Name: Yamashita Tomohisa (山下 智久)
Real Name: Manatsu Tomohisa - changed when father left family
Nickname: YamaPi, YamaP, Pi, Tomo-chan
Current Age: 21 years
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Height: 173cm (5'8")
Weight: 54 - 60kg (118 - 132lbs)
Blood Type: A
Family: Mother and Younger Sister
Favorite Phrase: Maji de? (Really?)
Favorite band: GLAY
He entered JE and became a member
of Johnny’s Juniors
when he was 11 years old.
He is affectionately called by his friends as Yamapi
(short for Yamashita and pink), which is a nickname given to him
by Takizawa Hideaki (Tackey & Tsubasa).
His closest friends call him Pi,
which was first used by Akanishi Jin (KAT-TUN).
Since joining JE, he has been a member of Jr. groups B.I.G.,
Four Tops, and most recently NewS.
Yamashita began to appear in television dramas soon
after he joined JE. In 2000, at age 15,
his performance in Ikebukuro West Gate Park earned him
an award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’.
That same year, he was voted first place
in the Annual Junior Awards for 'Best Boyfriend',
'Most Beautiful', etc. for the first time.
When Takizawa Hideaki made his debut with
Imai Tsubasa as Tackey & Tsubasa in 2002,
he left as the leader of Johnny’s Juniors.
Around the same time, Yamashita and fellow
Juniors Ikuta Toma, Hasegawa Jun, and
Kazama Shunsuke formed Four Tops.
Four Tops then began to host the
Junior television program, The Shonen Club (Boy’s Club).
In September 2003, 9 people from Johnny’s Juniors
were chosen to form the group NewS with
Yamashita as the leader. NewS’s formation came
as a shock to not only the fans of Four Tops
but its own members as well. Yamashita later revealed
that at the time, aside from Nishikido Ryo,
he had barely talked to any of the other group members.
NewS made its formal debut on May 12, 2004.
Since its debut, NewS has had four consecutive #1 singles
on the Oricon Ranking Chart.
In October 2005, Yamashita and Kamenashi Kazuya
from KAT-TUN formed the temporary unit, Shuuji x Akira,
to promote their television show Nobuta wo Produce.
(Shuuji and Akira are the characters they portray in the drama.)
They also released a single, Seishun Amigo,
under the name Shuuji to Akira, which sold
over 1 million copies in 4 weeks. Seishun Amigo is the No.1
best selling single on the Oricon Yearly Single Rankings for 2005.
As a current event, Yamashita is now recording
"Kurosagi: The Black Swindler" クロサギ drama based
on the manga called the same way. Kurosagi is basically
about the art of swindling. As for this purpose,
Yamashita recorded his single "Daite Señorita"
which is number 1 at the "Oricon Ranking" Kurosagi
is now on first top of the Japanese Dramas Ranking as well