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
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Died October 5, 2013(2013-10-05) (aged 37)
Mine, Yamaguchi, Japan
Cause of death Road accident
  • Comedian
  • singer
  • voice actor
Years active 2006–2013
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]


Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, he made his singing debut in 2006, and subsequently released six singles, including "Geki Maji Mukatsuku", "1000% So Zakune", and "ChristMaster".[needs update]

Before he officially changed his name, he was in a comedic duo with Kōsuke Takeuchi; their skit was called "Abare Nanchaku" (Raging Nunchucks).

He 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, he launched a band, in which the members all cross-dressed.[2]


Saito 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]


  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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