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The band suspended all activities on July 31, 2019.
- 1 Members
- 2 History
- 3 Group Name Origin
- 4 Okamarin
- 5 Discography
- 6 Concerts
- 7 Works
- 8 Awards
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
- 12 External Links
Members at Time of Suspension
- Uozumi Yuki (魚住有希) - Guitar (Graduated on September 16, 2016)
- Okada Marina (岡田万里奈) - Vocals, Keyboard (Graduated on March 31, 2019)
These members are not featured or credited.
- Hayashi Tabasa (林束紗) - Bass
- Kiyoshi (清) - Bass
- Takahara Mina (高原未奈) - Bass
- Megu - Bass
- Miyanaga Jiro (宮永治郎) - Guitar
- Kobayashi Kaori (小林香織) - Drums
- Yamauchi Yu (山内優) - Drums
- Matsui Rika (松井リカ) - Drums
- Ueda Mizuki (植田瑞季) - Drums
On June 5, it was announced that Morning Musume 6th generation member Tanaka Reina would start a band alongside her idol group activities. The Tanaka Reina to Band Yaritai Joshi Member Daiboshuu audition would begin on June 16, targeting female vocalists and guitarists around 15 through 22 years of age.
On November 18, it was announced that Uozumi Yuki, Okada Marina, and Miyazawa Marin were the audition winners, and Tanaka would graduate from Morning Musume at the end of their 2013 spring tour to focus on the band instead of doing both as was originally planned. It was also revealed that the band was allowing fans to submit a name for the band, from which the members would choose a name they liked.
On February 3, two months since the submissions, the band was revealed to be named "LoVendoЯ" when their official website was opened. Their first live tour was also announced.
The band performed live for the first time on March 2 at MUSIC FESTA Vol.0.
On March 15, the official LoVendoЯ blog was opened, with the members' first posts appearing on March 16. Also on March 15, the Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Haru Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ began, in which LoVendoЯ was the regular opening act.
On March 24, they started their first live tour LoVendoЯ First Live Tour 2013 Haru ~Lavender~. The tour dates where during the weekdays due to their activities in the Morning Musume tour.
On May 22, the day after Tanaka graduated from Morning Musume, LoVendoЯ's first mini-album, LoVendoЯ Cover The ROCK, was released.
Beginning in June, LoVendoЯ joined M-line club.
On June 6, it was announced that LoVendoЯ's first tour would be extended with a slightly different twist. The extended tour, known as LoVendoЯ First Live Tour 2013 Ver.2, had a different setlist and overall experience. The tour took place from July 11 through August 30.
On July 4, it was announced that LoVendoЯ would perform at the 2013 J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco, California. On July 27, LoVendoЯ performed a solo concert at the Pagoda Stage in Japantown. On July 28, they performed at Union Square at Downtown San Francisco along with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Kylee and Daichi.
On July 6, they started broadcasting their first radio show titled LoVendoЯ no Love On! on RKB Radio every Saturday and KRY Radio every following Monday.
Starting on October 8 with episode 14, video recordings of their radio show LoVendoЯ no Love On! began being uploaded onto LoVendoЯ's official YouTube channel.
From April 15 to July 19, they had a joint concert tour with Bitter & Sweet. On December 31, during the second Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2014 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~ show in Osaka, it was confirmed that LoVendoЯ would have their major debut in 2015.
On November 23, it was announced that band members Okada Marina, Uozumi Yuki, and Miyazawa Marin would form the collaborative unit Love Bitter EX with the duo Bitter & Sweet. Tanaka Reina was the only member of LoVendoЯ who did not join the unit because on the same day it was announced that she was cast in lead role of the musical Fushigi Yuugi ~Shu no Shou~ in April 2016, and Love Bitter EX would hold their only spring live tour at the time Tanaka would be busy rehearsing.
On December 14, it was announced LovendoЯ won the TBS 48th Nihon Yusen Taishou (Japan Cable Awards) new artist award.
On February 24, LoVendoЯ released their second single, "Takaramono / Itsuwari".
On July 23, Uozumi Yuki and UP-FRONT announced that she would be graduating from LoVendoЯ and separating from UP-FRONT CREATE in order to increase her skills as a guitarist. Uozumi graduated during the LoVendoЯ LIVE 2016 ~CHALLENGEЯ!~ at Shinjuku ReNY on September 16.
On March 12, LoVendoR originally announced they would release a new mini album before the summer. It was later announced on June 23 that the mini album, titled Яe:Start, would be released on September 6.
On March 23, their TBS Radio show LoVendoЯ no LV-Я ended.
Three months later, on June 23, their RKB Radio show LoVendoЯ no Love On! also came to end with a total of 260 episodes. The last video recording of the radio show was uploaded onto the LoVendoЯ YouTube channel on August 2.
On February 27, it was announced that Okada Marina would graduate from LoVendoЯ and leave UP-FRONT CREATE at the end of March when her exclusive management contract expired. Her graduation live, titled Okada Marina Sotsugyou Live Takaramono ~Hontou ni Arigatou Gozaimashita~, was held on March 29 at Tennoz kiwa with Miyazawa Marin and Uozumi Yuki as guests. She then participated in the Asobu. Kurasu. Sodateru. SATOYAMA & SATOUMI e Ikou 2019 on March 30 and 31 at Makuhari Messe as her final job as a member of LoVendoЯ and UP-FRONT CREATE.
On June 28, it was announced that LoVendoЯ would be suspending all activities at the end of July. After Okada's graduation at the end of March, the two remaining members went through repeated discussions about the band's future activities and as result the band would be suspending all activities. It was also announced that Miyazawa Marin will be graduating from the band and leave UP-FRONT CREATE at the end of July following the expiration of her exclusive management contract with the agency.
On July 30, Miyazawa Marin held one final solo live with the former members of LoVendoЯ as guests. Afterwards, her contact officially expired, and LoVendoЯ officially suspended all activities.
Group Name Origin
The name of the band is a portmanteau of the words "love" and "vendor". In Japanese, the name is pronounced the same as "lavender" (ラベンダー).
While LoVendoЯ did not officially disband until July 2019, the group did not perform as a band since the release events for Яe:Start were held in November 2017, and did not have activities together as a band since their radio shows ended in 2018. During the band's time of inactivity, vocalist Okada Marina and guitarist Miyazawa Marin performed as their duo Okamarin (おかまりん). The duo held their first acoustic live in April 2017, and appeared at various other events as guests until Okada Marina left the agency in March 2019.
The name "Okamarin" is a combination of Okada Marina's and Miyazawa Marin's names, and was initially just used to refer to the two of them when they were together. The name had been used to refer the two of them as a musical duo since they performed together at a LoVendoЯ acoustic live in 2016.
During their time of activity as a duo, Okamarin performed both original songs written by the members, as well as cover songs. Okada Marina would later re-purpose and release two of the songs they performed under the name "MALINA". The rest of the original songs, much like numerous other LoVendoЯ songs, have never been released.
- Original Songs
Songs that do not have official studio versions
-  Jinsei Maniac (人生マニアック)
-  Omou ga Mama wo Shinjite (思うがままを信じて)
-  Ai no Gishiki (愛の儀式)
-  Honto no Kimochi (ホントノキモチ)
-  invasion ~INST~
-  Sweet Tweet
-  Oh my friend!
-  Crazy Lazy
-  DO YOU LOVE ME?
-  NUMBER(S)
-  For the future
-  Soushisouai (相思相愛)
-  Sennou (洗脳)
-  Gekioko! na Dekigoto (激おこ!な出来事)
-  Nagisa no Situation (渚のシチュエーション)
-  Otome no Shojijou (乙女の諸事情)
-  Burning Rose ~INST~
-  POWEЯ
-  girl
-  Answer (アンサー)
-  High Heel Kick (ハイヒールキック)
-  Ai no Uriko (愛の売り子)
-  in my heart
-  Mikansei Musume (未完成ムスメ)
Songs by Okamarin that were never released
- good night
- Sazanami (さざなみ)
- Tobikiri no Christmas (とびきりのクリスマス)
- Happy Birthday
- [2013.03.27~05.14] LoVendoЯ First Live Tour 2013 Haru ~Lavender~
- [2013.07.11~08.30] LoVendoЯ First Live Tour 2013 Ver.2
- [2013.12.06~26] LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2013 DecembeЯ
- [2014.04.15~07.24] LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2014 SprinteЯ ~Bitter&Sweet~
- [2014.11.01~2015.03.05] LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2014-15 ~Anata no Heart wo Itadakimasu~ (LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2014-15 ～貴方の心(ハート)を盗(いただ)きます～)
- [2015.07.25~10.22] LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2015 MAJOЯ!
- [2015.12.23] Mainichi ga Christmas 2015 ~LOVE LOVE LoVendoЯ~ (毎日がクリスマス 2015 〜LOVE LOVE LoVendoЯ〜)
- [2015.12.31] LoVendoЯ COUNT DOWN LIVE 2015 ~TogetheЯ!~
- [2016.03.05~04.09] LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2016 ~POWEЯ!~
- [2016.05.03] LoVendoЯ Second Single "Takaramono / Itsuwari" Hatsubai Kinen Acoustic Live
- [2016.09.16] LoVendoЯ LIVE 2016 ~CHALLENGEЯ!~
- [2016.12.24] LoVendoЯ Live 2016 X'mas ~LOVE LOVE LoVendoЯ~
- [2016.12.31] LoVendoЯ COUNT DOWN LIVE 2016
- [2017.07.01~08.12] LoVendoЯ LIVE TOUR 2017 ~Яe:Start~
- [2017.11.05] LoVendoЯ Mini Album "Яe:Start" Hatsubai Kinen Event Special LIVE
- [2017.04.21] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.1
- [2017.06.02] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.2
- [2017.07.21] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.3 (with Arai Ken)
- [2017.08.19] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.4 (with Eric Fukusaki)
- [2017.09.15] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.5 (with Arai Ken)
- [2017.10.13] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.6 (with Arai Ken)
- [2017.11.24] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.7 (with Arai Ken)
- [2018.05.11] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.8
- [2018.07.16] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.9 (with Matsui Rika)
- [2018.09.24] Okamarin Acoustic Live Vol.10
Concerts Participated In
- Morning Musume Concert Tour 2013 Haru Michishige☆Eleven SOUL ~Tanaka Reina Sotsugyou Kinen Special~ (opening act)
- MUSIC FESTA Vol.0
- MUSIC FESTA Vol.1
- MUSIC FESTA Vol.2
- Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2014 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~
- MUSIC FESTA Vol.3
- ANOTHER OF MUSIC FESTA Nakajima Takui×LoVendoЯ
- Love Bitter EX Live Tour 2016 Haru
- [2013–2018] LoVendoЯ no Love On! (LoVendoЯのらぶおん！; LoVendoЯ's Love Sound)
- [2013–2018] LoVendoЯ no LV-Я (LoVendoЯのLV-Я; LoVendoЯ's Level-Я)
- [2014-2017] The Girls Live
- [2015.12.14] 48th Japan Cable Awards "2015" New Artist
- During the audition, the original candidates who auditioned for vocalist did not have the image or the vocal ability to be capable of performing alongside Tanaka Reina. Thus, the staff decided to start audition all over again just for the vocalists. Okada Marina was selected from the second audition.
- ^ Live performances of "Jinsei Maniac" and "Omou ga Mama wo Shinjite" were included in the DVD for Bukiyou, but both songs do not have official studio versions.
- ^ A live performance of "Ai no Gishiki" was included in the DVD for Ikujinashi, but the song does not have an official studio version.
- ^ Live performances of "Sennou", "Soushisouai", and "Honto no Kimochi" were included in the DVD for their first single, but the songs do not have official studio versions. A studio version of "Soushisouai" was later recorded for the first time by Nakajima Takui on his self-cover album GIRLS LOOK AHEAD on March 27, 2019.
- LoVendoЯ Official Site (inactive)
- LoVendoЯ Official YouTube Channel (inactive)
- LoVendoЯ Official Blog (inactive)
- Social Media Pages: Twitter, Facebook, Google+
- Wikipedia: Japanese, English
- Audition Website (archived)