Also known as : Momo, Momo-chan, Momochi, Pi-chicchi, Tsugu-San
Born : March 6, 1992 Chiba, Japan
Genres : Japanese pop
Occupations : Japanese Idol
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 14 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 self-proclaimed leader of Buono!.
Momoko joined Hello! Project in 2002 at the age of 10 with the other 14 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 fom 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, which made her the first Berryz Kobo member to do that (and the third among Hello! Project Kids)
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