Tsuyoshi Domoto

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Tsuyoshi Domoto
Native name
堂本 剛
Born (1979-04-10) April 10, 1979 (age 39)
Nara, Nara, Japan
Other names244 Endli-x, Endlicheri☆Endlicheri
  • Singer-songwriter
  • television personality
Years active1991–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • piano
  • drums
Labels Johnny's Entertainment
Associated acts
Website tsuyoshi.in

Tsuyoshi Domoto(堂本 剛,Dōmoto Tsuyoshi, born April 10, 1979) is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality. Along with Koichi Domoto (with whom he has no blood-relation), he is a member of KinKi Kids, which is a Japanese duo under the management of Johnny & Associates and the record holder of Guinness World Records for having the record of the most number of consecutive number-one singles since their debut single. [1]

Koichi Domoto is a Japanese idol, singer, singer-songwriter, composer, lyricist, television personality, voice actor and actor. Along with Tsuyoshi Domoto, he is a member of KinKi Kids, which is a Japanese duo under the management of Johnny & Associates.

KinKi Kids are a Japanese duo consisting of Koichi Domoto and Tsuyoshi Domoto under the talent agency Johnny & Associates. Although the members share the same surname, the only relation they have to each other is that they both hail from the Kinki region, hence the duo's name. KinKi Kids hold the Guinness World Records for having the most number of consecutive No.1 singles since debut.

Johnny & Associates Japanese talent agency

Johnny & Associates is a Japanese talent agency, formed by Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, which trains and promotes groups of male entertainers known as Johnny's.



Born in Nara, Domoto joined Johnny's Entertainment on May 5, 1991, which also the first time he met his future bandmate Koichi Domoto. The opportunity came while without his knowing, his mother and his 6-years-older sister sent his resume to the office. Domoto and his bandmate Koichi Domoto first worked together as backdancers for Hikaru Genji, who were holding a concert at Yokohama Arena, and has since then been partnered up for magazine photoshoots, music acts and drama projects. The duo starred in their first drama together called Ningen Shikkaku in 1994, in which Domoto was awarded Best Newcomer in the Television Drama Academy Awards. [2]

Nara, Nara Core city in Kansai, Japan

Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan. The city occupies the northern part of Nara Prefecture, bordering Kyoto Prefecture. Eight temples, shrines, and ruins in Nara remain: specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, and the Heijō Palace, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, collectively form "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During 710 CE - 784 CE, Nara was the capital of Japan, and the Emperor (天皇) lived there before moving the capital to Kyoto.

Hikaru Genji was a Japanese musical idol group named after the character Hikaru Genji of The Tale of Genji. They were managed by Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates from 1987 to 1995.

Yokohama Arena Indoor arena in Yokohama, Japan

Yokohama Arena is an indoor arena located in Yokohama, Japan. The capacity of the arena is 17,000 and was opened in 1989. The arena was modeled after US sports venue Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is a five-minute walk from the closest station, Shin-Yokohama Station on the JR/Yokohama Municipal Subway.

With Koichi Domoto, he eventually made his debut in 1997 as KinKi Kids with a double release of a single "Garasu no Shōnen" and an album A Album , both of which went on to sell more than a million copies. [3]

<i>A Album</i> 1997 studio album by KinKi Kids

A Album is the debut album of the Japanese group KinKi Kids. It was released on July 21, 1997, on the same day as their debut single "Garasu no Shōnen". The album debuted at the top of the Oricon charts, selling 315,330 copies in its first week. It was certified Million by RIAJ and is currently the duo's second best-selling album.

On May 29, 2002, Domoto released his first solo single, "Machi/Dekiai Logic", in which he penned and composed all the tracks. The single was used as the theme song for Domoto's lead-role drama Yume no California and it reached number 1 in the weekly chart. [4] In the following month, Domoto started his career as an illustrator by publishing a book in collaboration with writer Shizuka Iziyuuin. [5] They collaborated again for another book in 2003. [6]

Domoto appeared in the 2003 drama Moto Kare, in which he co-starred for the second time with Ryōko Hirosue after their hit drama Summer Snow in 2000. In April 2004, Domoto once again provided the theme song for his lead-role drama Home Drama. This year, he won the 'Best Jeanist' award. The following year, Domoto acted in a movie, Fantastipo, with fellow Johnny's personality Taichi Kokubun. He paired with Toraji Haiji to release the theme song for the movie. The same year, Domoto starred in Hoshi ni Negai o (a.k.a. Wish Upon A Star), a TV drama produced by Disney and Fuji TV based on the true story of planetarium engineer Takayuki Ohira who designed Megastar II – the world's most advanced planetarium projector.

Ryōko Hirosue Japanese actress

Ryōko Hirosue is a Japanese actress and singer, best known to international audiences for her roles in the Luc Besson-produced Wasabi and the Academy Award-winning Japanese film Departures. She also starred in the 2008 comedy series Yasuko to Kenji.

Summer Snow is a Japanese television drama that was broadcast from July 7 to September 15, 2000, on TBS. It is a love story between a young man who has been forced to grow up too quickly, and a young woman with an activity-restricting ailment. The title refers to marine snow, which the two promise to see together one day. The series comprises eleven episodes.

Taichi Kokubun is a Japanese keyboardist and actor. He plays keyboard for Tokio, a Johnny & Associates musical group.

In 2006, Domoto put his acting career on hold and focused more on his music career. He began to release his solo work under the project name Endlicheri-Endlicheri. During his Endlicheri-Endlicheri era, Domoto released three singles which all topped the weekly charts and made him the second male soloist after Masahiko Kondo to have achieved five consecutive number one singles. He then renamed his solo project 244 Endli-x (pronounced "Tsuyoshi Endorikkusu") in 2008. [7] He announced that he would go on his first concert tour as 244 Endli-x soon after, which began on March 29, 2008 at the Yokohama Arena and ended in Sendai on May 8, 2008. [8] At the end of April, Domoto was appointed to be the first special ambassador for Nara tourism. [9]

Domoto once again changed his solo project name in 2009 to Tsuyoshi(剛紫) and simultaneously released a single and an album on his birthday, April 10. [10] In the same year, he released another single, "Rain", on September 9, which topped the Oricon Single Weekly Charts. Domoto also announced his collaboration with the hat brand CA4LA. [11] Known as the fashion leader with unique style, Domoto was chosen by famous sports brand Adidas Originals to be the image character for its new campaign BE Originals which start on February 12, 2010. [12]

On April 6, 2011, Domoto released his ninth single, "Eni o Yuite", which was recorded at shrines believed to have connections to Nara's entertainment and music industries. [13] Another single, "Niji no Uta", was released in September 2011.




Jotei: Kasuga no Tsubone 1990ShichinojōCredited as Naohiro Domoto
Shanghai Mermaid Legend Murder Case 1997 Hajime Kindaichi [14]
Fantastipo 2005Haiji Koinobori [15]
Heianyūki2012HimselfDocumentary [14]
Rush 2014 Niki Lauda Japanese dub [16]
Gintama 2017 Shinsuke Takasugi [17]
Gintama 22018Shinsuke Takasugi [18]


As an actor
Karin 1994Kazunori Tagami2 episodes
Ningen Shikkaku1994Makoto ŌbaMain role (12 episodes)
Ai to Yabō no Dokuganryū1994Botenmaru Television film
Second Chance1995−1996Wataru FujiiMain role (24 episodes)
Ie Naki Ko1995 Hajime Kindaichi Episode: "Goodbye Ie Naki Ko"
The Kindaichi Case Files 1995−1997Hajime KindaichiLead role (17 episodes)
3 television specials
Dareka ga Dareka ni Koishiteru1996Fuyuki KawamuraMain role (television special)
Wakaba no Koro1996Takeshi AizawaLead role (12 episodes)
Bokura no Yūki: Miman City1997,
Takeru TakigawaLead role (10 episodes)
Television special
Ao no Jidai1998Ryū AsakaLead role (11 episodes)
Kimi to Ita Mirai no Tame ni1999Atsushi HorigamiLead role (10 episodes)
To Heart1999Yūji TokiedaLead role (12 episodes)
P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei1999Yūji TokiedaEpisode: "Missed Love..."
Summer Snow 2000Natsuo ShinodaLead role (11 episodes)
Mukai Arata no Dōbutsu Nikki2001Arata MukaiLead role (10 episodes)
Rookie2001ShoplifterEpisode: "Goodbye Rookie Detective"
Gakko no Sensei2001Sentarō SakuragiLead role (11 episodes) [19]
Yume no California2002Shū YamazakiLead role (11 episodes)
Moto Kare2003Haratsugu Kashiwaba10 episodes [20]
Home Drama!2004Shōgo IsakaLead role (11 episodes)
Last Present2005Kenji KanzakiLead role (television special)
Hoshi ni Negai o2005 Takayuki Ohira Lead role (television special)
33-pun Tantei2008−2009Rokurō KuramaLead role (13 episodes)
1 television special
Tenma-san ga Yuku2013Tenma HokkaiLead role (10 episodes)
Platonic2014Young ManLead role (8 episodes)
Domoto Tsuyoshi no Moto2018HimselfDocumentary series (6 episodes) [21]
As a personality
Naruhodo! The World1995Cast memberFuji TV
Domoto Tsuyoshi no Do-Ya1996−1997Host ABC
Tsuyo-chan Dō Honpo1999HostNTV
Domoto Tsuyoshi no Shojiki Shindoi2002−2009HostTV Asahi [20]
24 Ch△nnel2009−2010HostTV Asahi
Domoto Tsuyoshi no Yakara ne2014−2018Host MBS 15 episodes
Tokyo Live 22-ji2014−2015Host TV Tokyo



TitleTour dateProject name
Tsuyoshi Domoto: Rosso e AzzurroJuly 24, 2002 – August 14, 2002Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto 2nd LIVE [si:] -FIRST LINE-August 11, 2004 – September 5, 2004Tsuyoshi Domoto
The Rainbow StarMarch 19, 2006 – October 29, 2006ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI
ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI presents Funky Party 2007: Sparkling LoveFebruary 23, 2007 – March 4, 2007ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI
ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI presents Funky Party 2007: Neo Africa Rainbow AxMarch 16, 2007 – June 24, 2007ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI
ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI presents 244ENDLI-x LIVE TOUR '08 "I and Ai"March 29, 2008 – May 25, 2008244 Endli-x
ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI Presents WATERIZEMay 26, 2008244 Endli-x
Biware Sora – Bigaku: My Beautiful Sky TourApril 9, 2009 – June 25, 2009Tsuyoshi
2009 Yakushiji LIVEJuly 10, 2009 – July 11, 2009Tsuyoshi Domoto
ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI LIVE "CHERI 4 U"August 15, 2009 – August 20, 2009, October 3, 2009 – November 29, 2009ENDLICHERI☆ENDLICHERI
Rakuten Sekaiisan Gekijou 13th Asuka IshibutaiMay 14, 2010Tsuyoshi Domoto
Yakushiji LIVE 2010July 9, 2010 – July 10, 2010Tsuyoshi Domoto
Heianjingu LIVE 2010October 6, 2010 – October 7, 2010Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto LIVE Junin ToiroJune 3, 2011 – June 5, 2011, September 16, 2011 – September 18, 2011Tsuyoshi Domoto
Heianjingu LIVE 2011September 2, 2011 & September 4, 2011Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto LIVE Junin Toiro – suisei –October 22, 2011 – October 24, 2011Tsuyoshi Domoto
LIVE shamanippon -Rakachinotohi-May 29, 2012 – July 29, 2012Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto 2012 Heian Jingu LIVESeptember 14, 2012 – September 16, 2012Tsuyoshi Domoto
KABA Premium EventMay 8, 2013Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto 2013 Heian Jingu LIVESeptember 13, 2013 – September 15, 2013Tsuyoshi Domoto
FUNK Shiyoukashiran LiveAugust 8, 2014 - October 3, 2014Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto 2014 Heian Jingu LiveSeptember 5, 2014 - September 7, 2014Tsuyoshi Domoto
TU FUNK TUOR 2015July 15, 2015 - October 9, 2015Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto 2015 Heian Jingu LiveSeptember 11, 2015 - September 13, 2015Tsuyoshi Domoto
TU FUNK ALL STARS CON!CER-TUFebruary 18, 2016 - February 28, 2016Tsuyoshi Domoto
Tsuyoshi Domoto 2016 Heian Jingu LiveAugust 26, 2016 - August 28, 2016Tsuyoshi Domoto


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