Japanese figure skating 2021-22 season news & updates

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Per this article, the JSF announced their national team list today (Senior/Junior National Results listed after skater's name): https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2022/04/21/kiji/20220421s00079000259000c.html

"Special" Level:
Men - Yuzuru Hanyu S1, Shoma Uno S2, Yuma Kagiyama S3, Kazuki Tomono S5, Kao Miura S4, Tatsuya Tsuboi S9 (JWC2)
Women - Kaori Sakamoto S1, Wakaba Higuchi S2, Mana Kawabe S3, Mai Mihara S4
Pairs - Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara n/a (WC2)

Level A:
Men - Sena Miyake S6, Shun Sato S7, Sota Yamamoto S8, Nozomu Yoshioka S20/J29
Women - Rinka Watanabe S6, Rino Matsuike S7, Rion Sumiyoshi S8/J15, Mao Shimada J12, Mone Chiba S11/J21
Ice Dance - Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto S1, Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahshi S2

Level B:
Men - Koshiro Shimada S10, Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda S12, Takeru Kataise S14/J5, Kosho Oshima S16/J2, Shunsuke Nakamura S25/J20, Ryoga Morimoto J27
Women - Hana Yoshida S9/J28, Ayumi Shibayama S10/J11, Yuhana Yokoi S12, Azusa Tanaka S18/J19, Ami Nakai S27/J22, Ikura Kushida J8
Ice Dance - Nao Kida/Masaya Morita J1
Synchro - Jingu Ice Messengers
That should be J3 right? Or is that not the same person as Nozuma Yoshioka?
 

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Per this article, the JSF announced their national team list today (Senior/Junior National Results listed after skater's name): https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2022/04/21/kiji/20220421s00079000259000c.html
@Karen-W, I've bolded the correct Junior Nationals placements from November 2021 below (results link in English): https://www.jsfresults.com/National/2021-2022/fs_e/national_jr/index.htm

"Special" Level:
Men - Yuzuru Hanyu S1, Shoma Uno S2, Yuma Kagiyama S3, Kazuki Tomono S5, Kao Miura S4/J1, Tatsuya Tsuboi S9/J2 (JWC3)
Women - Kaori Sakamoto S1, Wakaba Higuchi S2, Mana Kawabe S3, Mai Mihara S4
Pairs - Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara n/a (WC2)

Level A:
Men - Sena Miyake S6, Shun Sato S7, Sota Yamamoto S8, Nozomu Yoshioka S20/J3
Women - Rinka Watanabe S6, Rino Matsuike S7, Rion Sumiyoshi S8/J2, Mao Shimada J1/Novice A-1, Mone Chiba S11/J3
Ice Dance - Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto S1, Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi S2

Level B:
Men - Koshiro Shimada S10, Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda S12, Takeru Kataise S14/J4, Kosho Oshima S16/J5, Shunsuke Nakamura S25/J6, Ryoga Morimoto J7, Ryusei Kikuchi J8
Women - Hana Yoshida S9/J4, Ayumi Shibayama S10/J6, Yuhana Yokoi S12, Azusa Tanaka S18/J5, Ami Nakai S27/J7, Ikura Kushida J8
Ice Dance - Nao Kida/Masaya Morita J1
Synchro - Jingu Ice Messengers

From the same Twitter thread:
"As stated above, this is based on criteria—Rika [Kihira] didn’t compete in the 2021-22 season, so she doesn’t meet any of the criteria so far. She’ll presumably be assigned to international comps for next season, at which time she’ll be added to an updated list."
 
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@Karen-W, I've bolded the correct Junior Nationals placements from November 2021 below (results link in English): https://www.jsfresults.com/National/2021-2022/fs_e/national_jr/index.htm

"Special" Level:
Men - Yuzuru Hanyu S1, Shoma Uno S2, Yuma Kagiyama S3, Kazuki Tomono S5, Kao Miura S4/J1, Tatsuya Tsuboi S9/J2 (JWC3)
Women - Kaori Sakamoto S1, Wakaba Higuchi S2, Mana Kawabe S3, Mai Mihara S4
Pairs - Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara n/a (WC2)

Level A:
Men - Sena Miyake S6, Shun Sato S7, Sota Yamamoto S8, Nozomu Yoshioka S20/J3
Women - Rinka Watanabe S6, Rino Matsuike S7, Rion Sumiyoshi S8/J2, Mao Shimada J1/Novice A-1, Mone Chiba S11/J3
Ice Dance - Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto S1, Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi S2

Level B:
Men - Koshiro Shimada S10, Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda S12, Takeru Kataise S14/J4, Kosho Oshima S16/J5, Shunsuke Nakamura S25/J6, Ryoga Morimoto J7, Ryusei Kikuchi J8
Women - Hana Yoshida S9/J4, Ayumi Shibayama S10/J6, Yuhana Yokoi S12, Azusa Tanaka S18/J5, Ami Nakai S27/J7, Ikura Kushida J8
Ice Dance - Nao Kida/Masaya Morita J1
Synchro - Jingu Ice Messengers

From the same Twitter thread:
"As stated above, this is based on criteria—Rika [Kihira] didn’t compete in the 2021-22 season, so she doesn’t meet any of the criteria so far. She’ll presumably be assigned to international comps for next season, at which time she’ll be added to an updated list."
Thanks, Sylvia! I must have been looking at the wrong junior results because I thought they seemed strange but it was late and I didn't research further. :)
 

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Dreams on Ice - 4 shows, July 1-3, 2022, at the KOSÉ Shin-Yokohama Skate Center: https://www.onice.jp/index.html

Shoma Uno
Yuma Kagiyama
Kazuki Tomono
Kao Miura
Sena Miyake
Tatsuya Tsuboi
Nozomu Yoshioka
Rio Nakata (Novice A champ)

Kaori Sakamoto
Wakaba Higuchi
Mana Kawabe
Mai Mihara
Rino Matsuike
Rinka Watanabe
Yuhana Yokoi
Rion Sumiyoshi
Mone Chiba
Mao Shimada (Novice A & Junior champ)

Misato KOMATSUBARA & Takeru KOMATSUBARA
Miyu YUNOKI & Shoya ICHIHASHI (pair)
JINGU Ice Messengers (synchro)

Nathan Chen was added as a Guest Skater on April 22 (more to come, I assume): https://www.onice.jp/guest.html
 
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Cast has been announced for The Ice-men only so far

 

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Cast has been announced for The Ice-men only so far

When Is this show? I want to see all these men skate. Kevin Aymoz. :respec:
 

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Cast has been announced for The Ice-men only so far

Ilia, Jason, Junhwan, Kevin, Vincent & Nathan! This is wonderful that they've been invited to perform in Japan. Wish someone could be like the Shibs & make behind the scenes videos about life on the tour.
 

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Wow, once again, it is saddening to see Kagiyama not getting "all +5s" on "all his jumps" despite his sheer capability of doing so at 2022 worlds. What will it take for the judges to finally stop being "foolish"? I'm pretty sure it would have given him the world gold, the judges should be ashamed. Maybe there will be a new physics theory called the Kagiyama theory that proves he deserves all +5s on all jumps and is better on jumping than Malinin who only does more difficult jumps but doesn't have better technique, which is after all how he managed to rotate a 4A in practice. Maybe this theory can be worked on by a former math teacher and reported on by a positive reporter.
 

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GSD thread for the Fantasy on Ice shows, headlined by Hanyu (Wakaba H. had to pull out due to injury):
Cast has been announced for The Ice-men only so far
Link to the GSD thread for The Ice shows:

Photos of Kaori Sakamoto with Rohene Ward in Chicago and Yuka Sato in Detroit for 2 weeks of choreography: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdU3piup2Lj/

Clip of Kaori working with Rohene on a program to Janet Jackson's "Rock With U": https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc1G9QPp4vI/
It could be a competition (short?) program because this post with photos from her sponsor/management group says Yuka Sato choreographed a show program for her in the 2nd week she was in the U.S. and Kaori is quoted as saying - machine translation - "I had Rohene-sensei do choreography for the first, and I was working every day with sore muscles due to the movements I had never done before ... It's been a very fulfilling day not only choreography but also jumping and skating lessons!": https://www.instagram.com/p/CdU3piup2Lj/

David Wilson shared this photo last week ("After over a year of working via zoom, so gr8 to be on the ice together again!! Welcome Mai Mihara :)"): https://www.instagram.com/p/CdHI-A7uFqB/

Wilson shared 2 pics with Rika Kihira at the Cricket club in late April ("Fun working with Rika on a new show number :)"): https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc4QcvfOGr5/
New EX debuted at the Prince Ice World shows in Shin-Yokohama was "You Raise Me Up": https://twitter.com/rika_kihira/status/1523552748884873219

PIW's Instagram account has photos: https://www.instagram.com/princeiceworld/

Kihira article (May 8):
Re. her recovery from the stress fracture of her right talus (ankle): "I haven't jumped in a quadruple jump, but I'm jumping in triples and combinations, even though it's said to be bad."

Google translation of the rest:

Regarding the goal for next season, she said, "I haven't decided which match I will play in yet. I want to reach the peak of the All Japan Championship without being impatient." The free song revealed that it would continue "Titanic" and showed confidence in the announcement, saying, "I haven't played it in the game yet, but it has been further brushed up."

Regarding studying under coach Brian Orser at the Cricket Club in Toronto, Canada since September last year, she said, "I had the choreography corrected, I saw the flow to the jump, and the skating was greatly improved. I wonder if it is. Coach Tracy (Wilson) also teaches me the steps." She recently traveled twice in a short schedule of about two weeks between ice shows.

At the Beijing Olympics, which was a dream, Kaori Sakamoto (22 = Sysmex) won a bronze medal as a group and as an individual, and turned to the side of seeing the success of the Japanese. She said, "It was great. I was happy as a friend and I was encouraged to have a chance if I didn't give up. I also felt like Milan," she said to the Milan Cortina d'Ampezzo Olympics in 2026.

"I want to make the season even stronger because of the injury."

On this day, the Wings for Life Foundation will hold a charity run that will start all over the world with the aim of funding the discovery of treatment methods for spinal cord injuries. As a member of the Red Bull athlete, Kihira participated in the April Run event Jingu Gaien in Tokyo as a guest.

Since my right ankle hasn't healed yet, I smiled, "I'm walking. It makes sense to participate."

"I don't feel too impatient or depressed, I don't blame myself right away, I know the importance of not overdoing it and resting hard, and I don't feel guilty about not practicing."
 
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Very interesting interview here with Benoit Richard & Kaori Sakamoto, from Inside Skating. They talk about Kaori’s artistic development and each program that they’ve done together.
 

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Cross-posting from ther cheer thread:

It's finally official, Daisuke Takahashi has decided to continue skating with Kana Muramoto and they will continue in their third season!



Google Translation

Daisuke Takahashi decided to continue working with Kana Muramoto and "Kanadai" will continue next season

Tokyo Sports Newspaper
May 27, 2022 19:12

Kana Muramoto (right) and Daisuke Takahashi's "adventure" continues (Tokyo Sports Web)

 Daisuke Takahashi (36 = Kansai University KFSC), who is active in figure skating ice dancing, announced on the 27th that he intends to continue his career in the new season (2022-23). He continues the "Kanadai couple" with Kana Muramoto (29 = same) and heads for his third year's challenge.

 The two announced the challenge for next season during an online talk show video. The new Instagram "Kanadai Official Team" will also report to the fans.

 Last season, the second year of formation, they won Japan's first silver medal at the Four Continents Championships. They made amazing progress, such as hitting the highest score in Japan for ice dancing, but could not participate in the Beijing Olympics.

 Takahashi at the end of the season the season, hinted that he may continue but was still undecided, saying, "Most of the time, I wonder if it has been already decided somehow."

 Retired in 2014 and returned shocking everyone in 2018. Furthermore, Dai-chan has surprised the fans with the conversion of ice dance. He will bring a new look next season as well.
 

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Prince Ice World's Yokohama show from earlier this month was broadcast on BS TV Toyko with Tatsuki Machida's commentary (recap thread in Japanese; machine translated excerpts below): https://twitter.com/Nani_popoki/status/1530778215446618113

Kao Miura: "Give Me Love" exhibition from this past season
Rion Sumiyoshi (practices 4T every day) - "The Rose": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Ot2dJPTQc
Marin Honda: https://twitter.com/Nani_popoki/status/1530781653161103360
[From Sweet Charity] "Rich Man's Frug (next season SP) ... You're in the third year of college. FS is Moulin Rouge. The choreography is complete."
Mai Mihara: "Never Enough" (exhibition from this past season), choreographed by Sei Kawahara - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNWFvT3-vl4
Rika Kihira: "You Raise Me Up" (new exhibition program choreographed by David Wilson) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnR8QzrlFb4
Keiji Tanaka Chopin choreographed by Tatsuki Machida
Kazuki Tomono: this season's Cinema Paradiso SP with 3A ("aiming for the Milan Olympics")
Yuma Kagiyama: Piano Concerto "Fate" (his 2019-20 SP choreographed by Misao Sato) with 4S & 3A
Shizuka Arakawa: "Always Remember Us This Way" (Lady Gaga), choreographed by Kana Muramoto - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnDQgb5yBcg
Shoma Uno: "Gravity" (by John Mayer - his 2022-23 SP) choreographed by Lambiel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9iDkAUPvmg

Some videos (Tanaka, Kagiyama, Kihira, Tomono, Honda), including a Britney Spears group number, were posted on Reddit by this person: https://www.reddit.com/user/rabidline/

ETA that Mana Kawabe debuted her 2022-23 SP music to "Billie Eilish's Medley (When The Party's over + Bad Guy)" at the Fantasy on Ice shows in Makuhari, according to these 2 tweets: https://twitter.com/Chrissp_fs/status/1530345702077124608

(Marin Honda's and Mana Kawabe's music info has since been posted in the 2022-23 Programs/Choreographers thread.)
 
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Mai Mihara's photos from her recent trip to Canada/the Cricket club ("As a new challenge, I went to Toronto for the first time to study skate abroad for a short term [20 days]. Stroking lessons and training, harnesses and choreography."): https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd680CPv2l2/

Kazuki Tomono spent some time this past week training at the Cricket club with Orser/Wilson/Aistrop (coach Misha Ge came with him and also brought USA's Hanna Harrell): https://www.instagram.com/p/CeIO1GSM5z8/
 

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Rinka Watanabe (6th in Senior at Nationals; 10th at Junior Worlds) tweeted a clip of her new FS with a cleanly landed 3A+3T in a local competition (Kanto Student Volunteer Tournament): https://twitter.com/RinkaW_0719/status/1533670491042369536
Sports Hosei Shimbun tweeted the full FS in 2 parts: https://twitter.com/spoho11/status/1533659791607771136
Her music includes the main theme from the soundtrack of Jin (JIN-仁-), a Japanese television drama series, first broadcast on TBS in 2009.

Rion Sumoyoshi (2nd in Junior/8th at Senior Nationals/8th at Junior Worlds) recently flew to LA to work with Shae-Lynn Bourne on a new program - her 2 photos with Bourne: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cec-8X2uaNI/
 
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I think it is great Sakomoto has a courage to try something new! or, in her own words:

“Until now, I have been prioritizing my personality, but I want to fight on a different line,”
For further evolution, I chose to leave the famous combination with Mr. Richaud, who I was accustomed to.”

 

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