Yakkun Sakurazuka

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Yakkun Sakurazuka
Sakurazuka Yakkun, Japanese comedian.jpg
Yakkun Sakurazuka as "Sukeban Kyoko" in April 2007
Native name 桜塚 やっくん
Born Yasuo Saitō
(1976-09-24)September 24, 1976
Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
Died October 5, 2013(2013-10-05) (aged 37)
Mine, Yamaguchi, Japan
Cause of death Road accident
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • singer
  • voice actor
Years active 1999–2013
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.

Following the disbandment of Abare Nunchaku, Saitō went on to make his singing debut in 2006 the television of Who Wants to be a Millionaire was host Monta Mino given by the fastest finger first and during the question 15 wrong and lose ¥10,000,000 and total prize money with ¥1,000,000 the prize and then go home with grand prize, and 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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