Tarepanda (or Tare Panda) is a lazy panda character created and released by San-X around the year 1995. His name also means 'lazy panda' or 'droopy panda'.

More on Tare PandaEdit

In February 1998, San-X launched Tarepanda erasers and letter pads, which proved enormous hits. San-X believed these products were successful because they were released shortly after the Asian financial crisis of autumn 1997, a time when many people in Japan were facing layoffs and, consequently, were sympathetic toward a "worn-out" panda character. By 1999,sales of Tarepanda goods had reached 30 billion yen. Character Databank, a Japanese character popularity monitoring firm, has claimed Tarepanda was a huge hit in Japan.It was rated one of the most popular characters in Japan for being so "Kawaii" or "Cute".


Picture BooksEdit

Tarepanda has been the main character in 4 japanese picture books, all made by Hikaru Suemasa.

Sticker BooksEdit


  • Tarepanda (Bandai Visual, VHS, 2000/7/25)
  • Tarepanda (Bandai Visual, DVD, 2000/8/25)


  • Tarepanda no Gunpei (Bandai, WonderSwan, December 9, 1999)
  • Taregoro: Tarepanda no Iru Nichijou (Bandai, PlayStation, August 31, 2000)


  • Tarepanda (Interchannel, 2001/6/29, typing-tutor software)
  • Tare Tsuzuri (Interchannel, 2001/11/22, card-creation software)
  • Tarepanda Toissho (Fortyfive, 1999/4/16, desktop accessories)
  • Tarepanda Toissho 2 (Fortyfive, 1999/8/10, desktop accessories)
  • Tarepanda Toissho 3 (Fortyfive, 2000/4/28, desktop accessories)
  • Tarepanda Toissho Tsume Awa Se (Fortyfive, 2002/2/8, desktop accessories)

Fun FactsEdit

  • Tarepanda is a character that moves by rolling over, with a record speed of 2.75 m/h
  • His favourite food is mochi, especially suama.