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|Stage Name||Rinne (りんね?)|
|Born||February 6, 1981|
|Origin||Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan|
|Associated Acts||Country Musume, Odoru 11, 10-nin Matsuri|
|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
- 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:
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 two solo singles as Country Musume before Kimura Asami joined the group. Together they released Country Musume’s fourth single. They also starred in the movie Country Girl Hokkaido Bokujou Monogatari, for wich both songs on tthe forementioned single was featured in.
On August 2nd, 2002, 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 a member’s accidental death, Yoshitake 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 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.
A few years later, newspapers reported that Toda had gotten married and resided in Sapporo.
Discography Featured InEdit
- Country Musume
- Futari no Hokkaido (debut)
- Hokkaido Shalala
- Koi ga Suteki na Kisetsu
- Hajimete no Happy Birthday
- Koibito wa Kokoro no Ouendan
- Iroppoi Onna ~SEXY BABY~
- 10nin Matsuri
- Odoru 11
- Shiawase Kyouryuu Ondo (last)
- Other releases (as Rinne (りんね?))
- [1999.11.11] Yukigeshiki
- [1999.11.11] Yuki Dayori
- [2000.04.27] Hokkaido Shalala
- [2001.12.12] Docchi ga Kirei Desu ka…
- [2002.12.04] Hello! Project Douyou Eizou Shuu ~Ponkikies21~
- [2000-2001] Idol wo Sagase! (アイドルをさがせ!)
- [?] 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)
-  Musical Sougen no Hito (ミュージカル 草原の人)
Youngest Member of Country Musume
Leader of Country Musume
Oldest Member of Country Musume
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