an suzuki

We used to be something real, but now we’re just words. Words in my memory, words in old letters and emails… and words that were left unsaid.
They’re so empty aren’t they, words… they’re just sounds that you make that have a recognized meaning to somebody else, almost like crying in a way… But if no one’s around to hear them does that make them meaningless?
If I called you and told you that I loved you would it mean something to you? Would it make a difference? Or is it better to keep those words purely as silent thoughts and nothing more?
Is it the act of speaking them aloud or writing them out for someone else to acknowledge that gives them their meaning… Or does their existence alone give them substance, even if they’re only thoughts?
You know, so much time has passed now that your name has become just a word. It is no longer a greeting, a loving description or a passionate whisper; it has lost those meanings… So tell me – If I never speak your name again… will you eventually mean nothing to me?

weinfinitepeace  asked:

Am I late??what exactly did akiko and kozuko say about yuzu to get fans so riled up 😰😰

Akiko this: https://speakeasy8.tumblr.com/post/160014817538/010-suzuki-a

which I find to be a lot of blablabla, but Akiko is entitled to her opinion even if I find it quite lame (aka, after reading it, I feel like I just wasted 5 minutes of my time).

I found some of her statements weird or weirdly worded, but let’s break it down.


I think Yuzuru Hanyu, while hailed as *the* Champion and having lost the last two WCs, probably has a lot of pent-up a frustration over the losses. This is because he’s not the kind of guy who only wants to win, he’s the kind of guy who wants to win by a mile.

Subtle difference, but from all Yuzuru’s interview, from his mindset since he was a kid, it’s evident he wants to win by putting out his best and showing that he is the best. Which incidentally means winning by a mile, but that’s the consequence not the cause.


At 4CC back in February, from what I could tell of the expression on his face before his SP, he seemed to believe that there was still a gap between himself and younger competitors like Nathan Chen and Shoma Uno. He’s been able to afford a mistake here and there and still win so far but after that comp, he must’ve felt that that’s no longer the case.

A lot of people seems to read Yuzu quite easily nowadays. In contrast to Akiko’s take, PJ Kwong said in her podcast that Yuzuru’s face before FP was one who screamed “This town is mine, go and find your own playground”.

So, we have two different take, in one case the emphasis is put on Yuzuru feeling cornered by the youngster. In the other we have the emphasis on Yuzuru wanting to affirm himself. Which is the correct one? Who knows? Not me, but a Yuzuru feeling cornered by Nathan and Shoma seems quite a nice bed-time story to tell kids in Chubu,

Personal interpretation aside, Akiko’s take regarding “been able to afford a mistake here and there and still win” is just a case of weird statement. He won in GPF because he did LESS mistake than others. He didn’t win in Skate Canada. He didn’t win in WC16 nor in WC15 (nor SC15, but SC silvers are traditions, after all). To imply that a Yuzuru doing mistakes has routinely won against foot-perfect opponents is… alternative reality?

He had some gap on BV compared to some of his opponents, but as often happens, when he won he usually did because he skated better than the rest of the field on the day.


4CC was the turning point for Yuzuru.

On this we agree, although I fear not for the same reason. 4CC, in my humblest opinion, was the turning point because it finally gave him the confidence in having that layout under control, to the point in which he was able to YOLO the last third of it.


This will, in turn, heighten the resolve of skaters still in their teens like Shoma and Nathan to include even more technical content. Going by age, it would be tougher for Yuzuru to follow the same route. If Shoma and Nathan’s weapon is to arm themselves with even more firepower, Yuzuru will answer their challenge by sharpening his own even more, and raise his own level to heights unknown. With Yuzuru, it’s a matter of how one enhances what they have and how they use it.

I admit I find this is funny. Especially coming from a lady who landed her first triple-triple combination at 25. (Let’s not speak about age difference between Nathan and Shoma nor that Shoma won’t be a teenager any longer coming end of this year. I hope Shoma and Nathan’s weapon is to arm themselves with better technique on what they already do, but I guess to imply the youngsters have a lot to improve would destroy this article narrative?


What’s scary about Shoma and Nathan is that they are not entirely outdone by Yuzuru in terms of PCS. They aren’t exactly slacking in the skating department either.

I found more scary the way judges score them, but let’s no go there, okay? And no, they are not slacking. Let’s just say that from slacking and outstanding there’s a whole set of middleground terms that can be used to describe them. Ah, no, narratives ;)


Which is why Yuzuru has come to perceive them as real threats.

Give him some credit, Akko-chan! Do you really think he opened his eyes this February?


But Yuzuru’s emotions are a sight to behold and it would have been even greater if we could have seen more of them (that day).

I’ve nothing to say anymore to anyone who thinks that Helsinki performance wasn’t an emotional skate for what it gave out to the audience there.

I already expressed my opinion over it in my previous reblog.


As I wrote, Akko-chan is entitled to her opinion. I don’t agree with a lot she said (at least in the way she put it out) and I find it funny the stressing out of Yuzuru’s weak (or supposedly weak) points against younger opponents who seem to be perfection.

Or maybe I shouldn’t say funny, just expected.

I’m expecting a lot more of articles like that in the future, especially coming from Nagoya and its surrounding.


Yes, yes, I know, very bad fashion to put it out this way, but let’s just say I’ve been following Figure Skating for quite a long time to know how Olympic seasons with multiple contenders coming from same country are. Especially if one of the contenders comes from one of holy city of figure skating in his country.


As for Kozuka, I’ve no idea - thankfully - I know there was an article with his quotes, but I managed to avoid it up to now.

Please know that although we didn’t end up together in the end, I will always be grateful for having met you. Because despite the fact that it broke my heart to walk this path you set me on, I see now that I am not lost like I thought I was in the beginning.
Every day that passes, I am realizing that these were not wasted years or wasted tears – it was all part of a journey to find the person I was always meant to be. I was never lost… I was simply coming home.
Perhaps not to you like I always dreamed of… but to my true self instead.

So i hadn’t listened to utakata saturday night since it came out and i listened to it again and i was really enjoying myself but i found myself getting ready eyed when zukki did her little adlib towards the end of song. i didn’t realize it but her graduation really had an effect on me.