Japanese skater/skating news & updates

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  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Here's a list of all the GP assignments for the Japanese skaters as of June 3, 2013:

    SKATE AMERICA (Oct. 18-20, Detroit, Michigan)
    Daisuke Takahashi, Takahiko Kozuka, Tatsuki Machida
    Mao Asada; Reed/Reed

    SKATE CANADA (Oct. 25-27, Saint John, NB)
    Yuzuru Hanyu, Takahito Mura, Nobunari Oda
    Akiko Suzuki

    CUP OF CHINA (Nov. 1-3, Beijing)
    Takahiko Kozuka; Kanako Murakami

    NHK TROPHY (Nov. 8-10, Tokyo)
    Daisuke Takahashi, Takahito Mura, Nobunari Oda
    Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki, Satoko Miyahara (GP debut)
    Pairs TBA; Dance TBA

    TROPHEE ERIC BOMPARD (Nov. 15-17, Paris)
    Yuzuru Hanyu

    ROSTELECOM CUP (Nov. 22-24, Moscow)
    Tatsuki Machida
    Kanako Murakami, Haruka Imai, Satoko Miyahara
    Narumi Takahashi/Ryuichi Kihara JPN (new pair, his GP debut)
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    The story is that he is in a serious relationship with a 29-year old Fuji Television news announcer named Yurika Oshima. They reportedly met at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In his blog, Kozuka doesn't confirm or deny the relationship. He just says he has been in the U.S. focusing on his skating from April through July, and that, in regards to the news story, she is one of the people who supports/understands him.
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    Thank you for the explanation, Doubletoe. :)
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Re-posting from a Trash Can thread (Marin Honda won the Novice B title this past season):
    Re. Marin Honda's JGP eligibility:
    Is the local competition linked from this page? http://www.jsfresults.com/local/2012-2013/fs/index.htm
    If yes, which one is it, please?
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    It's not linked from that, Sylvia. The name of the competition is All Kansai Figure Skating Championships. The result of the competition isn't open to public this season. But it had the website last season and this is the result page. Marin won Novice B1 by 56.05 last season. And this season, from fan repots mostly on twitter, she upped her jump contents as NMURA posted above. People tweeted she skated almost clean though she underrotated her 3Lo in the cascade.

    She has a older brother and two younger sisters, and all of them are figure skaters. Taichi Honda, her older brother, won Junior Men at the same competition and he is competing at ISU junior competitions. Miu Honda, younger sister, is so famous as a TV talent in these couple of years. She competes at some local competitions and skates at shows like Art on Ice japan. Her youngest sister is at the age of around five, and she is so cute. Miu is the most famous one now but Marin is the most talented among them for sure.

    Marin Honda:
    WTT2013 EX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Az_XoRrYIk

    Taichi Honda:
    ISU Bio http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054297.htm

    Miu Honda
    PIW 2012 EX http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/uZgERGVMxrE/
    Tokyo Disney Sea CF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PyMFO8leCA
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    Thank you VERY much, rosewood! :) The youngest Honda sister is named Sara, according to the caption of this fun fluff piece from Japanese Junior Nationals that shows brother Taichi Honda with his younger sisters and includes his Junior FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTQCLFvGMhA

    ETA that Marin Honda won the Advanced Novice Girls event at 2013 Triglav Trophy in late March (haven't found any videos) with a total score of 124.76. Her SP jumps were 3Lz<+2T, 3F, 2A (42.73); her FS jumps were 3Lz+2T, 2A+3T, 3F, 3Lz, 3Lo, 3S fall (82.03).
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    2013-2014 season Japanese teams
    http://www.skatingjapan.or.jp/national/national_list.php?sports_id=2

    Apparently, there is no change from the announcement in April.
    Imai is remaining in the "B" category.

    Following senior B's are listed in the "event informations" section.

    Asian Open Trophy, Nebelhorn Trophy, O Nepela Trophy, Finlandia Trophy,
    Merano Cup, Ice Challenge, NRW Trophy, Golden Spin of Zagreb
    Challenge Cup, Coupe du Printemps, Gardena Spring Trophy, Triglav Trophy

    Basically, they don't send athletes anywhere else.
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    Marin Honda is adorable!
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    Oh, is there a chance I'll see him as a flight attendant on my next ANA flight? ;-)
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    OMG.. the HONDA kids are adorable. :swoon: Future Hanyus, Daisukes, Maos, Mikis .....
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    Photos of Yuzuru from the Facebook of ANA
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd....x480/1003985_530114050369177_1944430519_n.jpg
    Some more from the news articles
    http://cache2.nipc.jp/sports/news/img/sp-hirose-0701-05-ns-big.jpg
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/images/news/130701/oth13070118040006-p1.jpg
    http://www.jiji.com/news/kiji_photos/0130701at61_p.jpg

    Good news for him!:)

    The shirt he's wearing is a memorial one with winged-Hanyu on it. ANA presents the shirts to 10 people. More in detail:
    https://jp.surveymonkey.com/s/JBV2WKP
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    Since Miki's sleds are here and there, I don't know which one is proper. I post this article here. If any problem, tell me. It says Miki registered with Kanagawa prefectural federation and belongs to Shinyokohama Prince Club.


    Miki aims to appear in Sochi as a skater who belongs to Shinyokohama Prince Club
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/winter/news/20130702-OHT1T00086.htm

    It is revealed on 2nd July that former World champion figure skater Miki Ando (at the age of 25), who gave birth to her baby in this April, makes a come back in this Olympic season and she belongs to Shinyokohama Prince Club. Since she changed her prefectural federations from Aichi to Kanagawa, she will participate in Kanto Championships(regionals) in October to get the qualification for the Japanese Nationals (from 21st to 23rd December at Saitama Super Arena) which is the final qualifying meet for the Sochi Olympics.

    Ando left Toyota company on 1st January and has been a free lance. Ando is now training at Shinyokohama Skate Center and others. Since she is out of the certified athletes of JSF, she should go through Kanto Championships(regionals) and East Japan Championships(sectionals) to make Sochi Olympic team.
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    This post moved to new thread '2013 "Fantasy on Ice" show in Fukuoka, Japan (July 6-7)'
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    This is an article in "Kyodo News" in Japan.
    Translating to English from Japanese.

    Ando etc. participated to "Prince Ice World". Kozuka showed a new SP for the first time.
    July 12th, 2013.

    In July 12th, Miki Ando (25, Shinyokohama Prince Club) who aims at Sochi Olympics after the childbirth of a girl in April participated to "Prince Ice World" which greeted the first day of the public performance in Dydo Arena in Tokyo and succeeded in the triple jump in the program which skated to the hymnal "Amazing Grace.

    Takahiko Kozuka (Toyota Motor) showed the short program which is the program for the Olympic season and was choreographed by Shae-Lynn Bourne for the first time. Using the juzz music, he jumped the quad and the triple Axel. Kanako Murakami (Chukyo University) and Risa Shoji (Tokyo Komabagakuen High School) participated, too.

    The article::
    Ando etc. participated to "Prince Ice World". Kozuka showed a new SP for the first time.
    http://www.47news.jp/CN/201307/CN2013071201002049.html

    The Photo:
    Miki Ando from her official Facebook

    Thank you for a lot of cheering.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...90922639.86308.391337110926667&type=1&theater

    She participates to the ice show till July 15th (Monday).
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...90922639.86308.391337110926667&type=1&theater

    "Music of the Night" from "The Phantom of the Opera"
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...90922639.86308.391337110926667&type=1&theater


    Refernce:
    Ando from now on.
    After this public performance, she plans to go to US for choreographing the free skating. For getting the qualification to participate to Japan Nationals which is the selection meeting for the Sochi Olympics representative, she is necessary to overcome in Kanto Championship (October 11th-14th, Kawagoe Sports Center) which is the preliminary competition in the block and Higashi Nihon Championship (November 1st-4th, Gunma General Sports Center) which is the preliminary competition in the area.
    JSF plans to send an inspector to the block competition and decide whether returning Ando to the certified athlete.
    In the case of having been able to come back to the certified athlete of JSF, she participates to the international competition and must clear the minimum technical score which was specified as the qualification for participating to the Olympics, by the time of the participation to Japan Nationals.

    The photo:
    In the friendship hour, Ando was presented the bouquet of the sunflower from a fan.
    http://stat.ameba.jp/user_images/20130712/20/atomu5551/0e/e9/j/o0451030812607329999.jpg
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    On July 11, Phoenix, the sportswear manufacturing and selling company, announced that Fumie Suguri belongs to their "Kappa Skating Club". Suguri had joined Phoenix co. on July 1.
    http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2013/07/11/kiji/K20130711006196060.html

    On July12, Kinoshita Group announced that they signed on the contract that Ryuichi Kihara, Narumi Takahashi's partner, belongs to "Kinoshita Club". In addition, Narumi Takahasi has belonged to the same club.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/winter/news/20130712-OHT1T00086.htm

    In reference Kinoshita Club:
    http://www.kinoshita-group.co.jp/kinoshita_club_fs/
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    Miki Ando in the friendship time after finishing the performance in "Prince Ice worlds 2013 in Tokyo" in July
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUo8tZ9_o2k

    kanako Murakami in the friendship time after finishing the performance in "Prince Ice World 2013 in Tokyo" in July
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQiphOcm8QY

    Brian Joubert in the friendship time after finishing the performance in "Prince Ice world 2013 in tokyo" in July
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhiH5yCptMg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUE0Q9h0qdeHoCgcMioCx6MQ

    Takahiko Kozuka in the friendship time after finishing the performance in "Prince Ice world 2013" in July.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHbfZ7Lk0eU

    Akiko Suzuki in the friendship time after fiinshing the performance in "Prince Ice Worlds 2013 in Tokyo" in July
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wto9K0UgV78&list=UUE0Q9h0qdeHoCgcMioCx6MQ
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    I heard that Daisuke's new exhibition number is "Time to Say Goodbye," choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto.
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    Johnny will design Yuzuru's costume (not clear if it is for SP or FS).

    http://www.teamusa.org/Team-USA-Winter-Bloggers/Johnny-Weir/Performing-In-Japan
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    Maybe Japanese Johnny will be back! :cheer2:
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    I heard it's for FP. They started embracing the idea of his FP already in last season. And Yuzuru said " There has been little progress in SP." in an interview during DOI, 28-30 June. (Thanks to Yuzuru Hanyu thread in Fan Fests of Golden Skate Forum for the translation)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0Apw_A_eQ&feature=c4-overview&list=UUvUqvAdpQyIW9wqfGW-McvQ
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    YES! We are looking forward to seeing him again!:D
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    That's lovely :swoon:
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    Here is the gist of the press-conference (I hope that Japanese speakers can help with translation):

    She says that she's got SP and LP choreographed, SP by N. Bestemyanova/I. Bobrin, LP by Lea Ann Miller. Says SP was choreographed last year and now it was cleaned up. She is still in talks about her coaching situation. She is motivated to skate at the Olympics, wants a comeback to competitive skating, wants this season to be the best in her career. She asks the media to treat her like an athlete rather than a celebrity and to respect her privacy and to stop ambushing her at her house, at the ice rink, when she is shopping and running errands, not to take pictures of her daugther and not post them online, for the sake of her own safety. She says she is not planning to reveal who the father is. She promises updates on her daughter's life as long as they are left alone. Says her daugther motivates her to push herself to get into competitive shape for the Olympics.
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    thanks for the news. a short program was choreographed for last season by stephane lambiel to 'lawrence of arabia', shame we won't get to see this.
    any top skaters have recently skated to one of those choreographers mentioned above?
    i'm curious :D

    no word on the music? somewhere was mentioned 'cleopatra', but i couldn't understand that part. hopefully no revival or new arranged cleo-lp. i liked it actually a lotbut hoping to see somethign else.
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    Lea Ann Miller (with Morozov) choreographed Cleopatra in 2009-2010. Bestemyanova/Bobrin work with Yuzuru Hanyu.
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    thanks for this infos.
    ok, can't wait to see how miki will be comeback in competition ...
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    Both programs are home runs. Thank you for posting. :40beers:
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