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Tanpopo (group)

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Tanpopo's current line-up, known as Tanpopo#. B to F: Okai Chisato, Kumai Yurina, Mitsui Aika, Kamei Eri
3rd generation Tanpopo (August 2002 – 2009). L to R: Niigaki Risa, Ishikawa Rika, Shibata Ayumi, Konno Asami
2nd generation Tanpopo (June 2000 – August 2002). L to R: Ishikawa Rika, Yaguchi Mari, Kago Ai, Iida Kaori
1st generation Tanpopo (November 1998 – June 2000). L to R: Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari

Tanpopo (タンポポ, Dandelion) is a Hello! Project group and was the first Morning Musume subgroup.


Tanpopo was formed in November of 1998 as the first Morning Musume subgroup. The group's formation was announced on an October 1998 episode of ASAYAN, and a mini-audition was held among the second-generation Morning Musume members for a third member to join Iida Kaori and Ishiguro Aya. Yaguchi Mari was selected and first generation Tanpopo was born. Initially, Tanpopo's songs had a mature feel.

The group released four singles and an album before Ishiguro left Hello! Project in the fall of 1999. Iida and Yaguchi continued to perform songs as a duo, until Ishikawa Rika and Kago Ai were added to the group in the summer of 2000, making Tanpopo a group of four. This line-up released three singles and a best album that featured the members of the first and second generations.

In 2002, the Morning Musume subgroups were shuffled when the fifth generation members joined. Iida, Yaguchi, and Kago were taken out of the group, and remaining member Ishikawa was joined by Konno Asami, Niigaki Risa, and Melon Kinenbi's Shibata Ayumi. This final line-up only released one single, and then became inactive.

A revival Tanpopo unit, Tanpopo#, was formed in July 2009 from Morning Musume members Kamei Eri and Mitsui Aika, Berryz Koubou member Kumai Yurina, and °C-ute member Okai Chisato. This incarnation released tracks on the Hello! Project cover album Champloo 1 ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ and Petit Best 10.


First Generation

November 1998 – June 2000

Second Generation

June 2000 – August 2002

Third Generation

August 2002 – 2009

Fourth Generation / Tanpopo#

July 2009 –








Tanpopo Photobook

  • [2001.06.??] タンポポ写真集 (Tanpopo Photobook) Amazon JP

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