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Japanese Figure Skating news - After Sochi

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by DaiKozOda, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. hanca

    hanca Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry about what media are saying now. There is a few very talented skaters among Japanese junior ladies and as soon as those ladies start winning some of the bigger competitions such as junior worlds and JGPF, the media will happily switch their love from one skater to the other.
  2. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Lots of talks are mostly about novice skaters and super young junior skaters at this point. It's too early to hype IMO. Give them time to grow such as till the end of their first season in junior field. You know how Mao lived under the pressure given by Japanese media. Not everyone can go through it like her. Some local media such as Chukyo TV looks supportive for their local skaters in many cases, but others are not. I'm a bit afraid of the hype for Marin Honda these days. Her management company doesn't look to be very reliable JIMO.
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  3. Meoima

    Meoima Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Mao is surely tougher than many people give her credit for. She is indeed, so strong. I was so amazed by how she pulled her best skate in the LP at Sochi under that pressure and after that dissapointment. I hope she will come back next season.
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  4. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    English results of Chubu Regionals were published.

    Senior Ladies final standings
    1.Miyabi OHBA 1 1 165.76
    2.Ibuki Mori 2 2 152.67
    3.Mao WATANABE 3 4 129.55
    4.Miu SATO 5 3 128.76
    SP http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2014-2015/fs_e/block4/data0203.pdf
    LP http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2014-2015/fs_e/block4/data0205.pdf
    Eeek no one looks in good shape. Miyabi won the competition but she didn't go for a 3A.

    Junior Ladies final standings
    1.Yuhana YOKOI 2 1 158.21
    2.Emiri NAGATA 3 2 143.15
    3.Mina TANIGUCHI 6 4 130.49
    4.Ayane YOKOI 8 3 130.23
    SP http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2014-2015/fs_e/block4/data0403.pdf
    LP http://www.jsfresults.com/National/2014-2015/fs_e/block4/data0405.pdf
    Yuhana fell on the opening combo and couldn't go for the second jump in SP.

    Chukyo TV showed glimpse of the promising skaters' programs in the Regionals during their news shows. Young skaters were likened to the popular skaters from Chubu area(Aichi prefecture). http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x27cpxs_141006-中部f_sport

    They said Miyabi Oba(19) is a Miki-type solid jumper. They also said Miyabi used to train gymnastics before she started skating at the age of 10. She made a debut in the senior field this year. She said in the interview after SP that she was not in good shape but she is satisfied with the interpretation in SP. She said in the interview after LP that she was very happy to win in the senior field. She was satisfied with what she did in both SP and LP in spite of the mistakes. She felt she did her best at this point.

    Ibuki Mori(17) was likened to Kanako-type dancing queen. She stayed in the US from 8 yo to 11 yo and she took lessons of dancing there. The little girl dancing in the center of the group is Ibuki. She once danced in the venue of MBA. She captures the crowd's hearts when she dances on the ice too(Chukyo TV says).

    Yuhana Yokoi(14) is the next Akiko Suzuki. She belongs to Howa Sports Land SC which Akiko Suzuki used to belong. (Now Akiko belongs to a management company.) Yuhana's strong point is the combination of high level technique in jumps & spins and artistry. Especially her expressiveness in the step sequence is outstanding. She skated a clean LP and won the competition for the first time in the junior field.

    Sui Takeuchi(12) could be the next Mao Asada who is the fairy on the ice with a sweet smile. Her first name Sui is from a word Junsui which means 'pure'. Her charm point is her smiles on the ice. Her spark lights up the rink. She has very good basics and her Biellmann spin is as good as Mao's.
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  5. gotoschool

    gotoschool Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have any information or links for Marin Honda since the Asian Open? I heard she had an injury about a month and a half ago and since then I haven't heard anything. I hope she gets better and continues to develop. I really like her skating.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014
  6. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    I think we are close to starting the new "Fumie failed to qualify for Nationals" thread...
  7. Sylvia

    Sylvia Still recovering from Worlds...

    Ibuki Mori competed in the U.S. qualifying system at the Juvenile and Intermediate levels when she lived in the U.S./southern California and qualified for 2008-09 Intermediate Nationals by placing 3rd at the always competitive Southwest Pacific Regionals. An article from Nationals that season had mentioned that Mori, 12 years old at the time, would be moving back to "Nagoya, Japan - her birthplace - at the end of March [2009] but plans to keep skating there."

    Thank you for your informative posts about Regionals, rosewood! :)

    ETA that I've started a new thread in the Kiss and Cry section for 2014-15 Japan national qualifying (Regional/Sectional) and other competitions: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/ind...egionals-sectionals-local-competitions.93259/
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2014
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  8. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the interesting information about Ibuki! It sounds she was promising in the US too. Wish the best for her to progress continuously. BTW do you know anything about Satoko Miyahara when she lived in Houston till the age of 7? I'm afraid you don't since she was very little, but if any, such as rinks, coaches, certifications... Her parents are doctors and they lived in the US due to their jobs. She started skating at the age of 5 and learned basics there. After returning to Japan, Satoko reworked on her jumps under Hamada. Her jumps used to be clockwise but Hamada told her to revolve counter-clockwise direction. It's said that the reason why Hamada taught her to revolve in the same direction as other skaters's jumps was to avoid the risks to crush into others on the crowded ice in Japan. I sometimes wonder if her jumps could be bigger if she didn't have to give up her clockwise jumps. I also somewhat assume that her multi-direction spins are based on her skating history.
  9. marysy

    marysy Well-Known Member

    A Google search turned up this: http://resu.sk8stuff.com/cdb/hist_longterm_name.asp?LNameWanted=Miyahara&FNameWanted=Satoko She participated at Skate Houston in 2004 and was part of the Houston Figure Skating Club, which was based out of the rink at the Galleria, a large mall in Houston with a smaller rink. Skate Houston the competition is held out of the Sugar Land rink, which has a pretty active figure skating program. (Kitty Carruthers, Paul Wylie's mother, and one of Tara Lipinski's former coaches are all based out of that rink. I think Amanda Evora skated there as well.) There aren't that many rinks in the Houston area, so it's likely she skated at one or both of those rinks.
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  10. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Wow that's a great information! Glad it seems she was in a good environment when she lived there. Thanks a lot, marysy. :)

    It's always interesting as well to see the environments in other countries. :)
  11. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Interviews with Team Japan were published. I'd like to post the summary instead of translation for saving time. Plus I'd like to post the summary of the interviews with Team Japan in the GPS press conference which was held a day after JO.

    Interviews with Team Japan after Japan Open.

    Takahito Mura:
    -About Japan Open?
    My skating was better here than in Lombardia Trophy. I'll work on the small mistakes I did here till GPS.
    -Themes of your programs?
    Basically I wish I express the story of a man who loves a woman in both of my programs.
    -What is the difference between JO and shows?
    This venue is huge. It was a good experience for me to skate(my competitive program) before GPS.
    -What did you focus during your training in this past summer?
    Last season my quads were poor and it made my other jumps in trouble. During the Team Japan summer camp I worked on my quads with a coach there(my note: Maybe he meant Ilia Kulik who worked as a temporary coach) for a week. It gave me a tip to recover my confidence with my quads including a different quad. I'm doing well with my quads in this season so far. I'm taking lessons of ballet/dancing to improve my artistry.

    Takahiko Kozuka:
    -About your first competition in this season?
    It was the worst skating in my whole career. I could not put things together at all. The TES scores of 40 range was upsetting. I have to make my mind sorted above all at this point.
    -Themes of your programs?
    The theme in my LP is the sadness in the memory. Feeling sad in remembering a sad person in a sad story. It's sort of tough one to interpret. I focus on my skating in my LP. However, I made a mistake during foot works today. Shame I couldn't show any of my strong points. The theme in my SP is to draw the house into my tango number.
    =What is the difference between JO and shows?
    The crowd is very big in these years, both in competitions and shows. It's a very good opportunity for us to skate in front of the big crowd. It gives me inspirations and I can make my skating polished.
    -What did you focus during your training in this past summer?
    I focused on off ice training to build up my body. I think my body says OK but my thoughts are not sorted yet. I can land jumps in training but fall in the programs. It means my thoughts are left behind my body. I'll increase on ice training from now to let my thoughts and body fit well.

    I'll post the Kanako and Satoko part later.

    Kanako Murakami:
    -About your first competition in this season?
    My skating here was rather better than what I did last year. I'll work on my jumps and foot works since I made mistakes on jumps and I have things to do with my skating skills.
    -Themes of your programs?
    It's to interpret the story of POTO in both of my programs. Wish to show well the contrast between
    Christine in SP and the phantom in LP.
    -What is the difference between JO and shows?
    I've skated in lots of shows after Worlds. This is my first competition in this season. I thought I would be very nervous, especially considering I was the skater to skate in the last. But I was not such nervous as I expected. I think I can fix the mistakes I did here, so my skating was not bad overall as the first competition in the new season.
    -What did you focus during your training in this past summer?
    I introduced off ice training under a ballet instructor into my daily work. I haven't done off ice training before. Thanks to the training my body was built up better. I reworked on my axels from 1A as well.

    Satoko Miyahara:
    -About your first competition in this season?
    It was one of my best skating. Wish I'll continue to do good skating like I did today. I wish to polish my programs as well.
    -Themes of your programs?
    My LP is Miss Saigon which is a sad story. I wish to interpret the strength and the beauty of the woman in the story. In the contrast, my SP is to a joyful music. I wish people enjoy my delightful skating.
    -What is the difference between JO and shows?
    It was my first skating in Japan Open. I was not so nervous as I expected. I enjoyed my skating today. My body worked well and I think I delivered the story very well. The vocals in the music supported me.
    -What did you focus during your training in this past summer?
    I've been working on my rotations since last season. I'm continuing to work on it intensively. I'm also working on keeping my speed in order to show my programs dynamic. I added a training to spin faster to my daily work as well.

    I posted another video of Chubu Regionals. It picked up Miyabi and Yuhana. I added the translation of the interviews with Miyabi. She hit her head badly when she fell on a jump during her training in August. She's suffered from the awful memory since then. See the thread if you are interested.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2014
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  12. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    I go with summary on this post too. They were asked about their themes for this season and the impression of their skating in Japan Open. I see the shadows of Machida, who is called as a philosopher on ice, on the comments from Kozuka. He must be inspired by Machida's comments in last season. :lol:

    Interviews with Team Japan in the press conference for GPS(A day after JP)

    Takahiko Kozuka
    Multi means to be good at multiple things. Specialist means to be very good at a specific skill. I combine the two terms. I want to be good at multiple skills with deeper acquisition. I used to deal with rather wide range things with shallow acquisition. In this season I'll put more focus on skills I'm already good at, I mean skating skills.

    Shame I couldn't put things together yesterday (in Japan Open). However, I think I could do much better if only I managed to land jumps. I think I was given very good programs this year. I wish I'll do my best with self-confidence.

    Tatsuki Machida
    -'Far north'
    I've worked on my new programs since May. Through working with new programs, both long and short, the idea of 'far north' came to my mind. I'll go with this theme all through this season. I think I don't have to explain about the theme here. Please watch my skating and imagine what I mean.

    My new SP is Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, and LP is Ninth Symphony by Beethoven. They are both very popular musics, so I wish I'll own them. If I apply my theme to those programs, it must be 'far north of tragic love' for SP and 'far north of symphonic skating' for LP.

    My first competition is Skate America of GPS. So the announcement of my programs here in this press conference is based on my original plan. I have self-confidence with both of my programs. Wish I'll do well in each of the competitions in GPS.

    Takahito Mura
    -'Matured and consistent'
    I'm coming to be on the veteran side in Team Japan. So I'm working on my artistry aiming at skating with a matured personality. Besides I'm working on my jumps to be more consistent. Those two are my key words in this season. My quads are coming to consistent but still I make mistakes on my other jumps and foot works as well. I wish to fix them and deliver clean programs.

    Group and men's photos:

    I'll post the ladies' part later.

    Kanako Murakami
    -'SP+FS=Phantom of the opera'
    Both of my programs are Phantom of the Opera. Wish people find the story in my both programs combined. I play the role of the phantom in my LP and Christine in SP. I have wanted to use the musics since I saw the play by ’Shiki Theater Company' for the first time. I was so impressed by the story. But my coaches didn't allow me at the time. This year I pretty much insisted on POTO. Then my team came to let me go with POTO at last. I use the musics of soundtrack version. Wish I'll play the characters well.

    Satoko Miyahara
    ='Make it to appear in the GP final!'
    This is the second season for me in the senior field. I wish to skate with stronger mind in this season than last season. I think I can definitely make it to appear in the GP final if I deliver two clean programs in the both GP competitions. I'll do my best to make it. I'll focus on my speed and go with strong mind even if it's tough to show two clean programs in each of the two GP competitions.

    Photos of ladies

    Glimpse of the GPS press converence:
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2014
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  13. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    POTO for both programs?!
  14. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid the answer is yes. :wideeyes: But her SP can be better than LP. I assume she's already skated the show arranged version of her SP "Think of me" in Dreams on Ice last month.
  15. Maria Victoria

    Maria Victoria Member

    Thanks for the summaries of the interviews with the TJ members re the upcoming Grand Prix competitions rosewood. Couldn't help but smile at Tatsuki's saying he thinks he doesn't have to explain about the theme of his programs and for the audience to just imagine it when watching his skates. I guess Tatsuki remembers how Takahiko teased him that there is nothing left for the audience to imagine after his (Tatsuki's) elaborate explanation of his exhibition program Je te veux.

    As for Takahiko, I agree with him that he has very good programs this season so I hope he'll do them justice. He had a nightmare skate at JO. I don't understand Japanese but the commentators sounded quite aghast at some of his mistakes. We all know he's capable of much, much more.
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  16. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Rosewood thanks for your updates and translations, you are the best!
  17. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Re Tatsuki: You have a good point. :lol: I too guess he was careful not to speak too much. Re Takahiko: Me seconded. I like his new programs including the ex number so much. Shame he has shallow sockets of the hip joints. Maybe he introduced more off ice training to his daily routine due to build up his body, to make his joints supported by the stronger muscles around them. I heard he had fever in the night of Japan Open. If so, we can expect his better skating in GPS recovering from flue. Wishing the best for his health.

    Thanks a lot to say so.:) It's so supportive for me since basically I don't like translating or summaries. I'm thankful to other FSUers who posts interesting information about skaters, so I do what I can do from time to time out of gratitude to this board. Glad you enjoyed my posts.

    *Just for notice, I added the summary of the ladies part in my post of the GPS press conference. I also added links to the clip videos. See them if you are interested.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2014
  18. Visaliakid

    Visaliakid Well-Known Member

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  19. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

  20. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka The Stolbova/Klimov and James/Cipres Uber

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  21. Maria Victoria

    Maria Victoria Member

    ^ Hope someday Shizuka will eventually replace Seiko Hashimoto, who per the link to The Japan Times report provided by Visaliakid has been voted JSF President for a fifth term. Seiko Hashimoto was quoted as saying that Shizuka has the ability to make level-headed decisions. Shizuka also seems to have good organizational skills judging from her successful FOI shows.
  22. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    I think Arakawa was used as a "topic" to deflect media attentions from Hashimoto's scandal with Takahashi.
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  23. Dr.Siouxs

    Dr.Siouxs Well-Known Member

    ARAKAWA SAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite skaters. Sharp, striking elegance and the knees of a goddess (err, or something....skating purists know what I mean)..

    And her toilet paper mummy skating couture was something to behold. Here is a parade of it in celebration for the sweet gig ;)

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2014
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  24. Meoima

    Meoima Well-Known Member

    Oh please!!! That scandal was months AGO. That would never be the main reason so many people elected her for that postion. Could you please think straight anyways??? Shizuka has many many good qualities, she is an OGM, a former world champion. And you think they chose her JUST to deflect the attention from Hashimoto?
    Who cares about that fiasco with Hashimoto now??? Seriously!!
    That is an insult to Shizuka. Any fed in the world would love to has a former champion like her.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2014
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  25. Antika

    Antika Member

    Considering it is the first scandal of this kind in the figure skating world, you are probably right.

    Have to give Arakawa credit for producing the ice show with Takahashi who made her rich.
  26. Meoima

    Meoima Well-Known Member

    The scandal is obvious a set-up against Hashimoto, purely some political moves. If not why only reported about it after 6 months? Frankly even Dai might have forgotten until the media hyped about it.

    So Shizuka's Olympic gold medal and World champion as well as multiple other helpful acitivies are not enough to be given any credit? It's only until she produced the ice show with Dai as a guest star she is worthy of credit?

    Shizuka had been rich before Dai joined her ice shows. She might be richer than Dai, and she has been invited to many international ice shows outside of Japan, frankly in Europe she might be quite well-known as a champion skater from Asia because she won the Olympic gold there.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014
  27. ks777

    ks777 Well-Known Member

    yeah Plus isn't Hashimoto a carpet muncher anyway?
  28. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    The Hashimoto /Takahashi "scandal" is ummm, hard to find credible for so many obvious reasons.
  29. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    Since I'm addicted to watching Shoma's skating this season, I picked his photo from THE ICE as my avatar. :rollin:

    Shoma Uno won at JGP #7 in Croatia this weekend with the second highest total and FS scores in history(over Brown and under Farris in total, and over Farris and under Brown in LP.) He put his hands down on the 3A in SP but didn't fall at last! Landed 4T(hand down) and 4T-2T in LP. It's a happy surprise that he improved his edges on Lz and almost fixed his high kick under Yamada. :D Shoma actually grew comparing to last season. Our little lovely Shoma looks a young man now. I feel I'm old. :cheer: (And our little lovely Mao matured and gone. :cry:)
    SP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msesyFhlvKE
    LP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5lSx1VsTAw
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2014
  30. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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