Japanese figure skating 2022-23 season news & updates


Since videos of new programs from Dreams on Ice have shown up, I'm starting a thread for the new season and will copy over relevant posts from the end of the 2021-22 news thread.

Team Japan 2022-23 "strengthening player" profiles were uploaded on July 1 by JSF:

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

Level A:
Men - Sena Miyake S6, Shun Sato S7, Sota Yamamoto S8, Nozomu Yoshioka J3/S20
Women - Rinka Watanabe S6, Rino Matsuike S7, Rion Sumiyoshi J2/S8, Mao Shimada Novice A1/J1, Mone Chiba J3/S11
Ice Dance - Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto S1, Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi S2

Level B:
Men - Koshiro Shimada S10, Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda S12, Takeru Kataise J4/S14, Kosho Oshima J5/S16, Shunsuke Nakamura J6/S25, Ryoga Morimoto J7, Ryusei Kikuchi J8
Women - Hana Yoshida J4/S9, Ayumi Shibayama J6/S10, Yuhana Yokoi S12, Azusa Tanaka J5/S18, Ami Nakai J7/S27, 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."[/B]

ETA some of the 2022-23 qualifying/national competition dates & locations are copied out below: https://www.jsfresults.com/National/2022-2023/fs_e/index.htm
  • National Novice Championships, Oct. 21 - 23, 2022, Sapporo, Hokkaido
  • Eastern Section Championship (Senior and Junior), Nov. 3 - 6, 2022, Maebashi, Gunma
  • Western Section Championship (Senior and Junior), Oct. 27 - 30, 2022, Kyoto
  • National Junior Championships, Nov. 25 - 27, 2022, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki
  • National Championships, Dec. 21 - 25, 2022, Kadoma, Osaka
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Photos from the first Dreams on Ice show on July 1:

figureskatingm1 on Twitter has translated tweets re. the Team Japan skaters' 2022-23 competition programs debuted at the first show (July 1) & live tweeted the second show's paid stream (July 2) of DOI as follows (in reverse order of skate):

Shoma Uno: Gravity [by John Mayer, choreo. by Lambiel] SP
Kaori Sakamoto: Rock With U/Feedback [by Janet Jackson, choreo. by Rohene Ward] SP
Yuma Kagiyama: Believer [by Imagine Dragons, choreo. by Shae-Lynn Bourne] SP
Wakaba Higuchi: Never Tear Us Apart SP
Misato Komatsubara/Takeru Komatsubara [Tim Koleto]: Loca/Shakira medley RD
Mana Kawabe: Drowning FS
Kazuki Tomono: Happy Jazz SP (Real Gone by Sam Taylor & Happy by C2C that was choreographed by Misha Ge in May: https://www.instagram.com/p/CduWOEGrx0q/)
Mai Mihara: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence SP
Kao Miura: Phantom of the Opera FS
Sena Miyake: Liebesträume SP
Rino Matsuike: Papa Can You Hear Me? SP
Jingu Ice Messengers: Avatar (ice show version)
Yuhana Yokoi: Kalandéro SP [from Cirque du Soleil's Alegria; Yokoi tweeted on 7/2 that her FS music is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody (Fujiko Hemming is the pianist, according to her IG story)]
Shun Sato: Carol of the Bells SP
Rinka Watanabe: JIN (soundtrack) FS
Miyu Yunoki/Shoya Ichihashi: Black Car SP
Tatsuya Tsuboi: Torn (Redux) FS
Rion Sumiyoshi: White Flowers Take Their Bath SP
Nozomu Yoshioka: Pirates of the Caribbean FS
Mone Chiba: Schindler’s List SP
Rio Nakata: Youngblood (EX)
Mao Shimada: Passepied FS [from the Suite bergamasque piano suite by Claude Debussy?]

Tweeted on June 30: https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1542478012687749120
Yuma Kagiyama’s new free skate is “Rain, In Your Black Eyes,” choreographed by Lori Nichol.
His exhibition is “Underground,” choreographed by Akiko Suzuki.
He previously announced his new short program is “Believer,” choreographed by Shae-Lynn Bourne.

Thanks, @YukiNieve for these 2 Dreams on Ice video links!
Shoma Uno: Gravity (SP)

Kaori Sakamoto: Rock With U/Feedback (SP)

Kaori's program has a full of interesting movements. She still seems to be in the process of mastering them and some movements look rough, but I think the program has lots of potential. 😊
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More from the previous thread:

April 21: https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1517290452931977216
Mana Kawabe has changed coaches, from Mie Hamada to Mihoko Higuchi.
"Mana Kawabe is leaving Mie Hamada’s Kinoshita Academy in Kyoto to train under Mihoko Higuchi (former assistant coach/choreographer for Shoma Uno) at Higuchi’s newly formed LYS club in Mana’s hometown of Nagoya."

June 6:
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.
Summer domestic competitions have begun in Japan - this was tweeted today by Fuji TV's skating account (machine translation - New season starts at Minato Aquls Cup Sota Yamamoto New FS Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 Choreography by Akiko Suzuki "Choreographed so that you can skate in your own way" "My favorite part is choreography that covers my face" Jump is good 👍 FS 181.73 points - link to his FS protocol: https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2022-2023/fs/22/394/data0105.pdf - he scored 271.41 total.
Chukyo Skate Club's IG post (4 photos) from the same competition in Nagoya City show Senior Women's top 3 were Mako Yamashita [168.40 total], Miyabi Oba, Kinayu Yokoi (Yuhana's younger sister) & Shunsuke Nakamura [193.87] won the Junior Men's event: https://www.instagram.com/p/CfjVJIJJJcN/
Ikura Kushida [176.49] won the Junior Women's event.

Announcing the start of the new season in eastern Japan Aqua Cup Junior Women's SP Challenge up-tempo tune Ami Nakai performs 61.74 personal best with 2A, 3Lz+3T, 3Lo no mistakes Choreographed by Akiko Suzuki I Got Rhythm "Height has grown 5 cm": https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/1543240539088498693

Aqua Cup Junior Men FS won by Tudoi SUTO (16th at Junior Nationals last season) ... 3A also grew with a success rate of "about 90%" Also won junior GP dispatch ticket: https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/1543553994437537793
@YukiNieve also let me know the tweet said "he tried a quad (in this case 4S) for the first time in the competition and felt that he was making progress."

Aqua Cup Senior Women SP photos of Akari Matsubara & Yuna Aoki ("3Lz3Lo success" [65.21 1st in SP]): https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/1543243403148013568
Aoki's FS (as posted in the Programs/Choreographers thread) was choreographed by Misha Ge back in April: "Paganini - Violin Concerto No.4 ( Io Ti Penso Amore )": https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb83c7ZJp09/

Twitter thread (5 tweets today) with notable Senior & Junior entries listed for the Gensan Summer Cup, August 11-14, 2022: https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1543526566344667136
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Mai's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (SP) is very beautiful - I am very impressed.
I've always loved this music & it suits Mai well :): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzLQ6T3NbH0

More Dreams on Ice videos...

Opening group number: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_wsnWeeMes

Yuma Kagiyama's "Believer" SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qa8V0yYdgM

Kazuki Tomono's "Happy Jazz" SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-9zHAEOfDs

Kao Miura's Phantom of the Opera FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4d6tk_01Jg

Shun Sato's Carol of the Bells SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy3YfHUYHzw

Tatsuya Tsuboi's "Torn (Redux)" FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSB9hK9pZ04

Sena Miyake's "Liebesträume" SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD9uFSkdH6Q

Mone Chiba's Schindler’s List SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yip0jwikr0

Miyu Yunoki/Shoya Ichihashi's "Black Car" SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BECIy1zJZ1I


Komatsubara/Koleto's Shakira medley RD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUShBPkzD6M

Mana Kawabe's "Drowning" FS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KJTKRtjCMY
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Thanks, Sylvia, for finding Yuma's Believer SP video. I have been looking for it since my friends who saw his performance in person were raving about it.

Yuma looks very cool and the program looks very promising! :love:


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Mao Asada just announced her new skating show, Beyond.
The show's theme is "Kakugo and Shinka (Determination and Evolution)"
"Once I decided to do this, I'd like to create something that goes beyond (the quality of) the previous Thanks Tour," she said. She is in charge of almost everything including choreography, music, casting, costumes, direction/production, and merchandise.
The shows will take place in various places in Japan from September 2022 til March 2023.

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Mao Asada just announced her new skating show, Beyond.
The show's theme is "Kakugo and Shinka (Determination and Progress)"
"Once I decided to do this, I'd like to create something that goes beyond (the quality of) previous Thanks Tour," she said. She is in charge of almost everything including choreography, music, casting, costumes, direction/production, and merchandise.
The shows will take place in various places in Japan from September 2022 til March 2023.

I'd think a better translation for the show's theme will be 'Determination and Evolution'.

The very first show will debut on Sept. 10th to 11th at Shiga (Shiga Perfectual Ice Arena). And what I like the most is that, the show is scheduled to end by Mar 17th to 19th, 23' at Arena Tachikawa Tachihi, which will be Mao's new home rink (if everything works out).

So far there's no news about who the members will be for the new tour, so we'll find out more about that later.


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Kaori's fw has the potential to be 🔥 by the end of the season


Japan is holding a national training camp for the first time since 2019 (Zach Donohue is an invited coach):
Participating skaters (8 men, 7 women): Yuma Kagiyama, Kaori Sakamoto, Kazuki Tomono, Kao Miura, Shun Sato, Sota Yamamoto, Tatsuya Tsuboi, Takeru Kataise, Nozomi Yoshioka, Wakaba Higuchi, Mana Kawabe, Mai Mihara, Rino Matsuike, Mao Shimada, Hana Yoshida.

Yuma Kagiyama hopes to add more quads in competition this season:
I'm in the process of improving now, but "I got off one Lutz yesterday. I think it's getting better. The probability isn't so good, so it's about 70%. But soon. I think it will be stable, "he said with confidence in learning Lutz.
I'm struggling with one [quad] loop. "I've been doing it since last year, but it's very difficult," he said with a bitter smile. As a bonus, I feel like I'm doing it when I have more time. " In any case, a master is a must. "Ultimately, I want to be able to fight with 5 of 4 types," he said this season's aspirations.

Shun Sato has recovered from the surgery on his left shoulder back in February and his new FS is "Red Violin" ("Aranjuez" performed by violinist Ikuko Kawai, I assume?), choreographed by Kenji Miyamoto:
He hopes to add a quad Salchow in competition this season, to go with the other quads he's previously included in his FS (Lutz, flip, and 2 toe loops). ETA that his "Carol of the Bells" SP was choreographed by Yuka Sato: https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1545678108384448512

Junior champion Mao Shimada, 13, is participating in her first national training camp with senior level skaters:
She is keeping her "Lion King" SP (she skated to it in her international debut to win the Adv. Novice event at Egna Trophy in April) and has a new FS is a "contemporary number that combines two songs." She will make her JGP debut this fall and should be a top contender if she continues to land her 3A and 4T.

ETA link to a Kazuki Tomono article:
<SP> "Both [programs] have their own personality as a theme, but in reality they are genres that I have never done. Both are challenging. The year that any player can challenge after the Olympic season is over. I am the same. [Jazzy] SP is up tempo. But actually, it's my first time. The song title is also happy, so I hope it will be a program that makes everyone happy to see me really enjoying skating. "
<Free> "[Strauss' Die Fledermaus Overture is] a classic, but it has a little comical taste. It's a classic, but I think it's a program that gives you a little personality. The way you take the rhythm is a little different. It's a unique classic. I think it's difficult to get the rhythm one by one, and I don't think it's possible to cheat with each pose. I think it's a song that gives me the tasks I need."

The 22nd Japan Open team competition & the Carnival on Ice gala will be held on October 8, 2022 at the Saitama Super Arena (will create a separate thread when the skaters are announced).
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^^^ I don't think it's worth getting riled up about something like that. :)

Link to the GSD thread for Mao Asada's new tour:


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Prince Ice World 2022-2023 - Brand New Story III ~ Our Compass ~ just began in Tokyo (7/15-7/18).

You can see a snippet of each of the performances of Shoma Uno, Yuma Kagiyama, Kazuki Tomono, and Keiji Tanaka.

Kazuki's new exhibition proguram is very interesting.

I love Keiji's Chopin program choreographed by Tatsuki Machida.
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JSF announced the names of four Japanese skaters who will compete at Japan Open 2022, which will be held in Saitama, Japan, on October 8, 2022:

Shoma Uno
Kaori Sakamoto
Rika Kihira
Yuma Kagiyama



^^^ Thanks! I'll create a separate thread in GSD for the 2022 Japan Open/Carnival on Ice when the skaters outside Japan are announced.

Gensan Summer Cup is the biggest(?) local competition in Japan and the dates this year are August 11-14. Some of the notable Senior & Junior entries were tweeted back on July 3 in this thread: https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1543526566344667136

Senior men include:
Kazuki Tomono
Sota Yamamoto
Tatsuya Tsuboi
Kao Miura
Sena Miyake
Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda

Senior women include:
Kaori Sakamoto
Mai Mihara
Mana Kawabe
Yuhana Yokoi
Rinka Watanabe
Hana Yoshida
Mako Yamashita
Rion Sumiyoshi
Yuna Aoki
Nana Araki
Chisato Uramatsu
Azusa Tanaka
Miyabi Oba
Ayumi Kagotani
Saki Miyake
Kinayu Yokoi

Junior men include:
Shuntaro Asaga
Shunsuke Nakamura
Ryoga Morimoto
Nozomu Yoshioka
Junior women include:
Mao Shimada
Ayumi Shibayama
Ikura Kushida
Haruna Murakami
Yurina Okuno
Mao Yaguchi
Kaoruko Wada


Red Violin music is by John Corigliano.
Yes, but I haven't seen confirmation online that Sato is using music from the film soundtrack by Corigliano. Quite a few Japanese and other skaters previously have used the Ikuko Kawai version of "Red Violin" (Aranjuez). Machine translated excerpt from the end of this recent Shun Sato article: https://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/202207090000572.html
Free is "Red Violin". He says he will be a classic challenge following last season's "Phantom of the Opera".
"I decided to continue to try classical music this season. I haven't finished the free song yet. I haven't finished it yet, so I don't want to see it here, but it's a different classical music from last year. I wish I could create an image of. " As with last season, the choreography was requested by Kenji Miyamoto.
Finally, when asked about his goals for this season, he said, "I want to finish without injury throughout the season. I want to do my best with the goal of getting to the podium at the All Japan Championship."



Japan's JGP assignments:

JGP Courchevel: Shunsuke Nakamura (J6), Ryoga Morimoto (J7); Hana Yoshida (J4), Ayumi Shibayama (J6)

JGP Ostrava: Nozomu Yoshioka (J3), Haru Kakiuchi (J14); Mao Shimada (J1, N1), Ikura Kushida (J8); Nao Kida / Masaya Morita (J1); Haruka Murakami / Sumitada Moriguchi (new pairs team)

JGP Riga: Tudoi Suto (J16), Rio Nakata (J17, N1); Ami Nakai (J7)

JGP Yerevan: Takeru Amine Kataise (J4), Shunsuke Nakamura (J6); Hana Yoshida (J4), Mone Chiba (J3)

JGP Grenoble: Nozomu Yoshioka (J3); Mao Shimada (J1, N1); Nao Kida / Masaya Morita (J1)

JGP Gdansk: Tudoi Suto (J16)

JGP Egna: Takeru Amine Kataise (J4), Rio Nakata (J17, N1)

One Junior Men entry for JGP Grenoble, one Junior Men entry & one Junior Women entry for JGP Gdansk and two Junior Women entries for JGP Egna have yet to be decided.

Based on the WJC results last season Japan only had 1 entry in 7 events for Junior Women originally, now there're 11 entries in total. I assume it's Switzerland that gave up some spots.
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