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mikeko
05-11-2012, 01:54 PM
Is it just me or is Suzuki not as popular as the other Japanese skaters? I don't see her featuring in a lot of ice shows at all compared to Asada, Ando or even Murakami, even though she medalled at Worlds and won the WTT for the ladies.

Suzuki has been performing at Price Ice World since April 28th, and May 13th is her last show. It's just that she was not picked up in TV news. She will be in the US to make new programs for next season later this month. She is scheduled to perform at Dreams on Ice in mid June. Although there is no announcement yet, it's likely that she will be in Arakawa's Friends on Ice. I remember she was in Fantasies on Ice last year.

I don't know if she's really not as popular as Asada, Ando or Murakami among Japanese skating fans. Japanese major media organizations still mostly ignore her even after she won a World Bronze as if they are determined. She is more appreciated overseas than in Japan.

NMURA
05-11-2012, 05:14 PM
Probably this poll shows who is popular in Japan.

http://polls.dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/quiz/quizresults.php?poll_id=7703&wv=1&typeFlag=2

mikeko
05-11-2012, 06:06 PM
Probably this poll shows who is popular in Japan.

http://polls.dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/quiz/quizresults.php?poll_id=7703&wv=1&typeFlag=2

The poll was closed March 28, before the Worlds.

Yahoo! Japan is one of the media organizations determined to ignore Suzuki. It has Asada, Ando, Takahashi, Kozuka, Murakami, and Hanyu's page respectively in the news section, buy not Suzuki's even after she won Bronze.

ioana
05-11-2012, 06:24 PM
Yahoo! Japan is one of the media organizations determined to ignore Suzuki. It has Asada, Ando, Takahashi, Kozuka, Murakami, and Hanyu's page respectively in the news section, buy not Suzuki's even after she won Bronze.

Eejits :shuffle:

pinky166
05-11-2012, 06:39 PM
Akiko is probably popular in Japan but from what I hear Mao, Miki, and Daisuke are like superstars there, and probably now Kanako and Yuzuru as well, so idk if it's that big of a deal, at least for the first three, they've been at the top of the sport for a long time, which isn't true for Akiko.

lily
05-11-2012, 06:49 PM
Is Mao's rating still high after this year's results?

pinky166
05-11-2012, 07:17 PM
Is Mao's rating still high after this year's results?

Yes. She's been around for so long, she's beloved in Japan, and she's pretty and sweet. All good for advertisements.

lily
05-11-2012, 07:41 PM
Yes. She's been around for so long, she's beloved in Japan, and she's pretty and sweet. All good for advertisements.

That's good to know :)

DimaToe
05-12-2012, 04:54 AM
Akiko is probably popular in Japan but from what I hear Mao, Miki, and Daisuke are like superstars there, and probably now Kanako and Yuzuru as well, so idk if it's that big of a deal, at least for the first three, they've been at the top of the sport for a long time, which isn't true for Akiko.

I remember her saying somewhere (don't have a link) that she actually didn't mind, and preferred not being as popular as Mao and Miki.

mikeko
05-12-2012, 07:27 AM
I remember her saying somewhere (don't have a link) that she actually didn't mind, and preferred not being as popular as Mao and Miki.

http://www.goldenskate.com/2010/04/the-exception-to-the-rule/

Do you mean this article?

Ando has been a popular subject for Japanese tabloids especially for her relationship with men (e.g. Morozov), and Asada seems to have little privacy either. I don't think Suzuki envies them at least in that aspect.

YukiNieve
05-12-2012, 03:32 PM
PIW in Toyohashi is taking place this weekend.

Akiko Suzuki is featured in this article.
She skated to Libertango.

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/article/2012051290154351.html

Sylvia
05-12-2012, 03:52 PM
More Akiko Suzuki news...
Her latest blog, titled "Big Surprise," mentions a reception last week held in her honor by her co-workers (what kind of company does she work at?) with a surprise guest appearance: http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-11244954421.html
Related news video (Japanese TV): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNCY2qJsyI8

Cute video interview with Akiko Suzuki & Yuzuru Hanyu at World Team Trophy on ISU Figure Skating's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=417576271600653

YukiNieve
05-13-2012, 07:51 PM
A news clip about PIW in Toyohashi, showing a part of Sweat (Daisuke's new exhibition program) and others.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8aCrW7ZgtY

Sylvia
05-16-2012, 09:02 PM
Detroit Skating Club ( ‏@dscclub ) tweeted today:

Currently, three of the top four Japanese ladies, Akiko Suzuki, Kanako Murakami, and Haruka Imai, are training here at DSC.

Top Japanese Mens skater Takahiko Kozuka (2012 World competitor ranked 2nd in Japan) is also here at DSC working with Yuka Sato.

ETA link to a May 16th Japan Times article thread started in GSD about Akiko Suzuki: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=83660

YukiNieve
05-21-2012, 07:17 AM
The PIW show in Toyohashi was aired on TV today.

Daisuke's Mambo Medley:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGuJo9bg14&feature=player_embedded

Daisuke's Sweat (new exhibition program)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO1sGITVVvM

:rollin: