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Japanese skater/skating news & updates

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 15, 2011.

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Here's the link to the Detroit Skating Club show thread with reports (including mysticchic's), photos and videos (June 9th show was to benefit Japan): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79107

    I've started new threads for news and eventual reports, photos, videos for these upcoming shows in Japan:

    Fantasy on Ice: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79133

    Dreams on Ice: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79134

    The ICE tour: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79132
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  2. Ladida

    Ladida Active Member

  3. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

  4. Akira Andrea

    Akira Andrea Well-Known Member

    This is an article in the web news site, “J-Cast” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    As for next season, Mao Asada performs "a princess"!?
    June 21st, 2011 JST

    The photo:
    Mao Asada who is sitting on a high resilient mattress pad.

    Mao Asada was appointed to the brand ambassador of a high resilience mattress pad and the press interview for the announcement was held at a hotel in the Tokyo Metropolitan area in June 21st, 2011.
    In the interview with enclosing her after the event, she revealed something of a theme of SP, saying "It is a story of a princess or queen", while saying that, as for the choreography of next season, the music is secret yet.
    The high resilience mattress which Asada has gotten to publicize was sold since 2007.
    It has the characteristic as follows,
    (1) It is easy to turn over in bed.
    (2) The burden which is imposed to the body decreases because weight is dispersed.
    (3) The air permeability is high.
    (4) It is easy to wash.
    In Vancouver Olympics in 2010, about 70 players who contain Asada seem to have carried it to the Olympic athletes' village and used.
    It is used for the first-class seat of All Nippon Airways (ANA), too.
    Asada who says "I make it a rule to go to bed for 7-8 hours every day" emphasized the importance of the sleeping, saying "It feels like doing the best in the next day by getting enough sleep and it recovers from the fatigue, too".
    As for the use of the product, she said "The body does not too sink, it wasn't too hard, it was just fit" with smiling.

    The article:
    As for next season, Mao Asada performs "a princess"!?
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011
  5. Akira Andrea

    Akira Andrea Well-Known Member

    This is an article in “Sankei sports” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    As for the free skating, Mao is going to skate to "Liebestraum" next season, too.
    June 21st, 2011 JST

    The photo
    Photography: by Hirokazu Miyagawa
    Mao Asada who does the talk session in the inaugural announcement meeting of a brand ambassador. At Teikoku Hotel in the afternoon of June 21st.

    By Kyodo Press
    In Jun 21st, former Worlds Champion Mao Asada revealed that, as for the free skating of next season, she skates to "Liebestraum" composed by Liszt as same as last season.
    She explained the reason, saying 'I am not satisfied because I made "Liebestraum" finish while not doing my best performance, so I would like to perform the perfect one', because, in the worlds of April where she had aimed at the championship for two seasons running, she finished at the 6th place.
    In Tokyo Metropolitan area, Asada attended the publicity meeting of the mattress which she is using.
    She did not reveal the name of music of the new short program which uses a classic music, but she said "I would like to perform the heroine perfectly because it is the story of a queen".
    In this day, I heard that she was coached by Nobuo Sato coach in early morning.
    She fixed the eyes on next season, while saying, “I am reconsidering a skating and a jump. I would like to do the practice which I can feel to have become good every day even if it was only one thing per day”.

    The article:
    As for the free skating, Mao is going to skate to "Liebestraum" next season, too.

    According to the article of Asahi Shinbun, Lori Nichol is in charge of the choreography as for FS as same as last season, but Asada suggested the minor change, saying, "Consulting with Lori, I would like to change it to the feeling which is different from this season.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011
  6. sarah009

    sarah009 Member

    Daisuke Takahashi's new SP will be choreographed by David Wilson.
  7. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

  8. nsima

    nsima Member

  9. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Nooooooooooooooooooo. :scream:
  10. Sparks

    Sparks Well-Known Member

    Hey. My cat could choreograph for Takahashi. Dai would still rock it and make it memorable.
  11. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

    That's absolutely the truth. :lol: IMO, of course.
  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Johnny Weir is in Japan for the Fantasy on Ice show in Fukuoka and tweeted about Hanyu (also in the show):
  13. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Reposting my post from another thread because it's much more fitting here.

    Takahashi/Tran have presented what looks like their new SP at the Dreams on Ice exhibition. You can watch it here:

    It's simply amazing. :)

    Once again, fantastic work by Julie Marcotte (I don't understand why she isn't used more by other Pairs).

    All elements are connected very well, the program flows beautifully, there is a lot of creative and original movements and strong transitions.

    The dance lift into a low shoot-the-duck into death spiral at the end really floored me. Ina bauer dance lift into the pair lift was great too.

    If PCS were judged according to the criteria, with no bias, they should be second only to S/S on some of the marks.

    It looks like they are upping up the ante on the jumps too.

    Last season they did 2axels and 3salchows as their side-by-side jumps. But in this performance, they went for sbs 3toes.

    Also, they did a throw 2lutz, which I imagine is going to be a triple in competition.

    In the past, they used to do throw 3toe and throw 3salchow so a throw 3lutz would be a big step up.

    Shame that they aren't able to go to Olympics but I hope they have a long and successful career in front of them.

    The progress they have made, from being bottom of the pile to Junior World medallists and top 10 at Worlds, is just incredible. :)
  14. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

  15. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Very nice 4S in that clip.

    Apparently he's been landing them recently. :)
  16. timmybopper

    timmybopper Member


    Wow this was beautiful! So much potential! Confused though: why can't they go to the Olympics??
  17. Roxanne

    Roxanne Member

    Because Tran is not a Japanese citizen.
  18. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    I've never been particularly attentive of this pair, and I am really glad I checked out this link. She in particular has an incredibly special quality, I love her carriage and extension!
  19. sunnydays

    sunnydays Banned Member

    Kozuka's grandfather passed away. R.I.P.
  20. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    And it's extremely hard to obtain Japanese citizenship and even if Tran could do so, he'd have to give up his Canadian one, which I am sure he would never consider.

    And to think they used to be low level skaters. In their first season, they looked rather :yikes:.

    Gauthier and Marcotte are a dream team. :)
  21. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    JPN National Teams 2011-2012 updated

    There are some differences from the announcement in April. Unfortunately, no new pair and dance teams are added (at this point).
  22. sandra_persch

    sandra_persch Well-Known Member

    My Japanese is non existing. would anyone mind spelling out the changes in English :D
  23. NMURA

    NMURA Active Member

    Suzuki and Imai were demoted to "A" in the April version but they are brought back to "Special" afterall.

    Men "Special"
    Kozuka Takahiko
    Oda Nobunari
    Takahashi Daisuke
    Hanyu Yuzuru

    Ladies "Special"
    Ando Miki
    Asada Mao
    Murakami Kanako
    Suzuki Akiko (new)
    Imai Haruka (new)

    Men A
    Mura Takahito
    Machida Tatsuki
    Murakami Daisuke
    Nakamura Kento
    Kihara Ryuichi
    Hino Ryuju
    Tanaka Keiji

    Ladies A
    Shoji Risa
    Nishino Yuki
    Suguri Fumie
    Tomotaki Kako
    Oba Miyabi

    Men B
    Uno Shoma
    Tsuboi Yoji
    Itai Fumiya
    Kawahara Sei
    Suzuki Jun
    Sasaki Akio
    Nakamura Shu (new)
    Ichihashi Shoya (new)

    Ladies B
    Ishikawa Shoko
    Muramoto Kana
    Goto Ayumi
    Miyahara Satoko
    Ueno Saya
    Oshikawa Roanna Sari
    Suzuki Haruna
    Kato Riona
    Nitaya Rin
    Isobe Hinano
    Kawakami Saki
    Kemanai Karen
    Kono Yuka
    Suzuki Mari
    Kokubun Shion
    Takayama Mutsumi
    Fujisawa Yukiko
    Sato Miu
    Yasuhara Ayana (new)
    Takeda Nana
    Matsuno Mayako (novice)

    Ice Dance Special
    Cathy Reed/Chris Reed

    Pair Special
    Takahashi Narumi/Mervin Tran
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011
  24. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Can't believe Suguri hasn't retired. :D :cheer:

    Suguri for gold in Sochi! :cheer2:
  25. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Whee! I wonder if this has anything to do with Miki's officially anouncing she's skipping the GP. Either way, it's good to know Akiko is back on their 'premiership' team :D.
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  26. TAHbKA

    TAHbKA Well-Known Member

    Challenging Gimazetdinova
  27. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Gimzo's doing shows now. :(

    At least we have Suguri to fly the granny flag. :hat1:
  28. Athena

    Athena New Member

    Team Japan only has one ice dance and one pair team? (since I don't see any name in dance/pair A and B) :eek:

    Aren't they guaranteed to win National Champion every year no matter what?! :lol:
  29. Eris

    Eris New Member

  30. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    The silver medalist team on the left, Emi HIRAI / Taiyo MIZUTANI, have since split - she's listed on icepartnersearch.com.

    The Junior national champion team of Misato KOMATSUBARA / Kokoro MIZUTANI (14th in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds -- link to their ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012476.htm ) have also split -- she's listed on icepartnersearch.

    ETA what I posted in this thread early June:
    Taiyo Mizutani has since removed his bio from IPS so perhaps he has found a partner?
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