Momoko Tsugunaga

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Momoko Tsugunaga
嗣永 桃子
Also known as Momo, Momo-chan, Momochi, Pi-chicchi, Tsugu-San
Born (1992-03-06) March 6, 1992 (age 22)
Origin Chiba, Japan
Genres Japanese pop
Occupations Japanese Idol
Years active 2002–present
Labels Piccolo Town, Pony Canyon, zetima
Associated acts Berryz Kobo
Buono!
Hello! Project Kids
ZYX
H.P. All Stars
Website Hello! Project.com

Momoko Tsugunaga (嗣永 桃子 Tsugunaga Momoko?, born March 6, 1992 in Chiba, Japan) is a J-pop singer. Her career began in 2002 when she successfully auditioned for the Hello! Project Kids with 15 other girls, and was selected as one of the eight members of Berryz Kobo. Since then, she has continued to sing in that group and has become a part of three smaller groups composed of Hello! Project Kids members, ZYX, Berryz Kobo and Buono!. Momoko is the leader of Buono!.

Career[edit]

Momoko joined Hello! Project in 2002 at the age of 10 with the other 15 Hello! Project Kids. In 2004 Berryz Kobo was created, and Momoko was selected as one of the group’s lead vocalists. In the same year she was a member of Little Gatas, an official Hello! Project futsal team where the members are made up from Berryz Kobo and °C-ute and is now a reserve member for Gatas Brilhantes H.P. In 2007 she was selected together with °C-ute member Airi Suzuki, and fellow Berryz Kobo member Miyabi Natsuyaki for the Hello! Project sub-group Buono!, which mainly produced opening and ending songs for the Anime Shugo Chara!, but has now gone on to release more singles. Momoko was named as the official leader of Buono! in 2010, although she already self-proclaimed that before. Berryz Kobo held a concert in Saitama Super Arena for first time in 2007 and it's also the first time that Momoko sang a solo. She interpreted Koi wa Hipparidako, which is part of their first album: 1st Chou Berryz. For her 4th Photobook "momochiiii", she held a handshake event on August 31, 2009, making her the first Berryz Kobo member to do so (and the third among Hello! Project Kids).

In September 2011, Momoko made an appearance on a Japanese comedy show, Mecha Mecha Iketeru as a member of Berryz Kobo. In this show, she successfully established her presence as an irritating idol (ira-dol) and started to appear on many TV shows.

Hello! Project groups and units[edit]

Discography[edit]

For Momoko Tsugunaga's releases with Berryz Kobo and Buono!, see Berryz Kobo discography and Buono!.

DVD[edit]

# Title Release date Label / Notes Highest
position
Oricon
Weekly
DVD
Chart
1 momo only (momo only。?)[1] December 3, 2008 Piccolo Town 32[2]
2 momo ok (momo ok。?) September 9, 2009 Piccolo Town 20[3]
3 Momochi DVD Zukan (ももち DVD図鑑?) October 27, 2010 Piccolo Town 58[4]
4 Momo Play (ももプレ♡?) March 6, 2011 e-LineUP! limited edition
5 Momo Play 2: Kaitō Momo Seine (ももプレ♡2 〜怪盗モモセーヌ〜?) December 23, 2011 e-LineUP! limited edition
6 Momochi Hatachi (ももち はたち?) April 25, 2012 Piccolo Town 94[5]
7 Momo Play 3: Rest Another Day (ももプレ3 〜Rest Another Day〜?) March 6, 2013 e-LineUP! limited edition

Bibliography[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

Photo-essays[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

  • Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語?, "Puppy Dan's Story") (December 14, 2002)
  • Promise Land ~Clovers no Daibōken~ (Promise Land ~クローバーズの大冒険~?, "Promise Land ~Clovers's Adventure~") (July 17 – September 6, 2004)
  • Gomennasai (ゴメンナサイ?) (October 29, 2011)
  • Ōsama Game (王様ゲーム?) (December 17, 2011)

TV dramas[edit]

TV shows[edit]

  • Musume Dokyu! (娘DOKYU!?) (April 28–29, May 4–6, 2005,TV Tokyo)

Radio[edit]

Starting April 7, 2009, she also hosts her own radio show "Momoko no Puripuri Princess" on JOQR every Tuesday (23:35 to 23:50), replacing Berryz Koubou's Kiritsu Rei Chakuseki.

Hello! Project groups[edit]

Shuffle units[edit]

  • H.P. All Stars (2004)
  • Bekimasu (2011)
  • Hello! Project Mobekimasu (2011)

Concert units[edit]

  • Hello! Project Shirogumi (2005)
  • Wonderful Hearts (2006–)

Others[edit]

  • Little Gatas (2004–2007)
  • Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (2007–) (Reserve player)

References[edit]

External links[edit]