September 11 - Added official TBS page for Sasuke 23 Confirmed the All-Stars (minus Bunpei) and Yuuji as a shoe salesman.. Added All-Star photo and added Ube's blog contributions).
September 13 - Added another name Ube found.
September 14 - Added more from Ube.
September 16 - Added more from Ube.
September 17 - Added information on Sasuke Navi time as confirmed by Monster 9
September 18 - Added more information found on Japanese blogs
September 19 - Added more from Ube.
September 21 - Added more information from Sasuke Maniac Forums
September 24 - Added more information from Sasuke Maniac Forums
Sasuke 23 is right around the corner! It's just over TWO WEEKS AWAY! Just like last year.. I've been chanting this song LOL. Looks like there will be a bunch of us in the Sasuke Maniac forums waking up at early morning (6:00 AM Eastern time) on Sunday, September 27th to watch Sasuke 23 air live (****please see the post I created for viewing options****).
Showtime is 3 hours and 54 minutes!
Station: TBS (Japan)
(6 AM Eastern Time) (Sunday morning)
(3 AM Pacific Time) (Sunday early morning)
(2 pm Local time - 2:54 pm) - Showtime 54 minutes!
Station: TBS (Japan)
(2 PM Japan Standard Time) (Sunday afternoon)
(1 AM Eastern Time) (Sunday morning)
(10 PM Pacific Time) (Saturday evening)
- Allstars - Makoto Nagano 長野誠 / Toshihiro Takeda 竹田敏浩 / Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 / Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 (confirmed from published media advertisements)
- Kazuhiko Akiyama 秋山 和彦 (confirmed by TBS)
- Bunpei Shiratori 白鳥文平 (we are not sure about whether or not he is coming at this time - unfortunately it doesn't look good so far)
- Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 - Shoe salesman (UNCLI #3) who qualified for Sasuke 21 via BUG-IN-MIKI win against the All-Stars. He re-qualified through Sasuke Trials Spring/2009 and made it to the final stage in Sasuke 22 (he is also featured in this official Sasuke 23 poster).
- Taiwan's Lee Yen Chi リー・エンチ (Stage 3 competitor in Sasuke 23)
- American Ninja Warrior (previous American Ninja Challenge (ANC) so this would techincally be ANC5)/G4: 10 ANW winners (names are being withheld because ANW is airing in the USA in December, 2009 (yes.. you read right.. 3 months after we find out who they are in 2 weeks during the official TBS broadcast.. yeah.. retarded.. I'm digressing aren't I?). G4 will be sending 2 hosts that are not competing. They are Alison Haislip and Blair Herter.
- Jewelry designer Ryk Maverick is in Japan for SASUKE.
- Sasuke Trials Fall/2009 - We hear there are 6 winners that survived the event this year.
- Ryouma Katou 加藤僚馬 - One of the 6 from Trials to survive
- Itou Yoshiki 伊藤圭槻, 17, of Noboeka City 延岡市. The winner of the Miyazaki Beach Sports Number One competition.
- "Crazy Wolf" Go Yokoyama - K- Fighter from Kobe, Japan
- Tetsuro Degawa 出川哲朗 - Comedian (also from Sasuke 19) - Confirmed by his agency (thanks Ube)
- Katsuhide Torisawa 鳥澤克秀 - Fruit Crushing Guy (Sasuke 20 and Sasuke 21) - Confirmed by his blog
- Eiko Kano 狩野英孝 - Comedian
- Yuti ゆってぃ - Comedian
- Beauty Kokubu ビューティーこくぶ - (Google Translation says "Imitation") ものまね Specialist
- Kohei Satomi 里見恒平 - Football player. He's been on Sportsman No. 1 more than a few times.
- Nanami Tsukamoto 塚本奈々美 - Model/Race queen
- Ayumu Kato 加藤 歩 from Zambugle ザブングル (Sasuke 22)
- Kazuhiro Fujiwara 藤原一裕 of comedy duo License ライセンス
- Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 (who made it to the Spider Flip in Sasuke 22)
- Wakky ワッキー - Comedian and former Sportsman #1 Winner
- Takeshi Nadagi なだぎ武 - Comedian
- Hoshan ほっしゃん - Comedian
- Someone from the comedy duo Savanna サバンナ
- Takashi Fukunishi 福西崇史 - Former Japan National Team soccer player
- Genki Sudo 須藤元気 - Former MMA fighter
- Leszek Blanik of Poland レゼク・ブラニク - (Ube's notes: The magazine also mentions a 北京五輪体操跳馬金メダリスト - the gold medal winner in the vault at the Beijing Olympics. Since I'm pretty sure that the woman's winner probably won't show up since she's from North Korea, I'm assuming that they mean Leszak Blanik)
- Fukutaro Umemoto 梅本福太郎- A graduate of Nippon Bunri University 日本文理大学
- Momoko Tani 谷桃子 - Idol/Talento
- Akira Omori (大森晃) - Comedian Monkikki or Monkickey (モンキッキー) (or "Monkey"), is coming back to compete after a 16 tourney absence (according to his agency schedule) - Sasuke 1-7 and 3-time Finalist. (Thanks scnoi!!)
- Junichi Miyashita 宮下 純一 - Olympic Bronze medal Swimmer (Sasuke 22) (Ube says Some TV sites have him listed)
- Tomoki Kitagawa 北川智規 - Rugby player (Sasuke 22) and placed 4th in the 2009 Sportsman No. 1. (Ube says Some TV sites have him listed)
- Yuji ユージ - Talento and model
- Jordan Jovtchev - Bulgarian 5 Time Olympian and previous Sasuke competitor (Finalist in Sasuke 8 and lastly competed in Sasuke 20).
- According to Kazuha Sakiyama 崎山一葉 boy band Shinsengumi Rien 新撰組リアン were at the taping but I have no idea how many of them participated.
POSSIBLE but not confirmed - Expected/Regulars/Rumored
- Dynamic Trio of Death!! Hang Glider - Masami Harashima 原島雅美 , Creepy Model Maker Guy - Yasuo Aoki 青木保夫 and Mr. Octopus (Tako Man) - Minoru Kuramochi 倉持稔
- Nomura Masaki 野村将希 - Actor
- Ishimaru Kenjiro 石丸謙二郎
- Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 (Kongo Express)
- Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行 (Stage 3 competitor in Sasuke 22)
- Tomohiro Matsunaga 松永共広 - Japan's Silver Medalist in men's wrestling at the Beijing Olympics (also competed in Sportsman #1) (Stage 2 competitor in Sasuke 21 and Stage 1 competitor in Sasuke 22)
Not Returning/Improbable Returns
- Shunsuke Nagasaki 長崎 峻侑 - Trampolinist - (Last Sasuke was Sasuke 19) He is competing the World Cup in Germany this same weekend (The same weekend Sasuke 23 tapes) - as of now it is unknown if his younger brother Takamasa will be coming. His last Sasuke was Sasuke 20
- Paul ANTHONY Terek - Olympic Decathlete
- Daisuke Miyazaki 宮﨑大輔 (and most likely his previous handball teammates Iwanaga Sho 岩永生 and Masakatsu Izuma 猪妻正活) Daisuke has signed on with a new handball team in Spain. He has games this same weekend in Spain and it is very unlikely he will take off for Sasuke. Not confirmed but it's a safe bet he may not be able to participate.
"Sasuke Emotions" - ©Arsenette