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Fukuoka, Japan (2003 – present)

Yoshioka Yui (吉岡唯; known/stylized as YUI (ユイ)) (born March 26, 1987 in Fukuoka, Japan), is a and . She sings and plays acoustic guitar, and writes her own songs, and apart from playing acoustic guitar, she also likes watching movies, reading books, and playing badminton. Her third single “LIFE” was the fifth ending theme for BLEACH, a popular Japanese anime series, which has brought her some international fame.

YUI began writing poems in ninth grade. At the age of 16, by recommendation of a friend, she began studying song, songwriting, and guitar at a private music school in her native Fukuoka. Aspiring to become professional, she carried her guitar around and sang at local places such as the seashore of Shingu and in the middle of the rice fields of Kaminofu.

In March 2003, at an audition hosted by Sony Music Japan, all judges evaluated her with the highest score, which caused a fierce scramble among labels. At this audition, she sang three songs - her first song “Why me”, which was later coupled with her debut single, as well as “It’s happy line” and “I know”, which were included on her indie single - as opposed to the audition rule that a participant could only sing two songs. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, she strummed her guitar and sang. The judges and the others present claimed that “the performance created a tremendous aura from her heavenly voice, and captured the hearts of the whole audience”.


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  • metaloly999

    Nothing special with her voices.

    27 Mar 3:22pm Reply
  • pamyuing

    Come to Brazil.

    1 Mar 3:22am Reply
  • eliezerfm

    ブラジルに来て ; Come to Brazil ; Venha ao Brasil

    28 Feb 4:20pm Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Try J-Pop/J-Rock artist 西野名菜(Nishino Nana).

    18 Feb 9:38am Reply
  • LadyGaga4life

    I agree with MiMaKiNoMoTo and Liokt as well. I like when artist experiment with new sounds and the fact that she isn't held back creatively is a huge plus.

    6 Feb 6:52pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda


    21 Jan 5:37pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    FF is "FLOWER FLOWER" her new band.

    21 Jan 2:08am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Whats FF??

    20 Jan 5:24pm Reply
  • Emi95chan

    v I feel the same. I like few FF songs but overall it's not my sound probably because it's too experimental or sth for me. I love YUI for her sincere lyrics but now... I don't know.

    19 Jan 5:10pm Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    I didn't like FF. Is a solo anyway, since she does everything but I feel something wrong. The instrumental is weird and I can't get into the songs. Her last album solo was awful too, but the different is not being good for me.

    18 Jan 7:42pm Reply
  • Liokt

    oh my god, I came here to talk a little about some nostalgia feelings and I'm super shocked now, why so much hate about FF? I super agree with @MiMaKiNoMoTo, her new project is as fresh and sincere as her first releases as solo singer-songwriter... I miss her solo career a lot, but I'm super enjoying the FF's vibe (such songs as "Toumei na Uta", "Negai" and "Aki" are masterpieces for sure) and I'm really excited to see what's coming from this

    17 Jan 10:07pm Reply
  • Miyaramalho

    her band is trash tbh, but if it is what she wants then i can only hope she is happy

    4 Jan 6:43pm Reply
  • hendiplast

    pls come back, and forget about this whole FF :( [8]

    3 Jan 12:12am Reply
  • iLostDead

    pls come back, and forget about this whole FF :( [7]

    1 Jan 2:06am Reply
  • jroxyjrock

    pls come back, and forget about this whole FF :( [6]

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • IceMoonDeg

    pls come back, and forget about this whole FF :( [5]

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • KochamArbuzy

    pls come back, and forget about this whole FF :( [4]

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • gabrielsquall

    Sea, Oh My God and Cloudy are her best b-sides.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nyappybunny

    Tokyo <3

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MiMaKiNoMoTo

    I love YUI, but no, please don't come back. I love her, so I hope she'll keep going as FLOWER FLOWER as they mature as a band. FLOWER FLOWER's first album is amazing, a much more free & honest work than her lastest releases as YUI. It reminds me of how sincere her first songs sounded when she started, and how she's still evolving as an artist even now. I expect great things from them! =)

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
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