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    Up and Coming Japanese Ladies Skaters

    Since I made one for the Russian ladies, I thought it would be only fair to make one for the amazzing ladies of Japan as well.

    Kanako Murakami ( My personal Fav) Besides Mao of course. Anyway, She's the 2010 Junior World Champion. She got first at the Japan Figure Skating Nationals ( Junior) and 5th for ( Senior ). She has amazzing talent and hopefully she'll go far with it.
    Worlds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUAbzu2Robs

    Yukiko Fujisawa: She was the Bronze medal winner at the JGP Budapest. She was also the Bronze Medal Winner at the Japan Junior Championships.
    Japan Nationals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p2rW-LFLlU

    Haruka Imai: She is the 2008 Japanese Champion. She is also the winner of the silver medal the 2009 Japanese Junior Nationals.
    2010 FCC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0IDeejAdT8

    Yuki Nishino: For some reason I really enjoy this skater. She was the 2007 Junior GPF Bronze medal winner. She was also the 2007 Japanese Silver Medal Winner at Japanese Nationals.
    Japanese Nationals:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHZa3TMam1k

    So enjoy. Hopefully these girls have a bright future ahead of them in Japan's already bright enough skating field.

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    A lot of novice level skaters competed internationally recently.

    Triglav Trophy
    2 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 129.15 4 2
    3 Riona KATO JPN 123.64 3 3

    Skate Copenhagen
    1. Miu Sato 46.45 65.10 111.55
    2. Ayana Yasuhara 44.89 61.45 106.34

    Amsterdam Tulip Trophy
    1. Risa SHOJI JPN 128.60 40.91 (2) 87.69 (1)
    2. Rin NITAYA JPN 121.59 45.51 (1) 76.08 (2)

    Shoji, Sato and Yasuhara will be eligible for the JGP next season.
    Miyahara and Kato will be JGP eligible in in 2011-2012.

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    Also, Karen Kemanai (July 13, 1995) who was 6th at JPN junior nationals, 11th at senior. Won her only international event, 2009 Coupe de nice (juniors), with a score of 122.77. She seems to be one of those skaters who do poorly in the short and then jump up the ranks in the free skate.

    And there's Roannasari Oshikawa (October 19, 1994) who was 11th at junior nationals, but was 4th in seniors at the NRW trophy.

    Kako Tomotaki was 5th at junior nationals, 18th at senior. Does anyone know her age?
    The Junior Grand Prix: Where skaters who "come out of nowhere" come from.

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    Here is a great website to see all the skaters: of all levels. http://www.figureskatingonline.info/athletes.php

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    Fujisawa What a talent. Whoever was/is her coach did a great job teaching her the basics. Wonder skating skills and great technique on about everything (except for the slight lip) I hope she goes far (along with Kanako)!

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    Kanako Murakami, Yukiko Fujisawa, Haruka Imai, Yuki Nishino, Ayumi Goto and Karen Kemanai.



    Kanako is my favourite junior skater, but I also love Yukiko!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanna View Post
    Kako Tomotaki was 5th at junior nationals, 18th at senior. Does anyone know her age?
    Her birthday is: 9/12/95

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strawberry301 View Post
    Yukiko Fujisawa: She was the Bronze medal winner at the JGP Budapest. She was also the Bronze Medal Winner at the Japan Junior Championships.
    Japan Nationals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p2rW-LFLlU
    Actually, that was Haruka Imai, who won the bronze on JGP Budapest Yukiko was not there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclou View Post
    Her birthday is: 9/12/95
    aehm is that a December or September birthday? US vs European Date formats always get me confused.

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    ^ September 12th

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    Would anyone like to help translate the top 6 (or more) Novice 'A' National finishers' names (ladies and men) from October 2009 in this old thread? http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=69418

    All I've been able to find online is a wikipedia page that mentions the top 4 Novice ladies who were invited to compete in Junior Nationals in November 2009: Ayana Nasuhara (1st in novice, 28th in junior), Risa Shoji (2nd in nov., 10th in jr.), Riona Kato (3rd in nov., 7th in jr.) and Satoko Miyahara (4th in nov., 4th in jr.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclou View Post
    ^ September 12th
    Thanks! so it should have been written 12/09/95 I actually got into the habbit of using 12-Sep-95 for all dates as I am working with the US a lot and they always get the date format wrong from a European point of view

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Would anyone like to help translate the top 6 (or more) Novice 'A' National finishers' names (ladies and men) from October 2009 in this old thread? http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=69418.
    Done.

    While translating I stumbled across this video with training footage of Shoma Uno and Ayaka Osamura. Yuko Monna (Miki Ando's first coach) says she is as big a talent as Mao and Miki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by softlip View Post
    Done.
    Arigato, softlip!

    Yuko Monna (Miki Ando's first coach) says she [Ayaka Osamura] is as big a talent as Mao and Miki.
    Did she compete at Novice 'A' Nationals last October? If yes, what place did she finish below 6th?

    ETA: nsima posted videos from a February 2010 local competition that includes the SP of Osamura: 2010 Aichi prefecture championship (I think you have to register an account in order to view them, though)

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    Ayaka Osamura placed 29th at the Jpn Nat Novice A in Oct 2009 (score: 52.08). According to this she missed a jump she usually hasn't a problem with, tried to cover it up by changing her jump layout and pulled basically an Oda.

    However she won the regional Chubu Novice A in Sep 2009 with a score of 72.99 in front of Miu Sato.

    At the Jpn Nat Novice A in Nov 2008 she placed 5th with a score of 69.20.
    The top 6 were: 1.Miu Sato, 2.Mao Watanabe (now Jr), 3.Karen Kemanai (now Jr), 4.Risa Shoji, 5.Ayaka Osamura, 6. Haruna Suzuki

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    Reposting the following from the JGP 2010 thread in Kiss and Cry:
    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Here's some videos of Japanese ladies who could receive JGP assignments this year. I would assume Ayumi Goto & Shion Kokobun are in the running to receive the TBA NHK slot.

    Shion Kokobun 2009 Japanese Nationals SP
    Ayumi Goto 2009 Japanese Nationals SP

    Obviously, they've got a lot to work on, but if they skate like they can, they should have good results on the JGP. I couldn't find videos on some younger skaters like Karen Kemanai, Kako Tomotaki, Miu Sato and so on.

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    I really like Fujisawa but she seemed to have gone downhill last season, finishing 4th at her only JGP (USA) last season after winning silver at the 2008 JGPF. I know she grew a lot this year so hopefully she can bounce back.

    And just a clarification, Haruka Imai won bronze at JGP Budapest 2009, not Fujisawa, she was 4th at JGP Lake Placid 2009.

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    ^Fujisawa seemed to rebound at Japanese Nationals last season, so she appears to be back on track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipso1 View Post
    ^Fujisawa seemed to rebound at Japanese Nationals last season, so she appears to be back on track.
    Yay ! I love her change of edge layback spin, so cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    change of edge layback spin
    ... that will not count as a level feature anymore. Too bad.

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