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    Maia Shibutani posted this one from dinner:

    https://twitter.com/MaiaShibutani/st...715456/photo/1

    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    http://instagram.com/p/cMcb_yCBei/
    Photos with Geikos.(Actually I see the left one is not Geiko. She is Maiko who is younger Geiko. They have complicated rules in wearing their kimonos and accessories.)
    From what I've read, her kimono is too brightly colored to be a Geiko. Maikos get to wear the relatively "flashy" clothes

    Thank you so much for all of the links and information!
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    Sounds so exciting. Is there possible we see some videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unicorn View Post
    Sounds so exciting. Is there possible we see some videos?
    This is the official channel of The Ice. They used to upload the videos of the latest shows in a couple of days after they aired the program. Aichi shows were aired on Sunday. So I guess they'll upload the new ones in these couple of days.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/theiceCTV


    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    rosewood thank you so very much for all the information and links
    Hi, alilou. I'm glad that you enjoyed my post. I'm visiting your blog every time you update it. How do you take those beautiful photos? The photos of Mexico are so wonderful. I love the colors of your photos in particular. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Maia Shibutani posted this one from dinner:

    https://twitter.com/MaiaShibutani/st...715456/photo/1


    From what I've read, her kimono is too brightly colored to be a Geiko. Maikos get to wear the relatively "flashy" clothes

    Thank you so much for all of the links and information!
    Oh, you really know well about Geiko/Maiko, kwanfan1818. As you said Maikos wear more flashy kimonos since they are younger than Geikos. And another good key to distinguish them is hair accessories. Maiko's hair accessories are much bigger and flashy than Geiko's. The design of their kimonos/hair accessories are based on seasons and they change to proper ones month by month. It's like "kigo"(season words) in "haiku"'(one of the styles of Japanese traditional poems).
    My images of Maikos are as follows. I see first photo is taken in early spring by the flowers of wisteria and socond one is late in autumun by the ear of rice in their hair.
    http://img5.blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ybi/1/...584_17486304_0
    http://kyototabi.img.jugem.jp/20070113_278988.jpg
    http://blog-imgs-47.fc2.com/w/a/t/wa...82202368c2.jpg
    These are my images of Geikos. They are rather simple comparing to Maikos.
    http://blogimg.goo.ne.jp/user_image/...0541081aac.jpg
    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/8D0Q0T4gEYQ/0.jpg
    http://art2.photozou.jp/pub/256/1502...o/17043938.jpg

    Addition:
    Here is a fluff video of JSOI 2011. Sasha tried kimono in Kyoto. She looks so cool. Now you can see which style she tried, Geiko or Maiko?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byWaht_ICG8#t=2m40s
    Last edited by rosewood; 07-30-2013 at 02:48 AM. Reason: Added Sasha's viedo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemestone View Post
    Aichi aired today, Osaka on 8/1.
    thank you !
    Do you know which show will be on official The ice Ytube channel ??

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    some backstage clips
    The ICE 2013 - welcome party
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12...me-party_sport
    The ICE 2013 Backstage
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12...ackstage_sport

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    Adelina Sotonikova talked about her new program and The Ice shows with WFS.
    http://fskating.com/2013/07/sotnikov...t-program.html

    “In the Olympic season my short program will be “Carmen”. I really like the program and feel myself very different in it. You know, Carmen is a woman who first wins the hearts and then makes it clear: ha, you’re not in my taste!” smiling Sotnikova told
    In reference, this is her second time to join The Ice shows. I guess she was little nervous last year because it was the first time for her to join a big tour in Japan far apart from her country.
    Russian figure skater is very happy with her performances at the ice show in Japan.

    “This year, the show was very good. Everything was easy and I felt somehow more free and liberated than ever before. I’m very pleased how I felt and how I skated. Japanese fans received us with a great delight, as always!” she added.
    I was guessing Adelina would stay in Japan for some more days to train with TT and Mao. TT was planning to visit Japan just after The Ice finished to brush up Mao's FS. But the article says Adelina is back in Moscow already. I've not heard of any news of TT's arrival yet. I wonder if she visits Japan or not. Sooner or later we'll see, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Adelina Sotonikova talked about her new program and The Ice shows with WFS.
    http://fskating.com/2013/07/sotnikov...t-program.html
    Actually she didn't talk with WFS, but with Team-Russia 2014, full interview (in Russian):
    http://www.team-russia2014.ru/article/figur/10971.html

    Looking forward to see her exhibition, should be different and interesting according to how she describes it.

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    Why can't we have show like that in the US? or why can't they bring that show to the us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    Why can't we have show like that in the US? or why can't they bring that show to the us?
    They used to have shows like that back in the good ol' days. I remember they used to tour all over the US, there were weekend specials on TV, Champions on Ice was broadcast on TBS and TNT, worlds were broadcast on ESPN...skating was a big deal.

    If a show like that came to the US I doubt if it would be even half as successful as it is in Asian countries. The US just doesn't care about figure skating like that. I do think the sport will get more attention starting in January, right before Sochi.

    For two weeks every four years people care...after that it will slide right back into obscurity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by reut View Post
    Actually she didn't talk with WFS, but with Team-Russia 2014, full interview (in Russian):
    http://www.team-russia2014.ru/article/figur/10971.html

    Looking forward to see her exhibition, should be different and interesting according to how she describes it.
    Thank you for the original and whole interview, reut. Actually twitter reports said her ex "Oblivion" was so dramatic and beautiful. She used two flashy colored flags as her wings. Her performance as a butterfly was so impressive, they said. i'm looking forward to seeing her Carmen, too. I love her body line and dynamic performance so much.

    One more thing about Adelina, they have had dance battles in the shows in these a few years. If my memory is correct, she was one of the finalist last year. Meryl Davis was the champion and got a Nintendo game set or something(sorry I'm not sure). And this year Adelina won the battles! She is such a danceable girl and good at appealing to the audience. She is getting popular and popular in Japan, I'm sure. In reference, the audience and Jeff Buttle were the judges. So I believe one of the reasons she was satisfied with this year's performances was the triumph in the battles. I heard Chernyshev gave big hands to her and he seemed enjoying her performances. Glad that it seems they are in good relationships. Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing the vids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Actually twitter reports said her ex "Oblivion" was so dramatic and beautiful. She used two flashy colored flags as her wings. Her performance as a butterfly was so impressive, they said. I'm looking forward to seeing her Carmen, too. I love her body line and dynamic performance so much.
    Yes, me too, I really like Adelina. Looking forward to see her this coming season. I just, by definition, can't be excited about "Carmen". On the other hand it's Tchernyshev, and I really believe in him. We'll see.

    And, yes, me too I read about Adelina winning the "dance battles"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    One more thing about Adelina, they have had dance battles in the shows in these a few years. If my memory is correct, she was one of the finalist last year. Meryl Davis was the champion and got a Nintendo game set or something(sorry I'm not sure). And this year Adelina won the battles! She is such a danceable girl and good at appealing to the audience. She is getting popular and popular in Japan, I'm sure. In reference, the audience and Jeff Buttle were the judges. So I believe one of the reasons she was satisfied with this year's performances was the triumph in the battles. I heard Chernyshev gave big hands to her and he seemed enjoying her performances. Glad that it seems they are in good relationships. Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing the vids.
    This year Adelina and Kevin were the finalists, and Adelina was the winner in the dance battles. She got a MacBook as the prize. She was very danceable and fantastic

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    Last edited by NONKO; 07-30-2013 at 05:10 PM. Reason: deleted because double posted by the error

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    Not sure if this has been posted yet. It's a short clip of Narumi and her new partner performing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2rzQr9g2vY

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post



    Hi, alilou. I'm glad that you enjoyed my post. I'm visiting your blog every time you update it. How do you take those beautiful photos? The photos of Mexico are so wonderful. I love the colors of your photos in particular. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Hijacking the thread to say thank you very much rosewood, it's wonderful to hear you're enjoying the blog. About the photos - I have 2 sisters who have been professional photographers and I've learned a lot from them. One of the biggest things I've learned is not to oversaturate the colours - which I'm afraid many people are guilty of. The result of that is the photos look unnaturally garish, greens are too green, and skin in particular is frequently too red. I pay a lot of attention to make sure, as best I can, that the photo looks like what I saw. It's always lovely to hear of another FSUer following our journey.

    And another thank you for all your reporting of skating in Japan. A few years ago an FSUer from Japan sent me a dvd of The Ice - it was one of the best shows of skating on TV I've ever seen. Beautiful production values.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONKO View Post
    This year Adelina and Kevin were the finalists, and Adelina was the winner in the dance battles. She got a MacBook as the prize. She was very danceable and fantastic
    I love that Kevin was a finalist in a dance competition Oh the irony
    I'm aware that Kevin is not the most graceful skater, neither does he have wonderful basic skating skills, but I appreciate his perseverance, and he seems like a really nice person. I <3 Kevin.
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    "Body Letters" video from ShibSibs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBghYVnxGrY

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    THE ICE 2013

    ■ Opening ◇Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall / Coldplay
    1 Satoko Miyahara ①POETA(FP)②Mambo(EX)③Solace④Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
    2 Takahashi/Kihara ①Samson and Delilah(SP)②les miserables(FP)
    3 Maxim Kovtun ①Flamenko(SP)②Summertime/Billy Stewart (EX)
    4 Mirai Nagasu ①Golden Pond
    Encore (Mirai Nagasu, Kaitlyn Weaver, Gracie Gold) ◇Fashion Monster / Kyarypamyupamyu
    5 Takahito Mura ①Jumpin’ jack(SP)②LOVE NEVER DIE(EX)
    6 Shibutanis ①I Lived/OneRepublic②Anthing you can do
    7 Jeremy Abbott ①Exogenesis②Bring him home
    8 Adelina Sotnikova ①Carmen②OBLIVION
    ■ Men's Group Number ◇On the Nature of Daylight / Max Richter

    ■ Dance Battle ◇That’s the way
    9 Gracie Gold ①All That Jazz
    10 Javier Fernandez ①AEROBIC CLASS②Charlie Chaplin
    ■ Ladies' Group Number ◇Bom Bom / Sam and the Womp
    11 Jeffrey Buttle ①Just in Time②In This Shirt
    12 Kanako Murakami ①King of Anything
    13 Kevin Reynolds ①Hungarian Rhapsody②But not for me
    Encore (Adelina Sotnikova, Kevin Reynolds) ◇My Boi and Me / Ashley Tisdale
    14 Weaver/Poje ①First Nation②je suis malade
    15 Takahiko Kozuka ①Unsquare Dance(SP)②Bang Bang(EX)
    16 Mao Asada ①Nocturne(SP)②Smile/What a Wonderful World (EX)
    ■ Finale ◇
    1. Aiii SHOT THE DJ / Scooter
    2. When You Wish Upon a Star / Celtic Woman
    3. Call Me Maybe / Carly Rae Jepsen
    4. El Choclo / Orchesta El Arranque.
    5. Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie / The Brian Setzer Orchestra
    ■ Grand Finale ◇CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU

    http://www2.ctv.co.jp/theice/?p=292

    In reference
    Although I see some programs might need to be added "SP/FS/EX", I just copied the lists on the original site and translated into English.
    Last edited by rosewood; 07-31-2013 at 02:55 PM. Reason: Added the reference
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    ^^^Thank you, iceberg08. They uploaded Aichi show aired by Chukyo TV(Aichi local). I loved Kozuka's SP, Mao's "Smile", and Adelina's "Obrivion" among the programs aired in full version so far. Unfortunately many of the performances were edited into digests. I' m so disappointed that some of them were edited into very short clips. BTW Fuji TV is just airing the Osaka shows in a couple of hours. I hope they air other programs that Chukyo TV didn't. As for Mao, she skated Noc again and I heard she did better and more relaxed in another costume. So I'd love to see Osaka version, too. But Fuji TV really S*CKS and they like airing crappy fluffs better than skaters performances. In addition, the announcer of Fuji talks too much, even telling his meaningless poems/jokes. So I don't expect too much of them. On August 17, Chukyo TV is planning to air the whole Aich show, then we'll be able to see all the programs skaters did in full version. Chukyo TV will upload the full version on the official channel of THE ICE 2013. I really hate that the copy right is so strictly protected in Japan that people cannot record the shows at the arena or upload them on youtube.


    Edition:
    Fuji TV has just finished airing Osaka shows. I have to tell that the announcer i mentioned above didn't disturb us too much today. That's the good thing and another good one was they didn't shortened the prgrams of the individual stakers. The bad thing is they aired only eight of the programs except for the group numbers. Those are Satoko's "Poeta"'(FS), Kozuka's "Bang Bang"(Ex), Gracie's "All That Jazz"(Ex), Fernandez's "Aerobic Class"(Ex), Takahashi/Kihara's "Les Miserables"(FS), Kanako's "King of Anything"(Ex) They said it's newly choreographed by Yuka Sato), Mao's "Nocturne"(SP) and "Smile/What a Wonderful World" (EX). Satoko's Poeta was something and her single triples and the first triple of the cascade actually seemed higher than last season. The second and third jumps of the cascade didn't seem changed visibly, though. Takahashi/Kihara still have a lot to work but they really progressed in six months. I was impressed by their performance. I can't help loving Mao's ”Smile" . How nice to see her skating happily after a few really hard years with her mom's passing away and reworking her jump techniques I'm with something depressing in my real life, I don't tell you further here, so I feel somewhat thankful to be encouraged by this number. My impression of Nocturne is that she is truly matured as a skater and as a human, too. It's a kind of wonderful feeling to see the first love came back being matured in every aspects. Sorry but I wrote my poem although the silly announcer didn't.
    Last edited by rosewood; 08-01-2013 at 10:23 AM.
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