Japanese Figure Skating news - After Sochi

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  1. 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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    ^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. :)
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    You're May 16th as well? Happy birthday twin!
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  6. 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.
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    So the Reeds have moved to Zueva permanently now? Or is it just a summer thing?
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    I think it's permanent move.
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    ^My interpretation of the blog entry is that Marina will be the Reeds new coach. If true very good move for them
  14. Sylvia

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    Re-posting this interesting info from the Mao Asada thread in GSD (thanks, rosewood! :)):
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    The entertainment show was aired a couple days ago in Japan. But I can't find any good video on youtube :wall: I found only this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tBtUAAqorM

    Miki posted some great photos on her instagram. http://instagram.com/p/odJHrhl_Kq/
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    Miki on top of the world!
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    Re-posting here:
    Does anyone know what Kana's and Hiro's last names are?
    Their photo from March: http://ow.ly/i/4QLU7

    ETA all the dance teams that competed nationally in 2013-14:

    Senior:
    1 Cathy REED / Chris Reed KINOSHITA CLUB
    2 Emi HIRAI / Marien De La Asuncion OSAKA SKATING CLUB
    3 Shizuru AGATA naniwa senior high school / Kentaro SUZUKI Meiji Univ
    4 Chinatsu NAKAZAWA / Kokoro MIZUTANI Shinyokohama prince club

    Nov. 22-24, 2013 (Aichi)
    Junior Ice Dance
    1 Shizuru AGATA naniwa senior high school / Kentaro SUZUKI
    2 Kumiko MAEDA / Aru TATENO

    Oct. 25-27, 2013 (Ibaraki) National Novice Championships
    Novice Ice Dance - Final Results
    1. Kumiko MAEDA / Aru TATENO
    2. Mina MIZUKI Orion FSC / Junya WATANABE naniwa senior high school
    3. Kiria HIRAYAMA / Kazuki KUSHIDA
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    Wow does that mean Japan can use all of their NHK spots when this team goes senior?

    Maybe Kamei Royals will create rolls in their honor.
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    They are Kana Muramoto and Hirokazu Noguchi.
    Muramoto was converted from singles and Noguchi's former partner is Nana Sugiki.

    Also there's a new junior pair team of Miu Suzaki and Kaishu Yoshida (coached by Utako Wakamatsu). I don't know if they can make JGP debut though.
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    Oops, I meant Kana & Hiro (I transposed their first letters of their first names in my earlier post). Thanks! I remember Kana Muramoto and I'm glad to hear she is trying ice dancing - link to her ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010982.htm
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    Shae-Lynn seems to be well employed. :bribe:
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    According to an interview posted on her official? fan blog Kana Muramoto is happy to start her career as an ice dancer. She aims at making a S Korean Olympic team. (Sorry in Japanese http://satsuki-kana.jugem.jp/?eid=470) Her newly partner is Hirokazu Noguchi. Hirokazu Noguchi and Nana Sugiki split. Sugiki/Noguchi skated in Junior Nationals in 2012 but not in 2013. Here's the result. (English: http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2012-2013/fs_e/national_jr/index.htm) Article on Absolute Skating. http://www.absoluteskating.com/index.php?cat=reports&id=2012japanjuniornationals

    BTW I loved her sister Satsuki Muramoto's skating too but it's a shame she retired a couple of years ago. And she's working as a coach in Thailand. It's nice to see that she's enjoying coaching kids there. Muramoto sisters seem brave enough to start something new.:)
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    I am very happy to hear that Bourne and not Wilson did Hanyu's FS choreography this time. She seems to be quite creative and has made a number of stylish, interesting programs.
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    Why does she aim at making a S Korean team when both seem Japanese and Japan does not have that many ice dancers?:confused:
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    I was confused when I first read that, too, before I realized rosewood meant 2018 Olympic team going to Korea. :)

    Thanks for the additional info, rosewood! It's great to hear that Muramoto/Noguchi will continue to train with coaches Wing and Lowe in Vancouver.

    From an Italian article posted in late April in the Italian dance news thread:
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    Ah, that makes more sense. Thanks!
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    Sorry! It was my tipo. I meant 'make a S Korea Olympic team', not S Korean. Thanks Sylvia.
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    Hanyu is in Japan now to perform in FaOI Makuhari this weekend. He'll be doing shows every weekend from now to mid July. He attended JOC ceremony this afternoon and was awarded JOC Sports Award. He was honored as the most excellent athlete of the year.

    http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2038293/full/
    http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/photo/2038293/2/
    http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/photo/2038293/4/
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/images/news/140606/oth14060619330019-p1.jpg
    Videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAKxA4lSOv0#t=10
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20140606/k10015038771000.html
    He said, "I feel really honored. I want to work harder, want to persue my skating so I can receive this award again this year." (summary)
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    Miki Ando is gonna make her debut on a TV series. :D It's a comedy drama and Miki plays a supporting role as a clerical staff.
    Article: http://mainichi.jp/mantan/news/20140606dyo00m200023000c.html
    Photo: http://mainichi.jp/graph/2014/06/06/20140606dyo00m200023000c/001.html

    Note: She appeared on a figure skating movie a few years ago(she played a very minor role as a coach) along with Midori, Fumie, Shizuka and Minoru Sano. http://videotopics.yahoo.co.jp/videolist/official/movie/p68ba197ca166b38821e7b874a95c54e2
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    Japanese Team 2014-2015 season (official)
    http://skatingjapan.or.jp/image_data/fck/file/2014/26Figure_kyouka.pdf

    "Special" Athletes

    Yuzuru Hanyu
    Tatsuki Machida
    Takahiko Kozuka
    Takahito Mura

    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/ Marien de la Asuncion

    B Athletes

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

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

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


    This year's nationals will be held in Nagano (December 25-29).
    Good to see it's not in Nagoya.
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    So weird to not have Mao competing on the GP this year...first time since she turned senior (nearly 10 years!).

    I'm glad Kanako isn't retiring. For a while there I was wondering if she would. I don't know if she'll stick around the entire quad but I'm glad she's staying in at least one more year.
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    I've copied NMURA's national team post above and started a new thread for Japan competition news in 2014-15: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?92535-Japan-s-2014-15-National-Team-news-updates

    Next show in Japan:
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    ^ Javier Fernandez and Tomas Verner are also part of the cast as guest skaters. Miki Ando is as well, but she's going to skate on the second day only :)
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    ^It seems Plushenko is also added to the cast. See the word "Oita" on the dish.(Beppu is in Oita) :lol:
    http://instagram.com/p/pbfkCXmyy3/

    Another his news in Japan. :)
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  37. rosewood

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    Tatsuki Machida was invited to a pro-baseball game between his hometown(Hiroshima where he grew up) team and another one. He was invited as a guest commentator on a local broadcast. This is a hearsay but I heard that during the broadcast he said he wants to participate in the next Olympics if any chance. I'm so glad that he's willing to continue competing after the next season. :cheer: I assume one of the reasons is that his financial situation is getting better. He's invited to many shows after Worlds and now he's even invited to events out of figure skating, such as this pro-baseball game and a pro-football match(He's invited to a match as a guest in July. They'll have Machida's small talk show before the match and also he'll participate in the 'kick-in' ceremony. Also the organizer announced they sell a hundred 'Machida seats' for his fans. http://www.sanfrecce.co.jp/news/release/?n=7153 ). Good for him.
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    This is awesome news and really made my day, he has been such a joy to follow the last couple of seasons. I couldn't believe when i found out he didn't have any endorsements/appearances in shows. It really makes me sad when skaters decide to leave their skating career, because they can't afford it. hope the extra competitive years will help him get much financial support and success.