Even in summer, figure skating is popular in Japan.

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  1. Akira Andrea

    Akira Andrea New Member

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    This is an article in Mainichi Shimbun in Japan.
    Translation into English.
    Even in summer, figure skating is popular in Japan. Ice shows where top skaters in eligible are being crammed together continue to be a full house.
    May 22nd, 2010 JST

    By Tatsuya Haga
    Splendid Jumps and gorgeous costumes. “Ice show” where we can see at close range the performance of top players, such us Mao Asada (19, Chukyo University) and Daisuke Takahashi (24, Kansai Graduate School), are popular in Japan. April and May are at its peak, but it is held even in summer. It used to be the stage for show skaters who retired from eligible skaters, but now it is common for eligible skaters to participate there.
    What is the regulation in the world of ice show?

    After the aureate performance in "Prince Ice World" which was held in Yokohama in the early May, Takahashi got a shower of big cheer, while approaching at hand to the audience and waving his hand with a smile.
    As for the event for 5 days, Vancouver Olympics participation players, such as Asada, Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki (25, Howa Sport Land), Kozuka Takahiko (21, Toyota Motor), in addition to the one-time great players, such as Shizuka Arakawa (28) and Takeshi Honda (29), participated, too.

    As for the ice show which the eligible players show the performance except the competition, it is prosperous in North America. As for "Stars on ice" being the representative ice show, Scott Hamilton, the Sarajevo Olympics gold medalist in 1984, proposed it and it started in 1986. As for the Japan Tour, it is held every year from 2007, and as for "the Stars on Ice" in Tokyo in April 9th, 10th, 11th, the Yoyogi National Stadium was filled to the capacity as for about 10,000 seats.

    In others, the six ice shows are scheduled in July and August.

    In Japan, “the Prince Ice World” (hosted by Prince Hotel) which started in 1978 is a pioneer. It is from 10 years ago that the eligible players got to participate to it. Japan Skating Federation revised an athlete qualification regulation in December,1998. The Federation abolished the amateur regulation which prohibits the commercial activity of the player and if being the ice show which the Federation approves, the players got to be able to participate to the ice show and to receive the reward.

    Hirofumi IIda, the chief in charge in the marketing promoting section in "the Prince Hotel" hosting "Ice World", said, "Nowadays, many audience come to watch it, but it used not to be able to fill the seats even in the Japan Nationals. We also aim at that which the eligible players develop the courage for the competition in our show which is filled with audience".

    In the International Skating Union, there is a same regulation. We hear that the purpose which it have admitted that the players participate in the show is to prevent the player who won renown in Olympics etc retiring from the eligible players at once and leaving for the world of show.

    Yu-Na Kim (19, Korea) who won the championship in the Vancouver Olympics has not expressed yet whether she is going to continue the eligible players or not, but she participated in the ice show in Seoul, her home town, in the middle of April. She established the management company which her mother serves as the managing. And that company seems to host a show from now on, too.

    According to the JSF, the events which the JSF approved as the sponsorship in this one year are ten events in total. Junko Hisada, secretary-general said "We decides the advisability of the support, investigating the contents etc".
    The share of performer's fee is 80 percent to the sides of the player, 20 percent to the Federation side, as the principle. "As for a price, it can not express because there is a contract" (by Prince Hotel), but it seems to become expensive, as for the medalists from the foreign countries.

    "I am enjoying the ice show because, as for the competition, it is already in off-season", said Asada. The performance of the top skater who is skating in a relaxed mood while being released from the strong pressure of the competition, is the attractiveness of the ice show.


    The photo
    Photography: By Toyokazu Tsumura
    Mao Asada who shows the relaxed skating in an ice show.
    At “Stars on Ice” in April 9th, 2010.
    http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/general/general/news/images/20100523mog00m050002000p_size5.jpg

    The article:
    Even in summer, figure skating is popular in Japan. Ice shows where top skaters in eligible are being crammed together continue to be a full house.
    http://mainichi.jp/select/wadai/news/20100522dde001050039000c.html
     
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  2. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    Thank you once again for the translation, Akira!
     
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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  4. galaxy

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    Thanks for the link.
    I didn't know that Plushenko, Lambiel and Lepisto will join DOI.
    Wow!! :swoon:
    Happy for Hanyu too. He must be really excited about skating on the same ice with his idol (Plushenko).
     
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  5. Akira Andrea

    Akira Andrea New Member

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    supplementation:

    7/24-25 The Ice
    Mao Asada, Mai Asada, Akiko Suzuki, Mirai Nagasu, Kanako Murakami, Takahiko Kozuka, Meril Davis & Charie White and more
    at Morikoro Park Ice Rink in Aichi prefecture

    8/28-29 Friend on Ice
    Shizuka Arakawa, Takeshi Honda, Shae-Lyne Boune and more
    at Shinyokohama Skating Center in Yokohama
     
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  6. Sylvia

    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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  7. midori

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    From the end of June there are five shows in a row on every weekend somewhere in Japan, and four of them have Plushenko in the cast LOL
     
  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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  9. senorita

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    Is he immigrating there or what? :eek: