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Hero’s Special on Mr Sunday. Great programme, so much of Yuzu’s wisdom, so I translated it to share. (If you know Chinese, the video has subs.)

Yuzuru Hanyu became the first person in the world to do a successful quad loop jump, in both the short and free programmes (Autumn Classic 2016). He is a hero that keeps challenging his own limits and many junior skaters look up to him.

Girl skater: I wish I can also be like that.
Boy skater: How does he turn pressure into strength?

Kato-san went to Canada to ask Hanyu some questions from the juniors.

[14 September in Toronto]
Kato: I have a question from a junior skater in Japan for Hanyu-senshu (athlete), I mean Hanyu-sensei (teacher).

Yuzu: Ha…. Yes alright. (laughs)

Marin Honda: Hanyu-kun, I am Marin. [footage of Marin in competition and feeling the pressure]   In so many big competitions, you always seem so strong. In order to give it all that you have done at practice, do you have a routine?

Yuzu: Routine…. in a way, I have, and in a way, I don’t.

Narrator: Before each performance, Hanyu does a gesture in the rink that looks like a cross. That is his routine.

Y: It looks like a cross and it’s a reminder to keep the axis straight from my head down, and to keep my shoulders and waist parallel. I do that every time. But even though I do it, there are times that I don’t perform well. So you should not be shackled to continue doing a routine, and instead, you should have the courage to change it if necessary. Or you can use it as a tool for focusing. There is also no need to hate the pressure too much.

K: (showing a past quote from him) This was something you said in the past. “I like that feeling when others have expectations of me. That is not pressure but ____.” What was the word you said?

Y: What was it?? …. Not pressure but…. support?

K: The answer is this! (the word is “a thrill”)

Y: A thrill! (laughs) Yes I know what it means. Well, I said it myself, so I know. (laughs)
Being supported means receiving a lot of power. I think I can definitely do a good performance precisely because of the pressure. So when I confront it, there is a thrill. In other words, I’m just an extreme masochist. (laughter)

K: Specifically which competition were you able to turn it into a thrill?

Y: Basically, all competitions are like that. Of course there are also times when I am so nervous that I am trembling, and I even laugh due to being too nervous.

A few words from his coach.
Orser: I learned from Worlds in Boston last season that he sometimes gets bothered by certain things, so what we can do is to get to the root of it, so that he can be free to skate. (t/n. I can’t hear his English fully, so half is translated from Japanese)

[footage from Worlds]

Y: People often say to me, you don’t feel the pressure? Well, it is impossible not to feel nervous. Like doing a TV interview like this, I also get nervous. And my words are not well-organised. (laughs) So I do get nervous but I know that one cannot help feeling nervous. In a sense, nervousness is a human instinct. So if you can make it an ally, it would be good; that’s how I think and I want to tell this to Marin-chan. I would like her to believe in her own abilities and work hard. She is really a very strong and talented skater.

Hanyu’s message for future heroes (he writes on a board): “Efforts tell lies, but it will not be in vain.”

K: I thought you were going to say ‘Efforts will NOT tell lies’.

Y: I can’t write that! (laughs)
If efforts do not tell lies, then the person who has worked the hardest would win every time. The recent Olympics (Rio), I watched various competitions. No matter how hard a person has worked, sometimes they just don’t win. Conversely, a very young competitor might win by vigour/momentum. It is also like that in figure skating. So in that way, efforts tell lies. However, the lies are not in vain. Because of the lie, you might have to make a different kind of effort or search for the correct understanding of your efforts. I think that is very valuable, isn’t it?
Man in studio: Thank you for the privilege of learning this.
Kato: The weight of the words of 21 year-old Yuzuru Hanyu.
(this last part in the studio is at the end of this longer video)

-my translation;  thanks to the respective uploaders for the videos.

FNS Music Festival。Ikuta Erina

Good eveningーーー\(*ˊᗜˋ*)/♡

It’s Eriponーーー(〃∀〃)

We got to appear on 2015 FNS Music Festival  THE LIVE♡♡

I’m the one who said the Hoi! line ( ̄∀ ̄)

Who’d have thought that Takagi Reni-san would snatch away the part where Eri gets to sing aloneーーーー(lol)(lol)

But I blocked her from taking my Hoi! ( ´﹀` )

I’m glad!!!!!!
However, in addition to Momoiro Clover Z this time we also appeared next to AKB48!!!!

During Heavy Rotation I danced with all my might along with Minegishi Minami-san♡♡

After that…
During LOVE Machine, I got to sing together with Kato Rena-san!!!

During Renai Revolution 21, my singing part was taken by Takagi Reni-san (lol)(lol)

It’s rare for us to collaborate with all kinds of idols, so I’m glad we did it \(*ˊᗜˋ*)/♡

We got a great opportunity!!!!

To the other idols’ fans
Please be good to Ikuta!!!!

If you’ve become a fan of Ikuta, I’m very grateful m(_ _)m


I took a shot with Ikuta Erika-san!!!!!

The difference is one character!!
You’d think it’s fate right!!!!

I honestly think it’s something amazing!!!!
It’d be nice if we get to appear together again sometime (*´ω`*)



This was alphabet-based questionnaire and incidentally Tegoshige had to talk about each other…

Kato Shigeaki: What is amazing about Kato-san?

T: I think it’s literary talent. It’s amazing that he became a writer who got a movie and a drama adaptation. You can’t win against Shige’s writing talent. (laugh) Lately I can’t stop the Shige teasing. He’s been listening to classical music in the dressing room so I’m teasing him “Don’t overdo it.” I mean listening to classical music he gets full of himself.

Tegoshi Yuya: Tell us something about Tegoshi’s current status

K: Nobody can stop him. This person is… it feels like with every year he’s becoming more and more flashy in a good way. (laugh) Besides, I keep wondering if he is really the same age as me since he plays tiny tricks on me. But I can’t do those awfully positive speeches so I think that’s amazing.

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