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Kikkawa Yuu (吉川友), often promoted as You Kikkawa, is a soloist under UP-FRONT CREATE. She is a former member of Hello! Project as a member of Hello Pro Egg and MilkyWay. Her highest selling single is "Kikkake wa YOU!" with 17,506 copies sold, and her lowest selling single is "DISTORTION / Tokimeita no ni Through" with 3,183 copies sold.


Kikkawa Yuu, September 2019

Kikkawa Yuu, February 2019

Kikkawa Yuu, May 2018

Kikkawa Yuu, January 2018

Kikkawa Yuu, October 2015

Kikkawa Yuu, June 2014

Kikkawa Yuu, August 2013

Kikkawa You, April 2013

Kikkawa Yuu, January 2013

Kikkawa Yuu, November 2012

Kikkawa Yuu, September 2012

Kikkawa Yuu, June 2012

Kikkawa Yuu, January 2012

Kikkawa Yuu, January 2011

Kikkawa Yuu, March 2010

Kikkawa Yuu, April 2009

Kikkawa Yuu, October 2008

Kikkawa Yuu, April 2008

Kikkawa Yuu, April 2007

Early Life[]

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.


From July 22 to July 27, Kikkawa appeared in the stage play "Nekome Club 2" alongside Miyoshi Erika and Mori Saki.[1]


From May 7 to May 11, she appeared in the stage play "Tiger Breathing" alongside Sengoku Minami.[2]

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.[3]


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 November 10-11, she appeared in the stage play "Gakuya ~Makenki~" alongside Takahashi Ai and other former Hello! Project members.[4]


On March, the management of Up Up Girls (Kakko Kari), together with Kikkawa, were transferred to YU-M Entertainment[5], but are still listed as artists under UP-FRONT CREATE.

From March 30 to April 3, Kikkawa appeared in the stage play "Yuki no Princess".[6]

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.[7]

On August 20, it was announced that Kikkawa would form a unit with Paipai Dekami and the two would release a limited digital single on September 12 titled "Saikou no Onna".[8]


On March 2, Kikkawa Yuu ni Paipai Dekami released their second digital single titled "Kawaisou na Onna".[9][10]

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.[11][12]

On July 31, Kikkawa released the digital single "yoake", which is the second song in the two-part work with "Koi".[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]


On January 31, the audio for her original song "Yellow Butterfly" was released through a video uploaded to YouTube.[16] 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 COVID-19.[17]

On March 11, Kikkawa Yuu ni Paipai Dekami released their third digital single titled "Tokai no Onna".[18]

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~.[19]

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 COVID-19 pandemic.[20]

On March 31, Kikkawa held an internet autograph signing session with Sengoku Minami through the Kikkawa Yuu Official YouTube Channel.[21]

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 COVID-19 pandemic]".[22] 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.[23][24][25]

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.[26] She also revealed her desire to publish a book about her new food disassembly hobby.[27]

On April 19, Kikkawa posted a tweet with her most ambitious food disassembly project yet: a dragonfruit picked apart into 7709 pieces.[28]

On June 3, she released a digital single titled "#Himatsubushi" inspired by her food disassembly projects.

On June 15, an e-book version of her photobook Yuuwaku was released.[29]

On October 12, it was announced that Kikkawa would play the part of Nozomi Kasuga in the stage play Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Izayoiki, based on the otome game of the same title. The play began it's run in January 2021.[30][31]

On December 10, she released a digital single titled "TABOO".


On July 7, she released a digital single titled "Donna Toki mo Egao de" in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of her debut as a soloist.[32]

On July 21, Kikkawa Yuu ni Paipai Dekami released their fourth digital single titled "Te wo Awasu Onna".[33][34]


On February 16, it was announced that Kikkawa Yuu was diagnosed with COVID-19. After receiving news that a staff member who worked at her live event on February 13 had tested positive, Kikkawa had taken a PCR test as a precaution and also tested positive. She will concentrate on her treatment under the direction of health centers and medical institutions. Her future activities will be informed as soon as they are decided.[35]

On March 30, she released a digital single titled "Zakkubaran na Survive".[36]

On May 11, she released an eponymous digital mini album.[37]

Personal Life[]

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.


  • Role Models: Kusumi Koharu and Natsuyaki Miyabi.
  • Specialty: Arm-wrestling, basketball, shredding cabbage
  • Dislikes: Kanji
  • Habit: Touching her hair, people watching, decoration accessories.
  • Favorite Food: Fruits
  • Least Favorite Food: Red bean paste

  • Discography[]

    Main article: Kikkawa Yuu/Discography
    Note: Kikkawa Yuu is credited as both "Kikkawa Yuu" (吉川友) and "You Kikkawa".

    Studio Albums
    Cover Albums
    Best Albums
    Digital Mini Albums

    Major Singles
    Indie Singles
    Digital Singles

    Original Songs
    • [2019] Yellow Butterfly

    Solo DVDs

    YOU! ~The DVD~ Yuudvd.jpg 1304 dvd jk.jpg

    • [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


    Main article: Kikkawa Yuu/Publications

    Solo Photobooks[]

    1. [2011.08.17] YOU
    2. [2013.05.01] YOU21
    3. [2014.07.27] Yuuwaku (誘惑)

    Lyrics Credits[]

    • [2019] Yellow Butterfly


    Select Concerts[]

    • [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)

    TV Programs[]

    • [2006] 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!)
    • [2011] Nemurenu Machi no A-Prince (眠れぬ街のアプリンス)
    • [2014-2019] The Girls Live
    • [2017] BOAT RACE Live (BOAT RACEライブ)

    TV Dramas[]

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    • [2012] Suugaku♥Joshi Gakuen (数学♥女子学園)(As Aoyama Iroha)
    • [2012] Sprout (スプラウト)
    • [2012] Hanchou 6 (ハンチョウ6)
    • [2013] Saiban Chou! Onaka Aki Mashita! (裁判長っ!おなか空きました!) (1 episode)
    • [2014] Kanpai Senshi After V (乾杯戦士 アフターV)
    • [2015] Shin★Kanpai Senshi After V (新★乾杯戦士アフターV)
    • [2016] Sakura Saku (サクラ咲く)


    • [2010] Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro Kaiki (怪談新耳袋怪奇)
    • [2011] Kikkake wa YOU! (きっかけはYOU!)
    • [2011] Cheerfu11y (チアフリー)
    • [2019] 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)
    • [2012] Sengoku Collection (戦国コレクション) (as Beethoven)


    • [2012] Kappa Sushi (カッパ寿司)
    • [2013] Glico Dairy Cafe Ole (グリコ乳業 カフェオーレ)
    • [2014] 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)


    • [2009] Nekome Club 2
    • [2010] Tiger Breathing (タイガーブリージング)
    • [2012] Recipient (レシピエント)
    • [2012; 2013] Kawaiku Nakuchaikenai Ryu (カワイクなくちゃいけないリユウ)
    • [2012] 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)
    • [2013] Fiddler on the Roof (屋根の上のバイオリン弾き, Yane no Ue no Violin Hiki) (as Chava)
    • [2014] Kurukuru to Shi to Shitto (くるくると死と嫉妬) (as Amemiya Kiho)
    • [2015] Shiawase de Nakucha Ikenai Ryu + Kawaiku Nakuchaikenai Ryu (シアワセでなくちゃいけないリユウ+カワイクなくちゃいけないリユウ)
    • [2015] Gakuya ~Makenki~ (楽屋〜負けん気〜)
    • [2016] Yuki no Princess (雪のプリンセス)
    • [2016] Sanjuushi (三銃士) (as Constance)
    • [2016] Yoru no Picnic (夜のピクニック)
    • [2018] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 (遙かなる時空の中で3) (as Nozomi Kasuga)
    • [2019] Daihi "story B Daihi 37m" (大悲 [story B 大悲 37m])
    • [2020] Cutie Honey Emotional
    • [2021] Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 Izayoiki (遙かなる時空の中で3 十六夜記) (as Nozomi Kasuga)


    • [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!)
    • [2015] 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)
    • [2017] Geinou Gijuku Daigaku #14 (芸能義塾大学♯14) (AbemaTV) (1 episode)
    • [2018] Speedwagon no Getsuyou The NIGHT (スピードワゴンの月曜The NIGHT) (AbemaTV) (1 episode)

    Music Videos[]


    • [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.[38]
    • She is the only Hello! Project member in its history to be from Ibaraki prefecture.

    Total Sales Count[]

    Year Year Sales Total Sales
    2011 39,701 39,701
    2012 17,512 57,213
    2013 8,777 65,990
    2014 9,076 75,076
    2015 5,366 80,442
    Note: These sales numbers only include her single and album sales.


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    2. Official Gekijyo Page
    3. 吉川友に関するお知らせ
    4. Official Gekijyo Page
    5. http://yum-e.jp/
    6. Official Gekijyo Page
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    20. "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.
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    25. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8207443/Japanese-idol-disassembles-fruit-veg-counts-pieces-lockdown.html
    26. https://youtu.be/rB473AC9B0s
    27. https://natalie.mu/music/column/375744
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    29. Amazon.co.jp Listing
    30. Official Stage Play Site
    31. [1]
    32. https://twitter.com/kikkastaff/status/1412426119614107648?s=20
    33. https://umj.lnk.to/Tewoawasu
    34. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il0dWmfaNBo
    35. "吉川友 新型コロナウイルス感染に関するご報告" (in Japanese). Kikkawa Yuu Official Blog "LOOK at ME Wagamama BODY". 2022-02-16.
    36. https://twitter.com/kikkawa_you/status/1508821860305506306?s=21
    37. https://twitter.com/kikkastaff/status/1524041570651156480?s=21
    38. Interview during Japan Expo 2013

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