are up to now that they cannot perform live [due to the coronavirus]". This compilation caused her to go viral in Japan within a day of posting, and it caught the attention of news outlets in Japan and abroad.
In response to becoming a viral sensation, Kikkawa continued posting more tweets with her food disassembly projects, and even held livestreams where she disassembled food live. She also revealed her desire to publish a book about her new food disassembly hobby.
On April 19, Kikkawa posted a tweet with her most ambitious food disassembly project yet: a dragonfruit picked apart into 7709 pieces.
When Kikkawa became a soloist under UP-FRONT CREATE, she was 19 years old.
Here is a list of nicknames that was used to refer to Kikkawa Yuu:
- You Kikkawa: Official stage name used by members and fans.
- Kikka (きっか): Official nickname used by members and fans.
- Name: Kikkawa Yuu (吉川友)
- Stage Name: You Kikkawa
- Nickname: Kikka (きっか)
- Birthdate: May 1, 1992
- Birthplace: Ibaraki, Japan
- Blood type: A
- Height: 160cm
- Western Zodiac: Taurus
- Eastern Zodiac: Monkey
- Hello! Project Status:
- 2007-04-07: Hello Pro Egg member
- 2010-12-24: Graduated
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Former MilkyWay Color: Yellow
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Concert Units:
- Wonderful Hearts (2007-2010)
- Other Groups:
- Note: Kikkawa Yuu is credited as both "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友) and "You Kikkawa".
- [2011.05.11] Kikkake wa YOU!
- [2011.10.05] Hapirapi-Sunrise-
- [2011.12.28] Konna Watashi de Yokattara
- [2012.07.11] Koko Kara Hajimarunda!
- [2012.09.26] Darling to Madonna
- [2013.01.16] Sekaijuu ni Kimi wa Hitori Dake / Valentine's RADIO / Chocolate Damashii
- [2014.06.25] URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan (Indies)
- [2014.10.29] Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata (Indies)
- [2015.05.06] Hana
- [2016.06.01] Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai
- [2017.05.24] Sayonara, Standard
- [2018.01.17] DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through
- Digital Singles
- Studio Albums
- Cover Albums
- [2012.11.07] Vocalist?
- Best Albums
- [2013.08.07] Best Of YOU!
- Original Songs
-  Yellow Butterfly
- Solo DVDs
- [2011.07.13] Eiga "Kikkake wa YOU!" (映画「きっかけはYOU!」)
- [2011.08.17] YOU! ~The DVD~
- [2013.01.16] Live! Dokyu! Kikka! (ライブ！ドキュ！きっか！)
- [2013.04.24] Music Video Clips vol.1
Dicography Featured InEdit
- Team Makenki
- Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers
- Kirarin☆Revolution Song Selection 3
- Kirarin☆Revolution Song Selection 4
- Kirari to Fuyu
- Kirarin☆Revolution Song Selection 5
- Hello! Project
- Petit Best 9 (as a member of MilkyWay)
- Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2 (as a member of MilkyWay)
- Hello! Project
- Hello! Project 2007 Summer 10th Anniversary Dai Kanshasai ~Hello☆Pro Natsu Matsuri~ (as a member of Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2008 Summer Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Hishochi de Date Itashima SHOW~ (as a member of MilkyWay and Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2009 Winter Wonderful Hearts Kouen ~Kakumei Gannen~ (as a member of MilkyWay and Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2009 SUMMER Kakumei Gannen ~Hello! Chanpuru~ (as a member of Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2010 WINTER Kachou Fuugetsu (as a member of Hello Pro Egg)
- Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ (as the opening act)
- Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER (as the opening act)
- Hello! Project 2012 WINTER Hello☆Pro Tengoku
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2012 Natsu
- Hello! Project Tanjou 15 Shuunen Kinen Live 2013 Fuyu (as a guest)
- Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2013 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~
- Hello! Project 2014 SUMMER (as a guest)
- Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2014 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~
- Hello! Project 2015 WINTER (as a guest)
- Morning Musume
- Morning Musume Concert Tour 2008 Aki ~Resonant LIVE~ (as a member of MilkyWay)
- Hello Pro Egg
- Dai 1kai Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen ~Saru no Koku~ / ~Tori no Koku~
- 2007 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 8gatsu ~Yokohama de Aimashou~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 3gatsu ~Kirameki no Yokohama~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Akasaka HOP!~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 9gatsu ~Shibakouen STEP!~
- 2008 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 11gatsu ~Yokohama JUMP!~
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 4gatsu ~Yokohama HOP!~
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 9gatsu ~Yokohama JUMP!~
- 2009 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 11gatsu ~Yokohama FIRE!~
- 2010nen Hello Pro Egg Norimen Live 2gatsu
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 3gatsu ~Yokohama GOLD!~
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 6gatsu ~Yokohama HOP!~
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 9gatsu ~Yokohama STEP!~
- 2010 Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen 11gatsu ~Yokohama JUMP!~
- [2012.01.24] Weekly ASCII
- [2012.05.18] Young Gangan No.11
- [2012.10.05] Young Gangan No.20
- [2013.04.20] CD&DL Data Separate GIRLS-PEDIA (Mook)
- [2013.05.15] EX masses
-  Yellow Butterfly
- [2011.02.19] Kikka Fest (きっかフェス)
- [2012.05.04-06] Kikkawa Yuu 1st Anniversary Live (吉川友 1stアニバーサリーライブ)
- [2012.07.28-08.03] Kikka Fest ~Episode 3~ (きっかフェス 〜Episode 3〜)
- [2012.10.05-08] Kikka Fest 4 YOU (きっかフェス4 YOU)
- [2012.11.17] Kikka Fest 5? (きっかフェス5?)
- [2013.01.25] Kikka Fest 6 ~The Request Hour~ (きっかフェス 6 〜ザ・リクエスト・アワー〜)
- [2013.09.23] Kikkawa Yuu SP Live 2013 Aki -Best of YOU!- (吉川 友 SPライブ2013秋 -Best of YOU!-)
- [2014.08.09] Ibaraki Gaisen Special Live ~Ibaraki kka! Daisuki kka!~ (茨城凱旋スペシャルライブ!〜茨城っか!大好きっか!〜)
- [2019.03.02-3] YOU KIKKAWA LIVE TOUR 2019 ~Yuu Totsumoushin~ (YOU KIKKAWA LIVE TOUR 2019 〜友突猛進〜)
- [2007.09.22] Hello Pro Egg Delivery Station! 01 (ハロプロエッグデリバリーステーション！01)
- [2008.08.30] Hello Pro Egg Delivery Station! 05 (ハロプロエッグデリバリーステーション！05)
-  Hello! Morning (ハロー!モーニング。) (as a candidate for the Happy 8ki Audition)
- [2008-2009] Oha Star (おはスタ)
- [2010-2017] PINK!SS (as an MC)
- [2011-2012] Hiru Nan Desu! (ヒルナンデス!)
-  Nemurenu Machi no A-Prince (眠れぬ街のアプリンス)
- [2014-2019] The Girls Live
-  BOAT RACE Live (BOAT RACEライブ)
-  Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)(As Aoyama Iroha)
-  Sprout (スプラウト)
-  Hanchou 6 (ハンチョウ6)
-  Saiban Chou! Onaka Aki Mashita! (裁判長っ!おなか空きました!) (1 episode)
-  Kanpai Senshi After V (乾杯戦士 アフターV)
-  Shin★Kanpai Senshi After V (新★乾杯戦士アフターV)
-  Sakura Saku (サクラ咲く)
-  Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro Kaiki (怪談新耳袋怪奇)
-  Kikkake wa YOU! (きっかけはＹＯＵ！)
-  Cheerfu11y (チアフリー)
-  Hatsukoi ~Otou-san, Chibi ga Inaku Narimashita (初恋〜お父さん、チビがいなくなりました)
- [2008-2009] Kirarin☆Revolution (きらりん☆レボリューション) (as Hanasaki Cobeni)
-  Sengoku Collection (戦国コレクション) (as Beethoven)
-  Kappa Sushi (カッパ寿司)
-  Glico Dairy Cafe Ole (グリコ乳業 カフェオーレ)
-  Pizza LA vs Pizza Black "Blue Hawaii" Hen (ピザーラVSピザブラック「ブルーハワイ」篇)
-  Nekome Club 2
-  Tiger Breathing (タイガーブリージング)
-  Recipient (レシピエント)
-  Kawaiku Nakuchaikenai Ryu (カワイクなくちゃいけないリユウ)
-  Okashi na Okashi na Tantei Monogatari!... wa, Kore da!! (おかしなおかしな探偵物語!...は、コレだ!!) (as guest)
-  Fiddler on the Roof (屋根の上のバイオリン弾き, Yane no Ue no Violin Hiki) (Chava)
-  Gakuya ~Makenki~ (楽屋〜負けん気〜)
-  Yuki no Princess (雪のプリンセス)
- [2013-] Kikkawa Yuu no Teikiteki ni Haishin Shite Mikka! (吉川友の定期的に配信してみっか!)
- [2014-] Kikkawa Yuu no Showroom de Haishin Shite Mikka! (吉川友のShowroomで配信してみっか!)
-  GREEN ROOM
- [2016, 2018] Yaguchi Mari no Kayou The NIGHT (矢口真里の火曜The NIGHT) (AbemaTV) (3 episodes)
- [2016-2017] Girls Night Out
- [2016-] Upcoming (アプカミ)
-  Geinou Gijuku Daigaku #14 (芸能義塾大学♯14) (AbemaTV) (1 episode)
-  Speedwagon no Getsuyou The NIGHT (スピードワゴンの月曜The NIGHT) (AbemaTV) (1 episode)
- [2011-] Young Town Doyoubi (ヤングタウン土曜日)
- [2012-2014] Kikkari 10bu Chotto! (きっかり10分ちょっと!)
- [2013-2014] Kikkawa Yuu no Radio Yatte Mikka! (吉川友のラジオやってみっかぁ!)
- [2013.05.06] Shabekuri Icchokusen (しゃべくり一直線)
- She ranked #14 on BUBKA magazine's Women with the Biggest Breakthrough of 2011.
- Eats bread for breakfast.
- Her favorite spot is the toilet.
- Has a grip strength of 31kg.
- Is one of the several Hello! Project members to lose a Morning Musume audition and be added to Hello! Project at a later date.
- Sung Furusato and Memory Seishun no Hikari as her audition songs in the Morning Musume Happy 8ki Audition.
- Made her first concert appearance at Dai 1 Kai Hello! Project Shinjin Kouen ~Saru no Koku~ / ~Tori no Koku~.
- Kikkawa appeared as a backup dancer in the PV for Mano Erina's eighth major single "Genkimono de Ikou!".
- While acting as the opening act during the Hello! Project 2011 Winter concert tour she performed a song titled "Sayonara Namida" (さよなら涙), which was also her debut song.
- Since the 2011 Winter Hello! Project concert, her name is romanized as "You Kikkawa," as a pun for the english word "you." However, her stage name continues to be "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友).
- After the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Kikkawa lived briefly with Mano Erina.
- One of Kikkawa's favorite American restaurants is The Cheesecake Factory.
- Kikkawa believes that her toughest opponent in Hello! Project is Yajima Maimi from ℃-ute.
Total Sales CountEdit
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- Note: These sales numbers only include her single and album sales.
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ 吉川友に関するお知らせ
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ http://yum-e.jp/
- ↑ Official Gekijyo Page
- ↑ "You Kikkawa to release her new track “NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU” and past catalogue on digital service worldwide on May 23." UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN. 2018-05-23.
- ↑ "吉川友が、ぱいぱいでか美とまさかのユニット結成！？配信シングル発売決定！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2018-08-20.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/paipaidekami/status/1101497740494663680
- ↑ "吉川友にぱいぱいでか美／第2弾「可哀想なオンナ」が「超緊急」全世界配信スタート！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2019-02-28.
- ↑ "New Single 『恋』 令和元年5月1日よりダウンロード＆ストリーミング 全世界配信スタート！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2019-05-01.
- ↑ "改元と同時に27歳になった吉川友、アカシック提供の新曲「恋」配信リリース" (in Japanese). natalie. 2019-05-01.
- ↑ "New Single 『暁 -yoake-』 令和元年7月31日～ダウンロード＆ストリーミング 全世界配信スタート！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2019-07-30.
- ↑ https://amp.natalie.mu/stage/news/343915
- ↑ "舞台「Cutie Honey Emotional」出演決定！＜11/6(水)＞先行受付開始！" (in Japanese). Kikkawa Yuu Official Blog "LOOK at ME Wagamama BODY". 2019-11-05.
- ↑ https://youtu.be/15ABc7CMwG0
- ↑ "YU-Mエンターテインメント主催ライブに関するご案内" (in Japanese). YU-M Entertainment. 2020-03-04.
- ↑ "吉川友にぱいぱいでか美／第3弾「都会のオンナ」が「超緊急」全世界配信スタート！" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan. 2020-03-14.
- ↑ "YU-Mエンターテインメントタレント総出演の25時間半番組、配信決定！" (in Japanese). YU-M Entertainment. 2020-03-12.
- ↑ "YU-Mエンターテインメント、クラウドファンティングを立ち上げ！！" (in Japanese). YU-M Entertainment. 2020-03-14.
- ↑ "3月31日吉川友＆仙石みなみインターネットサイン会開催！" (in Japanese). YU-M Entertainment. 2020-03-24.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/kikkawa_you/status/1247385533925347332?s=21
- ↑ https://aramajapan.com/news/social-media/kikkawa-you-goes-viral-for-debuting-quarantine-hobby-of-counting-pieces-of-food/105612/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/9gag/status/1248356260455596032?s=21
- ↑ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8207443/Japanese-idol-disassembles-fruit-veg-counts-pieces-lockdown.html
- ↑ https://youtu.be/rB473AC9B0s
- ↑ https://natalie.mu/music/column/375744
- ↑ https://twitter.com/kikkawa_you/status/1251897676393705483?s=21
- ↑ Amazon.co.jp Listing
- ↑ Interview during Japan Expo 2013
- Official Website
- Universal Music Japan Profile
- Official Blog
- Official YouTube channel
- Staff Twitter
- YU-M Entertainment Profile
- Wikipedia Article
|Major Singles||1. Kikkake wa YOU! | 2. Hapirapi-Sunrise- | 3. Konna Watashi de Yokattara | 4. Koko Kara Hajimarunda! | 5. Darling to Madonna | 6. Sekaijuu ni Kimi wa Hitori Dake / Valentine's RADIO / Chocolate Damashii | 7. URAHARA Temptation / Ii jan | 8. Amai Melody / "Suki" no Kazoekata | 9. Hana | 10. Ha wo Kuishibare! / Charming Shoubu Sedai | 11. Sayonara, Standard | 12. DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through|
|Digital Singles||1. NEO SUGAR SUGAR YOU | 2. Koi | 3. yoake|
|Collaboration Singles||Kikkaren: Café-ole no Uta | Aimai na Kankei|
Team Makenki: Mugen, Fly High!!
Kikkawa Yuu ni Paipai Dekami: Saikou no Onna | Kawaisou na Onna | Tokai no Onna
|DVDs||Music Video Clips vol.1|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Hello Pro Egg | MilkyWay | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers | Kikkaren | Team Makenki|
|Solo Acts||Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume)|
|Kira☆Pika||Kira | Pika|
|MilkyWay||Tsukishima Kirari starring Kusumi Koharu (Morning Musume) | Yukino Noel starring Kitahara Sayaka | Hanasaki Cobeni starring Kikkawa Yuu|
|SHIPS||Kazama Hiroto (Ide Takuya) | Hiwatari Seiji (Kanai Shikou)|
|Singles||Tsukishima Kirari: 1. Koi☆Kana | 2. Balalaika | 3.Happy☆彡 | 4. Chance! | 5. Papancake | 6. Hapi☆Hapi Sunday!|
Kira☆Pika: 1. Hana wo Pu-n / Futari wa NS
MilkyWay: 1. Anataboshi | 2. Tan Tan Taan!
SHIPS: 1. TOKYO FRIEND☆SHIPS | 2. Kimi ga Iru
Other: Ooki na Ai de Motenashite
|Albums||Original: 1. ☆☆☆ (Mitsuboshi) | 2. Kirarin☆Land | 3. Kirari to Fuyu|
Mini: 1. Song Selection | 2. Song Selection 2 | 3. Song Selection 3 | 4. Song Selection 4 | 5. Song Selection 5
|Other||Kirarin☆Revolution Final Stage|
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | ℃-ute | Hello Pro Egg|