The Mao cheer thread ---"After finishing the season I could truly say figure skating is wonderful."

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  1. Sylvia

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  2. rosewood

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    Nikkan sports article
    (my rough translation)

    The coverage of World Figure Skating Championships ladies long programs was aired in the night on March the 29th (on Fuji TV), and Video Research co. revealed that the average viewing rating was 23.0% in Kanto(note: in and around Tokyo) area and 21.8% in Kansai(note: in and around Osaka) area.

    The average viewing rating was 26.2% in Nagoya area which is the home town of Mao Asada who won the worlds.

    The highest instantaneous viewing rating was 33・6% in Kanto area, 32・5% in Kansai area, and 36・7% in Nagoya area. Those ratings were recorded on the moment when Mao Asada's scores was announced.

    The average viewing rating of men's long programs which was aired in the night on March the 28th was 20・9% and 17・7% in Kansai area.

    {published on March the 31th 10:57)


    It was kinda surprising for me that Mao still earned bigger viewing rating than Hanyu(and Machida chasing Hanyu in Worlds long programs) a few weeks after Hanyu won OGM. However, it's being more obvious that Mao's popularity is exploding after Sochi. As Sylvia posted the article about the epic record that over ten thousand people visited Mao's exhibition event on the first day, it seems Mao is even more popular than ever in her home country. I read an article that JSF earned 200,000,000yen(approximately =$2million :eek:) by holding Worlds. Of course there are many star skaters in Japan but it seems Mao is still the biggest one at this point. So I guess JSF don't want her to retire after this season. Wish she can retire if she wants. Of course if she wants to continue competing, I'm happy to be given another chance to see her competitive programs. Anyway, her decision will give a big impact to the federation as well.
     
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  3. Amy03

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    They probably don't want her to retire, but they can't force her to make a decision she doesn't want to, afterall she is the one who is bringing the money to the JSF, they need her and not the other way around. Do you know when she will likely say what her decision is?
     
  4. rosewood

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    ^Mao is very busy with many shows in April. So I assume she'll take time to consider her future in May and won't announce anything in April. JSF has to give the list of nominated skaters for 'strengthening qualified athletes' to JOC in April. The dead line of the registration with JSF is the end of June for Mao. So I assume she'll announce something earlier than the end of June.


    Surprisingly big number of people visited Mao's exhibition event at Takashimaya department store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. 18,ooo people visited the exhibition on Sunday(April 13th). Imagine the crowd in the Worlds venue. Saitama Super arena has approximately 18,000 seats. So the same number of people came and see the exhibition on a same day. Just WOW :eek:

    photos from the exhibition, Mao visited the exhibition after the department store closed.
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    Mao appeared on NHK's live morning news program with Mai today. She talked about her thoughts on Olympics/Worlds and retirement. I'll translate the interview later.
     
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  5. rosewood

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    Ooh thanks for these
     
  7. Spun Silver

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    Rosewood, thank you for all the exquisite photos of Mao you are posting. I may have to make a Mao scrapbook. It is wonderful to see her looking so beautiful, happy, and serene. I couldnt know, but I have a hunch that a knot inside her broke after the Olympics and she is free in a way that she hasnt been for many years. And she is getting so much love!

    I just dont like hearing the R word.
     
  8. rosewood

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    "Ohayo Nippon" on NHK in the morning on April 14th
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VQgzf5WNG0
    (my rough translation)

    Narration:
    Our hearts from across this country went out there with Mao Asada in Sochi Olympics. And then she won the World Championships, the most Worlds title that a Japanese skater has won, last month.

    A staff from Guiness:
    (Your short program scores in Worlds) is qualified as a Guiness World Record. Congratulations.

    Narration:
    She had a fruitful season such as her short program scores in Worlds is listed on Guiness World Records. We interview Mao-san and her sister Mai-san live today.

    Male MC:
    Here we go. Mao Asada-senshu and her older sister Mai-san. Please come in.

    Mao & Mai:
    Hello.

    Female MC:
    Both of you have been very busy traveling across the country with many shows and events.Thank you very much for appearing on our program in this early morning.

    Male MC:
    Mao-san, what do you feel after finishing this Olympic season?

    Mao:
    Now I feel truly relieved. I feel great.

    Female MC:
    Mai-san has been through tough time with Mao in this Olympic season. What do you think after finishing this season?

    Mai:
    I was in Japan and rooted for Mao skating in Sochi. Now I feel truly relieved as well.

    Female MC 2: (Watching the video)
    Let's look back Sochi Olympics with both of you.
    First of all let's look back short program. What do you think about your SP, Mao?

    Mao:
    Still now the thought that I made mistakes that I couldn't take back comes to my mind.

    Female MC:
    Is it possible for you to keep calm and see your short program again?

    Mao:
    Well, I've seen it few times.

    Male MC:
    Yeah, maybe. This (disappointing) facial expression.

    Female MC 2:
    Now here we go. This is the long program on the next day following the short program. Did you hear the supportive words from the crowd?

    Mao:
    Yes.

    Female MC 2:
    They gave you power?

    Mao:
    Yes.

    Male MC:
    People across the country were watching you (on TV).

    Female MC 2:
    What did you feel when you nailed the opening jump?

    Mao:
    I thought "I got it!" but still many jumps and elements were left, so I focused on the next one immediately. Since the opening jump was well done, I felt I was on a good wave.

    Female MC 2:
    After nailing all 8 triple jumps, now we'are seeing the step-sequences in the end of your program. What did you feel then?

    Mao:
    I felt great since I knew I could deliver everything I had worked on in this quad.

    Female MC 2:
    Then you teared up in the end.

    Fan #1 who rooted for her watching public viewing in Japan:
    I was truly moved. It was truly fantastic.

    Fan #2 who rooted for her watching public viewing in Japan:
    Perfect. I'm in the fullness of my heart.

    A person at a public rink side #1:
    She was gutsy and got over it wonderfully.

    A person at a public rink side #2:
    She gave something more wonderful than medals to us all.

    Male MC:
    Our heart went out there with you, and people across this country chocked up with you. What do you think looking back your long program as well as your tears?

    Mao:
    Making big mistakes in short program, I felt big fears in the evening, I had a nut in my mind, I wondered if I would be OK with my long program. So, when I made it and delivered my best performance in the long program, I felt truly happy for everything I had worked. I was happy since I delivered the best long program at Sochi Olympics.

    Male MC:
    So tears came up naturally.

    Mao:
    Yes.

    Female MC:
    Not only in Sochi but also in Japan people across the country were rooting for you saying "Mao-chan ganbare(=go for it)!" Did you feel people's support?

    Mao:
    Yes. After Vancouver I saw videos that shows many people were rooting for me then. So I thought that many people were rooting for me before my skating in Sochi.

    Female MC:
    Can you hear the voices from the crowd in the venue?

    Mao:
    Yes, I can.

    Female MC 2:
    Now let's interview Mai-san. Mai-san decided to be left in Japan and didn't see her at Sochi. Mai-san revealed on NHK's live coverage that she gave a certain word before Mao-san skate the long program. Let's see the video together.

    Mai on the video:(the translation of the whole video is here)
    Well, in the short program she placed very low. As an older sister I trembled thinking "Oh, is she OK?"...(chocked with tears)...well, I think she truly did her best (in the long program). Although I wanted to say "You are OK", I told her off instead since I thought it would bring her to her senses.

    Female MC 2:
    On the live coverage, we saw Mao-san's full long program, and then Mai-san talked chocking up. Did you know about this program?

    Mao:
    Yes, I saw it.

    Female MC 2:
    How about this video? Mai-san was tearing up.

    Mai:
    Just after this coverage, Mao appeared on another NHK's program. And before the program I heard that Mao was told about me by NHK crew.

    Male MC:
    What did you think about your sister's tears?

    Mao:
    I felt happy. I was truly happy that I could deliver a wonderful performance and it made Mai happy.

    Male MC:
    You understand very well each other.

    Mao:
    Yes.

    Male MC:
    Mai-san, you said you told her off. What did you say, specifically?

    Mai:
    The impression from her face in the morning practice on the long program's day was the one I had never seen from her. So I was wondering "Is she OK?". I didn't know what to say to her. (Seeing Mao) We both don't remember well what we talked on that day. hehehe Since I thought saying "You are OK, you are OK." was not enough, so I said such as "If you skate with the disappointing feeling, all of the efforts so far will be wasted. All you can do is to leave your feelings behind and face the long program."

    Male MC:
    People might be saying "you are OK," but you gave her severe words as her older sister.

    Mai:
    I didn't know I told her right words. But after finishing long program, Mao said "Thank you" to me. So I'm happy thinking that I could support her a bit. It is good for me as well.

    Female MC:
    How did you feel to hear Mai's words. Did it help you?

    Mao:
    Yes, it was lunch time when I got a call from Mai. Before that I was thinking about making a call to Mai as well. Talking with Mai, I could settle down. So it helped me a lot.

    Female MC:
    Since it was Mai's words, you opened your mind?

    Mao:
    Well, yes, and I told my thoughts at that point. (By talking with Mai) I think I could sort out my feelings.

    Male MC:
    After that, Mai-san watched Mao-san's long program filled with various emotion.

    Mai:
    Well, yes, I believed in her but I teared up before she started her skating. And after her last jump, which is 3Lo, I chocked up and couldn't see her straight line steps with my eyes full of tears.

    Female MC:
    You are a bit tearing up still now.

    Mai:
    hehehe I was deeply touched, I suppose many people were the same as I, I truly think Mao gave us all something great that we can't see with our eyes.


    ...to be continued
    (Sorry I'm tired, since this interview is very long)
     
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  9. Spun Silver

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    Thank you, Rosewood. I hope Mao and her fans in Japan realize that Mao is treasured by fans all over the world, not just in Japan, especially after those two programs in Sochi and the overwhelming emotions we went through with her. Those programs encapsulated Mao's essence as a skater and the essence of the Olympics, and will be remembered as long as there are skating fans IMO.
     
  10. rosewood

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    ...following #338

    Female MC 2 :
    I heard that your related people's faces came to your mind one after another when you went for each jump, Mao-san?

    Mao:
    Yes, it was a strange experience for me. It happened suddenly and naturally...well, it came to my mind truly naturally.

    Male MC:
    Who came to your mind?

    Mao:
    Mai, for example.

    Female MC 2 :
    Mai-san came to your mind when you went for which jump?

    Mao:
    Well...I don't remember. hehehe

    Female MC 2: (showing the video of her long program in Sochi)
    It's said it was 2A-3T on the video. hahaha Is it right?

    Mao:
    It seems so. hahaha

    Mai and all:
    hahaha

    Male MC:
    Eh?

    Mao:
    Well...I don't know why, and it was the first time for me, but one after another people came to my mind. I thought like "Ah, this is for Mai. I'll do this jump for Mai."

    Male MC:
    Did it happen for the first time?

    Mao:
    Yes, it was the first experience.

    Male MC:
    What's it?

    Mao:
    I don't know. (Since long program in Olympics went very well,) I tried a bit to think of people's faces when I did jumps in Worlds too.

    Female MC 2: (showing the video of worlds)
    Now let's see the video of Worlds which was held a month following Olympics. She won the third Worlds title and she's the one who won the most Worlds title of all Japanese skaters. Mao-san delivered the perfect short program.

    Mao:
    Well, I had strongly wished to show my best program so I was truly happy to skate this perfect program at a big stage as Worlds. And I feel the happiness still now.

    Male MC:
    It was the same program you skated in Sochi but the performance was totally different. Why?

    Mao:
    Hmmmm...yes, the disappointing result in Sochi was really frustrating. I had thoughts that I wished to erase my regrets in Worlds which is the last competition in this season.

    Female MC:
    Mai-san, do you find anything about Mao that she transformed, or grew up, or improved in this season?

    Mai:
    Since Vancouver Olympic finished, she's reworked on her basic skating skills and jump techniques from the bottom. She piled up quite small improvements by working hard, and each small step is hardly visible for other peoples eyes. But for me she showed the improvements little by little in each competition as the season goes. I truly felt that she showed everything she had worked on in Olympics and Worlds.

    Female MC 2: (showing a board)
    She won Worlds by breaking her personal record scores. Now we have the board on which we summarized Mao-san's 18 years as a skater. We picked up the results at GPF, Japan Nationals, Worlds and Olympics. She's won at those competitions almost every year. What do you think of your records, Mao-san?

    Mao:
    Well, I almost never look back the past. But, seeing this summary, the thought that I could win at various competitions came to my mind today.

    Female MC 2:
    I suppose winning competitions makes you happy, right?

    Mao:
    Well, in these years I didn't skate in some of the competitions on my top level which I wished to be, since I had been through the process of reworking. In those days I hardly skated on my top form nor felt I got it. So I was not satisfied with my performance even though I won the competition. However, in this season I delivered my best performance on my top level and felt that I got it in the long program at Sochi Olympics and (and both programs) at Worlds, so I'm truly happy now.

    Female MC 2: (showing a video in NY)
    You went through tough time till Olympics. Your sister Mai was with you when you were struggling. Now let's see a video. Now we see the video in which both of you were in NY for choreography.

    Mai:
    Where is it? Oh, we were in food court at the train station for lunch.

    Mai:
    hahaha Mai's lunch is much bigger than Mao's.

    Mao:
    hahaha

    Male MC:
    It seems you are in god relationships. Do you have any quarrel?

    Mao:
    No, not recently.

    Male MC:
    Recently? Since when?

    Mai & Mao:
    Mai: Till we were junior high school studens? Mao: Once after Vancouver Olympics. Mai: Yeah, once after finishing Vancouver Olympics. Mao: We haven't had any quarrel since I was 19 years old.
    (MY note: I know why they quarreled after Vancouver Olympics.;) They went on a trip to Hawaii after Vancouver olys for a vacation. They visited an amusement arcade there and did a dance battle game. Mai operated the game machine and started the game on the most difficult level. As expected, they lost and finished very soon. Then Mao got angry. lol Adorable.

    Male MC:
    I heard Mao-san doesn't like losing.

    Mao:
    Well, we were told (by mom) that we should compete by skating instead of quarrel.

    Female MC:
    I saw you both were doing warming ups of your facial muscles watching each other for the preparation of this program. I felt you are really in good relationships.

    Mao:
    Yes, we are.

    ...to be continued
     
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    ^Thanks for the translation, it looks like a Mao and Mai have a really close relationship :)
    I was reading through this thinking maybe they will ask her the most important question, whether she has made a decision about her career, but nothing about the subject was mentioned, it's almost funny how the interviewers avoids asking the most interesting questions.
     
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    ...following #340

    Female MC 2: (showing the video)
    We asked the people visiting NHK's building about Mao-san yesterday. Let's see the video.

    A girl who wrote a message for Mao on the message board:
    The triple axel was great.

    A student at the board, who is looking for a job:
    Since I saw her skating when I was going through my toughest time, I cried a lot thinking I'll do my best till I make it.

    A lady at the board (she's already tearing up):
    Seeing Mao-chan's skating, I feel I can do anything if I try like her. She always gives me power. She tells me I'll get it if I don't give up in the process.

    An aged man at the board:
    I've been rooting for her since she was very little. She's worked and worked aiming at higher level. That was very touching.

    Female MC 2:
    Many people wrote supportive messages and questions. I'll read some of the questions. Which jump do you like the best?

    Mao:
    Hmmmm...Can't tell the best one ....but...If you ask me which jump I want people to see the most, it is triple axcel.

    Female MC 2:
    Does Mao-chan want to get married? If you'll have children, do you wish they'll be skaters?

    Mao:
    hahaha Can't imagine. I don't know about my future at all. Well, I wish I'll get married. I'll take my children to the ice rink at least once. If they love skating, I'll let them skate.

    Male MC:
    So you'll let your children choose by themselves?

    Mao:
    Yes. I won't force them. If they don't like skating, they'll give up sooner or later.

    Female MC 2:
    Please read the rest of the messages closely after this program finished.

    Male MC:
    There are so many messages on the board. Well, do they have power to support your performance itself?

    Mao:
    Yes. In Sochi I could be relaxed when I heard the voices from the crowd who were rooting for me in Japanese. Supports from people give me power. It's for sure.

    Female MC:
    You said earlier that you called the faces of people around you to mind when you went for jumps in Sochi. Did you feel something different about supports from people?

    Mao:
    No. In any competition supports from people reached my heart. (For example) both in 6 minutes warm-ups and programs, there are people who shout to the rink such as "Mao nara dekiru!(=Mao can get it!)" and "Gambare!(=Go for it!)".

    Male MC:
    Could you tell messages to the people across this country, who rooted for you?

    Mao:
    Although I assume many people were anxious about my disappointing result in short program at Sochi Olympics, I feel very happy to show you my best performance in the long program. I was supported by many people. I felt people's hearts were out there with me. I want to say "thank you" to you all.

    MAle MC:
    How about you, Mai-san?

    Mai:
    After finishing short program, Mao received mails and contacts from many people. And I believe all of her fan's supports reached her heart as well. So I want to say "thank you" to them all too.

    Male MC:
    Well, talking about the future, Mao-san announced "I need enough time to consider. So please be supportive and wait." What do you think about it as an older sister, Mai-san?

    Mai:
    Well, she started skating before she entered elementary school. So it is quite natural for her to have skating as a part of her life. It should be a very important decision. I wish she'll take enough and enough time, and never never hurry, take various things into consideration. Her life from now is much longer than her life till now. I hope she'll make a good decision so that she can enjoy wonderful life in future.

    Male MC:
    Very supportive words from her, Mao-san.

    Mao:
    I'll be hearing Mai's advice (if I need). Well, now I'm focusing on the things in fromt of me, and I'll do my best to do them.

    Male MC:
    Now your eyes were looking at somewhere in the air. what thought came to your mind?

    Mao:
    hahaha Well, I was thinking a bit.

    Female MC:
    On the message board there are messages such as "Please continue" and "Although it would be very tough, I wish you don't quit". Many people wrote they wish to see Mao-senshu's skating in competitions again as well as sweet smile.

    Mao:
    I feel grateful to supporters. I think the last thing to consider is my feelings. I wish I make the decision after finishing things I have to do right now. I'll take enough time and ponder.

    Female MC:
    Have you ever talked about her future?

    Mao & Mai:
    A bit and a bit.

    Mai:
    After finishing Olympics and Worlds, Mao is very busy skating in many ice shows. She hasn't had enough time. (You'll consider)from now, maybe?(to Mao)

    Mao:
    Well, even if I think in my head, I may not get the answer. I'll let me go with the flow.

    Mai & all:
    hahaha

    Male MC:
    Eh?

    Mao:
    Well, a bit, my honest feeling. When I think in my head, I'll wonder if it'll go this or it'll go that. So it will be better for me to go listening to my mind as time goes. Now I feel that thinking too much will not lead me to the decision. This is the answer which I've got by consideration so far.

    Female MC:
    Mao-san has lived with skating for 18 years. After finishing this season what do you think is skating for you?

    Mao:
    Hmmmmm...Since I've lived with skating since I was five years old. Although there have been days when I didn't want to skate or even hated it, I feel like it's kinda part of me. After all I love skating.

    Male MC:
    Well, you expressed your gratitude to your supporters earlier on this program. We also want to say thank you to you. Mao-san gave us power. We learned the importance of making efforts without giving up from Mao-san. We all feel grateful to you. Thank you very much.

    Mao:
    You're welcome. Thank you.

    (End)



    Thanks for reading the long translation. If time allows, please watch the video of this interview(I posted on #338 on this thread). Mao's eyes talk more than my rough and messy translation. ;)

    I posted videos of JSOI in Tokyo on the show thread in GSD. In one of them Mao & Akiko & Kanako talked about their thoughts on retirement. It is as interesting video as the one I translated here. And it is recorded AFTER this interview on NHK. If time allows, I'd like to translate the video too.
    I posted information and links to photos/videos on the same thread. Dig there if you're interested in further information of shows in Kobe/Nagoya/Sapporo/Tokyo/Osaka in April.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...apporo-amp-Japan-Stars-on-Ice-tour-April-2014

    Mao is busy with those 15 shows in April, and reportedly she canceled appearing at the events planed in May to take time to consider her future.
     
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  13. rosewood

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    Chukyo TV is one of the sponsors and the TV station which airs the coverage of The Ice Tour. It tweeted that they are going to announce the cast of The Ice next week.
    I heard The Ice Tour stops at Nagano this year. So they'll have Nagoya, Osaka and Nagano shows this year.


    Random info:
    I love the group number of Japanese skaters in JSOI. Mao flies across the rink.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v17-DPSSRxk
    original song by a Japanese singer Masaharu Fukuyama
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ErNjHJuPYc
    its English cover version
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Z7eu6rT-Y

    "Smile" in JSOI in Tokyo.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILpINEx-H70&list=UUhnBU6m4NfUueVYf4Xj0gEA
    "Nocturn" of first version as JSOI playbacks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey7VIo3V17A
     
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  14. Vash01

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    Last night I rewatched Mao's SP and LP at worlds. She has grown into such a wonderful artist! She just floats on the ice. The LP didn't have the emotion of her Sochi performance but it was still very good (just one mistake on the 2A). She really shouldn't stop competing right now. I so hope she sticks around for at least 2 more years.
     
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    I came across the link to this video on twitter. It seems it was the media day for Mao seeing her in the same cloth on NHK's program. Mai is one of the regular members on this Nagoya local program, she works as a sports caster.

    Homeroom teacher of both of Mai & Mao was invited to the TV program. It was the first time for Mai & Mao to see him after graduating from elementary school. So they are very happy to see him again. At first he was Mai's homeroom teacher. Then Mao entered the school and he became her homeroom teacher. It seems he was a very popular teacher among his students, both of Mao and Mai loved him a lot. He was the leader of "primitive man club" in the school. Mao and Mai experienced primitive life with him and enjoyed a lot. In this program the teacher shows how to start a fire with primitive tools. Nice to see Mao and Mai's faces shine seeing him. Judging by his words, he seems to be a warm-hearted and very unique teacher.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKmpJX9ZSFI

    The teacher said Mai was a gentle girl and Mao was a smart one in their elementary school days. About Olympics he said like "I don't know how Mao bumped from the hell in short program up to the very best performance in the long. What a great athlete Mao is!" He also said " Mai did a very good job too. Mai supported Mao as an older sister." Maybe it was good for Mai to be given the words from the teacher who knows her very well. Mai must be happy to be supported by someone. Happy for them all. :biggrinbo

    ...I know it's a bad habit of me but this program reminded me of Mao's words. Although the teacher talked very happily about how much they enjoyed their elementary school life, I remembered Mao said "Mom may die at any time" when she was at the age of 11 or so(in 6-7th grade). :( How far the sisters have come. (((Mao and Mai)))



    random info:
    Her exhibition drew over 100,000 people in 9 days in Tokyo. Today is the last day of the exhibition in Tokyo and reportedly it drew more than 10,000 people each day. So it would be around 140,000 people in total in Tokyo. The exhibition will go across the country from now, such as Nagoya, Osaka, and Kyoto.

    The lady with a baby who is the 100,000th person was given memorial present.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-IbxJ-by3U


    ETA:

    Nihonbashi Takashimaya department store announced that the total number of the people who visited Mao's exhibition was 180,340(in 13 days). :eek: :eek:
    https://www.facebook.com/takashimaya.nihombashi/posts/653298174738929?stream_ref=10

    Other scheduled exhibitions are:
    Nagoya Takashimaya April 23-28th
    Osaka Takashimaya May 1-12th
    Yokohama Takashimaya June 5-16
    Kyoto Takashimaya August 6-17th

    Very beautiful window exhibitions in Nihonbashi Takashimaya.
    https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/tokyo/showwindow/index02.html
     
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    ^ Thank you soo much for providing all these translations, I really appreciate it, and you should now that they are always read even if I don't always have time to comment on it. I am baffled by the crazy number of visitors Mao's exhibition had in just 10 days :eek: it really shows how popular she is, by the time the exhibition is finished it will probably have exceeded 1 million visitors.

    I was shocked to hear Mao saying this "Mom may die at any time" at the age of 11. I knew that Mao was aware of her mothers illness from early on, but not that early but it kinda makes sense why she was soo eager to stay in japan all the time, she knew her time with her mother was running out.

    I also enjoyed watching the clip when Mao meet her old teacher from elementary school, it was soo funny and cute to see her soo shocked when he suddenly appeared in the show, and she looked soo happy to see him, he most have been a great teacher with great personality.
     
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    source: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news/140423/oth14042310400002-n1.htm
    (my rough translation)

    On April 23rd figure skater Mao Asada(Chukyo Univ) appeared in the opening ceremony of her exhibition which has been held at a department store in Nagoya city since yesterday. "I don't have any idea about my future so far. I'm doing my best focusing on the things in front of me. Still half-half at this point," she said about her retirement. She's been back to Chukyo University since this spring.

    In the exhibition about 180 items are shown: such as photos of Sochi Olympics where she placed 6th, costumes in Vancouver Olympics where she won silver medal, photos of her childhood. "I'm happy people enjoy seeing closely my photos and costumes from my childhood. I've been through various things in the twenty-three years. I feel it was very short," she smiled.

    photo:
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/photos/140423/oth14042310400002-p2.htm
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/photos/140423/oth14042310400002-p4.htm
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/photos/140423/oth14042310400002-p1.htm
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/photos/140423/oth14042310400002-p3.htm


    photos from other articles:
    http://amd.c.yimg.jp/amd/20140423-00000078-spnannex-000-1-view.jpg
    http://amd.c.yimg.jp/amd/20140423-00000016-nksports-000-5-view.jpg
    http://www.jiji.com/news/photos/photo_news/images/450/view0017074962.jpg
    http://www.jiji.com/news/photos/photo_news/images/450/view0017074978.jpg


    Seeing that she's back to school, it's more likely that she'll at least take a rest in the next season.
     
  18. IceAlisa

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    Really, seeing Mao do the 3A makes someone think they can do anything? Because it makes me feel that she is super-human. :eek:
     
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    hahaha Since Japan had skaters who landed 3A such as Yoshie Onda and Yukari Nakano other than Mao and Midori. 3A itself may not seem to be a very high hurdle for Japanese people, maybe? What Mao encouraged Japanese people the most was the importance of having one's own goal. Mao is not a super-human, she struggled a lot. We've seen the process in this quad or even since her puberty.
     
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    That's the thing, Mao has so MUCH more than a 3A. She is a great artist which is quite a rare combination. Obviously I know she is not superhuman but she has overcome so much and has reached such incredibly high standards. I would think her excellence is exceptional rather than typical. But I am glad people think they can be like her. I just find it hard to imagine.
     
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    Schedules and the additional cast of The Ice Tour 2014 were announced.
    official site: http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/the_ice/

    Schedule:
    Nagano July 19th(Sat)-21st(Mon)
    http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/the_ice/nagano/index.html

    Aichi July 23rd(Wed)-24th(Thu)
    http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/the_ice/aichi/index.html

    Osaka July 26th(Sat)-27(Sun)
    http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/the_ice/osaka/index.html


    Cast: (Some more skaters will be added later)
    Mao Asada
    Takahiko Kozuka
    Kanako Murakami
    Satoko Miyahara
    Takahito Mura
    Narumi Takahashi & Ryuichi Kihara
    Adelina Sotnikova
    Gracie Gold
    Jeffrey Buttle
    Jeremy Abbott
    Maxim Kovtun
    Meryl Davis & Charlie White
    Maia & Alex Shibutani

    Online ticketing sites are as follows:
    Eplus http://eplus.jp/sys/T1U14P0011170P00...0050001P006001
    Rakuten http://ticket.rakuten.co.jp/features/the_ice/index.html

    There are some other companies which sell tickets of The Ice Tour. See the bottom of the sites(of each show) I posted here. PS: This tour is so popular so it's kinda hard to get tickets.

    Sylvia started a thread in GSD. Thanks.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...-in-Japan-Nagano-Aichi-amp-Osaka-(July-19-27)

    I read some tweets and it seems D/W is very much welcomed by Japanese figure skating fans, since their skating is wonderful, Meryl in dance battle is something to watch, and also Mao enjoyed the Team Japan Summer Camp 2012 where D/W worked as temporary coach(mainly for SS and artistry). Mao was almost giving up skating then. She said later that she enjoyed The Ice 2012 and the summer camp a lot and she was encouraged to skate. Hope all of the skaters and the fans enjoy The Ice shows in relaxed mood after finishing Sochi Olympics.
     
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    (my rough translation)

    Mao Asada: The first athlete to rank higher than top 3 on overall DVD hit charts. Moreover the first athlete whose two DVDs ranked higher than top 10 at the same time.

    Oricon.com (of Japan) revealed the latest DVDs of Mao Asada(23), who placed unexpected 6th in Sochi Olympics but won the third World Championships title in last month, made the weekly hit charts as of April 28th. Her two latest DVDs made the charts at the same time.

    'Mao Asada "Smile" The 10 years trace of the fairy on the ice' (released on April 16th) ranked 3rd on the weekly overall DVD hit charts by selling more than 6,844 in the first week. 'All history of Mao Asada: Flowers bloom and stars shine. Closely covering eleven years of Mao & Mai sisters' (released on the same day) ranked 6th by selling more than 4,386 in the first week.

    Mao is the first athlete in the history to rank higher than top 3 since April, 1999 when Oricon.com started releasing the DVD hit charts. It's a brilliant feat. Daisuke Takahashi's DVD 'Daisuke Takahashi "Plus"'(released in January, 2011) which ranked 5th at its best on the DVD overall hit charts. His record was broken by Mao after two years and three months. Mao is also the first athlete whose two DVDs ranked higher than top 10 at the same time.

    The perfect videos with no commentary of Mao's best programs since 2011 season such as the long program in Sochi Olympics which touched people's heart all over the world are on 'Mao "Smile"...'. On the other hand the highlights of three documentaries aired on Tokai TV, which closely covers eleven years of Asada sisters are on 'All History of Mao Asada ...'. As bonus special videos such as her practice video in the beginning of January, 2014 and videos recorded by sisters with their private video cameras are on 'All History of Mao Asada ...' too.


    'Mao Asada "Smile" The 10 years trace of the fairy on the ice'
    http://tower.jp/item/3484616/浅田真央-Smile-氷上の妖精10年の軌跡

    'All history of Mao Asada: Flowers bloom and stars shine. Closely covering eleven years of Mao & Mai sisters'
    http://tower.jp/item/3484618/All-History-浅田真央-~花は咲き星は輝く・浅田舞・真央姉妹11年間密着~


    I bought 'All history of Mao Asada' and saw it today. It was kinda heavy documentary. It's a documentary of a girl who's been loved by her family. Jeffrey Buttle once said that one can understand how wonderful mom Kyoko was when he/she sees Mao and Mai. He said so when Kyoko passed away. This documentary shows Buttle's words are very true. As a mom I truly respect Kyoko. And I felt that one of the reasons why Mao has kept competing is she promised that she would keep working aiming at her goal till Sochi Olympics. She said after Sochi that she truly felt she went all out. So it can be the time. I wish she'll take months rest at least. I found one thing in the video. Mao decided to do one 3A in long program in the very beginning of January. When she decided it, she talked with her father. He said she'd better do one since she might fail in showing the fruits of her reworking in the quad if she tries two. Then Mao made up her mind to do one and told it to Mr. Sato. While Mao was away from the ice since she had serious back pains then. She went back on the ice around January 8th.


    ETA:
    Oh I just noticed I made a mistake in this post's title. It should have been "Mao Asada: The first athlete to rank higher than top 3 on overall DVD hit charts." Shame I can't correct the title after once it was posted. An athlete's DVD to rank 3rd on overall DVD charts is truly surprising so it caused my mistake deeper inside of my conscious, I guess. ;)
     
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  23. Vash01

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    Nobody can really be like another person, but Mao's accomplishments, along with her endearing personality can inspire others to be the best they can be.
     
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    Reportedly Mao is scheduled to Dennis Ten's show in Kazakhstan in the end of May. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/04/26/kiji/K20140426008044610.html

    Also reportedly she canceled appearing in events in May. So Dennis's show may be the only event she's appearing in. Maybe they are good friends. She once trained with him under TAT. Dennis was also working on his choreography with Lori Nichol when Mao was almost giving up skating. I's only about two years ago but I feel it was long ago. Congrats to them for their achievement in this Olympic cycle. Hope the show will be successful(I believe so) and they'll enjoy skating in it.
    http://blog-imgs-65.fc2.com/r/y/o/ryosan233/20140304163139080.jpg
    http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/201304/11/58/c0206758_002770.jpg
    http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/201205/21/94/b0038294_22313264.jpg

    Then Mao will go to Lori Nichol's rink for the choreography in the beginning of June to prepare for her show The Ice held in July.
     
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    Thanks, rosewood! Denis Ten tweeted today (4/25):
     
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    Mao's been skating in Prince Ice World. This is the last day of the shows she's scheduled to. She said today is the last day to skate Smile/What a wonderful world. If she doesn't mean it's the last day to skate Smile in Japan, Mao may skate her former competitive programs in Kazakhstan. If she retires after this season, I'd love to see her former competitive programs which is re-choreographed for shows. Especially the programs she skated in the process of the reworking.

    Glimpse of yesterday's show.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4RiSunPeyg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4U54gBB7Zk

    It's nice to see Mao receives people's love.
    Photos from yesterday's show.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmH0HyACcAA8JDf.jpg <--Rach colored flowers
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmIe4kBCYAA89iU.jpg:large?.jpg <--Rach colored banner :swoon:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmJ0z15CEAEF7-H.jpg <--Guess why she was surprised so much. :eek:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmKB3QgCIAEYf9R.jpg <--The answer is the bag.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmLTWflCIAAjS6S.jpg <--Rach colored bag :swoon:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmI--GjCQAIPdKI.jpg <--Cute drawing of her dogs
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmJ2BZzCEAAcLts.jpg <--Also her dog Aero(is it really Aero?) on her sponsor's products
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmM_vaeCcAA296H.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmI53FkCYAAZoDL.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmI57Z0CMAEJLnU.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmM9cI7CAAACi2E.jpg

    Big smile from Mao yey! :cheer::cheer2::cheer::cheer2:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmL85UzCAAAxUxt.jpg:large


    Copying from my post on Japanese shows thread in GSD.
     
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    source http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20140426/ska14042615290001-n1.html
    (my rough translation)

    On April 26th the ice show named 'Prince Ice World' started at Shinyokohama Skating Center. Mao Asada(23) who won ladies figure skating World Championships, Tatsuki Machida who won silver medal in the same competition, and other skaters skated in front of 1,800 fans.

    Asada appeared in the end of the show. She did jumps, spins and footworks to the popular number 'Smile/What a wonderful world'.

    "I'm happy that my smiles went out there and touched the hearts of the people who came and saw my skating today." She exchanged words after finishing finale of today's shows. "I heard various words from my fans such as 'Don't quit' "Thank you for everything what you've done' 'You are good enough to continue,'" she said with a smile.

    When she was asked about her future, she repeated the same answer, "Half-half so far." She's skated in many shows since she finished her last competition in this season. The shows on the 27th are the last ones and she's going to take a break. "I want to take enough time to consider," she said.

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    Aw, Mao has three red toy poodles now? I have one. The other is black and named Daisuke. :)
     
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    Aero gave birth to her babies several years ago. They were named Tiara and Komachi. I can't recognize which one is which but they are all so cute. See them in her new years card. (scroll down a bit) http://mao-asada-ouen.jp/eye/07/

    This is also a cute video in which she shows photos of her poodles and talks a bit about them. She says Aero gave birth to her two daughters and a son. Mao keeps two girls and left only boy in someone's care. When she was asked about happenings, she answered Aero onece made pee on her knee. See from around 14:50. http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDAzNDk5NTAw.html

    I found a very cute photo today. Maybe one of her fans who went and saw Mao in Prince Ice World put it on twitter. Awwww so cute. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmM6iEOCYAEgjny.jpg:orig?.jpg