Yakkun Sakurazuka

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Yakkun Sakurazuka
桜塚 やっくん
Sakurazuka Yakkun, Japanese comedian.jpg
Yakkun Sakurazuka as "Sukeban Kyoko" in April 2007
Born
Yasuo Saitō

(1976-09-24)September 24, 1976
DiedOctober 5, 2013(2013-10-05) (aged 37)
Cause of deathRoad accident
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • singer
  • voice actor
Years active1999–2013
Known for
  • Sukeban Kyoko

Yasuo Saitō (斎藤 恭央, Saitō Yasuo, September 24, 1976 – October 5, 2013), also known by the stage name Yakkun Sakurazuka (桜塚 やっくん, Sakurazuka Yakkun), was a Japanese comedian, singer, and voice actor.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitō first started in the entertainment business for a few years during his high school years as a member of the Johnny's company, although it reportedly went nowhere, and he departed from the label in order to attend a university. In 1999, at the age of 23, Saitō formed a comedy duo called Abare Nunchaku with fellow up-and-coming comedian Kosuke Takeuchi. This marked his official debut in the Japanese mainstream as Abare Nunchaku had some success until disintegrating in 2005.[citation needed]

Following the disbandment of Abare Nunchaku, Saitō went on to make his singing debut in 2006 on the television show Quiz $ Millionaire. He advanced to the top prize question, but answered wrong, missing out on ¥10,000,000 but still winning ¥1,000,000.[citation needed] He subsequently released six singles, including "Geki Maji Mukatsuku", "1000% So Zakune", and "ChristMaster".[needs update] He later would perform under the aliases of Hiromi Ueda and, most famously, Yakkun Sakurazuka.

Saitō was also known as Sukeban Kyoko—a persona characterized as a delinquent schoolgirl always seen carrying a shinai bamboo sword.[2] He appeared in the TV comedy show Enta no Kami-sama, a comedy show.[1]

In 2010, Saitō launched a band in which the members all cross-dressed.[2]

Death[edit]

Saitō died after being involved in a traffic accident on October 5, 2013, aged 37, on the Chugoku Expressway in Mine, Yamaguchi, while en route to a concert in Kumamoto Prefecture. He was hit by another car and killed when exiting his car after a slight collision.[2]

Notable voice roles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 桜塚やっくん個人事務所設立「一念発起」 (in Japanese). Sanspo.com. 18 October 2010. Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Comedian Yakkun killed on highway". The Japan Times. Japan: The Japan Times Limited. 7 October 2013. p. 2. Retrieved 7 October 2013.

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