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Toda Rinne
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Stage Name Rinne (りんね?)
Birth Info
Born February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06) (age 38)
Origin Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Blood Type B
Zodiac Sign Aquarius Aquarius
Professional Info
Genres Japanese Pop
Occupation Singer
Years Active 1999-2002
Agency UP-FRONT AGENCY (1999-2002)
Label POTATO (1999-2000)
SPREE RECORD (1999-2000)
zetima (2001-2002)
Associated Acts Country Musume, Odoru 11, 10-nin Matsuri
Country Musume Info
Joined April 27, 1999
Debut Single Futari no Hokkaido
Last Single Iroppoi Onna ~SEXY BABY~
Graduated October 13, 2002

Rinne (りんね), real name being Toda Rinne (戸田鈴音), was an original member and former leader of the Hello! Project group Country Musume and sole member for the second and third releases. She graduated from Country Musume and Hello! Project in October 2002 with hopes of becoming a stage actress. In 2006 she married a salaryman from Hokkaido and currently resides there.


  • Stage Name: Rinne (りんね)
  • Full Name: Toda Rinne (戸田鈴音)
  • Birthdate: February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06) (age 38)
  • Birthplace: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Blood Type: B
  • Western Zodiac: Aquarius
  • Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
  • Married: 2006
  • Family: Husband
  • Hello Project! Groups:
    • Country Musume (1999–2002)
  • Shuffle Groups:


1999-2000 Edit

Rinne Toda signed up for an audition held by Tsunku and Tanaka Yoshitake (Country Musume’s original producer), called Country Musume Audition (カントリー娘。オーディション). They wanted to create a sister group to Morning Musume, but instead of being the next door girls, they would be country girls with rural values. The audition process was aired on the television program ASAYAN. Nine girls went through voice and dance lessons at a farm in Hokkaido, and three girls ended up being chosen, Rinne being one of them. The group would be named Country Musume, and was made up by Toda, Yanagihara Hiromi and Kobayashi Azusa.

After working on their debut single, they were able to successfully record and complete both the single and a promotional video. However, tragedy struck the group soon after their work seemed to be finished. On July 16th, 1999, Yanagihara Hiromi died in an automobile accident, just days before their first single was set for release. The plans for Country Musume was to continue as a duo, but no more than a month after the single release, Azusa decided to leave the group due to psychological stress (which is waht the official press release said).

After that, Country Musume is left with only one member, Toda. She released the single Yukigeshiki in November 1999.

In January 2000, she started hosting Idol wo Sagase! alongside Iida Kaori.

In April, Country Musume (with Rinne as the only member) released the single Hokkaido Shalala, before Kimura Asami joined the group. Together they released Country Musume’s fourth single, Koi ga Suteki na Kisetsu, in July. They also starred in the movie Country Girl Hokkaido Bokujou Monogatari, for wich both songs on the forementioned single was featured in.

2001-2002 Edit

In 2001, Tanaka gave Tsunku full responsibility as a producer of Country Musume. He added Ishikawa Rika from Morning Musume to the group, and they released their first major debut single in April, 2001, followed by their second single, Koibito wa Kokoro no Ouendan, in October.

In July 2001, Rinne was part of the shuffle unit 10nin Matsuri. They released the single Dancing! Natsumatsuri.

In April, Country Musume released Iroppoi Onna ~SEXY BABY~ with newly joined member Satoda Mai. This would be Rinne's last single with the group before graduating.

In July 2002, Rinne was part of the shuffle unit Odoru♡11.

On August 2nd, Rinne made an announcement to leave the group. Her last duty as a member of Country Musume was the monthly fan club meeting on the 13th, when she graduated from the group and Hello! Project.

The agency’s press release said the graduation would give her an opportunity to start a new career; stage-acting, which she always wanted to try. Her producer, Tanaka, had been working on stage plays and musicals based on the theme of farming and agriculture. He was inspired by Goto Maki’s graduation from Morning Musume, and decided to start a new project, saying: “I feel like a brand new ambition is starting to form inside me”. After a series of hardships, such as Yanagihara’s accidental death, Tanaka wanted to give Rinne a new opportunity to boost her career, so he pitched the idea to her. She agreed to it with enthusiasm, saying, “I’d love to try a musical based on farming.”

In another statement, Rinne had said “To be honest, I am a little surprised to be told that I am graduating. But I am determined to move forward to my new goal. I’m feeling optimistic.” She participated in the Musical Sougen no Hito the following year. The play is based on a poem by famous enka singer Misora Hibari, and tells of a first love story of robust youths living in postwar Japan. Rinne plays a small role as Ohshiro Tamako, the daughter of a real estate agent. This was the only acting job she had.

2006 Edit

A few years later, in 2006, newspapers reported that Toda had gotten married and resided in Sapporo.

2011 Edit

In October 2011, Rinne attended the Hokkaido Children's Award for appreciation of the Hokkaido Children's Musical Education Society as an OG. She also said she was helping her father, who runs a private inn at Ishigaki Island (in Okinawa). [1]


Discography Featured InEdit





  • [1999] Dosanko Wide 212 (どさんこワイド212)
  • [2000-2001] Idol wo Sagase!
  • [2001.01-2001.03] Bi Shoujo Nikki 2 (TV Tokyo) (美・少女日記 2) (テレビ東京)


  • [?] Country Musume no Bokujou Dayori (カントリー娘。の牧場だより)
  • [?] Country Musume no Potato na Jikan (カントリー娘。のポテトな時間)
  • [?] Country World Rinne no Nikki (カントリーワールド りんねの日記)
  • [2000-2002] MBS Young Town Doyoubi (MBSヤングタウン土曜日)


Books Edit

  • [2001.07.19] Idol wo Sagase! Koushiki BOOK (アイドルをさがせ!公式BOOK)
  • [2000-2002] The Television (200-nen - 2002-nen, Kadokawa Shoten) - Hokkaido Aomori-ban Nomi, Column "Country Musume no Hohon Essay Rinne no Shoppai" wo Rensai (ザテレビジョン (2000年 - 2002年、角川書店) - 北海道・青森版のみ、コラム「カントリー娘。のほほんエッセイ りんねのしっぽ」を連載。)

See AlsoEdit

Honorary TitlesEdit

Honorary titles

Preceded by

Youngest Member of Country Musume
1999 - 2000

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Kobayashi Azusa

Leader of Country Musume
2000 - 2002

Succeeded by

Preceded by
Kobayashi Azusa

Oldest Member of Country Musume
2000 - 2002

Succeeded by
Satoda Mai

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