Tsuchiya Anna (土屋アンナ) is a model, singer and actress who started her career as an exclusive model for Seventeen magazine at 14. In 2002, she became the vocalist of the indies band Spin Aqua and later in 2004 started an acting career, playing Shirayuri Ichigo in the award winning comedy Shimotsuma Monogatari. Currently Tsuchiya continues on her musical career under the MAD PRAY RECORDS sub-label of avex trax. She is semi-proficient in English, having better command of English pronunciation than her peers (though not a fluent speaker).
- Birth Name: Anna Marie Heider Tsuchiya
- Stage Name: Tsuchiya Anna (土屋アンナ)
- Date of Birth: March 11, 1984
- Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 168 cm
- Family Tsuchiya Angela (sister), Tsuchiya Kenneth (brother), Niimura Joshua (ex husband 2004-2006), Kikuchi Yamato (ex husband 2009-2016), Niimura Sky and Kikuchi Simba (sons)
- Cutting Edge (2005-)
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Tsuchiya Anna was born on March 11, 1984 to a Japanese mother and an American father mixed with Polish American and Irish American ancestry in Tokyo, Japan. Not much is known about her early life, but she started her modelling career at age 14. From then on, Tsuchiya continued to find success in modelling; finding success as being in the centre stage of many teen magazines. She would later feature in Edwin, Something, and 503 commercials, as well as being the cover girl for a Calpis Water campaign. Tsuchiya has also starred in UNICLO, Kose Esprique and Vise commercials.
In late 2002, she debuted in the music world as part of the indies band Spin Aqua alongside the former Oblivion Dust guitarist KAZ. The duo debuted in 2002 under Ki/oon Records with the single "Unchained", which was followed up with Spin Aqua's first concert that was held in December at the Tokyo Bay NHK Hall as a part of the "Devilock '02" concert. Spin Aqua's continued to release two more singles, an album and a music video DVD. Despite the band's music sounding well-processed, Spin Aqua did not fare well commercially. The band's only single that would breath the top 200 was "mermaid" at #197, and their album sadly only reached #187 on Oricon charts.
The band would later slip into hiatus, and then in mid 2004 it was announced that they had permanently disbanded.
It was announced in 2004 that Tsuchiya would be starting up an acting career. She starred in her first movie in the critically acclaimed blockbuster Shimotsuma Monogatari alongside Fukada Kyoko as the "yanki" girl Shirayuri Ichigo. Her role brought her both immediate attention and critical success; winning the award of "Best New Actress" at five different film awards in Japan. Tsuchiya said that she could really relate to the character of Ichigo, seven saying that, "Even after the shoot, I was acting like Ichigo at home and my mom was mad at me, saying, 'Mind your language!'".
Soon after the release of this movie, she shocked fans by announcing her engagement to the fellow model/actor JOSHUA, the younger brother of the model/actress Friedia Niimura (Rin Kozue). Joshua worked in the same modelling office as her. On November 19th, 2004 Tsuchiya's first child, Sky (澄海, sukai), was born. Sky even features in a photobook with his mother, "Happy Days - Anna, Mama ni Naru!". However, in early July 2006, the couple decided to break it off and filed for divorce.
Tsuchiya has continued to act and voice characters in various movies and dramas, though none as illustrious as her role in Shimotsuma Monogatari. For example, in the Japanese dub of Herbie: Fully Loaded, she had voiced Lindsay Lohan's character Maggie Peyton. However, Tsuchiya said herself that she prefers singing over modelling or acting.
Tsuchiya once again returned to the music scene after the disbanding of Spin Aqua due to her pregnancy and marriage, though not as an indies artist. She debuted as a solo artist under the MAD PRAY RECORDS label of avex trax. It was announced that her debut single was under wraps, though later the announcement was changed as the single turned into an entire mini-album, later to be titled Taste My Beat. Three tracks would be promoted from the album; the semi-eponymous track "Taste My Skin" was used as the radio single for the release, the song "in my hands" was used in a commercial and her cover of Full Blown Rose's "Somebody Help Me" would be used as the theme song to Tru Calling for it's Japanese release. The mini-album even featured help from such successful foreign artists as Josh Freese, the drummer for the band A Perfect Circle. This release was a lot more successful than her previous releases under Spin Aqua, breaking the top 30 albums at #27.
Tsuchiya then followed up this mini-album with two single releases and a remix album. The singles fared slightly worse than her mini-album (despite one of the tracks, "My Fate", being used as the ending theme for the anime Rean no Tsubasa).
For her third single, she would finally receive some major promotion. Her single "rose" would be used as the opening theme song for the anime adaption for the manga NANA alongside fellow Avex rock artist OLIVIA, who would be singing the ending theme song. The hype brought from this release boosted Tsuchiya's music career a lot, as Rose managed to reach a position of #6 on the Oricon charts (her first top 10 placement, and 21 placings above her next best placing product at the time).
To reinforce her growing popularity, her debut studio album was released shortly afterwards. The album, strip me?, features a growing number of commercial tie-up songs (including ones for WHITEEN, Kirin and Kosé Visée). More than half of the album's songs was used as a theme song for some commercial or some product.
This single was to be released on the same day as Shiina Ringo's "Kono Yo no Kagiri", which is the ending theme song to Sakuran, the latest film that Tsuchiya stars in with a leading role. However "Kuroi Namida" was put forward a week. This was quickly followed by the third NANA OP single, "LUCY" in early February which directly preceded the release of a special self-titled NANA album billed under "ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES)".
On August 1st, she released the single "BUBBLE TRIP / sweet sweet song", her second double A-side single. It was co-produced by KNS Productions, the super producer team behind Britney Spears and *NSYNC. To promote the single, she was scheduled to appear not only in Japan but also at various rock festivals around the world, in response to enthusiastic offers. In addition, she released a CD in July in all 42 EU countries, while eight major firms in the U.S. will be distributing her music this summer in an aggressive global launch.
Another single, "cocoon", was released on January 30th of 2008, and in June Tsuchiya released another single called "Crazy World" with the collaboration of the Japanese artist AI. This collaborative track offered a new dimension to the artist’s work with the blending of the genres of rock, r&b and hip-hop, and peaked at number 19 on the Oricon.
Later, Tsuchiya released her second studio album NUDY SHOW!. The promotional track of the album was "GINGER" in collaboration with MONKEY MAJIK. To commemorate the release, that fall saw the artist touring throughout eight cities on her Kachiatsu! tour. In 2009, she relased a remix version of the album called NUDY xxxremixxxxxxx!!!!!!!! SHOW! which featured collaborations from many notable names within the music industry.
- [2007.02.28] ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES) (ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES))
- [2007.03.21] NANA BEST (ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES), OLIVIA inspi' REIRA (TRAPNEST)) (Split Best Album)
- [2012.03.28] 12 FLAVOR SONGS ~BEST COLLABORATION~ (Collaboration Best Album)
- [2015.04.22] COVER BEST (Cover Best Album)
- [2015.12.09] NAKE'd ~Soul Issue~
- [2017.12.25] The 15th Anniversary Live Tour「COLORS」 Set List Songs (Digital)
- [2006.03.23] Taste My xxxremixxxxxxx!!!!!!!! Beat Life!
- [2009.03.11] NUDY xxxremixxxxxxx!!!!!!!! SHOW!
- [2006.01.25] Change your life
- [2006.03.23] SLAP THAT NAUGHTY BODY / MY FATE
- [2006.06.28] rose (ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES))
- [2007.01.10] Kuroi Namida (黒い涙; Black Tears) (ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES))
- [2007.02.07] LUCY (ANNA TSUCHIYA inspi' NANA (BLACK STONES))
- [2007.08.01] BUBBLE TRIP / sweet sweet song
- [2008.01.30] cocoon
- [2008.06.11] Crazy World feat. AI
- [2008.09.17] Virgin Cat
- [2009.07.01] Brave vibration
- [2010.07.21] Atashi
- [2010.08.18] Shout in the rain
- [2011.09.28] UNCHAINED GIRL
- [2011.11.23] Switch On!
- [2012.08.22] Voyagers
- [2007.xx.xx] Anna Tsuchiya Inspi' Nana (Black Stones) / Olivia Inspi' Reira (Trapnest) (Tsuchiya Anna & OLIVIA)
- [2010.08.19] UHA-UHA / Boushoku-kei Danshi!! (PE'Z x Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2013.04.17] STEP IN TO THE NEW WORLD! (Tsuchiya Anna <Aiaigasa> Kishidan)
- [2009.xx.xx] BUBBLE TRIP
- [2008.12.17] GUILTY
- [2009.07.08] Sing
- [2011.02.16] CHECKMATE (mash up ANTY the Kunoichi, VOLTA MASTERS)
- [2011.02.16] CHECKMATE -3D Sound ver.- (mash up ANTY the Kunoichi, VOLTA MASTERS)
- [2012.05.30] Lovely Baby
- [2012.10.27] CARRY ON
- [2015.12.09] STAY WITH ME
- [2015.12.09] I WANT IT THAT WAY
- [2015.12.09] SUNDAY MORNING
- [2015.12.09] Killing Me Softly With His Song
- [2015.12.09] I Want You Back
- [2015.12.09] Rehab
- [2015.12.09] Lady Marmalade
- [2006.03.23] Taste My xxxremixxxxxxx!!!!!!!! Beat Life!
- [2006.09.02] Ah Ah (Shinichi Osawa Remix 12' inch version)
- [2007.08.01] BUBBLE TRIP -STUDIO APARTMENT Remix-
- [2008.04.05] Crazy World -Remixed By Fantastic Plastic Machine
- [2008.09.05] Virgin Cat (LAVA Remix)
Other Video Releases
- [2006.11.22] AI - Don't Stop A.I. Japan Tour (#23 BUTTERFLY feat. ANTY the Kunoichi, ANNA TSUCHIYA, PUSHIM)
- [2011.12.14] AI - "Densetsu NIGHT" at Nippon Budokan with Cho SPECIAL GUEST Ozei!!! (#15 UTTERFLY feat. ANTY the Kunoichi, ANNA TSUCHIYA, PUSHIM)
- [2012.09.26] Music Video Rider "Takumi" (#1 Switch On)
- [2012.09.26] Music Video Rider "Kiwami" (#23 Voyagers (Music Clip version FOURZE), #24 Switch On!)
Compilations / Other
- [2006.08.09] A Tribute to Brian Jones (#4 My dear)
- [2006.12.06] Hotei Tomoyasu - SOUL SESSIONS (#1 QUEEN OF THE ROCK (HOTEI vs. Tsuchiya Anna))
- [2007.02.21] Osawa Shinichi - Kitsune presents Kitsune Udon (Disc 2 #10 Ah Ah (Shinichi Osawa Remix))
- [2007.06.20] DRIVIN' Relax! (#18 JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH)
- [2007.12.05] AI - DON'T STOP A.I. (#5 BUTTERFLY feat. ANTY the Kunoichi, ANNA TSUCHIYA, PUSHIM)
- [2008.12.17] Resident Evil: Degeneration (#23 Guilty (Film Edit Ver.))
- [2009.02.18] ravex - Believe in LOVE feat. BoA (#3 MEGA ravex feat. ANNA TSUCHIYA, BoA, DJ OZMA, LISA, MAKI GOTO, MONKEY MAJIK, TOHOSHINKI, TRF & YUKO ANDO)
- [2009.04.29] ravex - Trax (#5 Bangalicious feat. Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2009.08.05] Hoobastank - The Greatest Hits: Don't Touch My Moustache (#16 The Letter feat. Anna Tsuchiya)
- [2009.08.18] Aku Yu Tribute "Bad Friends" (#1 UFO)
- [2009.09.02] DJ Caroline D'amore - J-Girls' Celebrity Mix (#3 GINGER (J-Girls' Celebrity Mix))
- [2010.06.09] S'capade - S'capade (#4 Dirty Beauty feat. Anna Tsuchiya]
- [2010.12.08] INFINITY 16 - INFINITY 16 Best (#8 REVOLUTION welcomez Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2011.03.02] VOLTA MASTERS - Suite (#10 Fight The Power feat. Tsuchiya Anna, Sadat X from Brand Nubian, Steph Pockets, Sonny Cheeba from Camp Lo)
- [2011.03.23] Amuro Namie - Checkmate (#1 Wonder Woman (Amuro Namie feat. AI & Tsuchiya Anna))
- [2011.08.24] SEAMO - Collabo Densetsu (#1 S.ex. with Tsuchiya Anna & Suga Shikao)
- [2011.12.21] Kamen Rider Fouze Original Soundtrack (#4 Switch On! (TV-size))
- [2012.04.11] OBLIVION DUST - 9 Gates For Bipolar (#3 Sail Away feat. Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2012.06.27] INORAN - Dive youth, Sonik dive (#5 no options feat. Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2012.07.25] Kamen Rider Fourze Music States Collection (Disc 1 #1 'Switch On!)
- [2012.08.08] Kamen Rider Fourze THE MOVIE Minna de Uchu Kita! Original Soundtrack (#25 Voyager (Movie Size Edit.))
- [2012.08.29] Kamen Rider Fourze CD-BOX (#1 Switch On!, #17 Switch On! (Rock’n Roll States edit.), #203 Voyagers (movie size edit.))
- [2013.04.03] SundayBeach camelot (4 STAYIN' ALIVE)
- [2015.05.27] Sakurai Tetsuo - Nothin' but the Bass (#8 Time After Time feat. Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2015.09.30] Inagaki Junichi - Otoko to Onna 5 (#1 Namida no Lonely Boy feat. Tsuchiya Anna)
- [2016.11.02] AI - THE FEAT. BEST (Disc 2 - #4 Wonder Woman feat. AI & Tsuchiya Anna / Amuro Namie, #8 BUTTERFLY feat. ANTY the Kunoichi, Tsuchiya Anna, PUSHIM)
- TV Variety
-  NHK Gogaku Kouza Italy go Kaiwa
- [2007 - present] Mezamashi TV "Gakunabi"
- [2008 - present] Tanagokorojji
-  Nekketsu! TV Banchou
- [2011 - present] The Prime Show
- [2007 - present] Premier DAM High on Music ~My Music Style~
-  Kantoku Kansen
-  Shimotsuma Monogatari
-  Cha no Aji
-  Herbie: Fully Loaded
-  Bashment
-  Kiwara Matsuko no Isshou
-  Dororo
-  Sakuran
-  Pako to Maho no Ehon
-  Soreike! Anpanman Yousei Rinrin no Himitsu
-  Heaven's Door
-  Kamui Gaiden
-  Blue Pacific Stories
-  Blue Pacific Stories Fish Bone
-  Koitani Bashi
-  G'mor evian!
- [2004.06.xx] ANNA BANANA
- [2004.12.22] FLEUR
- [2005.12.20] Happy Days - Anna, Mama ni Naru!
- [2007.08.03] An-san Hostess Shuugyouchuu
- [2009.10.30] anna tsuchiya 5YEARS
- [2011.09.16] HYSTERIC MINI OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK 2011 AUTUMN / WINTER (Feature)
- [2011.10.07] UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON. (Feature)
- [2011.11.xx] Anna Tsuchiya "100 Rules" Words & Photo
- [2012.12.11] Anna-san no Chacha to Ikkagetsu Piece Gohan
- [2003.01.20] White Ice Sherbet
- [2007.02.21] ANNA
- [2008.10.09] LOVE Photo 1 (Feature)
- [2012.02.xx] Anna Tsuchiya Photobook SOSEXY "Four Rooms"
- [2010.07.xx] Gekkan Songs August 2010 (Feature)
- Kinema Junpo Awards: Best New Actress for Shimotsuma Monogatari (2004)
- Mainichi Film Awards: Best New Actress for Shimotsuma Monogatari (2004)
- Houchi Film Award: Best New Actress for Shimotsuma Monogatari (2004)
- 28th Japan Academy Prize Rookie of the Year for Shimotsuma Monogatari (2005)
- 47th Blue Ribbon Awards: Best Newcomer for Shimotsuma Monogatari (2005)
- 26th Yokohama Film Festival: Best New Actress for Shimotsuma Monogatari (2005)
- 3rd VOGUE NIPPON: Women of the Year (2007)
- 38th Best Dresser Awards: Entertainment-Sport Award (2009)
- 14th Nail Queen Awards: Nail Queen Artist (2009)
- 24th Nippon Megane Best Dresser Awards: Winner for Sunglasses Category (2011)
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