Tanpopo, September 2002
promoting "BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee".
(L-R) Niigaki Risa, Ishikawa Rika, Shibata Ayumi, Konno Asami.
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genre Japanese Pop
Years Active 1998-2003
Labels zetima
Associated Acts Morning Musume, Melon Kinenbi
Members Ishiguro Aya (1998-1999)
Iida Kaori (1998-2002)
Yaguchi Mari (1998-2002)
Kago Ai (2000-2002)
Ishikawa Rika (2000-2009)
Konno Asami (2002-2006, 2007-2009)
Niigaki Risa (2002-2009)
Shibata Ayumi (2002-2009)

Tanpopo (タンポポ; Dandelion) was a Hello! Project unit and the first official sub-unit of Japanese pop girl group Morning Musume, formed in November 1998. They specialized in singing slow and mature songs, which morphed to an old-fashioned and upbeat style—a genre somewhat similar to the band it originated from.

The 2009 revived unit, Tanpopo#, has members that have the Japanese symbol 井 in their name.



Second Generation 2000-2002. (L-R) Ishikawa Rika, Yaguchi Mari, Kago Ai and Iida Kaori


First Generation 1998-1999. (L-R) Yaguchi Mari, Iida Kaori and Ishiguro Aya

First GenerationEdit

Second GenerationEdit

Third GenerationEdit



The group consisted of three Morning Musume members: Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori and Yaguchi Mari. After the formation, the group immediately released their first single, "Last Kiss," which was used on the anime Sorcerous Stabber Orphen. The single has a "sexy" vibe that they used on their second single and first album. However, they created a fresh image when they released "Tanpopo." This new image did not become as popular as the first image they had created.


After the release of the group's fourth single, Ishiguro Aya graduated from Morning Musume and left the group. Iida Kaori and Yaguchi Mari continued performing their songs in concerts as Generation 1.5 Tanpopo.


In June 2000, Morning Musume fourth generation members, Ishikawa Rika and Kago Ai, joined Tanpopo. The style of their songs changed when the four released "Otome Pasta ni Kandō." The style of this song became analogous to the songs Morning Musume had released. They also used this style on their next singles, which became popular and reached the number one spot on Oricon, and their second (and last) album.


On July 31, 2002, it was announced that Tanpopo was going to be completely reformed. Iida Kaori, Yaguchi Mari and Kago Ai graduated from the group and were replaced by new Morning Musume fifth generation members, Konno Asami and Niigaki Risa and Melon Kinenbi's Shibata Ayumi. This newly formed group only released one single before they went on indefinite hiatus.




  1. [1998.11.18] Last Kiss (ラストキッス)
  2. [1999.03.10] Motto
  3. [1999.06.16] Tanpopo (Single Version) (たんぽぽ (Single Version))
  4. [1999.10.20] Seinaru Kane ga Hibiku Yoru (聖なる鐘がひびく夜)
  5. [2000.07.05] Otome Pasta ni Kandou (乙女 パスタに感動)
  6. [2001.02.21] Koi wo Shichaimashita! (恋をしちゃいました!)
  7. [2001.11.21] Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru (王子様と雪の夜)
  8. [2002.09.26] BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee (BE HAPPY 恋のやじろべえ)


  • [2000.04.26] Hello! Project - Petit Best ~Ki Ao Aka~ (プッチベスト~黄青あか~) (#6 Tanpopo (Single Version))
  • [2001.04.18] Various - Together! -Tanpopo, Petit, Mini, Yuko- (Together! -タンポポ・プッチ・ミニ・ゆうこ-) (#2 Koi wo Shichaimashita!, #5 Otome Pasta ni Kandou, #11 Tanpopo (2001 Version))
  • [2001.12.19] Hello! Project - Petit Best 2 ~3, 7, 10~ (プッチベスト2~三・7・10~) (#5 Oujisama to Yuki no Yoru)
  • [2002.10.30] Hello! Project - CLUB Hello! TRANCE REMIX (#3 Last Kiss (TRANCE REMIX), #9 Koi wo Shichaimashita! (TRANCE REMIX))
  • [2002.12.18] Hello! Project - Petit Best 3 (プッチベスト3) (#11 BE HAPPY Koi no Yajirobee)
  • [2014.01.01] Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 1 (ハロー!プロジェクトの全曲から集めちゃいました! Vol.1 アイドル三十六房編(南波一海×嶺脇育夫)) (#3 Sentimental Minamimuki) (Limited Release)
  • [2014.01.01] Hello! Project - Hello! Project no Zenkyoku kara Atsumechaimashita! Vol. 2 (ハロー!プロジェクトの全曲から集めちゃいました! Vol.2 吉田豪編) (#5 I & YOU & I & YOU & I) (Limited Release)



  • [2001.07.05] Tanpopo Photobook (タンポポPhoto Book)


  • [1999-2000] Tanpopo Hatake de Tsukamaete (タンポポ畑でつかまえて)
  • [2000-2001] Tanpopo no Konya mo Mankai (タンポポの今夜も満開)
  • [2000-2003] Tanpopo Henshuubu Oh-So-Ro! (タンポポ編集部 Oh-So-Ro!)


Tanpopo#, January 2011
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genre Japanese Pop
Years Active 2009-2011
Labels zetima
Associated Acts Morning Musume, Berryz Koubou, ℃-ute
Members Kamei Eri
Mitsui Aika
Kumai Yurina
Okai Chisato




Tanpopo# 2009-2010. (L-R) Okai Chisato, Kamei Eri, Mitsui Aika, Kumai Yurina

In 2009, Tanpopo was revived as Tanpopo# (タンポポ#; pronounced Tanpopo Sharp), with the new group consisting of Kamei Eri and Mitsui Aika from Morning Musume, Kumai Yurina from Berryz Koubou, and Okai Chisato from ℃-ute. The sharp symbol was chosen to represent the kanji "井" (read as "i") which is the second character in each of the new members' surnames.

Their first song was a cover of Matsuda Seiko's "Akai Sweet Pea," which was released on the Chanpuru 1 ~Happy Marriage Song Cover Shuu~ album. Their next song, "Umbrella," was released on the Petit Best 10 album.

On December 15, 2010, Kamei Eri graduated from Morning Musume and Hello! Project, effectively leaving the group.

The three remaining members performed W's "Dekoboko Seventeen" during the Hello! Project 2011 WINTER ~Kangei Shinsen Matsuri~ A gana Live, after which the unit became inactive.

On December 31, 2016, original Tanpopo member Ishikawa Rika made a guest appearance at the Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2016 ~GOOD BYE & HELLO!~. She performed "Koi wo Shichaimashita!" with Okai Chisato, the last remaining member of Tanpopo# in Hello! Project, and Kumai Yurina, another former Tanpopo# member who was there as one of the concert MCs.



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