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

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by rosewood, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

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    As I posted earlier on this thread, one of her sponsor companies Sumitomo Life Insurance started a project named 'Young Japan Actiont' which supports young people's volunteer works that encourage the country. In last December they announced the certificated volunteer groups to whom Sumitomo LI donates money to support their projects. Mao was a member of the selection meeting and she's participated in the certificated volunteer groups since then.

    Maybe you remember this TV CM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMrYH69zAfQ
    Group1 'ForS.' - They encourage Saga-prefecture through agriculture.
    Group2 'Kaikaku Project' - Jogging patrol around the town in Fukuoka-prefecture.
    Group3 'Kakehashi' - A guest house in Kesennuma, Miyagi-prefecture.

    An article about the Gourp3 was published yesterday.

    Mao visited Kesennuma: Encouraging the affected area with smiles

    On February 22th the reigning figure skating world champion Mao Asada visited Kesennuma.

    As a part of the project named 'YOUNG JAPAN ACTION - Mao asaca x Sumitomo LI' she as a project leader participated in the activities run by 'Kakehashi - A guest house in Kesennuma' which was awarded 1,000,000 yen as a prize for being certificated as one of the best projects.

    'Kakehashi' is a project in which they repair vacant houses into guest houses for students. Their goal is to provide accommodations for volunteers who stay long in the area. Asada learned the present situations of Kesennuma city which is one of affected areas of East Japan Great Disaster along with their own experiences in person. "I learned lots of young people in my generation come and support affected people in various ways. It inspired me to do my best for supports. I wish our movements as 'YOUNG JAPAN ACTION' will give inspirations to people, and more young people will join us to encourage this country," said Asada.

    A photo of Mao planting a tree with Kakehashi volnteers:
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150222-00000069-nksports-spo.view-000
     
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  2. kittyjake5

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    Thanks rosewood for all of the updates and info about Mao. She is keeping herself very busy.
    I miss her!
     
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    rosewood Well-Known Member

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    Since I'm missing Mao, I rewatched videos of Chopin's Ballade No.1 and Jupiter. All the news about her supports for 3.11 victims reminded me of the two programs, since she skated them at the time. Being through all the difficulties, she was painful, angsty and skinny but pure, sublime and determined. :swoon: I'm glad Japan is recovering and her hard work paid off as her LP at Sochi. :) She is beautiful on every video but you'll see how her basic skating and flow out of jumps progressed during the last quad as well.

    -2010 spring She started reworking on her jumps with Nagakubo as a temporary jump coach. Later she relearned jumps from single-jumps with different techniques under Mr Sato.
    -2010 June Mr Sato accepted to work with Mao just before 2010-2011 season started.

    2010 July Chopin's Ballade No1 at THE ICE
    2010 Aug Chopin's Ballade No at PIW

    2011 Jan Chopin's Ballade No1 in black costume at Nagoya Festival
    -2011 March The great earth quakes and tsunami disaster happened.
    -Mr Sato told her to take a week break to peek at Worlds re-hosted by Russia but she was so shocked by the disaster that she like other Japanese skaters never recovered her form/motivation in the rest of the season.
    -Mao went back seriously to the bottom of skating skills after 2010-2011 season fin
    ished.
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    -2011 Dec Her mom passed away just before GPF
    2011 Dec Jupiter at National's gala
    2012 Jan 5th Juiter at Nagoya Festival
    2012 Jan 6th Jupiter at Super Challenge with 3F-3Lo
    (She attempted 3F-3Lo to appeal to Mr Sato at the rink. LOL She looks more joyful than usual motivated to do the attempt.)
    ...
    -She was at the final step of reworking where she was gradually adjusting her jumps to the current skating speed.

    2014 Aug Chopin's Ballade No1 at Kazakhstan show



    I found an interview on a recently published magazine. She talked a bit about Jupiter in it. I translate the Jupiter part.
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71WVadCJdiL.jpg
    Q The other day Daisuke Takahashi mentioned that he was deeply moved by your Jupiter at 'Charity Show for Supporting the Recovery from East Japan Great Earthquakes Disaster' held in 2014 April when he appeared on a TV show named 'Kenji Miyamoto's Room' on J-Sports.
    Mao: Eh, really? Dai-chan didn't say anything when we met at a rehearsal for another show recently.(laugh)

    Q: Everyone at the charity show was deeply touched. I relearned that the program Juniper is a vehicle which conveys your emotions directly to everyone at the rink.
    Mao: I agree with you about Jupiter. It is the program I worked with Lori NIchol (choreographer) after the disaster. 'Vows', 'Wishes' and 'Thoughts' are the main concepts. I think it's the best program to skate at charity shows.

    Q: Your flexible lines in your skating which is filled with hopes has touched hearts of numerous people since Jupiter was revealed at 2011 THE ICE .
    Mao: I've been strongly wishing the three themes in my mind when I skate Jupiter. At the point of the disaster I asked myself "What can I do?". The answer was "I can skate" "My heart can touch people through my skating." I've been skating with a hope to encourage people as much as possible and let people forget about the difficulties during my skates.
     
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  4. clairecloutier

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    Thanks for the links to Mao's Jupiter program! I had never seen it before. Very, very beautiful!
     
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    Oh, was it new to you? Maybe it's the most popular Ex number of Mao's. Glad you liked it. :)
    It's very rare for her to skate old ex numbers but I'd love to watch Jupiter in person again!


    Shame it's a very short clip but you can see glimpse of Jupiter she skated in 'Charity Show for Supporting the Recovery from East Japan Great Earthquakes Disaster' held in 2014 April which was mentioned in the interview I translated on #633 post (bottom).
    2:35- http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1lks3b_東日本大震災チャリティ演技会_sport

    ETA:
    Mao high-jacking a corner at a bookshop. :cheer:
    https://twitter.com/Kino_Takamatsu/status/570162434498899968
     
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    Thanks so much rosewood for all the information and links and for providing a timeline for Mao's performances of Jupiter and how they are placed in comparison to the earthquake tragedy and her own personal tragedy. Also, thanks for the translation of the interview about Jupiter. It really shows how Mao can be light-hearted and serious at the same time. I especially love Mao's answer to the question she poses to herself, "What can I do?" to help in the tragedy. The reason her skating means so much to me is what she expresses so well in her answer. She touches me because of the beauty of her skating and because she provides hope and encouragement that helps me forget about life's difficulties. I feel like she is living through the hardships and overcoming them through her profound expression and the athletic challenges in her performances. .
     
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    Her Jupiter program is my favorite EX from her so thank you for sharing the links and interview, @rosewood. A beautiful program from a beautiful skater and person. :)
     
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    Jupiter is one of my very favorite programs of Mao's. It was an inspired choice of music (by Lori, I guess), the choreography is sublime, and the emotion and artistry Mao brings to it are transcendent. I love her Ballade, too.

    One day a dissertation or detailed book-length analysis of Mao's journey and her programs will be written, like a monograph on Vermeer. A digital book with the vids linked!
     
  9. rosewood

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    I found a more detailed report of her visit to Kesennuma I posted an article on #631.

    Mao Asada: Assisting the recovery at Kesennuma
    On Febrary 22 Mao Asada visited Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture and joined the works of 'Kakehashi - Kesennuma guest house'. The works were a part of a project named 'YOUNG JAPAN ACTION - Mao Asada x Sumitomo Life Insurance' in which SLI supports young people who contribute to society. Asada along with volunteer students was lectured about the current status of recovery from the disaster and joined tree planting works as well.

    Asada-san planting a tree with students

    The goal of YJA project is to encourage young people to contribute to society. YJA had invited volunteer groups for two months since last September. Among 157 applicants 'Kakehashi - Kesennuma guest house', 'FroS.' and 'NPO corporation Kaikaku project' were awarded the grand prize.

    On 22th the project leader Mao Asada visited Kesennuma to join the works of Kakehashi and present them donation of 1 million yen as extra prize.

    'Kakehashi' is a project in which they've repaired vacant houses into guest houses for students. Besides they provide local guides and information of volunteers, and they hold seminars where people can hear experience stories from victims as well.

    At first Mao Asada joined guest house members and 35 volunteer students from Kyusyu, Tokyo etc in Kesennuma city. And then the head of Kakehashi Atsutoshi Tanaka lectured about the current status of recovery from the disaster along with their works of guest houses.

    Listening to Tanaka's lecture

    They offered flowers at the flower-offering-place at Shikaoritakadai, and they visited Awayama observation decks along with Shiba Shrine to see how Kesennuma city is recovering from the disaster. And then they visited a guest house. The head of 'Umibe no mori wo tsukuro kai'(=Assembly of growing seaside woods) Nobuharu Sugawara talked about what he experienced just after the disaster occurred - he ran away from tsunami and he had difficulties with water supply.

    Offering flowers for dead victims

    She along with staffs of 'Umibe no mori wo tsukuro kai', volunteer students and local kids planted trees around Hagamiuehara in Kesennuma. During the disaster trees which stood strong against tsunami saved lives of people who were getting washed away by tsunami. They planted 40 of fruit trees such as plums and blueberry trees to prepare for next disaster and recover beautiful scenery of the seaside.

    They wish students will come back and build a new community in the future around the place where they planted trees on this day. As the first step, an oven for pizza is planned to be built there. Asada along with guest house members discussed about the design for the oven.

    Mao Asada said "I learned lots of young people in my generation come and support affected people in various ways. It inspired me to do my best for supports. I wish our movements as 'YOUNG JAPAN ACTION' will give inspirations to people, and more young people will join us to encourage this country."


    Go Mao and young people:cheer2: I wish larger number of people including international people will be motivated to know/support how the affected cities are recovering from the disaster through Mao's works as an icon of this project.
     
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    This photo is so much touching. It must be taken when she along with volunteer students went up to the top of a hill to where people ran away from tsunami during the disaster, and they saw how the city was recovering. Mao must be watching the sea and you can see a part of the city of Kesennuma behind Mao which was one of the most horribly destroyed by tsunami.
    https://www.facebook.com/sumitomoli...2083393212861/775617282526132/?type=1&theater

    Some more photos of her visit to Kesennuma.
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/002.html
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/005.html
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/006.html
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/008.html
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/009.html
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/010.html
    http://mantan-web.jp/gallery/2015/02/24/20150224dog00m200050000c/011.html
     
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    rosewood Well-Known Member

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    So true. Very well said. I love her for the same reason. :)
     
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    Thanks a lot for the photos rosewood.The picture of Mao standing on the mountain and looking out to the sea is especially moving, as is your description of how the volunteers are watching the progress of the city's recovery. Thank you also for your compliment about how her performances make me feel. It's nice to know that someone feels the same as I do.

    A poster named yhma fan put up this address for Mao's radio program. Do you know if there will be any way to listen to it? The picture of her on the site really does put a smile on my face.

    Here is the official site of Mao’s Radio program
     
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    Yesterday Mao along with Mai taught skating to several a hundred kids exclusively who won the opportunity by lottery at a skating lesson event held by her sponsor company LOTTE. How lucky they are! Mai posted her clip in which she does lots of axels. I assume the clip was recorded on the rink where the event was held. On the clip you can watch Mao stroking around Mai. It's nice to see her skating even though she's just stroking. :cheer:
    https://twitter.com/asadamai717/status/571672350032195584

    NHK aired a very short preview CM for their TV show on which Mao visits Kesennuma etc.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2idr6y_mao-encouraging-3-11-victim-kids-preview_sport

    On the other day Mao dropped in a radio studio and appeared on a radio show on which she appeared in last spring as well. Maybe she wants to get used to talking on a radio show, I guess. It looks she's in good relationships with the cast on the show. You can see some photos.
    http://www.tbsradio.jp/tama954/2015/02/-2000-39-presents.html

    One more good photo of Jupiter at the charity show held in 1014 April.
    http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/othersports/252080/attachment/浅田真央-35/
    Yeah. I know the official site. It has a podcast on it. I assume we can listen to the radio show on demand. I heard we can listen to the show by using certain plug-in but I forgot the detail I'll post if I find the way later.
     
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    Here's a clip of yesterday's skating lesson event held by her sponsor company Lotte. I thought several kids were invited but it turned out a hundred kids were invited to the event. Mao and Mai taught them basic skating, the way to fall down and graceful port de bras. :encore: They also enjoyed a Japanese traditional game 'Daruma-san ga koronda' (=Daruma-san fell down) I love the sounds her blade makes during the spins on the clip. :swoon:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59JerkC-YyE

    The second half of the clip above was highlights of an interview with the sisters. Here is the brief summery:
    Q: How do you enjoy today's lesson?
    Mao: It was the first time ever for most of them to skate. Kids are first learners. I enjoyed teaching various skills to them.
    Mai: Kid's faces were sparkling. I was so happy to see they were enjoying themselves together with us.

    Q: What is the impression of today's kids?
    Mao: They were so positive. They were full of curiosity to learn new skills. I loved that.

    Q: What they should do at this point if they want to grow to be a competitive skater?
    Mao: If they want to be a competitive skater, it's important for kids to be on the ice as long as possible and get used to being on the ice.
    Mai: It's good for kids to come to the rink as often as possible to enjoy skating. Don't get too serious at the beginning.

    O: Is there any possibility for you to be a coach?
    Mao: Ummm What should I say?
    Mai: Teaching kids together with my sister I had very good time. Mao said the same when we talked just before. Kids gave us power. As for me I wish I'll have more chances to teach kids like today.

    Q: Are you sisters going to have skating lessons from now on?
    Mai: We had one problem. That is our voices sounded very similar to each other. We taught one group each, but kids were confused when we both talked through wireless mikes at the same time to our own each group, they didn't recognize which was which. :lol:
    Mao: I really love kids. I always enjoy myself when I'm with kids. Since I REALLY love kids. I always have good time with kids. <---We all know Mao really love kids.:D

    Q: What is your future goal?
    Mao: When I decided the path I take, I'll focus on the goals. But now I'm focusing on considering the future goals.
    Mai: Since last year I've teaching kids in skating lessons. I've enjoyed those opportunities. I wish I'll continue doing lessons with kids from now on.

    Photos
    http://www.wws-channel.com/news/asadamao20150302/

    A couple of years ago Mao & Mai did this event in Sendai and kids from Ishinomaki where is one of the 3.11 affected area were invited. This year this event was held in her home town Nagoya.

    Today it seems Mao was shooting a new CM at a countryside town in West Japan. She's keeping busy after finishing the graduate exams. :cheer2:
     
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    I found people in Japan use Radiko to listen to Mao's radio show if living in the area where her show is not aired. But I'm not sure it's available for people out of Japan. Maybe someone will upload somewhere such as youtube/dailymotion. Let's wait till then.:D Radiko posted DJ Mao's photos on their facebook to PR their services.
    https://www.facebook.com/radiko.jp/posts/911932412173869

    Radiant smile from DJ Mao on Sumitomo Life Insurance's facebook. :)https://m.facebook.com/sumitomolife...83393212861/779291098825417/?type=1&source=57

    Broadcast schedule of Mao's appearances on media confirmed so far (except rebroadcast of ice shows)

    'Mao Asada's Nippon Smile' (radio show), TBS Radio, every Monday 21:00-21:30, From March 2 (Today!)- June 29

    'Mao Asada to the affected area', NHK, March 6, 15:12-15:15

    'Mao Asada's live skating lesson' (from 3.11 affected area), NHK, March 8, somewhere during 10:05-16:00

    'Mao Asada's journy to the 3.11 affected area', NHK, March 14, 20:00-20:43


    ETA:
    I'm listening to DJ Mao through Radico. She chose J-pop big name Dreams Come True's 'Again' whose motif of lyrics is Mao as the first number to air. And right now 'Smile' of her ex number is on air. She's fluent during talking. :40beers: Her voice is so pleasant as expected. :) She talked about what she did during her break so far - such as getting a license for scuba diving. Now Mao is gushing about Ayumi Hamasaki's concert. She goes to Hamasaki's concert once a year every year. She says it would be great if her future husband is good at cooking. (This is the topic named 'What do you want to do before you turn 30?') 30 minutes was really short. It's gonna be a good show. She was relaxed and cheerful on this first show. GJ Mao! :respec:
     
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    Thanks for posting this. :) I posted these two videos below on Japanese news thread in GSD a few days ago as well.

    This is a video of Mao's recording scene for her first radio show. I can't help smiling during I'm watching this video. Awwww She's so cute!! :inavoid:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2iep9c_浅田真央-ラジオ番組初収録-プライベート話を告白_sport

    I'm expecting this channel will post Mao's radio show on youtube regularly every week.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA1kTNVuWuk

    Sorry I don't have enough time to translate her first show now. I'm a bit busy till the middle of this month. (Hopefully I'll find time to summarize her first show but can't promise.)
     
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    To Mao fans whose TV has NHK channel; Today's broadcast schedule of 3.11 victims support shows are as below:

    Around 10:10 am Japan time (in 20 min from now) 'Mao Asada: Visiting the area after 4 years'

    13:05- Japan time (in 3 hours and 15 min from now) 'Mao Asada: Bound up with kids through figure skating' (A skating lesson, maybe live show)

    ETA:
    Now it's on air.
    Mao is teaching little kids right now.
    It's a live skating lesson.

    ...and they're now showing Mao previously visiting the affected area.
    They said Mao strongly wished to visit the affected area.

    Now they're showing the recorded skating lesson to students from an elementary school .

    Then Mao visiting Ayukawa elementary school in Ishinomaki. She was teaching skating to the kids from this school. Mao joined their classes and talked with them. Glad kids looked happy to have Mao in their school. When one of kids asked Mao why she visited their town at this timing, she answered she's taking a break this season and it was the best timing for her. Sorry I'm working now and can't focus on the TV show, so my summary is not good enough.

    LOL A Buddhist priest at NHK studio commented Mao's face very looks like a Buddhist saint. (I know many Japanese Mao fans say the same thing but it's amusing/refreshing to hear this from a Buddhist priest and the person was serious.:lol: )

    Another commentator at the studio said it was a desirable way for everyone out of the area to continue supporting/encouraging victims. The commentator meant let's continue supporting/encouraging victims when you can and in the way you are good at like Mao did.
     
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    Rosewood, I presume that is a Buddhist saint in your avatar? It DOES look like Mao! Exquisite!
     
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    You're right! Me too think she looks like the saint in my avatar. :lol:
    It's a very famous statue which is certificated as a National Treasure.
    There are a few other statues which her fans say look like Mao.
    I think the image of her face (along with personality) reminds Japanese people of 'kannon' or 'miroku bosatsu'.
     
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    Summary of Episode 2 of Mao's radio show aired on March 9.
    (She did an interview with the head of volunteer group in the 3.11 affected area. I translated the interview part in detail.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54qc-sGvNNo

    -It was my first experience ever for me to work as a DJ last week and I was really really nervous. haha

    -I got lots of mails from the audience. Thanks a lot. I'll read some of them for you guys.
    Mail 1: I was glad to hear Mao-chan was fully enjoying your private life. Mao-chan's voice was so soothing. My heart got warmed. Thanks. :)
    Mail 2: Mao-san's voice was very comfortable and it made me feel 30 minutes was really short. The songs aired last week were the ones I was expecting. So I was like "Oh, that song is coming? Coming? Oh, year! My prediction was right!! :biggrinbo" When I was listening to the songs, various scenes of your journey came to my mind and I dropped tears for the first time EVER during listening to radio.

    -Mail 3(Question): "What do you do on off days?" Mao: When I'm at my home, I sleep all the way - I sleep, sleep and sleep. :D I get up in the morning, cook my breakfast, and get back on my bed and read magazines etc. Magazines...I have various magazines... such as fashion magazines and gourmet magazines. I think about going to the restaurants on the magazine but at the end of the day I don't. That's my usual pattern. hehe At least I enjoy the time when I imagine this one must be delicious and that one must be delicious too etc in my head.

    -Mail 4(Question): "What type of cloths do you wear in your private time?" Mao: At shops I usually look at cool old cloths...old cloths are one-of-a-kind items...and it attracts me to buy them since they are one and only items in the world... there are lots of items from the US and the colors of those cloths are very cute, I bought a sweater the other day, it was kind of a sweater you look gorgeous in it...in Nagoya there is a shop I often visit, at the shop there is a young lady who let me decide what to wear. I tend to ask her "What do you have today?" and she select cloths for me. it's easy and time saving, having favorite shops is nice.

    -"Let it go" sung by Takako Matsu: I skated to this song in a show with my sister Mai. The fake snow at the rink was fabulous. Since it is a story of sisters, I felt love for my sister so much during I skated with my true sister.

    -Interview with the head of volunteer group 'Kakehashi - Kesennuma guest house' which supports student volunteers who support 3.11 affected people by reforming vacant houses into accommodations for student volunteers. This interview was done at Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture which is one of the most horribly destroyed area: Mao "This is my first visit to Kesennuma. Here I found people are doing their best, while the recovery still has a long way ahead." - Mao:"What kind of works does 'Kakehashi' do?" Atsutoshi Tanaka the head of Kakehashi: "Kakehashi works to solve the problem that volunteers are unable to stay long to support people in the affected area for the reason of lack of accommodations. We reform vacant houses into accommodations." Mao " Kakehashi was awarded the grand prix prize of the 'Young Japan Action' project in which I along with Sumitomo Life Insurance co. support young people who are working to encourage this country. How did you feel when you knew that?" Tanaka:"It's rare for us to be in spot lights, since we are back stage workers who support the people suffering from the disaster. So, we were very encouraged to be awarded the prize and also we were very happy to have you involved in our works." Mao: "I heard Tanaka-san saw the PR for our YJA project and applied for it. I'm happy to know it." Tanaka "Since I'm a big fan of Mao Asada-san, I wanted to join the project. hahaha :)" Mao "Thank you very much. I was amazed by such a wonderful idea of Kakehashi. Was the idea immediately came to your mind?" Tanaka "We are supported by various people. We are able to use these houses since local people understand/support us. What I did was to give a form as a guest house to those people's supports." Mao "You are really a man of action! Now we are recording this interview at one of the guest houses. When I got into this guest house, I felt it's a very comfortable place where we all enjoy staying at. Tanaka "Thanks a lot. Now we are talking at horigotatsu(=Japanese traditional style of foot warmer which looks like a table covered with cloth and has a foot warmer under the table). Just like we are doing now, local people can talk over night with volunteer students from out of the affected area about various topics such as the state of the area at the point of the disaster and the future plan of the recovery etc. I heard a Kesennuma local person became good friends with a volunteer student from Fukuoka, and the person went on a travel to Fukuoka with the student. I'm happy to hear such stories." Mao "I had good meetings here as well and I appreciate them." Tanaka "About 700 people have stayed at our guest houses. I'm glad when I hear new relationships among those people are expanding." Mao "Four years have passed since the disaster occurred. What do you think about the state of Kesennuma of today?" Tanaka "If I'm asked whether the recovery is going well, my answer is no. That said, both of local people and the government are doing our best step by step. We might be able to provide model cases for people out of the affected areas. It's important to continue doing our best in the fifth year since the disaster. It's the time for us to hung on." Mao "I was glad that I could have a chance to join your volunteer works such as planting trees. How did you feel?" Tanaka "Definitely volunteer students enjoyed working with you. The Kesennuma local people must have had good time having you at Kesennuma. I'm sure people were happy to hear from you that you enjoyed delicious foods with them. We Kakehashi along with the local people will be happy if you will visit here again to see how the trees grow as well as to enjoy delicious foods in Tohoku." Mao "I had heard Tohoku people are warm hearted. And I found Tohoku pepple are really warm hearted when I came here. I'm really happy people were happy to meet me. I appreciate I had a chance to visit here which was given through the YJA project." Tanaka "We really enjoyed today. Thank you very much." Mao " I'm rooting for Kesennuma guest house. Ganbatte kudasai(=Go for it!) :cheer: " Tanaka "Thank you.

    -This time I visited Kesennuma to support Kakehashi. And I joined their works to plant trees. It was because trees saved lots of people's lives when they were almost washed away by tsunami. They held onto the trees. So we planted apple trees, peach trees, fig trees, blueberry trees and plum trees to prepare for the future tsunami. I was surprised to hear fruits will grow ripe in this coming fall. I prayed during planting trees that trees will grow fast and fruits will grow ripe well. I wish I'll visit there again in this coming fall and enjoy the fruits together with the people."

    -Separated corner named 'Things that I want to have done before turning 30.'
    Mail 5: "I wish to have favorite bars as an adult lady." Mao: I don't have any favorite bar, or I've not been to any bar yet. hehe When I was a teenager I once tried to pretend to be a matured woman such as when I selected musics. But now I feel like kid of covering my face with palms when I look back those performances since I didn't look matured at all in those days. Now I don't feel I need to do that. I go as I am, and it's enough for me now.
    Mail 6: "I want to get the licence as a weather forcaster, own a car and join a matchmaking party." Mao; "Getting licenses would be great. You must be considering your future plans. I've focused on skating so far. Considering my future, getting licenses might be a good idea. On the second topic cars are useful. I have a car too. It's very helpful in my daily life. Go for it. And last summer I visited Briffith Observatory in LA with my friend. It was really a great scenery there and very romantic. Unfortunately I was not with a boyfriend. hehe I wish your dream that you go on a drive with your girl friend to somewhere romantic will come true.

    -Public recording show will be held on April 18 in Kyoto. Listeners will be invited. Please read the reference page and send us applications. http://www.tbs.co.jp/radio/maosmile/


    Here are photos of the scene Mao planted trees with Kakehashi. http://www.tbs.co.jp/radio/maosmile/

    Since this summary is very long, I feel sorry for you to read all through this long 'summary'. ;) And since I gave up correcting my mistakes I might have made, I'm just fine if you silently decided in your mind to skip this post. :D

    ETA:
    Chukyo University's graduation ceremony will be held on 19th this month. Hopefully we'll see photos and videos of her ceremony. :cheer:
     
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    Thank you Rosewood. I love reading about Mao. :)

    Ha! She is relaxing and having fun. Good girl. :cheer2:
    Enjoy and come back next season. :biggrinbo:encore:
     
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    Thank you so much rosewood for the detailed summary of Mao's radio show. It really gives a good insight into what kind of person she is. I especially like how she reveals little details about how she sees the world as when she says that she tried to play grown up when she was young, but now she just goes out as she is, and when she says how romantic the observatory is near LA. I also like all the time she spent in talking about the people affected by the devastation of the tsunami and earthquake because it shows how much she cares about people who have suffered through tragedy. Surviving and overcoming tragedy by creating a work of artistic beauty is the profoundly moving feeling I always get when I watch her Sochi LP especially and her Worlds 2014 SP some as well.
     
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    It is announced that Midori Ito is invited to the public recording event for Mao's radio show held on April 18 in Kyoto. It'll be talk show style with Mao and MIdori. I badly want to go!!!! :dog:If only I live near Kyoto... :wuzrobbed:shuffle: About 2000 people will be invited (for free) to the event. See the linked page, if you are interested. http://www.tbs.co.jp/radio/maosmile/

    I found a great video which has all of Mao's exhibition numbers in senior field. Try, I bet you can't watch them without tearing up remembering every little thing throughout her journey. :encore:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23o6mn_浅田真央-エキシビション-pro-シニア大全集_sport

    Mao's new commercial video for Sumitomo LI was published. It's the scene of selection meeting for the Young Japan Action projects. You can see Mao was working as the head of the meeting.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZakSDajOAY

    ETA:
    Chukyo TV which is one of the organizers of THE ICE tweeted ticketing info of this year's show. I assume they'll announce something more before long. https://twitter.com/ctveventkawa/status/574807039148326912

    Tomorrow is her graduation day!
     
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    Here is a fancam of Mao's Sochi freeskate from a Russian fan of Mao.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ArTNtQl9UQ

    At first, I thought it was too far away but the zoom lens and the different vantage point somehow combined to make it very moving to watch. I was amazed at how dramatic and expressive her balletic extensions and exits to her jumps were from so far away. Totally unique.

    from MaoRussianFan at Mao Asada forum.
     
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    Congratulations to Mao for graduating from Chukyo University! :cheer2:

    Mao just finished the graduation ceremony.
    Awwww She almost chocked up during the press conference.
    She was awarded the chairman of Chukyo University special prize as the second student ever and the first athlete student to be awarded.

    Photo:
    http://mainichi.jp/graph/2015/03/20/20150320k0000m050001000c/002.html
    Of course she was in kimono/hakama of her own brand 'maomao'. :D:encore:

    ETA:
    More photos
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150319-00000028-nksports-spo.view-000
    http://mainichi.jp/graph/2015/03/20/20150320k0000m050001000c/003.html
    http://mainichi.jp/graph/2015/03/20/20150320k0000m050001000c/001.html

    These photos make me feel the season of cherry blossoms has come. Spring is the time for a new start in Japan. Wheee!! :inavoid:
     
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    Thank you for posting this. Fancams are always welcome! They make me feel as if I am at the rink. :40beers: Thanks to the poster on the Russian fan forum too. :)
     
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