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Man, it's hot in India!

—Yousuke Sakakibara complains to his son about the weather in India.

Yōsuke Sakakibara
Kanji 榊原陽介
Romaji Sakakibara Yōsuke
Personal Information
Born 1947
Age 51
Gender Male
Height Unknown(175cm?)
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Occupation College Professor
Family Kōichi Sakakibara (Son)

Ritsuko Sakakibara (Wife) †
Reiko Mikami (Sister-in-law) †
Tamie Mikami (Mother-in-law)
Ryōhei Mikami (Father-in-law)

Vital Information
Affiliation Kōichi
Status Alive
First appearance
Manga Chapter 1
Anime "Rough Sketch" (Voice Only)
Voice Actors
Japanese Kitagawa Takurō
English Christopher Ayres

Yōsuke Sakakibara (榊原 洋介, Sakakibara Yōsuke) is Kōichi's widowed father. He is a college professor, and is away in India for the year for work. In the anime, his face is never revealed.


In the manga, he has black hair, as well as black eyes. He never directly appears in the anime or live-action film; he is heard on the phone in the former, and mentioned indirectly in the latter.


He seems to be a cheerful father, but also serious. He's also quite funny, even though Kōichi feels as though he is not a very ideal father.


Yōsuke is only ever heard over the phone, as he's away in India for work, which is what prompts Kōichi being sent to Yomiyama in the first place. Though he's often cheerful and flippant with his son, on some level Kōichi despises him, complaining to his aunt (and later Mei) about his lackluster parenting, which among other things, has led to Kōichi becoming a proficient chef. Reiko doesn't seem to like him very much, immediately assuming he wouldn't support Kōichi's plans to attend an art college after high school. Kōichi's grandmother later told him Reiko had offered to take him in if Yōsuke didn't shape up as a father.

Yōsuke, being in mainland Asia, isn't as strongly affected by the curse as those still in Japan, as he occasionally slips up and remembers Kōichi having been to Yomiyama before.


  • His first name, Yōsuke, means "daytime mediate".
  • His last name, Sakakibara, can be translated as the truth of the sacred Shinto tree field.
  • In the anime, he stated that, like his son, he also suffered pneumothorax when he was Kōichi's age. It stopped the second time his lung collapsed.