Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun

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"Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun"
Single by Masato Shimon
B-side "Ippon Demo Ninjin"
Released December 25, 1975 (1975-12-25)
Format 7" single, CD single
Genre Folk
Label Canyon Records

"Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun" (およげ!たいやきくん?, lit. "Swim! Taiyaki") is a song by Japanese singer Masato Shimon, released by Canyon Records (now Pony Canyon) on December 25, 1975. The B-side "Ippon Demo Ninjin" was sung by Japanese folk singer Kenichi Nagira.[1] However, the label claimed that the song was a children's song because the song was used in Japanese child television program Hirake Ponkikki. On the Oricon weekly chart, it became the first single to debut at number one in the Oricon history on January 5, 1976, and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks.[2] It surpassed the sales of "Onna no Michi" and eventually sold over 4.53 million copies, becoming the best-selling song in Japan.[3] This record was certified by Guinness World Records.[4] Despite the success, the company paid Shimon only 50,000 yen (approximately 170 dollars given the exchange rate at the time) as a guarantee.[5] The single was re-released as a CD single that came with an anime DVD by Pony Canyon in 2008.[6]


  1. ^ まず自分が楽しまなきゃ (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  2. ^ およげ!たいやきくん いっぽんでもニンジン (in Japanese). Yamano music. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  3. ^ "SMAP「世界に一つだけの花」、 シングル売上歴代9位に!!" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2004-08-03. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  4. ^ "'70s fish snack tune 'Taiyaki-kun' leaps again up the sales chart". The Japan Times. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  5. ^ "ギネス認定記念で復活!「およげ!たいやきくん」CDで再発売". iza (Sankei Sports). 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Feeling of social stagnation brings a resurgence of popular song in Japan". PopMatters. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
Preceded by
"Ano Hi ni Kaeritai" by Yumi Arai
Japanese Oricon Chart number one single
January 5, 1976 – March 15, 1976 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Beautiful Sunday" by Daniel Boone