Japanese Figure Skating news - After Sochi

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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    galaxy, see post #57 (copied below) for a link to the separate Fantasy on Ice" shows thread in GSD - feel free to cross-post your info there. :).
    rosewood, many thanks for posting the Beppu show info here.
     
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  2. galaxy

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    Thank you, Sylvia. :)

    Re: Hanyu
    He is busy everyday. I hope he gets some rest.:(

    On the day rosewood posted in #54, he also visited his university Waseda and met with the president.
    http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2139832985340635101
    http://waseda-sports.jp/news/36138/
    http://wasedasports.com/news/20140424_13217/

    He also visited Tokyo main office of Yomiuri Shimbun, one of 3 major newspapers of Japan.
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/photograph/news/article.html?id=20140424-OYT1I50045
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/20140424-OYT1T50230.html

    Then he went to Haneda Airport to attend ANA's event and helped debut and introduce their new ca uniforms to the media. In one of the clips shows after he finished his role, he rushed to a car and jumped in to head for Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
    https://ja-jp.facebook.com/photo.php?v=653315688049012&set=vb.143718759008710&type=2&theater
    https://ja-jp.facebook.com/photo.php?v=653315688049012&set=vb.143718759008710&type=2&theater

    Yesterday he visited the prime minister's official residence with other Olympians.
    He also attended JSF's award and celebration event and received JOC Trophy = award for the best athlete of the year.
    http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/highlight/data/2014/04/25/33hanyu/
     
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  3. rosewood

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    Another show news. :eek: It's a show dedicated to Hanyu's OGM.

    Together on Ice http://skate-sendai.com/

    date/city
    June 13,14/Sendai

    cast:
    Yuzuru Hanyu
    Takeshi Honda
    Yamato Tamura
    Javier Fernandez
    Tomas Verner
    Skaters from Ice Rink Sendai

    musicians:
    Monkey Majik
    Rake
    Pandalion
    Breathe

    Congrats to Hanyu to have his own show! Also yey! for older skaters from Sendai, Takeshi and Yamato :cheer:
     
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  4. turquoiseblue

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    It is Yamato, not Taketo.
     
  5. rosewood

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    Right now, Hanyu is appearing in the victory parade in his hometown Sendai.
    It's spectacular to see over 100,000 people on the road.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmH3w2_CUAE0Nnt.jpg
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmHyX6-CUAETQmm.jpg

    I'm sure his victory encouraged/inspired people there including the Great Earthquakes and Tsunami victims. :respec: :cheer:

    And yes, galaxy, hope he'll take a rest after these official evens finished.

    ETA:
    Thanks. I mixed up with his name and Takeshi's. I fixed my post.
     
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  6. ks1227

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    I would expect that to change after this season, no? He's never really been this successful before now.
     
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    I would have expected that to change during this season, especially with Kozuka hit or miss since 2011 and Takahashi getting older and suffering injuries. I hope he gets multiple offers, since no one snatched him up right after Saitama.
     
  8. rosewood

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    http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20140428k0000e040127000c.html
    (my rough translation)

    It was announced Yuzuru Hanyu(19) who won the gold medal at Sochi Olympic was awarded Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon as of April the 28th. "My understanding is people who dedicated to not only sports but overall development of our country are awarded this medal. I feel highly honored to it so I'll try my best aiming at piling up good results," said Hanyu. The first Japanese male figure skater who won OGM is template and facing his future as a skater.

    He was born in Sendai city and started skating at the age of 4. His hometown was affected by the East Japan Great Eathquakes and Tsunami on March 11th, 2011. He lost his base rink and also experienced staying at shelters. However, the days of struggles strengthened his body and soul.

    About 9,200 people came and see his victory parade in Sendai city on April 26th. "I wish we can remind people of the current situation of our town and also Fukushima by doing our bests." He keeps improving just as if his skating overlaps his thoughts on repose of souls.



    Copying from my post on 'Despite success, Yuzuru Hanyu says there is room for improvement' thread on GSD.
     
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  10. NMURA

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    Japanese Teams 2014-2015 (unofficial)

    "Special" Athletes

    Yuzuru Hanyu
    Tatsuki Machida
    Takahiko Kozuka
    Takahito Mura

    Mao Asada
    Kanako Murakami
    Satoko Miyahara

    Narumi Takahashi/Ryuichi Kihara
    Cathy Reed/Chris Reed

    A Athletes

    Keiji Tanaka
    Shoma Uno
    Ryuju Hino

    Haruka Imai
    Rika Hongo
    Mariko Kihara
    Mai Mihara
    Yura Matsuda

    Emi Hirai/ M. de la Asuncion

    B Athletes

    Daisuke Murakami
    Yoji Tsuboi
    Sota Yamamoto
    Taichi Honda
    Kazuki Tomono
    Sei Kawahara
    Shu Nakamura

    Miyabi Oba
    Miyu Nakashio
    Riona Kato
    Kaori Sakamoto
    Wakaba Higuchi
    Marin Honda

    Sumire Suto/Konstantin Chizhikov
    Ami Koga/Francis Boudreau-Audet

    Daisuke Takahashi has disappeared.
    There will be some additions (JGP skaters) in summer.
     
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    So glad to see continued indications that Mao will be continuing to compete next season
     
  13. Meoima

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    But with the new scoring rules, I am afraid her scores will be much much lower.
     
  14. rosewood

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    That list means almost nothing if you talk about Mao. She hasn't decided yet so she's not out of it.
     
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    Sylvia, is that you who wanted to know about Kento Nakamura's retirement? This is his last skating as a competitive skater at 'Four University Competition'. Nice to see a big smile from him at the very end of his career. Also it's nice to see him supported by many friends and fans there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtQijlNZY-8
     
  17. Sylvia

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    ^^^ Yes, thank you very much for Nakamura's video (FS to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5), rosewood! It was great to see how loudly people were cheering for him, before and after his skate, and his big smile afterwards! :)

    Nakamura tweeted this message and group photo on May 4:
    We had this exchange in the Retirements thread on April 4:
     
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  18. rosewood

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    ^Ah, thanx, it reminded me of the thread. I'm glad you enjoyed the vid. :)

    (my rough translation)
    My life of 16 years as a skater has finished. This competition will stay in my mind forever as the best stage of my retirement. Thank you very much for your support, everyone! I'm very grateful to my family, coaches, friends and fans who supported me till today! Thank you, figure skating!

    In the photo they(maybe they're Rikkyo Univ students) have a banner and it says "THANK YOU very much for your wonderful skating, Kento-kun!" It's nice to see them all, very heart-warming.
     
  19. skateboy

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    Thanks for posting the video and information, rosewood.

    I'll miss Kento.
     
  20. Dr.Siouxs

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    Noooooooooo :(
     
  21. rosewood

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    I think Bolshoi on Ice in S Korea had its own thread in GSD a couple of seasons ago but there isn't this year, so I post this info here. Now Bolshoi on Ice is held and Miki skated in it. In the first act they had 'Frozen' and other performances. In the second act guest skaters including Miki, Kavaguti/ Smirnov, Leonova skated. Miki skated Ave Maria which is her new number. Radionova is going to participate in this show later.

    There are many photos here.
    http://sports.media.daum.net/sports/photocenter/gallery/?gid=114611#20140509205806485

    Glimpse of the show.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtOXvfwqheU

    Wish the best for Kavaguti/Smirnov. :cheer:
     
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    Happy birthday to rosewood, our hero!
     
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  23. NMURA

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    ^Thank you for the link. It's a little earlier than I expected; I thought he could work on his new programs with the choreographers after ISU congress finished, and also Shae-Lynn Bourne said in S Korea that she'll choreograph his and Wagner's long programs in two month when she skated in Kim's show(May 4-6). BTW she also said that she'll work as a choreographer for Arakawa's show 'Friend on Ice' in July.http://xportsnews.hankyung.com/?ac=article_view&entry_id=445874
    However someone posted on twitter that in PIW show last week Hanyu said to one of his fans something like he had not informed of the things Shae-Lynn Bourne said in S Korea. So I wonder if Ashley may work on her new program with Boune earlier than Bourne mentioned as well.

    As for this article I have to say it's kind of exaggerating one. As NMURA mentioned in his/her post, Hanyu said in interviews he was working on 4Lo(and he nailed one in the finale of the one of the shows in this spring) but he did not have a plan to include 4Lo in the programs for next season. He said he'll talk with his team in Canada, his team will more focus on building up good programs than on challenging more difficult elements.

    (my rough translation)
    Hanyu will aim at four different quad jumps! He left for Canad where he trains.

    On May 14th men's figure skating gold medalist in Sochi Olympics Yuzuru Hanyu(19, ANA) left Narita airport for Toronto, Canada where he trains under Brian Orser(52). As an Olympic champion he's going to work on his new season's programs with choreographers.

    After skating in ice show in Aomori prefecture, which was held till May 11th, he took a two days rest at his house in Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture. He made a new start after the very shot break. As he said earlier he's "willing to do various different jumps in the future" aiming at "challenging and improving", he may try four different quad jumps. Adding to 4T and 4S which he did in Olympics he'll aim at acquiring 4Lo and 4Lz.

    In the next season new rules allow skaters to skate to vocal musics. Also there are new rules which reduce base value of the jump to 70% if the skater was given an edge violation call. We can expect a new program from him, which has vocals and four different quad jumps. He'll stay in Toronto for a few weeks and then come back to Japan in the beginning of June to skate in ice shows across this country.

    Thanks for a sweet message! I'm happy if you enjoyed my posts on FSU. :)
     
  25. 96horseluvr

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    You're May 16th as well? Happy birthday twin!
     
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  26. rosewood

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    And you too, 96horseluvr! :)

    ETA:
    Adding some news of Japanese skaters. ;) Kansai University is going to held exhibitions for Daisuke Takahashi, Nobunari Oda, and Tatsuki Machida. It'll exhibit their medals, costumes etc. Happy to see they're receiving love from their University. http://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/nenshi/news/detail.php?cd=94

    And one more. I'm not sure this is Japanese news or Russian one ;) but Anna Pogorilaya is going to appear in Japanese TV entertainment show today. The TV program is very popular one in Japan. Shizuka Arakawa, Sasha Cohen and Caroline Zhang appeared on the program in the past and they showed their super flexibility. I'm looking forward to seeing Anna too. It seems Japanese TV stations are interested in Russian ladies skaters as well as their figure skating schools. I saw Miyu Honda visited Russia and reported about her peers in a figure skating school.
    The official site of the TV program in which Anna is going to appear. http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kanjani-shiwake/

    I translated an article about Machida and posted it on a new Machida thread I started in TC. If you are interested, visit there and read it. Since it is off season, I'd like to take time to post information about less popular Japanese skaters. I'll post the translations of articles about Machida there from time to time.(Sorry to call him less popular but he's less popular comparing to some big names like Daisuke, Yuzuru, or Nobu among Japanese current or newly retired male skaters.)
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?92364-The-Tatsuki-Machida-thread
     
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    Aww. I'm sad not to see Mao this season. But I understand that she would want a break now.
     
  30. rosewood

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