Famous People in Japan

Shofukutei Tsurube

Date of Birth 23 December 1951
Place of Birth 23 December 1951

There are a lot of comic storytellers in Japan, but Shofukutei Tsurube is more interesting than any other comic storyteller in Japan.

When Shofukutei Tsurube whose real name was Suruga Manabu was a student in Naniwa High school, he always played a lot of tricks on his teacher. For example, while his teacher was writing words on blackboard, he directed his classmates turn their backs to him. Since he was popular with his classmates, his friends advised him to become a comic storyteller. However, he decided to enter Kyoto Sangyo University, because his father did not want him to become one, so he made the comic storyteller club which was named the Rakugonagaya in that university.

In 1972, when he was 21 years old, he became the pupil of Shofukutei Shokaku without consultation with his father, but his father said nothing, because he thought he should do as he liked. Then, Shokaku gave him the name of Tsurube.A few years later, A story saying that he had stuffed the nose of Shokaku's myna with chopsticks when he was the his pupil became famous. Therefore, he then became a famous storyteller, known for his strange voice and Afro hair style.

At present, Shofukutei Tsurube plays a central role as a TV talent, but he does not forget that he is a comic storyteller.

References: Gendai-geinojinmeijiten, Sanseido, 1995

Reported by: Yoneda Makoto
Data verified by: Tsuchida Kenji
Date of Report: July 1996

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