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    Mao posted an entry on her official site today.
    http://maimao-asada.com/mao/about-game/2014/04/02/676/

    (my rough translation)
    World Championships finished.
    April 2nd

    Thank you very much for your support in this season as always.
    In spite of all ups and downs, I'm very much satisfied,
    I went all out in daily practices and also in competitions!!!
    I feel great right now.(^^)

    http://maimao-asada.com/blog_mao/wp-.../04/0402_1.jpg
    This photo was taken in the Worlds after-party.
    There can you see the ice carving of skating boots?
    It was melting a bit since this photo was taken around the end of the party.
    Such a beautiful carving.

    I'm with tuna-san that I love in this photo.♡
    http://maimao-asada.com/blog_mao/wp-.../04/0402_2.jpg


    I skate in shows in April.
    I'll skate from my heart with gratitude!
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    A video of that "figure skating is wonderful" interview(with an interpreter) in front of 18,000 crowd.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSj1wcnTi7Q

    A glimpse of yesterday's Jupiter she skated in the charity show for East Japan Great Earthquakes victims. Daisuke proposed the show plan and this is the forth year to held the show. Skaters said thank you standing at the donation boxes to people who did the donation in the venue after the show finished. Reportedly it took them for three hours to say thank you to everyone. Japanese skaters have been doing great support since the disaster. One of the reasons might be many of their fellow skaters are from the affected areas, especially Sendai where Shizuka and Hanyu are from. And another might be the skaters who were representatives of Japan to be sent to the canceled Tokyo Worlds had conflicts inside of themselves. Many of them said later that they were wondering whether it was good or not to skate in the Worlds( even in re-scheduled Russian Worlds) since many people were still struggling in Japan. Mao was very shocked by the disaster and kept out of the rink for a week. It affected her peeking but she said later that she wished to skate well there to encourage Japanese people who were affected by the disaster. Shame she didn't place high enough to show her Jupiter in the exhibition show. But I was very much moved by the opening/ending of the exhibition which was choreographed to support Japan. Back to the topic Japanese skaters are still very active for supporting the people who were affected by the disaster. They do skate in the charity shows, held skating classes for the kids, and skate in the affected areas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSv66DHrMGg

    Today Mao is gonna skate in Nagoya Figure Skating Festival. It's a show where skaters from Nagoya skate in front of the Nagoya people. Mao, Akiko, Kanako, Kozuka etc will enjoy their kinda home rink show.

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    I came across this fan art today. It's awesome.
    https://twitter.com/Eikaiwa_tw/statu...298305/photo/1

    A video clip of Nagoya Figure Skating Festival. It's a small show but must be a special one for her. Since Nagoya is her home town, she seems very relaxed and happy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdtecFqyKJQ


    Photos from Nagoya FSF.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...2030001-p1.jpg
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...2030001-p2.jpg
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/images/...2030001-p3.jpg
    http://www.jiji.com/news/photos/phot...0016984310.jpg
    http://www.jiji.com/news/photos/phot...0016984328.jpg

    Farewell ceremony happened for Akiko, Nobu and Miki in the end of the show. If Mao had announced her retirement before this show, she must have added to them and said good-bye on the home ice.

    Random pick ups.
    http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkXNaU_CE....jpg:orig?.jpg
    http://fbcdn-photos-f-a.akamaihd.net...06088740_n.jpg
    http://amd.c.yimg.jp/amd/20140331-00...000-3-view.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amy03 View Post
    Thanks for all the updates rosewood, do you know if the performances will be uploaded on youtube?
    Fan cams are not allowed in Japanese shows so we can't expect them on youtube. Among the shows Mao participated/participating in April, Osaka Exhibition show will be aired on April the 12th.(Osaka Local), and Stars on Ice will be aired on April 16th(TV Tokyo). So we'll see some videos on youtube after those recorded coverage on TV. I'd love to see Jupiter(she skated in the charity show in Kobe). If any, I'll post on this thread.

    Today I found an article about her retirement on twitter. https://twitter.com/yuzuporuko/statu...614403/photo/1 Shame this source is kinda yellow paper so we have to wait for more reliable sauces, but it says that Mao will announce about her decision in May. She'll make her exhibition program in June and it'll be skated in her show The Ice Tour(July 23-27 in Nagoya and Osaka). If she continues competing, she'll make the competitive programs as well as the ex pros. I assume she'll go to Nichol's rink in June as she did two seasons ago.

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    Can't wait to see videos from the shows. Mao is my favorite and the CAST for this show is simply incredible

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Fan cams are not allowed in Japanese shows so we can't expect them on youtube. Among the shows Mao participated/participating in April, Osaka Exhibition show will be aired on April the 12th.(Osaka Local), and Stars on Ice will be aired on April 16th(TV Tokyo). So we'll see some videos on youtube after those recorded coverage on TV. I'd love to see Jupiter(she skated in the charity show in Kobe). If any, I'll post on this thread.

    Today I found an article about her retirement on twitter. https://twitter.com/yuzuporuko/statu...614403/photo/1 Shame this source is kinda yellow paper so we have to wait for more reliable sauces, but it says that Mao will announce about her decision in May. She'll make her exhibition program in June and it'll be skated in her show The Ice Tour(July 23-27 in Nagoya and Osaka). If she continues competing, she'll make the competitive programs as well as the ex pros. I assume she'll go to Nichol's rink in June as she did two seasons ago.
    Any news on The Ice tour cast? I know it's still early..but maybe..

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    The cast isn't announced yet but the tickets are already sold out.(They'll sell some more tickets from time to time so that various people can get the chance to buy tickets.) I heard Kozuka is listed on some site(I can't confirm this). I assume Jeff Buttle will work as a choreographer and a skater as usual. Others would be some IMG skaters and Mao's friends. Also The Ice invites a few up and coming skaters every year to support them financially. And the organizer used to ask fans who they want to see, so some skaters will be invited based on fan favorites.

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    Found this article link on the IFS FB page - "Mao Asada exhibition draws record crowd in Tokyo": http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_...AJ201404120058

    Thanks so much for all your Japan show links, rosewood!
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    The moment when Mao Asada won Worlds; the highest TV rating was 33,6%

    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 ) 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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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    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 ) 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.
    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?

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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

    photos from the exhibition, Mao visited the exhibition after the department store closed.
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00322_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00326_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00327_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00328_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00329_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00330_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00333_comm.jpg
    http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00335_comm.jpg
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlG3yMTCAAAapz6.jpg:large

    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.
    Last edited by rosewood; 04-14-2014 at 10:26 AM.

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    Glimpse of the exhibition event and Superstars on Ice in Sapporo. Photos of Mai & MAo in their childhood are so cute.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYw_N60HbuI

    Preview program of Stars on Ice in Tokyo. SOI in Tokyo will be aired on 16th. The preview program shows Mao, Akiko and Kanako had dinner and talked about their retirement. Can't wait to see the broadcast.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA5qb8arf2Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    Glimpse of the exhibition event and Superstars on Ice in Sapporo. Photos of Mai & MAo in their childhood are so cute.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYw_N60HbuI

    Preview program of Stars on Ice in Tokyo. SOI in Tokyo will be aired on 16th. The preview program shows Mao, Akiko and Kanako had dinner and talked about their retirement. Can't wait to see the broadcast.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA5qb8arf2Q
    Ooh thanks for these

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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.

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    Interview with Mo and Mai by NHK on live morning news program.

    "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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    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.

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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
    Last edited by rosewood; 04-17-2014 at 06:35 AM.

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