Anna Tsuchiya

Last updated

Anna Tsuchiya
土屋 アンナ
Anna Tsuchiya (cropped).jpg
Born (1984-03-11) March 11, 1984 (age 38)
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Other namesANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA
  • Singer
  • Actress
  • Model
AgentBack Stage Entertainment
Musical career
OriginTokyo, Japan [1]
Years active1998–present
Labels Mad Pray
Associated acts
Website Official website

Anna Tsuchiya (土屋 アンナ, Tsuchiya Anna, born March 11, 1984) is a Japanese singer, actress and semi-retired model. Since 2005, she is primarily known as a singer. [2]



Early life

Tsuchiya was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and an American father of Irish and Polish descent [1] (the surname of her father is Hider). In her earliest years, she spoke English and Japanese. Tsuchiya's parents divorced when she was seven. She has an older sister, Angela.

Modeling career

Tsuchiya's modeling career began at the age of fourteen after her older sister Angela, a former fashion model, suggested it. She entered her sister's former agency and was picked up by an agent who specialized in magazine-modeling. Her first jobs consisted of modeling for an open collection in Kobe and for Japanese Seventeen in 1998. [3] Demand for her grew and by 2002, she was doing television commercials for Uniqlo and Edwin. [4]

Inspiration for "Ichigo"

Her best known role in acting was as "Ichigo Shirayuri" – a rural-delinquent biker-gang girl turned fashion model – in the 2004 movie Kamikaze Girls . Ichigo as a model was portrayed as one with tendencies for violent behavior and delinquency. [5] This Blue Ribbon Award-winning role, quite different from the one in the original work written by author and designer Nobara Takemoto, was loosely based on Tsuchiya's actual story which she later revealed after the movie's release. [6]


Tsuchiya retired from modeling at 18. She has said that she realized she could no longer compete with "gifted ones" like Emi Suzuki. She remains in demand for fashion and lifestyle magazines like Kera, Soup, and Zipper.[ clarification needed ] [7]

On June 2, 2007, Tsuchiya attended the official retirement ceremony for the sumo wrestler Kyokushuzan held in Ryogoku Kokugikan, presented him with a bouquet, and appeared in his memorial photobook released on June 4, 2007. [8]

Use of dialects

Although born and raised in Tokyo, she sometimes uses Kyushu or Okinawa slang and speaks in southern dialects especially when she is drunk and on the radio.[ why? ] She has explained that the majority of the models she encountered were from the southern islands or the north, so she learned slang from them. This helped the development of her character Ichigo, the Bōsōzoku delinquent, in Kamikaze Girls. [9]

Music career

Tsuchiya sang in her school choir [10] and has been involved in the music industry since age 16. At 18, she terminated her contract with Japanese Seventeen, and supposedly decided to leave show business altogether. However, after an offer by former Oblivion Dust member K.A.Z, she invested in her music career. In mid-2002, she formed the rock duo Spin Aqua with K.A.Z. [11] Tsuchiya has said her influences have changed over the years, from Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler and Mariah Carey, to Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses. [10]

Soon after she debuted as a singer, she was dubbed "The Second Nanase" because of her resemblance to Nanase Aikawa. Spin Aqua released three singles, one album, and a video collection, without commercial success. In 2004, Tsuchiya became pregnant, and the group disbanded. [10]

In 2005, Tsuchiya announced plans to begin a solo career. On August 24 of that year, she released her first mini-album, Taste My Beat , on Avex Group's sub-label, Mad Pray Records. [12] Her first single was "Change Your Life", followed by a second single entitled "Slap that Naughty Body" / "My Fate". After these releases, Tsuchiya released her first remix album, Taste My Xxxremixxxxxxx!!!!!!!! Beat Life! Her third single, "Rose", was used as the opening theme for Nana ; Olivia Lufkin's "Starless Night" was used as the ending theme. This boosted Tsuchiya's music career, as "Rose" reached No. 6 on the Oricon charts and become her first Top Ten Hit. [2]

In July 2006, Tsuchiya made her first overseas appearance at the Japan Expo in Paris, France. [13] During this time, to boost her popularity, she also debuted her album Strip Me? . [14]

In early 2007, after a short hiatus, she returned to the music scene with a new single called "Kuroi Namida". This song would also be featured in the Nana anime. This was followed by the third Nana anime opening single, "Lucy", in early February. This directly preceded a second full-length Nana album, titled Anna Tsuchiya Inspi' Nana (Black Stones) , which contained singles from the show and new songs. A quasi-soundtrack album called Nana Best was then released, which included popular and unreleased songs by both her and Olivia Lufkin from the TV series. In March 2007, Lufkin's and Tsuchiya's songs from these albums were played at Shibuya AX in Tokyo in March 2007. [15]

On June 30 of the same year, Tsuchiya performed at Anime Expo in Long Beach, California, followed by performances on July 27 at Pentaport Rock Festival in South Korea, and on July 29 at Formoz Festival in Taiwan. Called Tsichiya's "World Fez Tour", the series of performances concluded with a summer tour in Japan, which included a performance for a second time at Summer Sonic Festival. [16] [ where? ] Shortly after the conclusion of the tour, Tsuchiya released her single "Bubble Trip" / "Sweet Sweet Song" on August 1.

The single "Cocoon" was released on January 30, 2008, followed in June by the single "Crazy World" which was a collaboration with the Japanese EMI Music recording artist AI. Tsuchiya released a third single in September 2008, "Virgin Cat", which was used to promote the show The L Word in Japan.

In October 2008, she released her third full-length album, the sexually explicit Nudy Show!

In 2009 Tsuchiya performed a set with a full orchestra at the New Classic Gig in Tokyo, revealing herself as a fan of Chopin and his "Revolutionary Etude" in particular. The orchestra included 70 members and the show was broadcast in 38 countries. [10]

In May 2010, Tsuchiya's remix of her Nudy Show! album was released, titled Nudy xxxremixxxxxxx!!!!!!!! Show!

Tsuchiya's song "Guilty" was featured in the ending credits of the film Resident Evil: Degeneration . [17] [ when? ]

On November 23, 2011, she released "Switch On!", her thirteenth single. It is the opening theme for the Kamen Rider Series , Kamen Rider Fourze . She decided to record the song because her son was a fan of the previous series, Kamen Rider OOO. She herself watched earlier versions while growing up. On August 22, 2012, she released another Kamen Rider single: Voyagers, the theme song to Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Space, Here We Come! .

Acting career

Tsuchiya made her acting debut in 2004 in Novala Takemoto's adapted hit Kamikaze Girls as the girl biker punk yankī "Ichigo Shirayuri". This role brought her both immediate attention and critical success, with Tsuchiya winning several awards in Japan. [3]

Tsuchiya's success in acting continued with various movie performances and appearances in dramas such as Katsuhito Ishii's The Taste of Tea which played at Cannes, the 2007 live-action remake of Dororo , and as the voice of Lindsay Lohan's character "Maggie Peyton" in the Japanese dub of Herbie: Fully Loaded . [7] In February 2007's Sakuran [18] she played the rebellious but beautiful courtesan Kiyoha in a live action adaptation of the manga. [10]

Her latest performance in a film is starring in the live-action adaptation of the manga The Legend of Kamui . [19]

In addition to acting, she has also been known for her impersonation skills, of many martial artists and wrestlers, most notably Wanderlei Silva, Melvin Manhoef and Jun Kasai.

Personal life

In 2004, Tsuchiya announced her engagement to model and actor Joshua Niimura, the younger brother of model Friedia Niimura (Rin Kozue). On November 19, 2004, Tsuchiya gave birth to their first child, a son named Sky (澄海, Sukai) who is featured in a photobook with his mother, titled, Happy Days – Anna, Mama ni Naru!. In July 2006, it was announced that Tsuchiya and Niimura had divorced. [20] In May 2008, Niimura died of heart failure at the age of 25. [21]

In a 2008 interview in The Japan Times , Tsuchiya said: "It is cool being wild and broken-down, but drinking at nighttime is enough for me. I believe when you make rock music, it might not be cool if you behave not so cleverly. Actually, I've been rather earnest. When I drink a bit, I can get crazy, but not too much. The happiest thing for me is my family." [10]

In September 2009, Tsuchiya wrote on her blog that she was pregnant and had married her long-time stylist, Yamato Kikuchi. The two had begun dating in 2007. [22] On March 26, 2010, Tsuchiya gave birth to her second son, Simba (心羽, Shinba). [23] The couple divorced in 2016.

On March 6, 2017, she gave birth to her third child – a daughter, Seina. On November 21, 2018, she gave birth to her fourth child, a girl, Niina (虹波).




2003Kantoku Kennen (監督感染, Director Infection)Kennen segment
2004 Kamikaze Girls Ichigo ShirayuriLeading role
Won – Japan Academy Prize for Rookie of the Year
Won – Blue Ribbon Awards Best New Actress
Won – Hochi Film Award Best New Artist
Won – Kinema Junpo Awards Best New Actress
Won – Mainichi Film Award Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award
Won – Yokohama Film Festival Best New Talent
The Taste of Tea Aoi SuzuishiWon – Blue Ribbon Awards Best New Actress
Won – Hochi Film Award Best New Artist
Won – Kinema Junpo Awards Best New Actress
Won – Mainichi Film Award Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award
Won – Yokohama Film Festival Best New Talent
2005 Bashment Juri ŌmoriLeading role
Arbeit Eye: Hyaku Man-nin no Hyōteki (アルバイト探偵(アイ) ~100万人の標的~, Part-time Eye: 1,000,000 People Target)Monique
2006 Memories of Matsuko female prisoner (cameo)
2007 Dororo Sabame's wife
Sakuran Kiyoha / HigureLeading role
2008 Paco and the Magical Book Tamako
Soreike! Anpanman: Fairy Rinrin's Secret Rinrin (voice)
2009 Heaven's Door Host club customer
The Legend of Kamui Ayu
2015 Gonin Saga Asami Kikuchi [24]
2019 Diner Maria [25]
2020 Over the Sky Orika (voice) [26]
2022Alivehoon [27]

Dubbing roles

2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded Maggie Peyton (Lindsay Lohan)
2012 Battleship Cora Raikes (Rihanna) [28]



TitleIssue date
White Ice Sherbet2003-01-20
Anna Banana2004-07-12
Happy Days – Anna, Mama ni Naru! (アンナ、ママになる!, Anna, Become a Mother!)2005-12-20
Tsuchiya Anna Photo Album2007-03-02
An-san Hostess Shuugyouchuu (あんさんホスティス修業中)2007-08-03
Anna Tsuchiya 5years2009-10-30

This is a compilation of her column at Flyman Postman Press. [29]

Related Research Articles

Hitomi Furuya, known professionally as Hitomi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She began her career as teen model before making her singing debuting under the helm of Tetsuya Komuro in 1994, who produced Hitomi's earliest work in pop music. Hitomi strove for artistry over the course of her career, penning "forward-looking" lyrics and becoming known for her "unusual" fashion sense that accompanied a "supermodel allure". Her signature songs include "Candy Girl", "Love 2000" and "Samurai Drive".

<i>Kamikaze Girls</i>

Kamikaze Girls, originally released in Japan as Shimotsuma Monogatari: Yankī-chan to Rorīta-chan, is a 2002 Japanese light novel written by Novala Takemoto. The story centers on the friendship between two students, Momoko Ryugasaki and Ichigo "Ichiko" Shirayuri, who are from completely different backgrounds: one is a Lolita-fashioned girl and the other, her antithesis, is a yankī. Viz Media licensed the novel for an English-language release in North America in 2006.

Nana Mizuki Japanese voice actress

Nana Mizuki is a Japanese voice actress, singer and narrator from Niihama, Ehime. She is represented by the agency StarCrew. Mizuki was trained as an enka singer, releasing one single under her birth name, Nana Kondō, in 1993 and made her debut as a voice actress in 1996. Her prominent roles include Hinata Hyūga in the long-running ninja series Naruto as well in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Colette Brunel in Tales of Symphonia, Fate Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Tsubasa Kazanari in Symphogear, Moka Akashiya in Rosario + Vampire, Tsubomi Hanasaki in Heartcatch Precure! and Ann Takamaki in Persona 5. She also had official dubbing roles in live action version of Itazura na Kiss from Korea and Taiwan, as well in Hunger Games film series as Katniss Everdeen. She is also the famous dubbing roles for Ariel Lin.

Nana Kitade Japanese singer-songwriter and musician (born 1987)

Nana Kitade is a Japanese singer-songwriter and musician. In addition to being the lead singer of the rock band The Teenage Kissers, she has success as a solo artist, model, actress, and fashion designer. Kitade is particularly known for her songs appearing in various anime, TV shows, doramas and movie opening and endings. Kitade was featured on the cover of the Gothic & Lolita Bible, as well as featured in Neo and Kera magazines. She has toured Asia, Europe, and North America.

"Cocoon" is the seventh single of singer Anna Tsuchiya. The single was released by Mad Pray Records on 30 January 2008 in two versions; as a regular CD and a limited edition CD+DVD version. The song spent four weeks in the Oricon charts, reaching #19 on 11 February 2008. "cocoon" was used in a NTT DoCoMo television commercial, while the B-side "U" was used as the campaign song for the DVD release of The L Word in Japan. The third track, "Guys", was not included in the limited edition version.

Olivia Lufkin Japanese-American singer-songwriter

Olivia Lufkin, professionally known as Olivia, is a Japanese-American bilingual singer and songwriter. She was born in Japan to the daughter of a Japanese mother and an American father. Her two younger siblings are Jeffrey Lufkin, a musician she regularly collaborates with, and Caroline Lufkin, an independent musician.

Fake? is a Japanese rock musical project led by vocalist Ken Lloyd. Originally a duo, guitarist Inoran left in 2005. Lyrics are mainly in English and sometimes in Japanese.

<i>Strip Me?</i> 2006 studio album by Anna Tsuchiya

Strip Me? is the debut studio album by Japanese recording artist Anna Tsuchiya. A CD+DVD version of the album was released that included all of Tsuchiya's music videos released prior to the album, as well as the documentary SING or DIE

Change Your Life (Anna Tsuchiya song)

"Change Your Life" is the debut single by Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya, released on 25 January 2006, under the Mad Pray Records label, a subsidiary of Avex. It spent five weeks in the Oricon Style singles chart, reaching number 35 on 2 February 2006. The lyrics were written by Tsuchiya, with the music by Suzanne Standfast, Patrick Standfast and Joa Heimer.

"rose" is the third single by Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya under the pseudonym ANNA inspi' NANA . It was released on 28 June 2006 by Mad Pray Records, a subsidiary of Avex. It is Tsuchiya's highest ranking song, spending ten weeks on the Oricon Style chart and reaching #6 on 10 July 2006.

"Kuroi Namida" is the fourth single by Japanese singer Anna Tsuchiya, released on 10 January 2007 under the pseudonym "Anna Tsuchiya inspi' Nana " on the Mad Pray Records Label, a sub-label to Avex. It spent six weeks in the Oricon singles chart, reaching #7 on 22 January 2007. The song was used as an ending theme to the anime-adaption of the Japanese manga Nana. It was Tsuchiya's second single used in the series, the first being "Rose".

<i>Nana Best</i> 2007 compilation album by Anna Tsuchiya Inspi Nana (Black Stones), Olivia Inspi Reira (Trapnest)

Nana Best is a special compilation album featuring the combined words of Anna Tsuchiya and Olivia used in the first season of the Nana anime. The album was released in two versions, CD+DVD and the low priced CD only version. The albums were released only one month after the release of two full-albums dedicated solely to one singer each's work for the anime respectively. The first press of the CD+DVD version includes a special Nana mouse pad as well as a "skeleton"-style sleeve package. The best album features five tracks that solely appear on the best album, namely "Stand By Me" - the fifth ED theme for Nana by Anna Tsuchiya, Tsuchiya's cover of the Sex Pistols`s Anarchy in the U.K., a "Studio Live Version" of Tsuchiya's Lucy, a new song from Olivia called "Nothing's Gonna Take Me Love" and finally a live recording of the song "Recorded Butterflies" by Olivia. The DVD features all of the opening and ending sequences used in Nana without credits overtop of them, as well as four "original animation" clips set to music throughout the show. This album was released one week before the airing of the final episode of the first season of the Nana anime.

Friedia Monnamur Niimura is a Japanese model and occasional actress.

<i>Checkmate!</i> (album) 2011 compilation album by Namie Amuro

Checkmate! is a collaboration album by Japanese popsinger Namie Amuro, featuring a collection of her collaborations with other musicians released between 2003 and 2011, as well as four new collaborations. The album was released on April 27, 2011, about one month after its original release date, due to 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

"Wonder Woman" is a song by Japanese recording artist Namie Amuro, featuring R&B singer and rapper Ai as well as rock musician Anna Tsuchiya. The song was the lead promotional single for Amuro's collaboration-compilation album, Checkmate!, released in April 2011.

Switch On!

"Switch On!" is the 13th single by Japanese pop singer Anna Tsuchiya, released on November 23, 2011. It is the opening theme for the Kamen Rider Series Kamen Rider Fourze. "Switch On!" debuted on the Oricon's daily charts at number 15, while its music video hit number 3 on the RecoChoku video download charts. The single ultimately peaked at number 13 on the Oricon's Weekly Charts and 24 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100. The song was certified gold by the RIAJ for 100,000 downloads to cellphones in August 2012.

<i>Dont Stop Ai</i> 2007 album by Ai

Don't Stop Ai is the sixth studio album by Japanese-American singer-songwriter Ai, released on December 5, 2007. It featured two successful singles, the mid-tempo R&B song "I'll Remember You" and the ballad "Taisetsu na Mono," both of which were certified gold by the RIAJ.

The solo discography of Anna Tsuchiya features four studio albums, two compilation albums, two extended plays, two remix albums and 18 singles. These have all been released through Avex Group sublabel Mad Pray records, except for Nana Best, which was released under Cutting Edge.

Tao Tsuchiya Japanese actress and model

Tao Tsuchiya is a Japanese actress, model, and dancer. Her older sister, Honoka, works as a model, while her younger brother, Shimba Tsuchiya, is also an actor.


  1. 1 2 "Person Information of Anna Tsuchiya" Naver (in Japanese) Archived January 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. 1 2 Oricon profile Retrieved March 25, 2012
  3. 1 2 Anna tsuhiya profile, Page 2 Oricon (in Japanese)
  4. Barks: Tsuchiya Anna (in Japanese)
  5. "Yanki – Fitting actresses, No. 1, AnnaTsuchiya" October 6, 2011, Jiji Press (in Japanese)
  6. "「今の言い方謝れ」。土屋アンナが詫びを入れさせた超大女優とは? 名前を明かして番組終了の危機に。" October 29, 2010, Techinsight (in Japanese)
  7. 1 2 Profile from her Official site Archived November 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 9, 2007
  8. Natalie, "Anna Tsuchiya makes a collabo with Kyokushuzan in his retirement memorial photobook" June 4, 2007 (in Japanese)
  9. Hatena Keyword (in Japanese)
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Robert Michael Poole (March 22, 2009). "Anna Tsuchiya's classic new world". The Japan Times (English interview).
  11. Spin Aqua web Archived November 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 9, 2007
  12. JAME profile Archived May 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 9, 2007
  13. ANNA in France Archived May 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 9, 2007
  14. Anna Tsuchiya profile, page 1 Oricon (in Japanese)
  15. NANA PREMIUM LIVE Archived July 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 9, 2007
  16. ANNA lives Archived November 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 9, 2007
  17. Anna Tsuchiya sings for the ending theme of Bio Hazard Degeneration, October 10, 2008, Famitsu (in Japanese)
  18. "Sakuran – The Movie"
  19. "The legend of Kamui" Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Woman Excite (in Japanese)
  20. Anna Diary Retrieved November 9, 2007
  21. "土屋アンナの元夫・JOSHUAさん、死因は心不全" [Anna Tsuchiya's ex-husband Joshua dies of heart failure]. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Japan: Oricon Inc. May 26, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  22. Anna Tsuchiya pregnant Retrieved June 19, 2008
  23. Livedoor news article 2010-3-26 Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese) livedoor
  24. "東出昌大、桐谷健太&土屋アンナらと伝説のバイオレンス『GONIN』最新作に抜擢". CinemaCafe (in Japanese). June 17, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  25. "玉城ティナが「Diner」参戦!予告に窪田正孝、本郷奏多、斎藤工、小栗旬ら登場". Natalie (in Japanese). April 25, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  26. "Kimi wa Kanata Anime Film's Trailer Reveals More Cast, Previews saji's Song". Anime News Network . October 11, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2022.
  27. "ALIVEHOON アライブフーン". Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  28. "バトルシップ". Fukikaeru. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  29. Flyman Postman Press