I love your poem gotoschool! Thank you for such beautiful writing.
I love your poem gotoschool! Thank you for such beautiful writing.
Here is another poem I wrote before the first one I posted. I like the first one better, but I took a lot of it from this one.
Pirouetting on a pliant blade
that glides lightly across the ice
as sharply clipped wing tips
soaring through the sky,
forming acrobatic arabesques
that carve serpentine arcs into the ice.
Fully stretched leg extensions
rotating in a tight semi-circle.
Mesmerized by multi-directional step sequences
that dig into the emotions from every angle,
tapping channels into the tear ducts
like peeling layers off an onion
to reveal the full depth of human expression.
The pulse pounds as she tackles the triple axel.
With arrow straight back
and beautifully tight symmetrical spirals,
she drills whip-saw chills into the tingling spine.
Then in an exquisite wave-like motion
she releases us into the ebb and flow
of redemption and melancholy.
Found youtube videos of that quiz show which was aired yesterday in Japan. She was so natural, organic, responsible, emotional, sensitive and LOVELY in the show. (Since English is my second language, my vocabulary of adjective phrases is limited, but today I used as many as possible inspired by you, gotoschool. ) The narration is also done by her. Her narration was surprisingly better than I expected from her. This show was great! You must watch the vids, bebecebubu.
The highest quality video on dailymotion.(But this video doesn't have an extra clip which was aired only in and around Tokyo area.)
Youtube video which has the extra clip in the beginning of the TV show. But the youtube user edited some parts in which guests were talking about the quiz.)
Vids by another youtube user. This one doesn't have the extra clip but it has the whole show aside from the extra clip.
Clip and photos from the official site of the show.
I'll post rough summary(or translations) of the video later.
I think Japanese fans post nice videos/photos/information on twitter when Mao did something special. Since TV rights are strictly protected in Janan, in many cases they take their videos down(or make it private one) in a few days. So search them with "浅田真央" on twitter at the right moment. Try the link below:
Last edited by rosewood; 07-06-2014 at 08:57 AM.
Thanks a lot rosewood for the links. The quiz show looks fascinating. I can't get dailymotion to open though. I don't know how Mao stays so thin eating so much. I guess skating burns off the results of the munchies.
Here is a long list of tweets from Mao's Sochi LP Performance from people all over the world:
Maybe all of you already know about this site, but I was amazed at how many pictures and comments about Mao are here. It keeps updating based on new results:
^^Thanks for those links, gotoschool! I haven't seen them. But I know so many people all over the world tweeted about her during Sochi Olympics, especially after her long program. I haven't visited tumblr. Nice to see people are enjoying sharing her clips.
As for dailymotion video, is it blocked in your area? If so, try this one. I searched with her name in English on dailymotion and found this http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x20...nter-mao_sport
wow thanks rosewood and gotoschool for the info and video link
i would love to see all the video even tho i have absolutely no idea what they talk about kekeke
right now i just watch old tv program Tokyo Friend park or something, hilarious kekekek but i just realize mao doesn't talk much in this show
but the game they playing was pretty hilarious
and everyone please share if u stumble unto anything mao related that has english sub or translate
on the other hand
i just realise that mao actually release a couple of DVD, and 2 of them make into oricon chard
does anyone know about what that's about, and if some sneaky soul actually manage to upload the whole thing into net
The extra clip part(Short preview of the quiz show):
Mao: I try vanilla & coffee flavored ice cream.
telop: "I'm afraid it's too cold in this winter to enjoy ice cream." by Beethoven on his diary in 1794
Narration by Mao: We can try Beethoven's favorite lunch in this shop. These are open sandwiches well known in Vienna. They are so colorful. It's said that Beethoven loved open sandwiches with ham & horseradish.
Mao: Tasty! The taste is refreshing and good.
Mao: Shinrinyoku(=forest bathing)
Narration: Breathing the air of freedom and taking a walk.
Mao: (Smelling the fragrance of a flower of the lime tree.) Oh, it smells nice. Awwww good fragrance.
Narration: Mozart, Strauss and Brahms, you can see a different legendary composer in each park.
Narration: If you get tired and hungry, let's go to a cafe.
Mao: Looks nice! (This cake is) moisty.
Narration: There are well known sweets in each cafe.
Mao: Tastes good.
Narration: Besides there was a friendly pianist who played requests.
Mao: Wow, it's Nocturne.
Narration: It was Chopin's Nocturne which I love. The number sounded sweet and a bit sorrowful. Vienna was a wonderful city.
Narration: Buildings also sing in this town.
Mao: Holy spring is coming.
Narration: Like taking flowers to the house with you, they decorate their buildings with flowers. Later I'll go to see the picture of kiss which is the most famous in the world.
Narration: This is the only one hotel room in the castle. Why not ask a question for my future.
Mao: How much is the room charge per a night?
A room clerk: At least 699 Euro per person.(Schönbrunn Palace Hotel, a suite)
Narration: Let's travel around the city of wonder, in Vienna.
Mao: My house is a bit bigger than this(castle).
Last edited by rosewood; 07-07-2014 at 06:57 AM.
Narration by a man: Why did you want to work as a 'mystery hunter'?
Mao: I'm back in school and studying such as history of sports. I haven't seen anything other than the way between hotels and the rinks when I was in foreign countries. So, now I'm excited to visit various historical places and experience various things during this travel.
Mao: My feelings are totally different(from when I left Japan for competitions). I'm so excited.
Mao: This is the most famous picture of a kiss. I assume the lady is feeling like (being) a flower when she was kissed by him, and they're shining from inside of themselves by loving each other.
Narration by a man: Well, the key of the birth of figure skating is in Vienna. There was a skater who made this sport an artistic one drastically by being inspired by art and culture in Vienna.
Narration by a man: To hunt the mystery of a rink in midsummer, she visited Slovakia which is a country of beautiful woods and hills. There was a surprising scenery.
Mao: It's scary a bit. First of all I don't know how to stop on a slope.
Narration by a man: And then she visited Budapest to search about List, the genius pianist. She met the roots of the number which is very special for her.
Mao: (Tearing up)Art is something great.
Narration by a man: Mao Asada visited the great cities of Vienna and Budapest. Figure skating fell in love with music. There was a mystery of a rink in midsummer. Hitachi's 'Sekai Fushigi Hakken'(=Hunt mysteries in the world.)
Narration by Mao: I'm gonna give you a quiz. What am I going to report for the first time as a novice 'mystery hunter'?
Mao: (On something which looks like a room) Wow! It looks like a room but it's not. What am I on? It just looks like a room or a train.
Mao: The answer is......look(at the scenery out of the window)......a wagon of a ferris wheel!
Narration by Mao: This ferris wheel in Prater park is one of the symbols of Vienna. It was built in the 19th century. It was the biggest ferris wheel in the world when it was built. A wagon takes 12 people. You can even enjoy drinking on wagons. It was one of the very modern amusements of those days. This amusement park is still very popular among the people of Vienna. The reason why it's loved is that they continue building more rides in the park. On the one hand here are very modern rides which make you scream, and on the other hand there is a very classic merry-go-round like this. Look at the real ponies pulling carriages of the merry-go-round. I tried an amusement ride for the first time in a while. I wanted to strengthen my three semicircular canals. Look, it says "EXTASY, Tempo 120km/h".
Mao: Wow wow hahahaha ahhhhhhhhh aahhhhhhhhh spinning!!!
Narration by Mao: As it would be expected, the music was wonderful even during the ride.
Mao: (Getting out of the ride)Feeling dizzy! I rotate(at the rink) many times every day, but it made me feel that I didn't want to rotate any more.
Narration by a man: Vienna is a city of history, but people of Vienna love something new too.
Mao: (She came across a parade.) hahaha Wow great! They are enjoying themselves a lot! So cool.
Narration by a man: In the end of the 19th century Vienna was the leading city in the fields of art and culture. People of Vienna got power from various information and sense of values which flowed into Vienna from out of the city. And they created new entertainments, art, and culture.
Narration by Mao: Actually figure skating progressed a lot in Vienna in those days too.
Narration by a Man: It was 150 years ago(in 1864) a man from the US arrived at Vienna. His name is Jackson Haines who was called as the father of figure skating. He is the one of the greatest legends of this sport.
Narration by Mao: This is US Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. There are exhibitions of the people who dedicated to the progress of figure skating. As for Japanese, there are exhibitions of Nobuo Sato who's one of my coaches for years, and Midori Ito who nailed a 3A for the first time in ladies field, and she is one of my idols. Jackson Haines is the first man who was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Narration by Mao: I was very interested in Haines, so I researched a lot on him.
Mao: Let's go upstairs. Wow, so gorgeous, filled with lots of pictures!
Narration by Mao: This is the Opera House in Vienna, which is one of the greatest opera houses in the world. There was a key to know more about Haines's skating here.
Mao: Haines changed figure skating drastically. The key is that he introduced something special which he was very good at into figure skating.........The answer is ballet! I started learning ballet at the age of three too. I'm very looking forward to seeing today's performance.
The edited part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16ffErgq2oE
Narration by a man: (Showing performances by Vienna national ballet company) Haines was born in NY and moved to Vienna to learn ballet. Back in NY he taught ballet and also he trained figure skating very hard. He used lots of ballet postures. However his skating was not accepted in the US of those days. He went back to Europe in 1864. His skating was highly appreciated in Vienna and he decided to live there. He evolved this sport and cleared the path for its future.
Narration by Mao: There are wonderful Japanese ballet dancers on Vienna national ballet company. They are Kiyoka Hashimoto and Masayu Kimoto. They are married couple. They played great roles in the modern ballet programs tonight. Their expressiveness was stunning.
Back to the original video.
Narration by Mao: I visited the backstage.
Masayu Kimoto(the male dancer): Wow, Asada Mao-can!!
Mao: hahaha Hello.
Masayu: Thank you for coming.
Mao: You were very beautiful even if I would have shot your photo at any moment.
Masayu: Is that so? Thanks.
Mao: It would be very nice if I can incorporate (the beautiful postures) into my skating. However I felt today that it will not be easy to make it.
Masayu: Mao-chan's movements are very soft and....
Kiyoka(the female dancer): .....as ballet, your movements are very beautiful.
Masayu: (Maybe he was asked about the difference between ballet and figure skating.) In a sense they look like to each other, but figure skating is a sport. The biggest difference is ballet is art and there are various types of dancers....
Kiyoka: .....there is not any 'correct answer' in ballet.
--edited originally on the TV show--
Kiyoka: Do you get nervous?
--edited originally on the TV show--
Mao: Do you get nervous?
Masayu: Well, yes.
Kiyoka: During Olympics, I played a principal role. Before I did it, I saw Asada Mao-chan skating in Sochi. I thought to myself that my pressure is much less comparing to Asada Mao-chan's. "I just dance in front of ONLY thousands of people." hahaha
Masayu: Mao-chan skated in front of the WHOLE WORLD.
Narration by Mao: Yearning for ballet as art. Tonight I had the same feeling as Haines did.
Mao: Wow, beautiful!
Narration: Besides, Haines discovered one more wonderful thing in the town, which played a big role to improve figure skating drastically.
Narration by Mao: This is St. Stephen's Cathedral. Mozart had his marriage here and also his funeral was done here too.
Mao: This cathedral make me feel the history.
Narration by Mao: This town is full of stories. This is where people enjoy entertainments in daily life. What Hains discovered (for figure skating) in this town was music.
Narration by a man: An idea came to Haines to introduce various music to figure skating.
Last edited by rosewood; 07-09-2014 at 12:26 PM. Reason: Corrected the ballet part a bit
wow rosewood thanks for your effort
now i have to watch again too match the whole thing with your translate
^I'm glad you enjoy the videos with my translations. But sorry for my bad English. I changed my translations in the ballet part a bit. This quiz show is a very interesting one. So, I wanted to translate the whole show, but it takes time. Sorry I have still three more videos to translate.
Well, OUR girl is truly lovely in this show, isn't she?
I'm double posting this from the THE ICE thread in the GSD.
Chukyo TV tweeted:
(my rough translation)ザ・アイスいよいよ来週ですね！浅田真央選手の新しくプログラムでは、曲の後半盛り上がる部分でお客さんも 立ち上がって、手拍子して欲しいとのこと。どんなプログラムになるのか楽しみですね♪
Finally THE ICE is coming next week! Mao Asada's new ex program has a part in the second half, which makes the crowd going. Mao says that she wishes the crowd enjoy the part together with her by standing up and clapping to the music. Can't wait to see what kind of program it is ♪
Last edited by rosewood; 07-10-2014 at 01:35 AM. Reason: for correction
kya THE ICE finally here
i have been wondering when the show would star
so can i assume that the music will be cheerful upbeat tune,Mao says that she wishes the crowd enjoy the part together with her by standing up and cLapping to the music
rosewood i have seen some talk that supposedly mao have an ex program to music of madame butterfly, cuz than peace include in the mao cd music, did u know anything about this?
Last edited by bebecebubu; 07-10-2014 at 09:53 AM.
Rosewood and bebecebubu -- can you guys just fix that typo ... it is cLapping to the music!
Done. Thanks, Spun Silver! My bad.
I assume her new ex program will be to up-beat current music, but I don't know what it is. I heard she said that she wants to try very different type of program from her programs in the past. As for Madame Butterfly I know TAT choreographed to it for her a few seasons ago, but Mao didn't show it in front of the audience. I'd love to see the program sometime in the future, though. Selfishly I wish she'll skate one more ex program by TAT during this break. I love Mao's ex programs done by TAT a lot. Also I'd love to see her skating to one more piece of Libera's. Jupiter was sublime and one of her master pieces, but it's somewhat heartbreaking for me to see it again, since she was going through tough time(her mom passed away, Japan had the great earthquakes and tsunami, and she was in the process of reworking) at that time, and the program reminds me of those days. So I want to see another program to Libera's. But I know it's my selfishness. I think simple and pure music suits her. But if she's in the mood of enjoying up-beat music now, why not? I'll enjoy watching her dancing to cheerful one too. Maybe we can expect lots of smiles from her in the new ex.
Rosewood thanks for all the updates and the video links!
Looking forward to seeing Mao's new Exhibition. Mao's ice shows are so well done and
she always has a great cast! I heard that Patrick was added to the cast.
^Yes, Chan is added. I'm looking forward to seeing how he sells his wonderful edgeworks in this year's THE ICE. Patrick, Jeff, Jeremy, Taka, Mao, Meryl/Charlie and Shibs--all of them have beautiful basic skating skills, I love them all. Can't wait to see the group numbers. Yay, THE ICE is coming soon!
Final THE ICE 2014 cast:
Narumi Takahashi & Ryuichi Kihara
Mae Berenice Meite
Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Maia & Alex Shibutani
(Up-and-coming skaters cast)
Sota Yamamoto(july 23rd), Rika Hongo(July 24th), and Shoma Uno(July 25th)
Mayuko Kuratsubo(July 19th, 21st), Wakaba Higuchi(20th)
Takeru Kataise(July 26th 12:00-), Kyona Shintani(26th 17:00-), Miyu Honda(27th)
Jeffery Buttle works one of the choreographers for opening number and men's group number as usual, and Meryl/Charlie choreographs ladies' group number this year(It's gonna be something special. I'm excited about their choreo!).
There is a THE ICE thread in GSD. I'll post information about the show on it.
(Skating at a rink)
Narration by Mao: As a figure skater I can't spend a day without training. I trained at this rink on that day. During my break I don't participate in any competition, but I skate in THE ICE 2014 which has Nagoya, Nagano and Osaka shows in July. I'll show a new ex number which is totally different from ones I did in the past. I hope you'll like it!
Narration by a man: Hains who improved figure skating a lot had his original spins.
Mao: Jackson Hains spin? I don't know.
Narration by Mao: (showing Jackson Hains spins) To tell the truth Jackson Hains spins means this type of spins which we often see still now--it means (basic) sit spins. This type of sit spins was called Hains spins till around 1920.
Mao: We have current rules. According to the rules, one's bottom has to be lower than the bent knee. I'll show you. (Showing the difficult position sit spins) This is one of the difficult elements for higher levels.
Narration by a man: There are jumps which have the names after the legendary skaters who did the original jumps for the first time. (Showing the photos of Axel and Salcow.)
A TV crew: Salcow.
Mao: (With clouded face) .........
A TV crew: Oh! Will we see why your face is clouded...later...?
Mao: I'll show you an Axel first.
A TV crew: OK
Narration by Mao: (Showing a 2A) Axels are the only jumps on which you take off looking forward, and you rotate a half revolution more than the other types of jumps.
Mao: This is 2A. If you rotate one more revolution, it will be 3A.
A TV crew: Now show us a Salcow please.
Mao: That's the jump I don't like.
--originally edited on the TV show
Mao: It's supposed to be one of the easiest.
Narration by a man: (showing Mao's 3S) That said, she showed an effortless 3S. Reigning Worlds Champion as she is.
Narration by a man: Skaters in the past piled up lots of wonderful skills. However there are skills which we can't see now. One of them is 'compulsories'. They drew figures on the ice.
Mao: (Drawing a tulip flower on the ice) OK, I finished. (Pointing the line on the ice) ....Well, I'll draw another figure... (Drawing a figure on the ice on one foot in good speed)
Narration by a man: Figure skating was named after 'figures' which skaters drew on the ice in the past.
Mao: I feel this sport was a delicate one in those days too. (Showing a figure on her iphone. She studied compulsories before going on a trip for filming this TV show.) I drew this figure with Lori Nichol in Canada. There are many figures. I'm so interested in them. The more you do, the more you'll be interested. I took photos of the figures since I want to make it to draw all of them.
Narration by Mao: I'll show you my original figure which came to my mind during this this trip. (showing the figure on the ice) What it is? You see lots of them in the town of Vienna. (The answer is a G clef)
Narration by a man: There is a mystery in this town where figure skating was very popular. The tip of the mystery is related to this picture which was painted in the beginning of the 20th century(telop:1905). There are nobles enjoying skating in the picture. But they were enjoying skating in midsummer!
Mao: Midsummer? Midsummer, and it was about a hundred years ago...Eh?
Narration by a man: To look for the key of the mystery, why not visit there?
Mao: Yes, I'd love to.
Narration by a man: Before looking for the mysterious rink, would you please give a quiz, Ms novice mystery hunter?
Mao: This is a very popular chocolate shop in Vienna. It's a sort of special one. (The shop's name is Lechanz's http://www.xn--schokoladeknig-5pb.at/startseite/ )
Mao: Hello. (Doing the gesture of 'nice smell')
Mr.Lechanz: Smells nice?
Narration by Mao: All of them are hand-made chocolates by Mr. Lechanz.
Mao: (With thumbs up) Good smell! (Eating a chocolate ball) Fluffy! Aaawwwww
Mao: (Looking around in the shop) Wow, lots of drawers! So cuuuuute!
Mao: This store was the one which was specializing in something. The something was very popular among royalty and titled nobility in those days.Actually the store was a purveyor to the Hapsburg. Now this is a question. What was the store specializing in? They put them in these lots of drawers and sold them. Choose the answer from these three. No.1 Ribbons--cute on your neck line and on your hair too. No.2 Buttons--small but having good presence. And No.3 Lace-- European traditional craft. Now, which one is the right answer?
---edited by the youtube user(The user skipped the part in which the MC and the guests talked about the question and told their answers.)
Mao: What were put in the drawers?
Mr. Lechanz: There were buttons in these drawers in those days. Look at the buttons which are displayed up there.
Narration by Mao: The answer is buttons.
Mr. Lechanz: In those days buttons were used as accessories as well, such as for earrings and rings for ladies.
Mao: The idea to put chocolates in these drawers is truly fantastic.
Mr. Lechanz: So, we have button shaped chocolates too. Lovely ones.
Last edited by rosewood; 07-12-2014 at 01:25 AM.
Thank you for your diligence in translating such large segments of Mao hosting the Japanese quiz show.
I just wanted to let you know that I really like your username. It reminds me of the beautifully rich tones that come from my Alvarez Yairi guitar, since it is a handmade Japanese instrument made out of a solid Indian Rosewood back.
I have written a description of Mao's performance of Bells of Moscow. She fascinates me artistically as a protean figure: one that is able to transform herself into a multitude of often contradictory characters and to me this was one of the most revolutionary and fascinating because it so obviously contradicts the innocence that she displayed before. Here, I believe she fully shows her genius as a dramatic actress. Furthermore, it mirrors the situation of the composer, Rochamaninoff, because he composed this piece about the grave fear of death very early in his life, just as Mao skated with such desperate and youthful vitality to such a somber piece quite early in her career.
In my opinion, the heavy, plodding, desperate and dirge-like drone of Bells of Moscow (Prelude in C Sharp Minor) has a profoundly somber and masculine tone that contrasts sharply with Mao's highly feminine, ethereal and tender nature, thus offending the sensibilities of those accustomed to her Fantasie Impromptu or Czardas performances. It is such a sharp break that many of her fans can’t take it; it undermines her effervescent image, almost as if they are witnessing the Fall of Mankind (or in this case Eve not Adam) in the Garden of Eden.
In addition, her heavy make-up, the black gloves and her dark red and black costume further enhances this sense of lost innocence, with her prodigal passion and dark abandon fully on display in her beguiling poses and contortionism in the spins and step sequences. Furthermore, the fact that her performance and skating seethes slowly like burning coal with no ultimate climax and release as in Sochi further frustrates the viewer’s expectations. The tension that builds is never really released; it seems to just grow heavier and heavier like Atlas bearing the whole weight of the world on his shoulders; until abruptly at the end the entire weight is dropped like a lead ball with the deep gong of the bell. Throughout the performance, a sense of apprehension mounts into smoldering anxiety that ends in interminable desperation, impeccably matching the sense of entrapment in the music. She poignantly and powerfully portrays Rochmaninoff's inspiration for the composition- his nightmare of being buried alive as he gazes in horror into the depths of a coffin at a funeral.
In this peerless performance, the innocent princess transforms into a dark, nimble angel firing wildly rotating lightning bolts from gyrating limbs during her dire step sequence. She is bewitchingly beguiling in her cat-like agility, as she springs into the air with a twin attack of triple axels, and an exquisite flurry of spinning rotations that are synonymous with feline finesse. She strikes bizarre behind-the back, peek-a-boo and mask-like poses through a black glove with her arms and hands like figures out of Picasso’s modernist paintings: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Three Women. This leads into her picturesque arabesque and spectacular lay back, scissor-like leg extensions in her spiral sequence.
As for spins, she pulls herself into a crouching position, crosses one leg on her knee, fully extends her arms and locks her hands above her head, before rising upright and extending her leg all the way above her head in a rapidly revolving leg extension. Then, she wraps her head and leg sideways around her back, drops into a sit spin with legs lowered below parallel to the ice, before fully extending her head and right leg all the way up in a one-handed Bielmann- during which she pulls her left hand in flush against her chest and fully extends her finger tips and head, which are titled and cupped upward while donning a black glove. The beautiful tension it creates builds all the way till the final gong of the Bell and upright spin at the end.
To me, her stunning costume and performance of the choreography is pure genius: a revolutionary artistic and dramatic “prelude,” no pun intended, to the tragic grandeur we see in Sochi. In other words, to experience the rich beauty of tragedy and redemption, there first needs to be a fall, and Bells for me is Mao’s first descent into tasting the fruits of the darker side of artistic expression. Besides, she is so very beautiful here: the quintessential Dark Angel.
My favorite performance is at Worlds and this is the best copy I could find:
I also became even more inspired and wanted to write about her performance after reading comments appearing below this video at youtube "her limbs as wildly rotated lightning bolts" was taken from here:
Last edited by gotoschool; 07-16-2014 at 08:36 AM.
Here are some pictures of Mao's new short haircut I took from Mao Asada fan thread at goldenskate.
I hope my description of Mao's Bells of Moscow didn't come across as too dark or racy for Mao. It's just the effect it had on me. I just thought of it as her as portraying a role like an actress in a movie, not that she's that way in real life. I know she's a wonderfully honorable woman. It's just the spirals, spins, steps, poses, triple axels, slow suspense, tension, desperation, sultriness and beautiful skating were so overwhelming to me that I just got carried away in the description.
Last edited by gotoschool; 07-18-2014 at 04:10 AM.
^gotoschool, there is a thread of THE ICE which is Mao's show. I'm posting real time updates on the thread in GSD. I posted her photo there yesterday. I wonder if you know the thread. http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...y-19-27)/page2
Mao looks kawaii I'm so happy to see Mao is enjoying herself during her break. I guess she's wanted to have her hair cut but can't when she was competing. I think I've never seen her hair that short even since she was very little.