Sanpei Hayashiya, Sachiko Kokubu engaged

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2011-01-24 - Rakugo artist Sanpei Hayashiya (40) and actress Sachiko Kokubu (34) have both announced that they are engaged to each other. They plan to hold a press conference with more details on Sunday.

Hayashiya, whose real name is Daisuke Ebina, succeeded the Sanpei Hayashiya name in 2009. In addition to rakugo, he is also active as an actor, currently appearing as the character Hachibee in the drama series "Mitokomon."

Kokubu started her career as a model and soon transitioned to acting. She has appeared in several films and dozens of television dramas. She had a guest role in an episode of "Mitokomon" that just aired on January 17, in which she played a painter whom Hachibee fell in love with at first sight.

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