[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x FRAU Interview 211010

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Original article was first published 10 October 2021

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆç•Œă‚’ç‰œćŒ•ă™ă‚‹ăƒˆăƒƒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă•ă‚“ă€‚æ˜šä»Šăźă‚łăƒ­ăƒŠçŠă§æœŹæ‹ ćœ°ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ăžăŻæˆ»ă‚Œăšă€ăŸă äž€äșșăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă‚’ç¶šă‘ă€æ˜šćčŽæœ«ăźć…šæ—„æœŹéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ăŻ5ćčŽă¶ă‚Šăźć„Șć‹ă‚’éŁŸă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćœ§ć€’çš„ăȘćŒ·ă•ăšçŸŽă—ă•ă‚’æŒăĄă€ć‰é€Čă‚’ç¶šă‘ă‚‹çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ă«äŒšă„ă«ă€æ–°ç·‘ă‚ă”ă‚Œă‚‹æœăźéƒœăƒ»ä»™ć°ăžć‘ă‹ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu, the top athlete driving the figure skating world. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he did not return to his training base in Canada but continued training all alone and marked his first victory in 5 years at the Japanese National Championships at the end of last year. In order to meet with Hanyu-senshu, who possesses extraordinary strength and artistry and is continuing to advance his craft, we travelled to Sendai, the city of forests overflowing with greenery.  

ă‚čăƒăƒŒăƒ„ă§ă‚ă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰çŸŽă—ă•ă‚’æ±‚ă‚ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹èŠžèĄ“çš„ăȘćŽéąă‚’æŒă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă€‚äž€ç•Șćż…èŠăȘăźăŻă€ă“ă ă‚ă‚Šăšæ„è­˜ăźé«˜ă•ă ăšèȘžă‚‹ă€‚

Figure skating is a sport that has an artistic facet that judges according to a standard of beauty. He spoke about how the most important things are high attention to detail and awareness. 

ă€ŒæŠ€ăźćźŒæˆćșŠăšçŸŽă—ă•ă‚’ç«¶ă†ç«¶æŠ€ă§ă™ăŒă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒƒă‚žă™ă‚‹ăźăŻäșș間ăȘぼで、いろんăȘäŸĄć€€èŠłăźäșșă«ć±ŠăæŒ”æŠ€ă§ăȘくどはăȘらăȘă„ă€‚ă“ă ă‚ă‚Šăšæ„è­˜ăźé«˜ă•ă‚’æŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăćŠȘćŠ›ă‚’ç¶šă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă©ă‚Œă ă‘è‡Șćˆ†ă‚’ćźąèŠłèŠ–ă§ăă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚é‡èŠă§ă€èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ă“ăšă‚’ć„Șć…ˆă™ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ăŻç‹Źă‚Šă‚ˆăŒă‚ŠăźæŒ”æŠ€ă«ă—ă‹ăȘらăȘă„ăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă™ă—ă€èŠ‹ă‚‹äșșă«äœ•ă‹ăŒäŒă‚ă‚‹ă“ăšă§ćˆă‚ăŠăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŒćźŒæˆă™ă‚‹ă€‚ăƒăƒƒăƒ”ăƒŒăȘăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăȘă‚‰ă€èŠ‹ăŸäșșăŒæŹĄăźæ—„ă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŒăŸă‚Šă€ćżƒăŒć‰ă«ć‹•ăăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ăȘればいいăȘăšæ€ă†ă€‚ćˆ‡ăȘă„ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăȘら、そぼäșșăźç—›ăżă‚„ç”Œéš“ă«ćŻ„ă‚Šæ·»ăˆă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŸă„ă€‚ăŸă 26ćčŽă—ă‹ç”ŸăăŠă„ăȘいですけど、è‡Ș戆ăȘりぼă‚čăƒˆăƒŒăƒȘăƒŒă‚„æ„Ÿæƒ…ă‚’èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻéŽćŽ»ă ă‘ă§ăŻăȘくど、æœȘæ„ăžăźæ€ă„ă‚„ă€çŸćœšé€ČèĄŒćœąă§æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æ§˜ă€…ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€

[Figure skating] is a competition [judged] by the perfection and beauty of its moves/skills but, as you are judged by human beings, you have to put out performances that appeal to people with differing values. It’s because I have high standards for the details that I fixate on and am aware of [in my performance] that I can continue to give my all. Though it’s important how objectively I can evaluate myself, if I just fixate on what I want to express, I feel I’d only be able to put out self-centered performances, so a program can firstly only be complete if it can convey something to the audience. If it’s a happy program, I’d wish that the people watching could do their best the next day, and that it could prompt them to move forward in their hearts. If it’s a sad program, I’d like it to be a way for the people watching to connect with their pain and experiences. I’ve only lived 26 years, but I’d like to express my own story and feelings. Not only in relation to the past, but my feelings towards the future, and the things I’m experiencing currently
 though it’s very varied. 

ă‚Șăƒ•ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăźçŸćœšă‚‚ç·Žçż’ć Žă«é€šă†æŻŽæ—„ă€‚ăƒąăƒăƒ™ăƒŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłă«ă€ă„ăŠć°‹ă­ă‚‹ăšă€‚

Currently during your off-season, you are commuting every day to your practice rink. Can we ask you about your motivation?

ćŠȘćŠ›ăźç”æžœăŒć…šăŠă€‚æˆæžœăŒć‡șăŸæ™‚ăŒäž€ç•Șăźă”è€’çŸŽă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸă‚‰äœ•ăŒéŁŸăčたいべか、èȷおうずかではăȘăïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€é”æˆă—ăŸæ™‚ăźć–œăłă‚’ć‘łă‚ă„ăŸă„ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚äș›çŽ°ăȘç›źæš™ă§ă‚‚ă€æ—„ă€…äœ•ă‹ă‚’ă‚„ă‚Šé‚ă’ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă­

The results of your hard work is everything. I think the number one happiness is the moment the results come. It’s not anything like ‘oh I’ll get to eat this or buy this if I work hard’ (laughs), it’s because I want to taste the happiness at that moment of accomplishment. Even if it’s a small goal, I try to follow through and accomplish something every day. 

æ•°ă€…ăźă‚żă‚€ăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’çČćŸ—ă—ăŠăăŸăŒă€ăƒĄăƒłă‚żăƒ«ăŒćŒ·ă„ăšæ€ăŁăŸă“ăšăŻäž€ćșŠă‚‚ăȘいぼだそう。

We’ve heard that though you’ve secured countless titles, you’ve never once thought that you were mentally strong?

ă€Œè©ŠćˆăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă§ă‚‚æ°—æŒăĄæ‚ȘくăȘă‚‹ăă‚‰ă„ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŸă™ă—ă€çœ ă‚ŒăȘă„ć€œă‚‚ăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚‹ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ăă‚ŒăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźç†æƒłăŒé«˜ă„ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ćžžă«æœ€ć–„ă‚’ć°œăă™ă—ă‹ăȘい。緎習するだけでăȘăă€äŒ‘ă‚“ă ă‚Šă€æ™‚ă«ăŻäœ•ă‚‚è€ƒăˆăȘいこずも搫め、è‡Ș戆が侀ç•Șè‰Żă„ăšćˆ€æ–­ă—ăŸéžæŠžă‚’ç©ăżé‡ă­ă‚‹ă“ăšă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€ăŸăšăˆç”æžœăŒăăźæ™‚ă«ć‡șăȘăăŠă‚‚ă€ćż…ăšćŒ·ăăȘăŁăŠă„ăŁăŠă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă€

Of course this happens at competitions but even at ice shows, I get so nervous that I feel sick and there are many nights I can’t sleep. But that’s because I have high ideals. So I can only give my everything. If I can live by the choice that I’ve judged as the best one, not only in practice but during times of rest and including occasionally when I’m not even thinking about anything, I think you will definitely become stronger, even if you don’t get the results you wanted at the time. 

ă€ŒæŹĄăźè©ŠćˆăŻć‹ăĄăŸă™ïŒă€ăšă„ă†ç™șèš€ă§è‡Șćˆ†ă«ăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚·ăƒŁăƒŒă‚’ă‹ă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ć€šă„ă€‚

You’ll often bring pressure onto yourself by saying things like ‘I’ll win the next competition!’ 

ă€Œă§ăă‚‹ăšäżĄă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚éĄ˜ă„ă‚’èš€è‘‰ă«ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§ă€è„łă«ă‚‚ă„ă„äœœç”šăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚æŠŒă—æœ°ă•ă‚Œăă†ăȘæ°—æŒăĄă‚’ćŽŸć‹•ćŠ›ă«ă—ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ă‚‹ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă€‚ćŠ›ă‚“ă§ă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăŠè…čが痛くăȘă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăăźćŠ›ă‚’ă„ă„æ–čć‘ă«ć€‰ăˆă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚Œă°ă€‚ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăäžćŻ§ă«ă€é›†äž­ă—ăŠć–ă‚Šç”„ă‚€ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ă€

It’s because I believe I can do it. I think putting my wishes into words has a good impact on my mind. When I feel like I’m going to be crushed down, I change that to motivation and keep working hard. Though I do get overwhelmed and there are times my stomach hurts, I hope I can turn that power in a good direction. It’s because I get nervous that I can, single-mindedly, concentrate and tackle problems head on. 

èż‘ćčŽăźè©Šćˆă§ăŻă€Œć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă€Œæ–°ăƒ»ćčłćź¶ç‰©èȘžă€ă‚„ă€ŒSEIMEI」ăȘă©æ—„æœŹă‚’ăƒ†ăƒŒăƒžă«ă—ăŸéžæ›Čă§ă‚‚çŸ„ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿă•ă‚“ăŻæ—„æœŹäșșăšă—ăŠăźă‚ąă‚€ăƒ‡ăƒłăƒ†ă‚Łăƒ†ă‚Łă‚’ă©ăźă‚ˆă†ă«è€ƒăˆăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚

In competitions in recent years, we know you have chosen music with Japanese themes like ‘Ten to chi to’ and ‘SEIMEI’. What do you think of your identity as a Japanese person? 

「漟はそんăȘă«æ„è­˜ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăȘăăŠă€ă‚€ă—ă‚æ—„æœŹäșșă ă‹ă‚‰ćżè€ćŒ·ă„ăšă‹ă€äžćŻ§ă ăšă‹ă€ć›șćźšèŠłćż”ă«çž›ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ăšè‰ŻăăȘいăȘăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă‚łăƒłăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚Żă‚čにăȘるäșșă‚‚ă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă€‚ăżă‚“ăȘそれぞれ違うからこそ、みんăȘăŒă„ă„ă€‚ć€–ć›œăźéžæ‰‹ă«äŒšă†ăšäŸĄć€€èŠłăŒé•ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă«ćŻŸă™ă‚‹æ…‹ćșŠă‚‚äșșăă‚Œăžă‚Œă€‚ă§ă‚‚æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«äœ•ă‹ă‚’äž€ç·’ă«ă‚„ă‚ă†ăšă—ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€äž€ă€ă«ăȘるこべができる。そういうこべがSDGsがæŽČă’ă‚‹ăƒ€ă‚€ăƒăƒŒă‚·ăƒ†ă‚ŁăȘç€ŸäŒšă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ć€§äș‹ăȘă“ăšă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about it like that; on the contrary, I feel that it’s not a good thing to be stereotyped as persevering and polite because we’re Japanese. And I think there are people who have a complex against that. It’s because everyone is different from each other that they are good. When I meet with foreign athletes, there are differences in our values and each person’s attitudes towards skating is varied. But ultimately, when it comes time to do something together, we can unite. That is the sort of diverse society that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand for, and something I think is very important. 

昚ćčŽ9æœˆă€7ćčŽé–“ć­Šă‚“ă æ—©çšČ田性歊たäșșé–“ç§‘ć­Šéƒšé€šäżĄæ•™è‚ČèȘČçš‹ă‚’ć’æ„­ă—ăŸă€‚

Last September, you graduated from the Human Sciences e-School course at Waseda University after studying for 7 years. 

「ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ć‹‰ćŒ·ă‚‚ă€çŸ„è­˜ăŁăŠć€§ćˆ‡ă ăȘべ。SDGsăźæŽ»ć‹•ă«ă€ă„ăŠă‚‚ă€è‡Șç„¶ăźäž­ă«ă‚ă‚‹ă€é™ă‚Šă‚ă‚‹èł‡æșă‚’æŒç¶šćŻèƒœăȘă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă‚ăźć‹‰ćŒ·ă‚’ă—ăŠă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ€ă‚Żăƒˆă‚’éžă¶ă“ăšă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ă€‚ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŻă‚ŽăƒŸăźć•éĄŒăŒæ°—にăȘă‚‹ăźă§ă€ç·Žçż’äž­ă«ăŻćžžă«ăƒžă‚€ăƒœăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’æŒăĄæ­©ăăźă‚’ćżƒăŒă‘ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă•ă•ă‚„ă‹ă§ă‚‚è‡Șćˆ†ă«äœ•ăŒă§ăă‚‹ăźă‹ă‚’ć•ă†ă“ăšăŻäž€ă€ăźć‰é€ČăȘぼかăȘăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€

In skating and also in studying, knowledge is important. In regards to SDGs’ activities as well, I did research into items that attempt to keep the limited resources in our natural environment sustainable and I want to choose those kinds of products [to use]. I’m personally interested in the problem of rubbish, so I try to normally carry around reusable bottles in training. Even though it may be small, I think one way to keep moving forward is to ask myself what I can do. 

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[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu Special Program – Dreams on Ice – 210724

The special program is split into 5 subbed parts – full performances have been cut

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Waseda e-Style Book Interview – 2108

Original article published August 2021.

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ć­Šăłăźă‚­ăƒŒăƒŻăƒŒăƒ‰ă€Œé›†äž­ćŠ›ă€(äșșé–“ç§‘ć­Šæƒ…ć ±ç§‘ć­Šç§‘) çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă•ă‚“

Learning Keyword: “Concentration” (Department of Human Informatics Science), Yuzuru Hanyu

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[ENG TRANSLATION] A Feasibility Study on Utilization in Figure Skating by A Wireless Inertia Sensor Motion Capture System, Yuzuru Hanyu – 20210318

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[ENG TRANSLATION] The first great conversation: Yuzuru Hanyu x Rikako Ikee article preview – 210713

Preview article originally published 13 July 2021. Note that this is not the full article.

Source: https://number.bunshun.jp/articles/-/848840

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ă€€æ±äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă‚’é–“èż‘ă«æŽ§ăˆăŸă‚ă‚‹æ—„ă€æ±äșŹăšä»™ć°ă‚’ç”ă‚“ă§ăźăƒ“ăƒƒă‚°ćŻŸè«‡ăŒă€é›‘èȘŒNumber「ă‚ȘăƒȘンピック開ćč•ç›Žć‰ç‰čé›†ă€ă§ćźŸçŸă—ăŸă€‚

As we draw closer to the Tokyo Olympics, a ‘great exchange’ that connects Tokyo and Sendai took place in this special Pre-Olympics Numbers edition. 

ă€€ä»Šć€ă€ć†ăłç„­ć…žăźć Žă«ć§żă‚’çŸă™æ°Žæłłăźç”łă—ć­ă€æ± æ±Ÿç’ƒèŠ±ć­ăšă€ć†ŹăźçŽ‹è€…ă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăźćˆéĄ”ćˆă‚ă›ă§ă‚ă‚‹ă€‚

This is the first face-to-face meeting between the golden child of swimming, who has once more taken to the competitive stage, Rikako Ikee, and the champion of Winter, Yuzuru Hanyu.

ă€€ă”ăŸă‚Šă«ăŻă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ă‚ąăƒłă§ă‚ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšä»„ć€–ă«ă‚‚ă€ć€§ăăȘ慱通ç‚čăŒă‚ăŁăŸă€‚ăă‚Œă«æ°—ă„ă„ăŠă„ăŸăźăŻçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăźă»ă†ă ăŁăŸă€‚

Besides both being Olympians, the two share another significant commonality. The one who noticed this was Yuzuru Hanyu.

ă€€ćŻŸè«‡ăźć†’é ­ă‹ă‚‰ă€æ± æ±Ÿă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ă€Œè‹„ă„ăźă«ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă‚‹ăȘăšăšăŁăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ă”è‡Șèș«ăźç—…æ°—ăźă“ăšăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ä»–ăźç—…æ°—ă«ă‹ă‹ăŁăŸäșșă‚’ć‹‡æ°—ă„ă‘ăŸă„ăšă‹ă€ć…ƒæ°—ă«ăȘăŁăŠă»ă—ă„ăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŸă§ć…šéƒšă€‚ăă‚“ăȘă«èƒŒèȠわăȘくどもいいんじゃăȘいかăȘăšæ€ă„ă€ă€ă€èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ćŒ·ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăȘăšă‚‚ă€ăšæ°—éŁă„ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸă€‚

From the outset of the conversation, he showed his concern for Ikee, saying, ‘I’ve felt this whole time that though she’s young, she’s had to shoulder the weight of various things and has worked really hard. Of course, there was dealing with her own illness*, but also wanting to give courage to others who were also sick and wanting to get better, all of those things. While I feel that she doesn’t have to bear all of that weight, it’s perhaps because she’s carried these burdens that she is strong.’

*Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia at 19yrs old in February 2019. 

ă€€æ± æ±ŸăŻă€ăă‚Œă«ă“ă†ç­”ăˆă‚‹ă€‚ă€Œçąșă‹ă«èƒŒèȠわăȘăăŠă„ă„ă“ăšăŸă§èƒŒèČ ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æ°—ăŻè‡Șćˆ†ă§ă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ćŸ©ćž°ă—ăŠă‹ă‚‰ăŻă€ç—…æ°—ă—ăŸäșșä»ŁèĄšăżăŸă„ăȘもぼをすăčăŠăźăƒŹăƒŒă‚čă§æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Ikee replied: ‘It’s true that I’m carrying the knowledge that I shouldn’t shoulder these burdens. After recovering, I’ve felt at all races that I’m almost like a representative for those who have been ill.’

çŸœç”Ÿă€Œćœ“æ™‚ăŻă™ă”ăé‡ăŸăæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€

ă€€ć€§ç—…ă‚’æ‚Łă„ă€æ˜šćčŽćŸ©ćž°ă€‚ăżă‚‹ăżă‚‹ăšç«¶æŠ€è€…ăšă—ăŠăźć›žćŸ©ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸæ± æ±ŸăŒă€äșșçŸ„ă‚ŒăšèƒŒèČ ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚‚ăźă€‚çŸœç”ŸăŻé ă„ăšă“ă‚ă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ăă‚Œă‚’ćŻŸă—ăŠă„ăŸă€‚ăȘぜăȘら、è‡Ș戆も避けられăȘă„ć€©ć‘œă«ă‚ˆă‚Šă€ă„ăŸă‚‚ăȘăŠă€é‡ă‚Šă‚’èƒŒèȠっどいるからだ。

Hanyu: “I think at the time, it weighed on me very heavily.”

The worry of the illness and the recovery last year. Ikee, who seemed to recover and return as a competitor in the blink of an eye, had been shouldering burdens unbeknownst to others. From afar, Hanyu could sympathise with this. It’s because even now, he has also been shouldering a heavy weight that fate had laid upon him. 

「惕も、16æ­łăźæ™‚ă«æ±æ—„æœŹć€§éœ‡çœăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă™ă”ăă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’èƒŒèȠい構めたăȘăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŠă€‚

“For me too, since the 3/11 disaster happened when I was sixteen, I feel that from that time, I had started to really shoulder these various things.”

ă€€ä»Šă‚‚ă€æ±æ—„æœŹć€§éœ‡çœăźæ”ŻæŽă‚„ćŸ©èˆˆă«é–ąă™ă‚‹äŸé ŒăŻăȘるăčăć—ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă™ăŒă€ćœ“æ™‚ăŻă™ă”ăé‡ăŸăæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ć€§éœ‡çœăšă„ă†ć€©çœăŒè”·ăăŠă€æ€„ă«ă€èą«çœćœ°ă§é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹äșșé–“ă ă‹ă‚‰ïŒˆæ—„æœŹä»ŁèĄšă«ïŒ‰éžă°ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă ă€ăšă„ă†ă‚ˆă†ă«æ€ă‚ă‚Œă‚‹ăźăŻă€ă™ă”ăæ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă€

“Even now, I try wherever possible to accept requests to help out with [financial] support and recovery in the affected region, but at the time I thought of it as an incredibly heavy weight. The natural disaster suddenly happened and then when it was thought that I was chosen to be the representative of Japan [in figure skating] only because I was someone doing my best in the affected disaster area, I felt very frustrated.”

 憬正ă‚ȘăƒȘンピックで2é€ŁèŠ‡ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹çŸœç”Ÿă‚’ć‰ă«ă€ć°‘ă—ç·ŠćŒ”æ°—ć‘łăźæ± æ±Ÿă ăŁăŸăŒă€ć„Șă—ă•ăšæž©ă‹ă•ă€æ™‚ă«ćŒ·ă•ă‚’äș€ăˆăŠèȘžă‚Šă‹ă‘ă‚‹çŽ‹è€…ă«è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ćżƒă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠă„ăă€‚

Though she was initially a little tense and nervous in front of the two-time Winter Olympic champion, through a combination of the kindness, warmth and especially strength conveyed through Hanyu’s words to her, Ikee also was able to open up. 

ă€€ăă—ăŠè©±éĄŒăŻă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żăźćżƒæ§‹ăˆă€æœ€èż‘ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚‚æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă“ăšă€äž€äșșă§æłŁăăšăă€ä»Šäč—ă‚Šè¶Šăˆă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠă„ă‚‹èȘČ題ăȘă©ă€ăƒˆăƒƒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆćŒćŁ«ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăèȘžă‚Šćˆăˆă‚‹ć†…ćźčă«ćŠă‚“ă§ă„ăâ€•â€•ă€‚

In addition, the conversation topics included how to prepare for the Olympics, recent and past frustrations and regrets, times when they cried alone, and how to overcome those difficulties now. It’s because they are both top athletes that they could trade notes on all these topics. 

ă€€ă„ă€ăŸă§ă‚‚èžă„ăŠă„ăŸă„ă€ç çŽ‰ăźćŻŸè«‡ă ăŁăŸă€‚

It’s a gem of a conversation you’d want to listen to, anywhere and anytime. 

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu, Dreams on Ice Day 1 Interview – 210709

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 9 July 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 

Translation & proofreading: @shinjistarxx & @axelsandwich 

PART 1

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The ice show “Dreams on Ice” was held on the 9th at Kose Shin-Yokohama Skate Center in Yokohama. Sochi ‘14 and Pyeongchang ‘18 gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) took part for the first time in six years, unveiling his program “Masquerade,” starting off a new season. The interview questions with him are as follows.

 ――6ćčŽă¶ă‚ŠăźDOIć‡șæŒ”ăšăȘった。

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šçš†ă•ă‚“ăźć‰ă§æ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„æ€ă„ăŒćŒ·ăă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚æ˜šćčŽă€ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăŒăȘăăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšçš†ă•ă‚“ăźć‰ă§æ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă‹ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŸăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒæ˜šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șン、è‡Șćˆ†ăŒè©Šćˆă«ć‡șă‚‹ăŸăłă«æ€ăŁăŸă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒæŒ”æŠ€ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§äœ•ă‹èȘ°ă‹ăźćœčă«ç«‹ă€ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‹ăšă‹ă€‚äœ•ă‹ă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‹ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă‚’çš†ă•ă‚“ăźăŸă‚ă«ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚ć€šăăźć Žæ‰€ă§ă€æ©ŸäŒšă§æ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ă€ä»Šć›žăƒ‰ăƒȘăƒŒăƒ ăƒ»ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čにć‡șă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

― (Your thoughts on) This being your first appearance at DOI in six years.

Yuzuru: Um, well, I strongly felt that I wanted to skate in front of everyone. Last year there weren’t ice shows, and so I wanted to skate more in front of an audience. Also, last season when I participated in competitions, I thought that perhaps my performances could be useful for someone; that perhaps they could feel something from it. So with that in mind, I wanted to try for everyone’s sake. I want to take the opportunity to skate in as many places as possible, so I decided to participate in Dreams on Ice this time.

ă€€â€•â€•ćźŸéš›ă«ăƒ‘ăƒŻăƒŒă‚’ă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸă‹ă€‚

 「もちろん惕è‡Șèș«ăŻăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ăăźćŠ›ă‚’ăŸăŸæŒ”æŠ€ă«ć€‰ăˆăŠă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ăŸăŸé•ăŁăŸćœąă§æ©èż”ă—ă§ăăŸă‚‰ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ä»ŠăŻæ—ąă«1ć…ŹæŒ”ă§ăƒ˜ăƒˆăƒ˜ăƒˆă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚çš†ă•ă‚“ăźäœ•ă‹ăźæ„Ÿæƒ…ăźăăŁă‹ă‘ă«ăȘったらいいăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― Did you actually receive power [through this?]

Y: Of course, I personally received a lot [of power]. I received it and then changed it into power for my performance, and maybe everyone watching will pass this on in turn in another form. I’m already exhausted after this one performance so I hope this may be the impetus for some sort of emotion in everyone. 

ă€€â€•â€•æœ€ć€§ăźç›źæš™ă§ăŻă‚‹4ć›žè»ąćŠăźçŠ¶æłăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăŸăšă“ăźăƒ‰ăƒȘăƒŒăƒ ăƒ»ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚č、惕ぼ侭ではäč…しぶりに1æ—„2ć…ŹæŒ”ă‚ă‚‹ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă§ă™ăźă§ă€‚ă‹ăȘă‚Šäœ“ă‚’ă€ăăŁăŠă€ă“ăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă«ç„Šç‚čを甞っお緎習しăȘくどはいけăȘいăȘăšæ€ă„ă€‚ăă“ăŸă§4Aăźç·Žçż’ăŻă§ăăŠă„ăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚čă‚żăƒŒă‚ș・ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€äœ“ăźăƒ€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă ăšă‹ă€‚æ˜šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠăăŸäœ“ă‚’ă„ăŸă‚ă‚Šă€ă€ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŸșç€Žăźç·Žçż’ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€1からè‡Șćˆ†ăŒäœœă‚Šç›Žă—ăŠă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ć‘ă‘ăŠäœœă‚Šç›Žă™äœœæ„­ă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă§ăăŸă‚‰ăšă„ă†ăźă§ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă«ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă«ć‘ă‘ăŠæœŹæ Œçš„ă«ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― What is the current state of the quad Axel, which you cited as your ultimate goal right now?

Y: Firstly, Dreams on Ice is the first ice show in awhile where I’ve had to do two performances in one day. I thought that I must prepare my body and focus on this ice show so I haven’t been able to practise my quad Axel until now. After Stars on Ice, there was the toll that it took on my body, the need to take care of my body that had worked hard last season, there was practice on the foundations of the axel, and the need to do the work to properly rebuild my body for the quad Axel from square one; I’d like to start concretely practising for the season ahead from here on out. 

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šć­Łăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă€SPはæ±șăŸăŁăŸă‹ă€‚

 「æ›Čはæ±șăŸăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćźŸéš›ă«éŸłæșăŻă§ăăŠă„ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ç™șèĄšă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă€

― Regarding next season’s programs, have you decided on your SP?

Y: The music is decided. But, the editing is not done, so I cannot announce it yet.

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒăŻç¶™ç¶šă‹ă€‚

 「はい、フăƒȘăƒŒăŻă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă‚’ç¶™ç¶šă—ăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― Will the free program [from last season] continue on?

Y: Yes, I am thinking I want to keep the free (program) “Ten to Chi to”.

Photo by Sponichi

PART 2

――2正ぶりにGPă‚·ăƒȘăƒŒă‚șć‡ș栮をæ±șă‚ăŸç†ç”±ăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€Œè©Šćˆăźæ©ŸäŒšăŒăȘいべ、やはり4ć›žè»ąćŠæ±șă‚ăŠă‚‚æ„ć‘łăŒăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚è©Šćˆă§æ±șめたいăȘăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒćŒ·ăă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ăăźæ©ŸäŒšă‚’ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚æŒăŠăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ă€ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ—ăƒȘă‚·ăƒȘăƒŒă‚șにć‡ș栮するこべをæ±șă‚ăŸă—ăŸă€

― What is the reason you decided to compete in the GP Series again after two seasons?

Yuzuru: Without the chance to be in competition, I think even if I land the quad Axel, it’s pointless. I strongly feel I want to land it in competition. I thought that I should take as many opportunities as I can in that regard, and so I decided to participate in the Grand Prix series [this season]. 

 ――ć‡șć ŽNHKæŻă€ăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąæŻă«æ±șăŸăŁăŸă€‚

 「NHKæŻăŒæ±șăŸăŁăŸæź”éšŽă§ă€ćż…ç„¶çš„ă«ăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąă«ăȘă‚‹ă‹ă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ăȘă‚‹ă‹ă€äž­ć›œă«ăȘるか、みたいăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăŒă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©3äœăźäșș間ăȘぼで、æ±șćźšæš©ăŻç‰čにăȘかったです」

― You decided on NHK Trophy and Rostelecom Cup [for your GP competitions]

Y: When they decided I would compete at the NHK Trophy, I felt it would definitely be either Rostelecom Cup, Skate Canada or the Cup of China. I was 3rd at the World Championships so I didn’t have any particular say in it.  

 ――æ”čめど挗äșŹäș”èŒȘăžăźæ€ă„ăŻ

 「ćčłæ˜Œă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăżăŸăă€ç”¶ćŻŸă«é‡‘ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«çČă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŻç‰čă«ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćż…ăšä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンで4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’æ±șă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăšă„ă†ćŒ·ă„æ„ćż—ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă€ăăźæ„ćż—ă‚’ă€æ±șæ„ă‚’æŒăŁăŠä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłæŒ‘ăżăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―Once again, what are your thoughts on the Beijing Olympics?

Y: I don’t particularly have the same feelings that I absolutely must get the gold medal like I did during the season of Pyeongchang (Olympics). However, I am very determined to definitely land the quad Axel this season. I will take up that challenge this season with that resolve and determination.

ă€€â€•â€•ăăźć…ˆă«ă‚ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œé“ăźäž­ă«ă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šć…ˆă»ă©ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ă«ćčłæ˜Œă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚œăƒă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€‚ăă†ăŁăŸæ™‚ăżăŸă„ăȘç†±é‡ăŻăȘいăȘずいうごうにè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

― Is [the Beijing Olympics] something beyond that goal?

Y: If it happens to be part of the journey [towards the 4A]. It’s just…hm. Like I said before, I feel I don’t have the same degree of passion or fervour that I did at the time of Sochi or Pyeongchang. 

 ――マă‚čă‚«ăƒŹă‚€ăƒ‰ă‚’æŒ”ă˜ăŸç†ç”±ăŻ

 「ăȘかăȘă‹ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’æŒ”ă˜ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹æ©ŸäŒšăŒăȘかったですし。ただ、ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ăšăŻé•ăŁăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšć€§äșșにăȘăŁăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšèĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ă‚‚ăźă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă‚‚ăŁăšćźąèŠłçš„ă«æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŒă“ăźäž–ăźäž­ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăćą—ăˆăŸă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§æŒ”ă˜ăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

― What is the reason you performed “Masquerade” today?

Y: Well, I haven’t had many chances to perform this program. But also, since that time [I first did the program], I’ve become more of an adult, and I think there is more I want to express, and given the current state of the world, there is more I think that can be objectively felt from the program, so with those thoughts in mind, I wanted to perform it again, so I chose this program.

ă€€â€•â€•æ‹ ç‚čăŻć›œć†…ăȘぼか。

ă€€ă€ŒăŸăšă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ă‹ăˆă‚‹ăŸă‚ă«ăŻć€§ć€‰ăȘæ‰‹ç¶šăăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźăšă€‚ćŻèƒœă‹äžćŻèƒœă‹è‡Ș戆ぼ侭でçąșèšŒăŻăȘいぼで戆からăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ˜šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăźç”Œéš“ă‚’èžăŸăˆăŠæ—„æœŹă§1äșșă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‚æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ä»Šăźăšă“ă‚ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ćž°ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻè€ƒăˆăŠă„ăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€æŒŻä»˜ă«é–ąă—ăŠăƒȘăƒąăƒŒăƒˆă§ă€ăšè€ƒăˆăŠăŻă„ăŸă™ă€

― Will your training base this season be in Japan?

Y: First, in order to return to Canada now, there are many difficult procedures involved. I’m not certain whether it is even possible or not, but for the time being, based on my experiences from last season, I feel that I can grow even if training on my own, so I am not thinking of returning to Canada at the moment. However, I think with regards to the choreography, that it will be done with remote assistance [from Canada].

ă€€â€•â€•æ±äșŹäș”èŒȘăŒç„ĄèŠłćźąé–‹ć‚ŹăšăȘăŁăŸăŒă€ă©ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œćƒ•ăŻéžæ‰‹ăźç«‹ć ŽăȘăźă§ă€‚ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠă—ăŸăˆă°ă€èŠłćźąăŒâ€ŠèŠłćźąăźæ–čă€…ăŒç›ŽæŽ„ćŁ°æŽă‚’é€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăšă‹ă€è¶łă‚’é‹ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă«ćŁ°ă‚’äžŠă’ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻćƒ•ăŻă§ăăȘいんじゃăȘいかăȘăšă€‚ăŸă ă€éžæ‰‹ăźç«‹ć Žă‹ă‚‰èš€ă‚ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŻéžæ‰‹ă«ăšăŁăŠăźć€ąăźèˆžć°ă§ă‚ă‚Šă€ç«¶æŠ€ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠăŻæœ€ćŸŒăźă€äž€ç•Șă»ă—ă„ć€ąăźèˆžć°ă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăăźèˆžć°ă§äž€ç”Ÿæ‡žć‘œă‚„ă‚‹ă“ăšă«ăŻć€‰ă‚ă‚ŠăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăȘんか、こんăȘæ™‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ćƒ•ă‚‰ă ăŁăŸă‚‰æŒ”æŠ€ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăĄă‚ƒă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă“ă‚“ăȘæ™‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăźăƒŹăƒŒă‚čであったり、こんăȘæ™‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăźæ„Ÿć‹•ăŒç”ŸăŸă‚Œă‚‹ăźă§ăŻăȘいかăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

― The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has been decided to be held without spectators. How do you feel about this?

Y: I am coming from the standpoint of an athlete. To put it bluntly, the audience…in regards to whether the audience can convey their support or travel [to watch] in person, I can’t really speak to that. But if I can speak from an athlete’s standpoint, the Olympics are a dream stage for many athletes, I think the final dream stage they long for the most. I don’t think the fact they will give everything they have on that stage will change. It’s the fact that it’s during times like this – we [skaters] call it a ‘performance’ – but I think it’s precisely because it’s during these [difficult] times that [watching events like] races and whatnot can result in something touching and emotional.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Exhibition Gala Interview, World Team Trophy – 210418

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 18 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Translation: @yuzueco & @axelsandwich 
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

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Men’s single skater Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) gave an online interview before his exhibition appearance. After his last competition of the season, he spoke for about 10 minutes and answered each question as follows.

ă€€ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šć­Łă€ćŸ—ăŸă‚‚ăźă€‚ä»Šć­Łă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŸèȘČ題は。

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―What did you gain/learn this season? And what do you still need to work on now that the season is over?

Yuzuru: Hmm… this might become a little abstract. Well, the first time I came in third place at the World Championships was just about nine years ago now. Once again, I was thinking the same kind of things I thought at the time, as it is the 10 year anniversary of 3.11 now. The reason for this is that this time, there were things like the period of self-isolation [because of the pandemic], and also I withdrew from competitions. While I was doing those things, and watching the news, I felt how bad the COVID situation is, and I spent the time wondering about various things like, how we are supposed to confront it, and how people are each suffering in different ways during this time. Somehow, from there
 Hmm. I still think the best way to deal with it is to have zero cases if possible, after all. But, (since that’s not possible), we have to keep going, and we have to face and deal with many things. In a way, for me, it’s not about my 4A, but that I feel I need to challenge myself and that I need to put together the best plan of action. Ah, my answer is becoming a little hard to follow. Let me see… In this context, I think about when I was coming up with my own comments on the 10th anniversary of 3.11. How painful was it? What kind of pain was it? Or, how many really want to remember it? Surely there are those who don’t want to be reminded of it, and I was thinking about all these various things. And I thought to myself, “Isn’t this the same as the current situation with COVID?,” and so ultimately, I came to a conclusion, in the season that 3.11 happened, and the season after it as well. I was much, much younger at the time. I didn’t want to be a representative of the disaster-stricken area, and I didn’t want to be labelled as such because I was a member of the Japanese national team, and I had won the spot with my own abilities. I was thinking strongly then, that I wanted to win various things on my own. But in the end, I began to feel a great sense of gratitude, and I realized that I was the one who was being supported by the people, and that I was not in a position to support them, but rather they were supporting me. I was able to feel those things again this time. Somehow…hm. This became a bit of a rambling answer. As a result of everything, I felt that maybe it’s okay for me to keep skating. If I can find some kind of meaning in my skating, I think that’s a sign that it’s okay for me to exist.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

――4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ă—ăŸæ„çŸ©ă‚„æ‰‹ćżœăˆ

ă€ŒăŠćźąă•ă‚“ć…„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšăŻć…šăæ€ăŁăŠăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸæź”éšŽă§äœ“ăŒăă‚“ăȘにç–ČれどăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€‚è©Šćˆăźć Žæ‰€ă§ă‚„ă‚‹ă“ăšă«æ„çŸ©ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‹ăȘăšă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăŸăŸ1äșșで緎習するこずにăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăă†ă„ă†äž­ă§ă‚„ăŁă±ćˆșæż€ăŒć°‘ăȘい侭でやるよりもćˆșæż€ăŒă‚ă‚‹ć‡„ă„äžŠæ‰‹ăȘéžæ‰‹ăŒă„ă‚‹äž­ă§ă‚„ăŁăŸæ–čがè‡Șćˆ†ăźă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă‚‚ć›șăŸă‚Šă‚„ă™ă„ă‹ăȘべいうようăȘæ„ć‘łă‚’æŒăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ćźŸéš›ă‚„ăŁăŠăżăŸă‚‰ć…šç„¶ă€è‰Żă„æ™‚ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă«ć…šç„¶ăȘらăȘăăŠă€éžćžžă«æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšè‰Żă„ă§ă™ă€æœŹćœ“ăŻïŒæœŹćœ“ăŻă‚‚ăŁăšèż‘ăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒæ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă€è‰Żă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒć…šç„¶ă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă€‚ă“ăźæ‚”ă—ă•ă‚’ăƒăƒă«ă€è‹„ă„æ™‚ăżăŸă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ăŒă‚€ă—ă‚ƒă‚‰ă•ă‚‚ć‚™ăˆă€ă€ă€ć†·é™ă«ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚’ćˆ†æžă—ăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Șćˆ†ăźé™ç•Œă«æŒ‘ăżç¶šă‘ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―What was the significance of practising your 4A in practice and your response? 

Yuzuru: I totally didn’t expect the audience to be there. After the Free Skate, there was the fact my body wasn’t that tired. I thought maybe it would be worthwhile to do it at the competition venue. The other reason is that I think I’ll be going back to training alone and I think it’s easier to get a better mental picture jumping it when you’re motivated by the presence of other really talented athletes. But when I actually tried it, the jump was nowhere near my best attempts so I’m really frustrated. I have better ones, really! Truthfully I think I’m closer [that that]. But um, to tell you the truth I’m really really frustrated because I couldn’t do a good jump. So using that frustration as a springboard, though it looks like it’ll be a tough period ahead, I’ll really make intense preparations and analyse various things with a cooler head, and I want to keep pushing past my limits. 

ă€€â€•â€•æ˜šæ—„ăźç·Žçż’ç”‚ç›€ă§ăƒ€ăƒ–ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŒäžĄè¶łç€æ°·ă«ăȘă‚Šă€Œăă‚Œă§ă„ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ˆă€ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€‚

ă€€ă€Œă‚ăźă€æœ€ćˆă‹ă‚‰æ˜šæ—„æ”źă‹ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒă€‚ć…šç„¶ć›žè»ąăŒè¶łă‚ŠăȘかったぼで、è‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šæ„Ÿè§Šăźæ‚Șい4ć›žè»ąă‚’ăšăŁăšè·łă‚“ă§ă„ăŠă€‚æœ€ćŸŒăƒ€ăƒ–ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă§ăƒ‘ăƒłă‚Żă‚ăŸă‚Šă‹ă‚‰ă€ă‚„ăŁăšæ°·ă‚’ă€ă‹ăżć§‹ă‚ăŸă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€‚ă‚„ăŁăšé«˜ă•ăŒć‡șせ構めどいたぼで“それで曞せよ”っどいう。ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚„ăŁă±é«˜ăăȘă‚‹ăšă€ćźŒć…šă«äœ“ăŒæ‹’ç”¶ććżœă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻé«˜ă•ăšć›žă‚‹ă“ăšăźäžĄç«‹ăŒă‹ăȘり難しいゾャンプăȘぼで、それが、そういうç™șèš€ă«ă€ăȘăŒă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€

―During yesterday’s practice, when you two-footed the double Axel landing, you said, ‘That’s good.’

Y: From the beginning yesterday, my jumps didn’t [feel as] light. The rotations were totally insufficient and I kept jumping 4As that felt off to me. When I popped it into a double Axel at the end, I thought I was finally starting to get a feel of the ice. Finally I was getting the height so I told myself, ‘now rotate it’. After all, if it gets too high, your body instinctively tries to protect itself. It’s also a jump where it’s indeed difficult to balance both the height and rotation, so that comment I made was tied to that [fact] as well. 

ă€€â€•â€•æ„ć­ŁăŻăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăŻă€Œć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă«ăȘるが、SPはピケノæ›Čă«æˆ»ă™ăźă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚çŽ‡ç›Žă«èš€ă†ăšè€ƒăˆäž­ă§ă™ă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€ăƒ”ă‚ąăƒŽæ›Čă«æˆ»ă—ăŸă„ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŻă“ăźçŠ¶æłă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăç”Ÿăă‚‹ăšè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§æ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚çŠ¶æłă ă‹ă‚‰ç”Ÿăă‚‹ă€ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€ă“ă†ă„ă†äž­ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźăȘăźă§ă€‚ă“ăźçŠ¶æłăŒă©ă†ăȘăŁăŠă„ăă‹ă€ăŸăŸăŻă€è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăźæ°—æŒăĄăŒă©ă†ă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ć€‰ćŒ–ă—ăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ă‚„ă‚‹äžŠă§äœ•ă‚’èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ă‹ă‚’è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰éžă‚“ă§ă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―Next season, your Free Skate Program will be ‘Ten to Chi to,’ but will you return to a piano piece for your Short Program?

Y: Ummm. To tell you the truth, I’m thinking about it. It’s not just about wanting to go back to a piano piece. I think this program [Let Me Entertain You] was created because of the current situation. You could say it was created precisely because I wanted to do this kind of program that suited the current circumstances. I have to consider how the circumstances will pan out and also how my own feelings will change with it. Also, beyond just doing the skating, I think I’ll pick the program thinking about what I want to express.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito

Part 3

――4AăŻäœ“ă«èČ æ‹…ăŒă‹ă‹ă‚‹ăŒă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«èĄŒă‘ăȘă„äž­ă§ă©ă†ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă‚»ăƒ«ăƒ•ă‚±ă‚ąă‚’ćŸčćș•ă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŁăŠă€‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ćŠ›ă‚’ăă‚Œă‚‹æ–čăŻă„ăŁă±ă„ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚æƒ…ć ±ăŻăƒăƒƒăƒˆäžŠă«ă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è»ąăŒăŁăŠăŻă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘçŸ„è­˜ăšă‹ă‚‚è“„ăˆăŠă€æœ€ć€§é™ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―The 4A is hard on your body, so how will you take care of it while you can’t go to Canada?

Yuzuru: Well, for the time being, I am thoroughly taking care of it myself. And there are a lot of people who can help me as well. There is also a lot of information available on the Internet. I’d like to take care of myself to the best of my ability by accumulating various kinds of knowledge.

ă€€â€•â€•æ„ć­ŁăŻă©ă†ă„ă†æ€ă„ă§è‡šă‚€ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンでしか戆からăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ïŒˆä»–ăźă“ăšăŒæ°—ă«ăȘă‚‹æ§˜ć­ă§ïŒ‰ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šă€‚ă™ăżăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚æ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンでしか戆からăȘă„ăźă§ă€ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‚‚ăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ăšă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šăƒ€ăƒĄă ă€‚æ„è­˜ăŒăăŁăĄă„ăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă€äž€çžŹâ€Šă€‚ăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚ăăźæ™‚ăŻăăźæ™‚ă§è€ƒăˆăŸă™ă€‚ă”ă‚ă‚“ăȘă•ă„ïŒă€

―What are your thoughts on the next season?

Y: We’ll only know next season when next season comes. [Seems to be distracted by something else]. Just, um… hehe…. Sorry. We’ll only know about next season when it comes, so there’s nothing I can do about it. Um, well…. Hmmm… hehehe, I can’t. I got a little distracted, for a moment. Hmmm. I’ll think about [next season] when it’s time. I’m sorry!

ă€€â€•â€•ăăźæ™‚ăŻăŸăŸă€ăŠè©±ă„ăŸă ăæ©ŸäŒšă‚’èš­ă‘ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă„ă€‚

 「フフフフ、でも、そうですね。è‡Șćˆ†ăŒăŸăŸă€ăˆăƒŒă€è‡Ș戆ぼコメントがæŹČă—ă„ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸæ™‚ă«ăŻé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠé ­ă‹ă‚‰ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘèš€è‘‰ă‚’ăČねりć‡șしど、ć‡șă—ăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒäœ•ă‹â€Šă€‚ăŸă‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ćƒ•ăŻèš€è‘‰ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă©ăĄă‚‰ă‹ăšèš€ă†ăšă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§èĄšçŸă—ăŸă„ăźă§ă€ă§ăă‚Œă°ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§èĄšçŸă§ăă‚‹é“ăŒć–ă‚Œă‚Œă°ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―At that time, we would like to have the opportunity to speak with you again.

Y: Hehehe… But yes, I will. When I’m asked for comments again, I’ll try my best to come up with different words from my head. That’s something…. Well, I’m not a professional with words and I’d rather express myself with skating, so I hope I can find a way to do that.

 ――ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăƒȘăƒłă‚Żăšćź¶ăźćŸ€ćŸ©ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€ćź¶ă§ăŻă©ă†éŽă”ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­â€Šă€‚ćź¶ă«ă„ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ăŻâ€Šè”·ăăŠă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šă€‚æœè”·ăăŠă€ăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚æœè”·ăăŠă™ăæŽƒé™€ă‚’ă—ăŠă€‚ă§ă€ă”éŁŻăŒă§ăă‚‹ăŸă§ă«ă‚€ăƒĄăƒˆăƒŹăšă‚Œăƒ•ă‚©ăƒŒăƒ ăƒă‚§ăƒƒă‚Żăšă‹ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă—ăŠă€‚ă”éŁŻă‚’éŁŸăčăŠă€äœ“ă‚’ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă€‚ç·Žçż’èĄŒăŁăŠă€ćž°ăŁăŠăăŠă€ăŠéąšć‘‚ć…„ăŁăŠă€ă‚±ă‚ąă—ăŠă€ă”éŁŻéŁŸăčど毝るみたいăȘç”ŸæŽ»ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―You said you go back and forth between the ice rink and the home, but how do you spend your time at home?

Y: Let’s see. Well… When I’m at home… (first thing) is waking up. Hehehe
 I wake up in the morning, um, and then immediately clean*. Then, until food is ready, I’ll do things like image training, checking my form, and so on. After eating, I do some care for my body. I go to practice, come home, take a bath, do some care, eat, then sleep
 that’s the kind of schedule I have.

*T/N: Probably referring to cleaning his room.

ă€€â€•â€•ćź¶ă§ăźćšŻæ„œăŻă€‚

 「あ、でもă‚ČăƒŒăƒ ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ä»Šăƒąăƒłă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒăƒłă‚żăƒŒă«ăƒăƒžăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ïŒˆć‡șăŸă°ă‹ă‚Šăźă‚„ă€ïŒŸïŒ‰ăŻă„ă€ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă‚čăƒăƒŒăƒ„çŽ™ăŁăœă„ă“ăšèš€ăˆăŸă€‚ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•ăƒ•â€Šă€

ă€€ć–æăŻç”‚äș†ă€‚ă€Œă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸăŸă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

―What do you do for leisure while at home?

Y: Ah, I do play video games. I’m addicted to Monster Hunter right now. (The one that just came out?) Yes. Yes, I’m playing it. Thank you very much. I was able to say something a little like [what you’d find] in a sports magazine. Hehehe.

 (Interview over.)

Thank you very much. and I look forward to working with you again. I’ll do my best.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Post-FS Interview, World Team Trophy – 210416

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 16 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Translation: @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @yuzueco

PART 1

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŠă€‚

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―Your thoughts after the FS?

Yuzuru: Well, of course there are feelings of frustration in there but well, after the World Championships and for these two weeks, I wasn’t living my usual routine, to be honest. In terms of my feelings and well, I couldn’t eat the meals I normally eat, so I’d like to say to myself that I did well, given all those circumstances.

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 「みんăȘが慉だったăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ćƒ•ăŒä»Šć›žă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăźæ™‚ă‚‚ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăźæ™‚ă‚‚ă€ç‚čæ•°èŠ‹ăŠă€Žă‚ă‚ă€è‹Šă—ă‹ăŁăŸă ă‚ă†ă‘ă©ă€é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŸă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăȘă€ăŁăŠă“ăšă‚’ăƒăƒŒăƒ ăƒĄăƒŒăƒˆăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ăŸăŸă‚ă‚‰ăŸă‚ăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€ć°Žăăźć…‰ăźă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ă™ă”ăă™ă”ăćŒ·ă„ćŠ›ă‚’ăă‚ŒăŠă€‚ćƒ•ăŒć…ˆèŒ©ăšă—ăŠă€ăȘんべかがんばんăȘきゃăȘăŁăŠă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€æ™źé€šăšăŻé•ă†ćŠ›ă‚’ă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸè©Šćˆă ăŁăŸăšă‚‚æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―What kind of competition was this for you?

Y: I think everyone was the light. This time, during the Short Program and Free Program as well, seeing the scores like ‘ah, that was really tough but we worked hard’ ―I felt that watching my teammates’ performances as well. In a sense, like a guiding light, they really really gave me a lot of power. As a senior [in the team], I really felt I had to work hard and in a way, it was a competition where I received a different kind of power to the norm. 

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ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ăŸăšă€è‡Ș戆がフăƒȘăƒŒăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăšă—ăŠæŒ”ă˜ă‚‹æ™‚ă«ă€ă©ăźă‚ˆă†ă«è‡Șćˆ†ăŒăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’æŒ”ă˜ăŸă„ă‹ă€ă©ă‚“ăȘăƒ†ăƒŒăƒžă§æŒ”ă˜ăŸă„ă‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’ă™ă”ăè€ƒăˆăŸă—ăŸă€‚ç”æžœăšă—ăŠă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ›Čă‚’èžă„ăŸç”æžœăšă—ăŠă€ćƒ•ăŻă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă§ă„ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă€ăă‚“ăȘăƒ†ăƒŒăƒžăŒă„ă„ăźă‹ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăă“ă§èŠ‹ă€ă‹ăŁăŸăźăŒă“ăźæ›Čで、惕è‡Șèș«ă€äžŠæ‰èŹ™äżĄć…Źă«ă™ă”ăă€ć…±é€šă—ăŠă„ă‚‹éƒšćˆ†ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚Šă€‚ăŸăŸă€é—˜ă„ă«æŒ‘ă‚€ć§żć‹ąă€ăŸăŸăŻăă“ă«äŒŽă†çŠ ç‰Čă‚„ă€ăŸăŸăŻä»–è€…ă‚’æ€ă„ă‚„ă‚‹æ…ˆæ„›ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘべころが惕もそぼようăȘäșșă§ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă„ă€éžæ‰‹ă§ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€æŒŻä»˜ăźäž­ă§ăŻćˆ€ă‚’æŒŻăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăŸăŸăŻć‡șé™Łăźćˆć›łă‚’ă—ăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸæŒŻä»˜ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸă‚ă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăŒă©ă†ă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ć—ă‘ć–ăŁăŠăă ă•ă‚‹ă‹ăŻă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăă‚Œăžă‚Œă§ă„ă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŻă»ă‚“ăšă«è€ƒăˆă‚‹è‡Ș由ćșŠăŒé«˜ă„ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ăœăČ、みăȘさんぼそぼ1぀1ă€ăźæŒŻä»˜ă‚„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźèĄšæƒ…ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‹ă‚‰ć—ă‘ăŸç‰©èȘžă€èƒŒæ™ŻăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚è§Šă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ćŹ‰ă—ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―How did you try to express (the image of) Uesugi Kenshin* in your (free) program?
Y: Hmm, first, I tried to really consider how I wanted to perform the program, like what kind of theme I wanted to perform. So, as a result of listening to many different pieces of music, I thought that in a sense, a theme that would let me be myself would be good. And what I found fitting that (theme) was this piece of music, and I think I myself have a lot in common with Lord Uesugi Kenshin too. Also, various things about him such as his approach towards battle, his (acknowledgement of) sacrifices that must accompany it, and also his compassion and generosity and so on―I think that that is the kind of person, and the kind of athlete that I want to be, and so I chose this program. Um, as for the choreography, there are parts where I am wielding a katana [sword], and also signaling [to soldiers] to move out for battle, but, well, I think it’s up to everyone watching to interpret it as they will. I think this is a program that really is open to what you think, and I am certainly also skating with the thought that if everyone watching could feel a sense or story or something like a scene from my expression of each part of the choreography and each jump, I would be very happy.

*T/N: Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for Yuzuru’s free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga (historical) drama called “Heaven and Earth” that is about Kenshin’s life.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

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―(Question from foreign media) Did you have any problems with your asthma this week? Will there be any problems with your asthma going into the Beijing Olympics?

Y: (In English) Hehe. I’m not thinking about the Beijing Olympics. I think it will be good if the Tokyo Olympics happen this year. (In Japanese) Ah. Sorry, please wait a moment. Hehehehee. OK. Um. (In English) I don’t have problems with asthma and my condition going into this competition wasn’t an issue. In regards to performance, I have confidence in both my programs. There was a small mistake in the Short Program. In today’s Free Skate, there was a big mistake on the 4S, but I’m not despairing over the preparations I’ve done until now. I think I’ll need to practise more and more from here on out. 

 ――4ć›žè»ąă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăŻă€‚

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―Talk to us about your quad Salchow

Y: I was really careful going into it. Eh
 well, I think my form wasn’t bad but well, I guess you could call it bad luck. I jumped straight into the hole I had made [before]. This is probably a unique quirk that I can’t really do much about, but I do tend to jump in the same spot, more than [people normally do]. So I do tend to snag [my jumps] in the same holes. That’s what happened this time. Honestly, it was just the width of the edge [of my blade]. It was
 I wonder how many centimetres it was. Well, it was just a groove around the width of an edge, but I really just got stuck properly in it. (Was it a hole from the 6min warmup?) I think it was. 

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―What were your feelings going into the last 3A?

Y: Um. Well firstly, between the last two competitions, I wasn’t able to land my triple Axels well, which you could say was a big shock, or source of frustration. I really feel hugely apologetic towards my triple Axel. So today, until the very very end ―though of course I had the memories from the World Championships to contend with― I thought I will absolutely land it beautifully. I went into the 3A wanting to show that this is the base from which I’m continuing my road to the quadruple Axel. Within the tiredness [at that point] and with such a slow speed―well, I slowed down on purpose there, as a part of the performance. But within all of that, feeling no strength left, I think I entered the rotation very smoothly and it was a good jump with good height. I think it was the best triple Axel I can do at the moment. 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 3

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ă€€ă€Œă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłć§‹ă‚ă«æ»‘ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ăȘフăƒȘăƒŒăŒă—ăŸă‹ăŁăŸæ°—æŒăĄăŻćŒ·ăă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ć…šæ—„æœŹăźæ™‚ăšé•ăŁăŠäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă‚‚ăȘかăȘă‹è©Šćˆăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ă—ăȘă„ă§èĄŒăăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ä»Šć›žă‚‚äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰ă€ăšăŁăšäœ“èȘżăŒè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸă‚ă‘ではăȘă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă‚čトハă‚čもあったり、かăȘりç–Čれもあったり、おè…čも棊しどいたり。いろんăȘă“ăšăŒă‚ăŁăŸäž­ă§ă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźïœžă€ăŸă‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšäžé‹ăȘミă‚čがあったăȘăšăŻæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€æœ€ćŸŒăźæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«ćŻ„ă‚Šæ·»ăŁăŠă€äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăšăŻé•ăŁăŠă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźæ›Čă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăȘがら、そしど、みăȘă•ă‚“ăźéŒ“ć‹•ă ăšă‹ć‘Œćžă ăšă‹ă€ç„ˆă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸăźă§ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€æș€è¶łă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă€ăȘă‚“ă ăŁă‘ă€‚æ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă€ă ăŁă‘ă€‚æ„ć­Łă«ć‘ă‘ăŠăŻă€ăˆăƒŒăšă€æ„ć­Łă«ć‘ă‘ăŠăšă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăŻä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠăŒć…„ă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă“ăšăŻă™ă”ăæź‹ćż”ă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€èŠ‹ăˆăŠăăŸæ›Čずた぀ăȘăŒă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăŸăŸăŻăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăšăźé•ă„ăšă‹ă€ä»–ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăžăźäœ“ăźäœżă„æ–čăźè€ƒăˆæ–čべか、いろんăȘă“ăšăŒèŠ‹ă€ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸä»ŠăźçŸ„è­˜ă€ç”Œéš“ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’ç”é›†ă•ă›ăŠă€æ„ć­Ł4ć›žè»ąćŠç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŠă€ăă—ăŠ4ć›žè»ąćŠăŒæƒăŁăŸćźŒæˆă•ă‚ŒăŸæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŠă€é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―This was your last skate of the season. What are your feelings about that and also towards next season?

Of course, I really wanted to skate a Free Skate like the one I did at the start of the season.* But unlike before the Japanese National Championships, I went into this one like I did at the World Championships without doing much practice for competition. This time also, after the World Championships, I wasn’t always in a good condition. Well, there was stress and exhaustion and my stomach was also upset. In the midst of various things and ah, well, there was also a mistake caused by bad luck there I think… But I was able to stay with the program until the very end and unlike the World Championships, I really was feeling the music in this program, and feeling everyone’s heartbeats, breaths and prayers, so in a sense I’m satisfied. And then…what was it. Regarding next season? Looking at next season, well, in a sense I think it was a huge shame that I wasn’t able to put in the 4A this season. But it’s because I have been practising my 4A that I was able to discover things like a connection with the music that you saw, the difference between the 4A and 3A, and the ways to think about how to use my body for other jumps. So I’d like to gather my current knowledge, experience and various things and aim for the 4A next season and work hard towards the perfect performance that incorporates the 4A. 

*Referring to his Japanese Nationals 2020 performance.

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―What did you gain from this competition and what will you work on?

Y: Um, well, to make sure I don’t get caught in a hole [in the ice] that I made myself, it’s a matter of jumping in a different spot. But, so far I’ve tried that many times too, and it didn’t work. I think ultimately my strength is being able to be extremely precise in following what I believe. Like, instead of being able to jump (something) 90% of the time, I can control it so I can jump it 100% of the time. I think that connects to having clean jumps and (high) GOE, like yesterday’s (quad) Salchow [in the short program]. So, I think I want to diligently hone in on this strength. As for what I gained this time, there’s a lot I need to work on, but, maybe it’s that I landed a [triple] Axel nicely for the first time in a while. To be honest, there were a lot of things, like the (quad) Loop wasn’t perfect either, and the (quad) Toe Loop and combination were a little off as well, but above all, I was able to get into put my heart and soul into this program, and the last [triple] Axel was exhilarating, and for the first time in a while, it was something that felt like one of my usual Axels. The short (program) was what it was and the (quad) Salchow there was good too. I think now I have the feeling that somehow for the first time in a while I was able to jump like myself. Thank you very much.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Post-SP Interview, World Team Trophy – 210415

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 15 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

Translation: @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx 
Proofreading: @yuzueco

男歐SPで今正è‡Șć·±ăƒ™ă‚čトた107・12ç‚čă‚’ăƒžăƒŒă‚Żă—ă€2äœă ăŁăŸçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆANAïŒ‰ăŻæŒ”æŠ€ćŸŒă€ă‚Șăƒłăƒ©ă‚€ăƒłă§ć–æă«ćżœă˜ăŸă€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu, attending his first WTT after sitting out of the last competition, secured second place with a season’s best of 107.12, and afterwards participated in an online interview.

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ă€€ă€Œă‚ăźă€ă‚„ăŻă‚Šæ—„æœŹèȘžăźă‚ąăƒŠă‚Šăƒłă‚čだったぼで、è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă‚ăŸă‚Šèžăæ°—ăŻăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăˆïœžă€ćź‡é‡Žéžæ‰‹ăźç‚čæ•°ăŒă‚ăŸă‚Šè‰ŻăăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ăźă‚‚èžă“ăˆăŠăŠă€‚ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŸă—ăŸăŒă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă€ćœŒăŻăƒŸă‚čăŁăĄă‚ƒă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ćœŒăźćŠ›ăšă‹é­‚ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ć—ă‘ć–ă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―You did a peace sign to the supporting teammate area [after your performance]

Yuzuru: Um, well, the announcements are all happening in Japanese, so internally I wasn’t going to listen to them. Ah, but I ended up hearing that [teammate Shoma] Uno’s score wasn’t that good. I was nervous, and although he made some mistakes, I think that I was able to feel some sort of spirit or power from him which let me do my best.

 ――い぀もずは違うSPăźć…„ă‚Šă ăŁăŸă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œă‚ăŸă‚Šæ°—ă«ă—ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚è‡Ș戆が侀ç•Șèȱ猼できるこべは、è‡Șćˆ†ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă«ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšć…„ă‚ŠèŸŒă‚“ă§ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒšăƒŒă‚čă§ă‚„ă‚‹ă“ăšă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăŸă ă€ä»Šæ—„ăŻă»ă‚“ăšă«æœ€ćŸŒăźæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ćź‡é‡Žéžæ‰‹ăšăšă‚‚ă«ćŠ›ă‚’ć€Ÿă‚ŠăŠæ»‘ă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸăȘăšăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―Was it a different start to the SP than usual?

Y: I was trying not to worry about it too much. I think that what I can do to contribute the most right now is to properly get into my performance and do it at my own pace. However, today, until the very end, I think I was able to skate by kind of borrowing some energy from alongside [Shoma] Uno.

ă€€â€•â€•é †äœă‚‚çąș漚した。

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšïœžă€ăŸă‚ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŻă‚„ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšă‚„ăŁăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚“ăŸă‚Šé †äœăšă‹æ°—ă«ă—ăŠă„ăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸăšăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźă“ăšăšă—ăŠă€ăăźă€ăƒăƒŒăƒ ç«¶æŠ€ăȘしべしど、è‡Șćˆ†ăźă“ăšăšă—ăŠăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šć‰ćŠăźă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăšăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’ćˆă‚ăŠă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă§è©Šćˆă§ăă‚Œă„ă«æ±șă‚ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸăźă§ă€æˆé•·ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăˆăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

―You also secured 2nd place [after the SP]

Y: Hmm~ Well, I think I did what I could. I’m not paying too much mind to the placements. But um, as for myself, not regarding the team competition aspect, it was the first time I was able to land a nice (quad) Salchow and (quad) toe loop [4T3T combination] jump in the first half of this program in competition, so I feel like I’ve made progress.

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒă«ć‘ă‘ăŠ

ă€€ă€Œăˆïœžă€ăˆăŁăšă€‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ăźæ‚”ă—ă•ăżăŸă„ăȘもぼは民ăȘからずあっど、ăƒȘăƒ™ăƒłă‚žă—ăŸă„ăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄă‚‚ć°‘ăȘă‹ă‚‰ăšă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€‚ăăźæ°—æŒăĄă‚‚èȘă‚ăŠă€ăă‚Œă‚’ăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚čă‚ąăƒ«ăƒ•ă‚Ąă€ăă‚‡ă†ăźæŒ”æŠ€ăźă‚ˆă†ă«è‡Șćˆ†ăŒæˆé•·ă—ăŸăȘăšæ€ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šè‡Șćˆ†ă«é›†äž­ă—ăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

―What are your thoughts heading into the free program?

Y: Umm
 well, I do have a considerable amount of what you could call feelings of frustration or the desire to redeem myself from the World Championships. I want to acknowledge those feelings and then on top of that, would like to concentrate properly on delivering a performance like I did today where I can really feel that I’ve grown.

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Part 2

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―There was an earthquake not too long ago [in Sendai], how did it affect you?

Y: Hm. Firstly there was the earthquake that happened in March, but the earthquake in February affected where I was living more. The things on our shelves and the shelves themselves were shaking really badly and well, tableware broke and there was damage like that around the house. But, fortunately, there weren’t injuries or damaged windows, or damage to the building itself ―though I suppose there may have been some cracks― and there wasn’t anything as severe as the 3/11 disaster. But Ice Rink Sendai did experience cracks [in the building] and the wall that had been damaged in the 3/11 disaster collapsed once again. There was damage everywhere, just like from 3/11. Fortunately the ice wasn’t broken, nor was the cooling system. Thanks to the special efforts and consideration of Ice Rink Sendai ―though it wasn’t immediately as they couldn’t do it in a day and it was while repairs were going on― I was able to skate just a little from the following day onwards.

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―What was the motivation for making you think that you could leave behind something with your programs this time?

Y: Um, the most impactful thing for me was that when I was returning to Japan from Sweden on my sponsored ANA flight, there was really no one on board. The airport was also completely dark. I saw this state of the airport, and it’s what people overseas would be calling a “ghost town.” What was supposed to be a boarding gate had been turned into something like a… hospital reception area. When I saw these circumstances, I thought that it was really important for me to refrain from spreading the virus myself. I also strongly felt that I must not become a reason for others moving [travelling] and possibly spreading the virus, [and because of that] I sat out the Grand Prix series [last fall]. Of course I still hold those feelings, but I am also fully aware that there are those who have lost their usual means of work, those who are suffering during these circumstances, and of course, how difficult it is for those involved to organize and run a competition like this, which includes TV staff and reporters who came here. I thought that by bringing myself to this venue that [people depend on for] work, I could um, maybe help in someway. Also, the ANA staff who guided me at the airport and took care of me, I had said they couldn’t say congratulations to me, but rather they said things like “I really received courage [from you],” and that they felt empowered from my performances. Although of course I still have complicated feelings, it was based upon weighing these [conflicting stances] that I made my decision to appear [at WTT]. Thank you very much. I look forward to speaking again tomorrow.