Rudimentary Japanese translation of some interesting points from Yuzu’s recent interviewbecause it’s quite comprehensive and I’m not sure if someone’s subbing it~~ (note: my Japanese is far from perfect so corrections are welcome- this is more of the ‘gist’ of the conversation and not word for word)
Said his season began with injury so he was essentially starting from behind the line, but also because of the hard times, he was able to grow
Re: Worlds - announcer praised his perfect FS and Yuzu said it was to the point where people were asking if he failed the short on purpose to trigger his fighting spirit lol but he admits that he probably wouldn’t have skated the FS with that sort of spirit if he had done well at the short so he needs to keep improving
Re: WTT Yuzu said doesn’t usually get the chance to watch other people’s performances from close by. Seeing the ladies skate so cleanly, he realised that the high level of this era of competition, where even the smallest mistake will cause you to drop in the rankings. In the Mens, it’s not simply that you have to jump quads, you also can’t miss. He said that was very instructive and he learned a lot
Re: New Quad Era’and the 4A. Yuzu said he’s tried it during practice in the off-season but it’s difficult – says it’s a special jump (due to the entry method) with high risk and so he has to consider risk of injuries etc. when practising it
TV station made a hologram/projection of Yuzu landing a 4A. Yuzu: ‘whoaa this is cool, I want to jump with it’
They say he has to jump 17cm higher than for the 3A. Yuzu: ‘huh, it sounds quite high but it’s…kind of really just my hair isn’t it?’ He’d also need to land 1.1m further than 3A and rotate 10% faster. Yuzu fairly unfazed: ‘Looking at it now, I feel like I…can probably jump that?’ and thanks them because he feels like he can visualise it now, thanks to the hologram lol
Yuzu’s old (first?) skating teacher was all like: ‘I feel like conversation about quints is coming closer’ lololol
Yuzu doesn’t feel particularly unnerved/scared that the sQuad are younger than him. Said he knew Shoma since very young and though Shoma is a kouhai, after fighting through the competitions together, he also sees Shoma as a nakama ( ; u ; )
more discourse on quads: Yuzu says what helps you land the quads is not really young age/experience but ‘sense’ for the jumps
The next part was hard for me to understand since I didn’t pick up on all the words but I think the gist of it is that successful jumping comes down to each individual and if you have the instinct for it, a ‘challenger’ can come from anywhere
They were like ‘can you…land the lutz in practice? should we put a circle or triangle?’ and yuzu laughed and was like ‘t-triangle….’, implying his Lutz isn’t perfect yet
‘It’s a hard jump but it’s fun! Since the season is finally over and we’re finally free from competitions, I wanted to try it.’
Says he’s not going to put the Lutz in the Olympic program - says having a lot of quad varieties does not mean you can win
they talked a bit about the 3/11 earthquake and Yuzu said bc he had the experience of losing his home-rink and still remembers the hard times that followed, he’s always quite happy and grateful to be able to practice in a rink
Has absolutely no plan for Pyeongchang at the moment LMAO
first plan for off season………wants to improve a lot of skating skills (#typical), esp 4Lz and the 3Lz because 3Lz went a bit weird (bc he’s practising 4Lz?) lmaooo
Goal for next season: ‘Towards perfection’ - 理想の先へ (literally: towards the ideal destination but he implies he means ‘beyond’ the ideal). He’d characterise this season (with the Loop) as a season of getting closer towards the ideal. Next season he wants to surpass the current ‘ideal’ he has. People say you shouldn’t have limits but Yuzu thinks it’s good to have limits, but if you set your own limits, you should set them higher than you’re able to achieve right now (I think? I’m not entirely confident I’m hearing it right)
Matsuura Kanan When spring comes and it’s getting warmer, doesn’t it just make you want to go somewhere far away?♡ Even when you can’t travel, you embark on something new - to me, spring is definitely the season of new beginnings. Soon, before I get busy with diving again, I want to travel with you♡ Places she would like to travel: Maldives, Palau, Great Barrier Reef
Tsushima Yoshiko If I, the Fallen Angel Yohane, used my pure black wings, I’d be able to fly to even hell in just a flash - but that would just be boring♡ I favor a laid-back journey on the train! But when you’re with me, the little devil Yohane, you’ll never know what will happen - it’ll be a mystery tour♪ Places she would like to travel:Hokkaido (Tasty food!), Hawaii, Tokyo
Kunikida Hanamaru I generally get lost when I go to unfamiliar places as I’m bad at getting around by myself. But, if someone’s with me, I love viewing sceneries I’ve never seen before♡ If I get drowsy while looking through the window, I’d be happy if you woke me up, zura♡ Places she would like to travel: USJ, Tohoku, Shikoku (Shikoku Pilgrimage♡)
Sakurauchi Riko I’ve always lived in Tokyo and when I moved to Uchiura, I lived a life full of beaches and mountains for the first time. I’ve completely fallen in love with nature♡ I think there’s still a lot of wonderful places in Japan to visit, so I’d be happy to tour all over Japan♪ Places she would like to travel: Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Tohoku
Watanabe You Ever since I was small, I’ve aspired towards becoming a ship captain. So when it comes to where I want to go, it’ll definitely be on an adventure~♡ I’d pack a sleeping bag on a huge rucksack - I hope I can experience various things on the way! I’ll dive into the seas of the world and take a splash♪ Places she would like to travel: Pacific Ocean, Antarctic Ocean, Patagonia!
Takami Chika I’m a hot springs inn girl, so if someone mentions a trip, hot springs come to mind♡ “I want to go to hot springs here and there~” is what I’d normally think, but truth is, the place I want to go to the most is where μ’s went to, New York!! Dreams have to be big after all, don’t they?♪ Aqours will also work hard towards Love Live! and get to New York!♡ Places she would like to travel: New York, Tokyo, Kusatsu Onsen♡
Kurosawa Dia The place I would want to go to is a city with a big art museum. I think I want to spend time leisurely there, feeling the flow of history and the exquisite exhibits around me. I’m certain I’ll even lose track of time passing by. Learning through the past - as always, good things stand the test of time. Would you like to join me? Places she would like to travel: Paris, Madrid, London
Ohara Mari I’ve lived in a foreign country for a long time, and I love port towns. It’s an exciting place where various cultures mix and many tastes clash to create new sensations♡ I’ve also been excited a great deal here in Uchiura♪ That’s why this time, it’s my turn to give you that excitement♡♡ Places she would like to travel: Yokohama, Kobe, Singapore
Kurosawa Ruby I love idols a lot, and so I want to go see the idol stages all over Japan~!! I’m sure it’ll be an exciting trip from the very first step♪ The way to the idol stages is a shining road of the stars! I want to shine soon too~♡ Places she would like to travel: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya
Source: Dengeki G’s Magazine March 2017 issue Translated by
XiantheMiguel QC by Lucia Hunter
01-04-2017 @民间艺人金博洋: thank you everyone~ this year at the world championships i finally skated perfectly 😊 today i showed the best of my abilities~ from the low point at skate america - to the world championships, not stopping the hard work through disappointments 😭 i succeeded in standing on the world podium again. firstly, thank you, our country’s leaders 🌹 for believing in me and giving me the chance to compete 😊 letting me stand on this stage~ next, thank you coaches ❤ especially coach fu, the hero behind the scenes every time, accompanying me all the way 😭 with unwavering encouragement and support ❤ thank you mom for accompanying me around the world~ i’ve learned from this year’s lows ❤ and this year’s efforts ❤ letting me know how to strive and fight even more for the olympics [doge] thank you fans for supporting me, not stopping in your encouragement and support 😚 lastly, president Bach of the IOC 👨
🏻your congratulations encouraged me and gave me more confidence →_→ i will keep advancing toward the king [go][go][go][go][go][go]
(Shoma and Keiji’s interview in Quadruple 2017 Extra magazine. Thanks to @chestnutskating for the scans!)
Shoma Uno and Keiji Tanaka have been leading Japanese men’s figure skating since they were juniors, and they finished gold and silver at this season’s Japanese Nationals. Their joint interview became a reality after they finished their segments at Worlds. We got a sneak peak into the 19 and 23 year olds’ raw, true selves which we do not get to see most of the time.
– Well done at the World Championships. Were you in the same room this time?
K + S: Nope, we weren’t.
S: We haven’t roomed together much since we became seniors right?
K: Nope, not normally.
– You roomed together frequently when you were juniors.
HUMO: You’re a
feminist, you have already said that several times. Many young women do not
like being associated with feminism, because in their eyes it is a movement that
forbids them to wear heels.
Evelyne Brochu: Feminists are the reason that I can vote, and my main
concern is not whether I should wear heels or not, but that I might soon lose
that acquired right as a woman. That Donald Trump is completely disturbed. The
first thing he did as president, was to abolish subsidies for abortion clinics.
And isn’t it scary what humiliating statements the most powerful man in the
world can make about women? Everybody says: “They are just words.”
But words set the motion more often than you think. A man thinks much faster now,
“If the most powerful man can say that, it is okay if I say it too.”
While women previously where not given the same room as men to be angry, or different,
or crazy, a man is admired for those things, “Look how strong he is and
what strong opinions he has.” A woman would be called hysterical.
constantly belittled. We are told how we should behave if we want to be loved. That’s
my biggest concern. I could care less about those heels.
This is a translation of Ebro’s interview with a Belgium magazine. For the full translated interview keep reading.
Kousuke Today I got to just relax at hoooome! I read manga (Haikyuu and Bleach) and also read everyone’s letters ^^ Thank you as always!!! Tomorrow I’ll be doing a pick-up photoshoot at the agency! I hope we take a lot of good pictures <3 Good night~ A photo from Miyagi