Where are they Now? Nasubi edition

A commenter asked us whatever happened to Nasubi, the aspiring comedian who allowed Japanese TV to kidnap him and force him to survive by entering sweepstakes in 1998.

Well, as usual, Wikipedia has the answer (paraphrased):

Nasubi’s feature is, as noted by his stage name (Nasubi means “eggplant” in Japanese), his 30cm-long face. He has sought a dramatic acting career since he started, and is currently active mostly in stage productions. In 2002 he founded the “Eggplant Way” and serves as its chief.

Recently most of his television appearances have been on local programs in his native Fukushima, but in 2005 he appeared in national TV dramas “Train Man” and “Trick New Special.”

Looks like he survived his near-starvation experience to go on to moderate success as an actor. Good for him! Check Nasubi’s official website (Japanese only) for appearances. He also keeps a pretty regular diary (latest entry):

So, so strong!!

The World Baseball Classic semifinals… The overall game made me numb, but the third time’s the charm! This game showed us Japan’s sticktuitiveness? or its latent energy, it was 110% worth seeing (*^_^*)

Both teams…had very fine plays, also plays where they had to make up for mistakes, and I got the deep impression that we can be proud of Asia’s high level of baseball throughout the world!!

But truthfully? Don’t you feel kind of bad for Korea?

3/19/2006 (Sunday)

Umm, not really! I was just watching Japan trounce Cuba in the finals (right now it’s 6-3 in the bottom of the 8th). Once, when Ichiro was running home, he actually stopped the 3rd baseman from throwing home by intentionally blocking his line of vision. That’s some superhero shit, my man.

3 thoughts on “Where are they Now? Nasubi edition”

  1. Sweet post! I remember the Dempa Shonen episode where he won an live octopus! And who can forget those itchy wool pants?! Such a great show. I feel honored to have acutally seen the final episode as it aired live on Japanese TV. (Though I feel kind of sorry for the poor bastards who were trying to start businesses with homeless guys as a part of the program. (Yarase or not).

  2. But truthfully? Don’t you feel kind of bad for Korea?

    You may not feel bad, but I think it’s rather charming that he said that. I wish the Korean media would focus more on things like this rather than re-hashing where Ichiro trash-talks the other Asian teams. (Well, actually, some do.)

    Anyway, I’m glad I don’t have a 30-cm-long face.

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