[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu x Rikako Ikee – Special Talk: ‘Simply, in order to win’ – 210715

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

Original article published August 2021.

Translation + Japanese transcript: @shinjistarxx 
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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

Interview with Professor Nishimura Shoji è„żæ‘æ˜­æČ»æ•™æŽˆÂ 

æœŸćŸ…ä»„äžŠă«ć€šăă‚’ć­Šăčる歩際的ăȘäșșé–“æƒ…ć ±ç§‘ć­Šç§‘

On learning more than his expectations in the interdisciplinary major, Human Informatics Science

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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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Proofreading: @shinjistarxx


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.’


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. 


“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 


ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă€Œăƒ‰ăƒȘăƒŒăƒ ăƒ»ă‚Șăƒłăƒ»ă‚ąă‚€ă‚č」が9æ—„ă€æšȘæ”œćž‚ăźKOSE新æšȘ攜ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚»ăƒłă‚żăƒŒă§èĄŒă‚ă‚Œă€ç”·ć­ă§14ćčŽă‚œăƒă€18ćčŽćčłæ˜Œäș”èŒȘé€ŁèŠ‡ăźçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆANAïŒ‰ăŒ6ćčŽă¶ă‚Šă«ć‡șæŒ”ă‚’æžœăŸă—ă€ă€Œăƒžă‚čă‚«ăƒŹă‚€ăƒ‰ă€ă‚’æŠ«éœČă€‚æ–°ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンをă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă•ă›ăŸă€‚ä»„äž‹ăŻă€ä»ŁèĄšć–æă«ă‚ˆă‚‹äž€ć•äž€ç­”ă€‚

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.


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.


 「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€€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.



― 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




― 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€‚


― 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.  


 「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€€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. 


 「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€€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


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.


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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


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€‚


―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€€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€€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€€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.


 「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 – World Championships 2021 ‘Day After’ Interview – 210328

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 28 March 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Translation & proofreading: @yuzueco, @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx & @tsukihoshi14


――フăƒȘăƒŒă§ăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ćŽ©ă—ăŸăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€ć–˜æŻăŒć‡șăŸăšă„ă†ć ±é“ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăŒ

ă€€ă€Œć–˜æŻăźç™ș䜜è‡Șäœ“ăŻăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăźćŸŒă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ„Ÿă˜ăŸă‹ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠăżăŸă‚‰ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè‹Šă—ă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ă†ăă‚‰ă„ă§ç‰čă«ăŸă‚äŒšć Žć…„ă‚ŠăŒé…ăăȘăŁăŸç†ç”±ăšă‹ă§ăŻăȘă„ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă—ăŸăƒˆăƒ©ăƒ–ăƒ«ăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ç¶šă„ăŠă„ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ă€ćźŸéš›ă«6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ă§ăŻćœ±éŸżæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăźă»ă“ă‚ăłăŒć…šéƒšă«ă€ăȘがったかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ćŽŸć› ăŻă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă—ăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‹ăšă„ăŁăŠă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăă‚ŒăŒă€ă‚ăźă™ă”ă„ć€§ăăȘミă‚čă ăŁăŸă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚Œă‚Œă°ă€ç‚čæ•°ă»ă©ć€§ăăȘミă‚čではăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚1ă€ăšă€ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ăšă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ăȘたでè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰é †äœă ăšă‹ă€ç‚čæ•°ă ăšă‹ăă‚Œä»„äžŠă«è‡Ș戆ぼ侭ではやりきれたăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿè§Šă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

―You said your inner balance fell apart in the free, but there were also reports that your asthma flared up?

Yuzuru: I think I felt the asthma attack itself a little bit after the free skate. But, after it ended, I thought it was a bit painful, but well, I wasn’t late to coming to the rink for that reason in particular. It’s rather, there were a few small troubles that kept stacking up. Well, in the 6 minute warm-up, I didn’t feel any effects from that, but ultimately, I think all those small things ended up making everything fall apart. In my mind, I’m certain of the cause. Having said that, if asked whether that was what led to that huge mistake [in the free program], I don’t think it was as big of a miss as it was in terms of the miss in the score. It’s just within myself, one by one, little by little, everything started to come apart. That’s why, even more so than things like the placements and scores was the feeling within myself that I had properly completed the program.


ă€€ă€Œă†ïœžă‚“ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹çŸćœčやめるべかやめăȘいべかじゃăȘăăŠă€ăăźă€ă†ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«è·łăčăȘいべæș€è¶łă§ăăȘいぼで侀生、ままま。もちろん、そぼ、ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€äž€æ™‚æœŸă€ă‚ă‚ćčŽă ăȘăšă‹äœ“ć‹•ă‹ăȘくăȘったăȘăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ€ă†æ—„ă€…ă‚‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ä»Šă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă‚‹ăźăŻă€ăŸă ăŸă è‡Șćˆ†ă€æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ăȘăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăăźă€ăă‚Œè‡Șäœ“ăŒćźŒć…šă«ç”æžœă ăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆăŻéŽćŽ»ăźæ „ć…‰ăšă‹ăȘă‚ŠæŻ”èŒƒă•ă‚Œă‚„ă™ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€éŽćŽ»ăźæ „ć…‰ăšæŻ”èŒƒă—ăŠă‚‚ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăŸă äżăŠăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă€ăă‚ŒăŻé›Łă—ă„ăšă“ă‚ăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă ă€çąșćźŸă«ăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€çąșćźŸă«ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ăƒ˜ăƒ«ă‚·ăƒłă‚­ăƒŻăƒŒăƒ«ăƒ‰ăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ç”¶ćŻŸă†ăŸăăȘっどいるんでè‡Ș戆。だから、ăȘんか限界だăȘăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŻăȘいです。ただ、こぼ限界だăȘăŁăŠæ€ă†ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„æ™‚æœŸă‚’ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ăŸă‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ć›œćˆ„ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ć›œćˆ„ă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšä»Šé ­ă‹ă‚‰ć€–ă—ăŸçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ć–‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンă‚Șăƒ•ăźçŠ¶æłăźäž­ă§ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăă“ăšă«ăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăäž­ă§ă€ă‚ă‚è·łăčăȘいăȘăšă‹ç”¶æœ›æ„Ÿă‚’ăŸăŸć‘łă‚ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ăă‹ă€‚ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠè‡Șćˆ†ă«é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ć ±é…ŹäžŽăˆăŠă‚ă’ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’è‰Čă€…è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ä»Šăźè‡Șćˆ†ăźçŸ„è­˜ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ç”Œéš“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’æŽ»ă‹ă—ăȘがらäč—ă‚Šè¶ŠăˆăŠă„ă‹ăȘいべいけăȘいăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă§ă™ă€

— What are your feelings aiming towards the Beijing Olympics?

Y: Mmm. It’s not anything like whether or not I want to quit competing but it’s a bit like I’ll never be satisfied for my whole life if I don’t jump the 4A hehehe. Of course, there are days where, for a period, I’ll be thinking things about my age and the fact my physical fitness is diminishing, but right now, I’m proceeding with the feeling that I’m not done yet, that there are still ways I can grow and evolve. Of course, it’s easy to compare absolute results and well, in my instance, my previous glories or achievements. If you compare with my past accomplishments and ask whether I’m still holding onto them, that might be difficult to answer. However, there is no doubt I have improved and become better, definitely more than at the Pyeongchang Olympics [2018] and at the Helsinki World Championships [2017]. So I don’t feel like I’ve hit my limit yet. Rather, it’s a question of how I overcome moments in which I may feel like this is my limit. Well, from here on there’s the World Team Trophy though I’m saying this while the World Team Trophy isn’t on my mind right now. I’ve decided that I’ll be practising the 4A in the off season. And while practicing for the 4A, there will be questions like how to overcome the times where I feel like I can’t jump it or when I’m hitting a wall, how to give myself the morale boost to keep going. Right now, I feel like I must think about those things, and leverage the knowledge and experience I currently have in order to prevail. 


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―What about your training base going forward?

Yuzuru: Um, yesterday, after the competition ended I returned with Brian and after that I got some emails too. Well, there’s various things we can try. However, none of that is definitive. But, well, Brian and the others are looking forward to teaching me at the Cricket Club any time, and told me that they’d like to skate together with me again soon. However, things are still uncertain within my thoughts and I can’t decisively say I will return to Canada. After all, this season, I learned quite a lot from training by myself. I think it’s precisely because I trained alone that I was able to learn those things, and also I’m at a stage where I’m doing quite a lot of the quad Axel-related practice on my own, and I’ve learned various things in doing that. So, um, yes, for example, when training with other people, if I try to work on the quad Axel, there might be times where there are others in the trajectory of the jump, and it would distract me. Also, things like the condition of the ice. Those kinds of things, I don’t have to worry about when I train on my own. I can really concentrate on the jumps. Also, practicing along with the music is something unique about figure skating. There’s an order to that [in group settings], and a priority order in which the music tracks are played. For instance, there’s a rule that those who have a competition coming up can practice quite a bit [with the music], but those who don’t have a competition coming up yet cannot. I’ve been practicing now without all of that, and it’s really flexible in that I can practice what I want to, and according to a training plan I come up with. I think it’s a question of how to take that into account. Something also [to consider] is the condition of my body. Without a doubt, since coming back here, or rather, ever since I’ve returned to Japan which is indeed quite a long period of time, I haven’t visited the doctor* who helps me with [off-ice] care back in Toronto. I think, for sure, I am starting to wear out. And since I’m working on the quad Axel, I’m putting quite a lot of strain in various places, like my feet, legs, neck, etc. So I think I’ll have to weigh this up while thinking about my decision as well, so that’s why it’s difficult to say right now whether I’ll go back [to Canada], or stay in Japan.

*T/N: Unclear what kind of doctor, or possibly physio, etc.


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―Your thoughts on Chen’s Free Skate?

Y: I didn’t have any feelings in particular, to be honest. Um
 of course, I think [Nathan] Chen is amazing and to be able to complete a program with all 5 highly difficult quads with that quality is no ordinary feat. I think these are the fruits of his hard work. However this time, the main thing I was feeling was preventing infection and―including the two weeks of quarantine we have to do when we return― about finishing the World Championships in good health. In any case, the situation in my hometown is not good so I have a strong desire to both not spread infection myself and not be infected. Precisely because that was my number one goal this time, in my mind, it wasn’t something as simple as going up against Nathan, and I didn’t really have something like any straightforward strategy. It was more like
 how do I put it, more than a competition against myself, there was an element of fighting the coronavirus this time. I’m not really concerned about it. More anything else, the number one thing I’m happy and relieved about is securing the 3 [Olympic] spots for Japan. Because I’m the Japanese National Champion, I had a strong sense of duty to fight for the Olympic spots, and it was a strong reason for competing here. The big thing was that I properly contributed to securing 3 spots for Japanese Men. I haven’t really thought about anything else.




―How is your physical condition?

Yuzuru: My condition is fine. Not a problem, not a problem. Everyone on TV was worried about me but my physical condition is 100% not an issue. 


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―You said you’ll think about the Beijing Olympics in the course of pursuing the quad Axel, but, in other words, if you land the (quad) Axel, are you going to retire?

Y: Hahaha. Asking so bluntly! Ahh, I don’t know. Well, even if I talk about when I land the (quad) Axel, it’ll depend on how that happens. Whether I myself am satisfied with it or not. The fact I’m working on the quad Axel with so much effort, with so much focus, and making it my goal, is also in the end, I think, based on whether I can be satisfied within my own heart or not. So, if I’ll be satisfied with having jumped it, perhaps I’ll think about it. However, as I said during the earlier interview as well, this Yuzuru Hanyu is, without a doubt, still improving. Hehe. Indeed getting better. For instance, if you compare my [current] elements to that of Helsinki Worlds, certainly, there was one jump less. And in the second half [of the program], instead of a [quad] Salchow, it was a [quad] Toe Loop. I think the probability of skating a clean program, or something like the strength to not fall apart, are better than they were then. Also, I’ve become able to aim [for these kinds of programs], whereas that time [in Helsinki] it was by chance; I felt like I had been able to get into the “zone”. Now, I’ve become able to aim for this, and I think I’m really improving in that regard, actually. Of course, there are times I can’t put out a [good] result and it’s difficult. Regarding my performances this time, yes, there were jumps that didn’t get [good] scores, and I think the performance didn’t either. But beyond scores, these were performances where I felt that ah, the training I did wasn’t wrong. That’s why, for me, there’s not really the feeling that I should quit because I’ve reached my limits or anything.


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―Your programs for next season?

Y: I said this in Fuji TV’s interview earlier but in any case, this is just in my mind but I do want to put the 4A in ‘Ten to Chi to’. Well, I created this program with that desire. Therefore – though I haven’t completely decided yet – I feel that I want to skate ‘Ten to Chi to’. After all, I’ve barely had any competitions this season. I want to show more of the good parts of this program. And I think once the 4A is added, its impression will completely change. It’s for those reasons, I want to perfect this little one.*

*T/N: Yuzu is metaphorically referring to ‘Ten to Chi to’ as though it’s a child. 


 「えっべ、8戆ぼ1ć›žă‚Œă°ç«‹ăŠăŸă™ă­ă€é–“é•ă„ăȘăă€‚ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łăƒłă‚°ă§ăăŸă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăă“ăŸă§èĄŒăăŸă§ă«ă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šäœ“ă‚’é…·äœżă—ăŠă„ăŠă€ç—›ă‚€éƒšćˆ†ă ăšă‹ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ć‡șăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ăƒ€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŻçąșćźŸă«æșœăŸăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšă€äœ•ćˆ†ă‹ă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăˆăƒŒïŒˆä»„才ぼèłȘć•ă§ïŒ‰ă„ă€ăŸă§ă«ïŒˆä»Šć€§äŒšăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«æ–­ćż”ă‚’ïŒ‰æ±șă‚ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ïŒŸăżăŸă„ăȘă“ăšèš€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€3æ—„ć‰ă§ă™ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŸă‚„ă€ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€æœŹćœ“ă«è‡Ș戆ぼ侭ではăƒȘミットは2æœˆăźç”‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă§ă«é™ă‚ŠăȘă‘ă‚Œă°ć…„ă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠăŠă€‚2æœˆăŸă§ă«é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚‰ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ±șめどいたんですよ、1æœŹă§ă‚‚é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚‰ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ±șă‚ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚2æœˆăŸă§ă«é™ă‚Šă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘăăŠă€ă§ă€ă“ă“ăŸă§ć»¶é•·ă—ăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăă“ă‚‰ăžă‚“ăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šæ­»ăŹæ°—ă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸăźă§ă€‚ă»ă‹ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—è·łă‚“ă§ăȘă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă—ă‹ă‚„ăŁăŠăȘい、べかあるぼで。2æ™‚é–“ă¶ăŁç¶šă‘ăšă‹ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“4ć›žè»ąćŠăšăŁăšă§ăŻăȘいですけど。2æ™‚é–“ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă°ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ç·Žçż’ă‚‚ç”æ§‹ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćčłć‡ă—お45ćˆ†ăŻă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ă‚‚ä»Šć€§ć€‰ăżăŸă„ăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸăŸăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€

―How often are you jumping the 4A in a day? How much of it can you do?

Y: Um, if I can just rotate about ⅛ more, I can get it, without doubt. I can land it. So until I can get there, I have been pushing my body and there have been points of pain that are appearing little by little. The damage is definitely accumulating. And then you asked how long I was training it? Let’s see…but
 there was a question before [in a past interview] about when I decided to abandon plans for the quad Axel in this competition, and I said three days. Truthfully, I had thought to myself that the limit was that I had to land it by the end of February or I couldn’t put it in. If I landed it by February, I decided I would add it; if I landed even just one, I decided I would put it in the program. But, I couldn’t land it by the end of February, and so I extended the deadline until now. Around that time, I was indeed working like hell. I didn’t jump any of the other jumps, just the Axel. For two hours on end. Of course, I wasn’t jumping the 4A the entire time, but there were indeed quite a few two hour sessions where I only jumped Axels. I think on average about 45 minutes. Thank you very much. It’s been a tough day for everyone. Thank you. I ask for your support again.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Championships 2021 Post-FS Interviews – 210327

Post-FS video interview

Translation + transcript of interview

―フăƒȘăƒŒăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă™ă‹

ă„ă‚„ăƒŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăȘă‚“ă‹ć…šéƒšæłąă«ă†ăŸăäč—ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă€ć…šäœ“ăšă—ăŠă†ăŸăă„ăŁăŠăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ć€§ăăȘè»ąć€’ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è‡Ș戆ぼ侭で侀ç•Șç‚čæ•°ă‚’ć–ă‚ŠăŸă„ăăźć‡șæ„æ „ăˆăźæ–čă§ăŻăŸăŁăŸăç‚čæ•°ăŻć–ă‚ŒăŠăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒć…šäœ“é€šă—ăŠă€ă‚ăźăƒŒçŽ°ă‹ă„ăƒŸă‚čă§ć…šăŠæŠ‘ăˆă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ă‚ăźăƒŒè‡Ș抛が侊がったんじゃăȘいかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

―Could you please offer some thoughts on your free program performance?

Yuzuru: Ah, well, I kind of wasn’t able to get into the flow of things. However, um, as a whole it didn’t go well, but, um, I wasn’t able to get what I wanted the most at all, which was a (high) GOE. However, throughout the whole thing, I was able to manage everything as smaller mistakes, and I think maybe my ability to do that has improved.



―This was your first time revealing “Heaven and Earth and” to the world (an international competition). What kind of feelings did you put into the skate today?

Y: Yes, it is, um, in the same way as during Japanese Nationals, I think I was able to skate while really immersing myself in my inner world and also to the surrounding atmosphere.

â€•ăă—ăŠä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ç•°äŸ‹ăźă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă§çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŒ1äșșă§æŒ‘æˆŠă‚’ç¶šă‘ă‚‹ăŻé›Łă—ă„æ™‚æœŸă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ä»Šć›žăźć€§äŒšăŻç„ĄèŠłćźąă§ă—ăŸă—ă€ă„ă€ă‚‚ăšăŻé•ă†ăă‚“ăȘć€§äŒšă ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ăŒă€ă©ă†ă„ăŁăŸäž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ă«ăȘă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‹

ăŸăæ­Łç›Žæ‚”ă—ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă­ă€ăŸă ă‚ăźăƒŒćŽç©«ă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹è©Šćˆă ăŁăŸăšăŻè‡Șćˆ†äž­ă§ăŻä»Šæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€æœŹćœ“ăŻă‚ăźăƒŒä»Šă™ăæ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă„ăă‚‰ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚â€ŠăŸăŸæŹĄăźæ©ŸäŒšăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠăŸăŸăă“ă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă„ă„æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«ä»Šæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

 â€•So this season has been truly an unusual one, and we think you must have had a hard time continuing to compete while on your own. The competition this time was also held with no audience present, so it’s different from usual competitions. What kind of World Championship is it for you?

Y: Well, to be honest, I’m frustrated but, um, I think it was a competition where I learned a lot, and really, I’d like to get back to skating right away, but
 I think if there is a next opportunity, I want to properly focus on doing a good performance then.

â€•æ„œă—ăżă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăă—ăŠä»Šă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻè©Šćˆæ•°ăŒæœŹćœ“ă«ć°‘ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă—æ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăŻäž–ç•ŒăźçŠ¶æłăŒć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚è‰ŻăăȘăŁăŠè©Šćˆæ•°ă‚‚ăŸăŸăŸăă•ă‚“èŠ‹ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăăšæ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ăƒ•ă‚Ąăƒłăźæ–č、そしど4ć›žăŠă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăžăźæœŸćŸ…æ„Ÿă‚’é«˜ă‚ăŠă„ă‚‹ăƒ•ă‚Ąăƒłăźæ–čă‚‚ć‡„ăć€šă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ăŒă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźæ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłăžć‘ă‘ăŠăźăƒ“ă‚žăƒ§ăƒłă‚‚ä»Šè©±ă›ă‚‹çŻ„ć›Čă§æ•™ăˆăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă‚‰ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

ăŸăă“ăźè©Šćˆă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă€ă‚‚ă‚Šă§ă™ă€‚ăŸăç€æ°·ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ä»ŠăŸă§ăźè‡Ș戆ぼ侭で侀ç•Șやっべ4ć›žè»ąćŠăšă„ă†ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚‰ă—ăăȘăŁăŠăăŸă‚‚ăźăŒç”æ§‹ă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€æ„ă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šç·Žçż’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăšă€ćŸŒăŻăŸăƒŒă€ă‚ăźăƒŒăƒ»ăƒ»ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚„ă‚‹ă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă‚„ăŻă‚Šäœ“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’é…·äœżă—ăȘくどはいけăȘă„ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă‚±ă‚ąă—ăȘがら、æ€Șæˆ‘ă‚‚ă—ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€è‡Ș戆がé€Č挖しどいけたらいいăȘăŁăŠéąšă«æ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚

―We are looking forward to then. So, this season there were very few competitions, but there are fans who are hoping there will be more competitions next season if the world situation gets better, and there are also many fans who are eagerly anticipating the quad Axel. So, if you could speak about your vision heading into next season, as much as you can.

Y: Well, heading to this competition, I intended to practice the quad Axel quite a lot. Well, it’s not like I landed it, but it’s at the point where there’s been a lot of instances where it’s finally become quite a “quad Axel-like” jump, so, heading into next season, I’d like to properly practice that. And also
 um, working on the quad Axel means you have to really overwork your body and whatnot, so I hope I can continue to evolve while properly taking care of myself so as not to get injured.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article published 27 March 2021.


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ăšă€ă™ă”ă„ç–Čă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă™ă”ăè‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čăŒäž€ć€‹ăšă€ćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŁăŠăŸăźă§ă€‚ăȘるăčăè»ąć€’ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ă€ăŸă‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŒăŸăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«1぀1぀、慚然è‡Ș戆ぼ、è‡Ș戆らしくăȘă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒç¶šă„ăŸăźă§ă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

What are your thoughts, looking back on your performance?

 um, I was very tired. It was really like my balance was crumbling piece by piece. I did what I could to prevent myself from falling but well, one by one, uncharacteristic jumps kept continuing so it really was hard.


ă€€ă€Œă†ă‚“ăšă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšæŹĄăźè©ŠćˆăŒă©ă†ăȘるか戆からăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźă€æ™‚é–“ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’æ—©ăç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă€ăŸăšăŻç€æ°·ă•ă›ăŠă€ćźŒæˆćșŠă‚’äžŠă’ăŠă€è©Šćˆă«ç”„ăżèŸŒă‚ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšä»Šăźç›źæš™ă§ă™ă€

What’s your goal for the next competition?

Hm, for now we don’t know what will happen at the next competition but, um, if there is time to do so I’d like to quickly practice my quad Axel – firstly land it, increase its degree of perfection and get it ready for competition – that’s my goal for now. 


ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ć…šäœ“çš„ă«æ„ŸèŠšăŒæ‚ȘくăȘă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăˆïœžă€ç·Žçż’ă§ă‚‚ă‚ăŸă‚Šă“ă†ă„ă†ăƒ‘ă‚żăƒŒăƒłăŻć‡șăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€äž€æ°—ă«ăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă€ăŸă‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă†ïœžă‚“ă€ăŸă‚ăă‚Œă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă•ăŁăèš€ăŁăŸăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čăŒă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ăźäž­ă§ă€ăˆïœžă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă†ăŸăă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€è‡Ș戆ぼćčłèĄĄæ„ŸèŠšăšă„ă†ă‹ă€æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§è»žă‚’ăȘă‚“ă‹ă†ăŸăć–ă‚Šćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŠă„ăȘかったぼかăȘăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ăŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚ă‚“ăŸă‚Šć€§ăăȘć•éĄŒă ăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăȘăăŠă€ă»ă‚“ăźăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŁăŸă ă‘ăȘăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă§é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠăăŸă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ç·Žçż’ă§æłšæ„ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźăŻă§ăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Were [the mistakes] on the 3A today influenced by 4A training? Your opening 4Lo was also off balance

Yes, the overall feeling wasn’t bad. There wasn’t really a trend or pattern like this in practice but well
 it felt like there was an instance where the balance within me collapsed all of a sudden. In terms of the Axel, there is the factor of the quad Axel there but mm, more than that it was more like what I just said about being in a state where that balance was crumbling very quickly. Um
 you could say it was my own sense of equilibrium or balance; it felt like I wasn’t able to grasp the axis of the jumps properly the entire time. However, I don’t think this is a huge problem, it was just feeling out of balance bit by bit so, well, I think I was able to do the things I had worked hard on in training and the things I was watching out for during practice.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Combined Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

Original article Part 1 published 27 December 2020.
Original article Part 2 published 27 December 2020.

Translation and Proofreading: @shinjistarxx, @axelsandwich and @tsukihoshi14


Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA), the winner of the All-Japan Figure Skating Championships and the consecutive winner of the Olympic Games in Sochi ’14 and Pyeongchang ’18, gave a joint interview after the men’s medalist press conference on the 26th, and talked about his innermost thoughts.


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Q: Are you thinking of anything (career-wise) after the World Championships (next year)?

A: First of all, for me, the biggest thing is whether the World Championships will actually happen.

Well, first of all, being able to use my body is the most important. Because training on the quad Axel has a big impact (on my body) after all. Well, it’s not something that I can practice consistently, so to some extent, I have to train properly and build up my body. Well, I had decided not to do a quad Axel in my training for this competition. How can I put it, I’ve building up my body to prepare for the competition, so I think now my sense of the Axel has been changing once again, but as soon as this competition is over, after my body recovers, I will make sure to build my body to suit the quad Axel, and then train for it, then see how much I can do with the quad Axel. I haven’t been able to do it yet. I’m trying to quickly bridge the gap between my current image of the Axel and my body as soon as possible. I think it depends on how well I can execute it after I’ve become able to do it. Well, more than anything else, I don’t know if the World Championships will be held yet. I don’t know how next season’s competitions, including the Grand Prix, will go. Anyway, my current feeling is that I want to put out the best effort I can while keeping an eye on the situation of the world. Beyond that, I don’t know yet.


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Q: Is there anything you felt was important or difficult while practicing without a coach?

A: Yes, I think there are absolutely aspects where I can’t be completely objective about when I’m by myself. Like when we’re talking like this, or when this becomes various articles in newspapers or the news (on TV), and I watch myself speaking through television. Similar to when I do that and am like ‘ah, it would have been good if I had said in this way’, or ‘I should’ve said this’, it’s the same in skating where there are parts you cannot be objective about when alone. So I think having a coach is an incredibly important thing, insofar as being able to provide new points of view and ones outside of your own. On the flipside though, I think precisely because I have an abundant amount of experiences, because I have more experiences compared to other athletes, it’s easier for me to have a more objective point of view about things like how I break down [under pressure], how I can produce good performance, how it becomes a bad performance, that sort of thing. So while reflecting on various things, even while being without a coach, I think I was able to leverage those experiences and connect my actual performance at Japanese Nationals this time with the training I was aiming for up until this point.  

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Q: About your planned layout. Up until now, you’ve put your combinations in the second half of the program. This time it was slightly front-loaded. What is the point of this? And what about your layout if you add the quad Axel?

A: Well if I did add the 4A I think it’d be my first jump. To put it simply, the reason for putting a combination in the first half is because the rate of success is higher there. Before deciding on this layout, there was originally a period where I couldn’t jump the loop. I couldn’t even jump the Salchow, and the toe-loop was in a dicey condition, so there was a period where I was in no position to put quads in the second half. Precisely because of that, I was in the process of putting a combination in the first half. So I went with that flow and then slowly while practising, I became able to jump the loop again – the Salchow was of course stabilised and then I stabilised my loop little by little, so I thought okay, I can put the loop and Salchow in my FS program layout. I did think about doing 2 toe-loop combinations in the second half and doing an Axel combination as the last jumping pass, too. Right now, if I look at the Free Program as a whole, instead of making the last jumping pass a combination, the Axel combination in the first half looks better – I think that’s the primary reason. Starting from the sound of the koto at that point [in the program], the mood picks up, I jump the Axel and then the loop, but originally I thought about making it a solo Axel jump, then solo loop, otherwise a 3Lz solo jump. Somehow I felt that the music creates a feeling of a bigger wind soaring through, so the jump that would express it best would be a 3A with a rippon 2T and then leading into the 3Lo with that momentum, which is the reason for putting it in the first half this time. 


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Q: The Beijing 2022 Olympics are getting closer. What’s your position on it at the moment?

A: This is speaking frankly but in the current situation where the Tokyo Olympics cannot go ahead, in my personal opinion, we’re not in a position to be thinking about the Winter Olympics. Of course, there are sponsors, commercials, and because this is an event where so many countries compete, of course there is a lot of money involved in that. Because of that I think there is a whole world that we don’t know. However, I’m not involved in that. As a single competitive figure skater, the Olympics is not a sport festival or event but, as an athlete, my ultimate goal. If we only think from that perspective, I’d like the Olympics to go ahead and of course I’d like to participate and win. However, against the backdrop of that, the current reality is that even the Tokyo Olympics cannot be held. Even if postponed, we still don’t know how it will turn out. For example, if we’re in a situation where taking the vaccine is compulsory or whether the audience will be able to attend
 And also, balancing the cost, whether the Olympics is something that should be held. Truly, I think there are many people thinking about various factors, with a lot of different opinions. Therefore, within all of that, I’ve personally stopped myself from thinking about the Olympics, my ultimate goal. Therefore, rather than thinking whether or not I’ll participate, whether or not I’ll continue to compete until then, it’s more like I’m shutting down my thoughts about that a little right now.

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Part 2


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Q: What is the ultimate goal of your skating career?

A: In any case, I’d like to land the 4A in competition. That’s the ultimate goal I’ve said countless times. However, this time, with such a long period of training alone, the difficulty of the 4A
 Firstly, I wonder if I will be able to get there. When I think about how there were times when I felt like it was almost a wild fantasy, I won’t say there weren’t times where I wondered if it was okay to make this my ultimate goal. However, if I were not to lie to my own heart then, if I did not try to get there, truthfully speaking, my reason for skating… In this society, in this current situation, it feels like my reason for training, the reason for wanting to keep skating would vanish. So that’s why I’m still pushing ahead against the impregnable wall known as my 4A, though the hurdle is very high. It’s a wall so tall to the extent that it feels like there are no handholds or anything. Even so, I don’t want to leave it as just a dream. I will absolutely grasp it in my hands, and I want to look beyond that wall where there are no other walls. I think that may be the only reason I am able to skate in this current situation. 



Q: What about the current status of the (quad) axel?

A: I haven’t (successfully) jumped it.

Q: Not even once?

A: Yes.

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Q: Once the COVID19 situation improves, will you go back to your training base overseas?

A: Well, to be honest, I don’t know how the world will be. However, to confirm, I don’t think the training I’ve done thus far has been wrong. Um, in the end since I was able to apply the various things I have experienced thus far, and finally like a “veteran”, I was able to accumulate the [efforts of] various training, and without doubt as this was reflected in the results of this competition, I think I can finally say I did my best. And so, the training plan of a four-quad free program including a quad loop from this time will become a strong foundation for the sake of the quad Axel later. I think for now, making that go well should be the only thing I think about. Regardless of whether that will happen upon returning to Toronto or in Japan, and improving my body, my senses, and my technical and physical fitness is definitely something I think I know best. In any case, in the last one year I have gone through a lot of trial and error. That’s why, to utilize [what I learned from] that, whether it’s in Japan or in Canada, first I want to put in the work in training to improve the technical aspects needed to rotate and land a quad Axel. Is this okay? Did that answer the question?


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ćź¶æ—ăšéŽă”ă™æ™‚é–“ăŒă™ă”ăćą—ăˆăŸă—ăŸă­ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ăƒˆăƒ­ăƒłăƒˆă«èĄŒăŁăŠă€ćź¶æ—ć…šć“ĄăŒăă‚ă†ă“ăšăŒăȘかăȘかăȘă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ćź¶æ—ăšäž€ç·’ă«éŽă”ă—ăŠă€‚ćˆ„ă«ć›Łă‚‰ă‚“ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒæ„œă—ă‹ăŁăŸăšă‹ăă†ă„ă†èšłă§ăȘăă€äž€ç·’ă«ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă€‚äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ćź¶æ—ć…šć“Ąă«ă‚”ăƒăƒŒăƒˆă—ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŸăźăŻă€è‡Ș戆がă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă—ăŠă„ă‚‹äž­ă§ă‚‚èȥ産にăȘるăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«æ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćŸŒăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ć€–ć‡șăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ă—ăŠă„ăȘいんですよ。ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆä»„ć€–ă«äœ•ă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăȘいぼで。ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆä»„ć€–ă«äœ•ă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăȘă„ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšć€§ă’ă•ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘいですけど。ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆä»„ć€–ă«ć€–ć‡șは侀戇しどいăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăƒˆăƒ­ăƒłăƒˆă«ă„ă‚‹ăšăă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă«é›†äž­ă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ăȘăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăŒă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăšäœ•ă§ă—ăŸăŁă‘ïŒŸă‚ăŁă€ć€§ć­Šă€‚ăŠă‹ă’ă•ăŸă§ć€§ć­Šć’æ„­ă§ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚è«–æ–‡ă«ă€ă„ăŠă‚‚ă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ă„ăšă‚Œç™șèĄšă™ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘいですし、しăȘいかもしれăȘいです。そこはちょっべ戆からăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšè‡Șćˆ†ăŒè€ƒăˆă†ă‚‹é™ă‚Šă§ç ”ç©¶ă‚’ă—ă€è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăźä»Šăźć…ˆă»ă©èš€ăŁăŸăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă«é–ąă—おも぀ăȘăŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ«ăŒćˆ†ă‹ă‚Šă‚„ă™ăăȘるかăȘっど、しăȘくはăȘいぼで。もしè‡Șćˆ†ăŒä»ŠćŸŒă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšæș€è¶łă§ăă‚‹ăă‚‰ă„ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŠă€çŸćœčă‚’é€€ă„ăŠă€ăƒ—ăƒ­ă«ăȘăŁăŠă€æŒ‡ć°Žè€…ă«ăȘっお。っお、どんどんé€Čă‚“ă§ă„ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚‚ă—ăăźæŠ€èĄ“ăŒćż…èŠă ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ăăŁăĄăźé“ă‚‚ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šăƒˆăƒƒăƒ—ăźç«¶æŠ€è€…ăšă—ăŠă€ćˆ‡ă‚Šé–‹ăææ–™ă«ăȘればăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«ăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: (This year) You graduated from university. Aside from training, what other kinds of things did you do during the pandemic?

A: Well, the time I spent with my family greatly increased. Usually I’m in Toronto and it’s not often that my whole family is able to get together and spend time. And by this it’s not that it was fun to be together like this, but rather we were able to think together about skating. Above all else, I thought that being supported by my whole family while I was skating is a great fortune. And, yes, I didn’t really go out, since I wasn’t doing anything but skating. Although (saying I was) doing nothing except skating might be a bit of an exaggeration. I did not go out at all, aside for skating. Um, that’s right. I felt maybe I was able to focus more on skating than when I was in Toronto. And
 what else was there? Ah, university. Fortunately I was able to graduate from university. Regarding my thesis, yes, I might present it someday, I might not. I’m not really sure about that. I did as much research as I could think of, and of course there were connections to the training that I myself have done up until now. Above all, I thought that maybe [with my research*] the rules [of skating] would become easier to understand, it would have to. Perhaps in the future, [after] performing to where I’m satisfied, I’ll retire from competition, become a professional [skater], become a coach/mentor, etc. So, in that progression, if that kind of technology is needed, there’s that option too. After all, I think that as a top athlete, [it would be good] to become a means of opening up something new. 

*T/N: Yuzuru is referring to his graduation thesis in which he explored the topic of 3D motion capture technology being applied to figure skating, and he stated his hope that in the future there could be AI-based scoring incorporating new technology. He talked about his thesis and thoughts on his university career in his recent article featured in Waseda University’s Campus Now magazine; translation can be found here.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-FS Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

Part 1 – Original article published 26 December 2020.
Part 2 – Original article published 27 December 2020.
Part 3 – Original article published 27 December 2020.
Part 4 – Original article published 27 December 2020.

Translation and Proofreading: @shinjistarxx, @axelsandwich, @tsukihoshi14 and @yuzueco


2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) secured his 5th Japanese National Champion title with a score of 215.83 in the Free Skate and an overall score of 319.36. These are his comments in an interview with Fuji TV after the performance.



Q: (After the performance)

A: My honest feeling is that I wanted to get a Level 4 in the StSq but in any case I’m glad I thoroughly rotated my spins. 


ă€€ă€ŒăŸăšă€ăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšćźąèŠłèŠ–ă—ăȘがら、ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠäżĄă˜ăŠă€äœ“ăźæ„ŸèŠšă‚’äżĄă˜ăŠă€ă‚„ă‚Šăă‚ŒăŸăźăŻć€§ăă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăȘă«ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚æ˜šæ—„ă€ă‚ă‚ă„ă†ăƒ—ăƒ­ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ćˆæˆŠăšă„ă†ă“ăšă§ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšćŠ›ăŒć…„ă‚Šă™ăŽăŠă„ăŸéƒšćˆ†ăšă‹ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€æ˜šæ—„ăă‚Œă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăȘべいうぼが率目ăȘæ„Ÿæƒłă§ă™ă€

Q: Your thoughts on your performance just then?

A: Firstly, while looking at it objectively
 I think it’s significant that I was able to properly believe in the training I did and trust the feeling in my body. More than anything yesterday – though it was in part precisely because it was that type of program – there were parts in that first competition where I had exerted a bit too much power, so frankly, it’s good that I was able to feel that yesterday. 

 ――4ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‹ă‚‰ć…„ăŁăŠă€4ć›žè»ąă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒă§ăŻé«˜ă„ćŠ ç‚čăŒă€ă„ăŸ

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ăŸăšăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšă„ă†ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă§ăŸă‚ă€æ”ă‚Œă‚’ć‡șă™ăźăŁăŠă™ă”ăé›Łă—ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă‚ă€ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă€æ”ă‚Œă‚’æźșさăȘă„ă§ă€ăă‚Œă„ă«ćŠ ç‚čăŒä»˜ăăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒè·łăčăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒćƒ•ă«ăšăŁăŠă‚‚äč…ă—ă¶ă‚Šă§ă™ă—ă€ă™ă”ăćżƒă‹ă‚‰è‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ăˆă‚‹ç‚čă§ă™ă€‚ă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăšăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ć‡„ăè‡ȘäżĄă‚’æŒăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă§ă™ă—ă€é•·ćčŽäž€ç·’ă«ă‚„ăŁăŠăă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŸăĄăȘんで、è‡ȘäżĄă‚’æŒăŁăŠă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: You began the program with a 4Lo and then a 4S and it scored you high marks
A: Well, firstly when it comes to the loop jump, it’s very difficult to get flow from that jump. For me, it’s been awhile since I’ve maintained the flow and completed the loop jump with positive GOE. It’s a point that I am very happy about. In regards to the Salchow and toe-loop, they are jumps I have a lot of confidence in and two jumps that have accompanied me for many years* so I had confidence and completed them.

*T/N: Here, his language sort of personifies his jumps as people/things who’ve been ‘doing’ skating together with him so we’ve tried to express that feeling through the translation

 ――どんăȘæ°—æŒăĄă§ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’

 「こぼæ›ČăźèƒŒæ™Żă«ăŻă€äžŠæ‰èŹ™äżĄć…ŹăŒă„ă‚‰ăŁă—ă‚ƒă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăšă«ă‹ăćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă€ç«¶æŠ€ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šć„œăă ă—ă€é—˜ă†ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăźäž­ă‹ă‚‰ć‡„ăă€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€æ„œă—ăżăšă„ă†ă‹ă€é›†äž­ăźä»•æ–čだったりべか、そぼćˆșæż€ăŻă™ă”ăăŸă‚ă€ăŸăŸă‚‰ăȘいもたにăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăăźäž­ă§ă‚‚ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăŒă€ăăźă€é—˜ăŁăŠă‚‚ć‹ăŠăȘくăȘăŁăŠăăŸă‚Šă€ăŸăŸă€è‹Šă—ă„ăšă„ă†ă‚ˆă†ăȘ、ăȘă‚“ă‹è‹Šæ‚©ă«é§†ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‚Šă€‚ăŸăŸă€ćƒ•ăŒ1äœă«ăȘるこべで、èȘ°ă‹ăŒ2äœă«ăȘったり、3äœă«ăȘったり、犠ç‰ČăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăȘがらやっどいたぼで、ăȘă«ă‹èŹ™äżĄć…Źăźé—˜ă„ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă«é–ąă—ăŠăźäŸĄć€€èŠłăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźă«ćœ±éŸżă•ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ä»Šă€ă“ăźäž–ăźäž­ă€é—˜ă‚ăȘきゃいけăȘă„ă“ăšăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€äœ•ă‹ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăźäž­ă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă—ăŸèŠŻăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźăŒă€é—˜ă†ă€ć‘ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăèŠŻăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźăŒèŠ‹ăˆăŸă‚‰è‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: What kind of feelings have you put into this program?

A: The setting of this music features Lord Uesugi Kenshin.* In any case, I myself like competing, and in the act of competing itself, how to put it, the fun of it is in things like (figuring out) how to focus, and these kinds of exciting things are what I can’t get enough of. However, in all of that, (there are feelings like) fighting and still not winning, or (things) you can say are painful, like being consumed by anguish. Also, like when I come in first place, someone else will be 2nd or 3rd, and I am feeling that it is like there is a “sacrifice,” or a cost, so I am somewhat influenced by Lord Kenshin’s overall sense of values he held towards battle. Right now, in this world, there may be many things people have to fight against, so it would be nice if everyone could come to see something like a “core” or will within themselves as they head into battle (upon watching this program).

*T/N: Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for his free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga genre (historical) drama called “Heaven and Earth” about Kenshin. In an earlier comment, Yuzuru pointed out that he resonates with Kenshin’s overall view of battle/competition as always having come with a cost, or a “sacrifice.” Earlier comment was translated here.



Q: Looking ahead to the World Championships

A: Well, if it will actually happen. Of course, in any case, my honest feeling right now is that I want the world to return to peace as soon as possible, and I want to live peacefully as well.

Photo by Sponichi

Part 2


2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) secured his 5th Japanese National Champion title after 5 years with a score of 215.83 in the Free Skate and an overall score of 319.36. After his performance, he answered some questions in an online interview.


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Q: (Your feelings) After ending the short & free programs

A: Last year, I was pretty frustrated, so I think it’s good I was able to get a little revenge, but, well, more than anything else, ultimately, hmm, in these kind of circumstances, [I felt] bad about calling [my] coach would be kind of bad*, so more than anything, um, if it’s something I can handle on my own, I internally decided that, given the current circumstances, I shouldn’t call my coach if I wanted to be able to go into the competition with confidence. Well, in these conditions, [I thought] being able to do a good performance like this was really good. And also, even though I have been working alone, I want to express my gratitude to the many who have supported me thus far.

*T/N: Our guess is that he is trying to express that he does not want to trouble his coaches during the current circumstances since he can handle it on his own.


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Q: What are the difficulties of doing things (i.e. practice, training) alone?

A: For instance, last season, there was Uno-senshu who competed in the Grand Prix series by himself* and amidst all that I felt that certainly that must be difficult to do. Also, I myself had a little trouble [last year] at the Grand Prix Final with my coach*, and I had to do the short program alone, and I had the experience of that not going well. Ultimately, [this year], my doubts and worries have increased a lot by doing everything all by myself for this long period of time, but although I’m doing it alone, it’s precisely because of the fact that I’ve been training alone that I was again able to feel that somehow, somewhere I’m connected [to others]. This time too, [I’ve received] support from afar, and of course this includes things like messages and words I’ve received, and conversely, not just these kinds of tangible things but, I think there are also many who are sending me support from very far away, so above all I very much want to express my gratitude to them.

*T/N: Referring to skater Shoma Uno who competed without a coach for part of last season.

**T/N: Referring to how in GPF 2019, Coach Ghislain was to be accompanying Yuzuru but ended up getting delayed due to his passport getting stolen.


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Q: (With your efforts being rewarded) in the free program, what is your response?A: First, well, in this program I myself have great attachment to it. If I listen to the music I get very emotional. Of course, in each individual movement there are various meanings imbued into them. However, in all of that, if the jumps are not completed as well, I think what I want to convey with the program as a whole with its flow does not come across. So, although it was the first competition [of the season], with regard to things like what I wanted to convey, I think I was able to show a little of what I wanted to in this program, as the jumps were not interrupted.

Photo by Sponichi

Part 3

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*appears to be a typo, meant to be 犠ç‰Č

Q: What did you want to convey with this program?

A: For me, something happened at last year’s Japanese Nationals and also the Grand Prix Finals. I felt like I wasn’t really growing, that I was slowly becoming unable to fight, those sort of thoughts were in my head. For a moment, I thought that I had become tired of competing, and I could probably give up at any point, though I think there are probably many people supporting me who don’t want that to happen. But within that fight, I realised once again that I love the feeling of accomplishment you get in a competition, the feeling of being able to do things, overcoming things, the suffering of being able to overcome hardships, etc, those feelings that exist because of competitions. Also, bringing up Uesugi Kenshin*, well, things like his perspective on battle, within that there was (a sense of) aesthetics you could say. Also, he had conflict with the fact (there were always) sacrifices that resulted from fighting, and so I think ultimately he ended up becoming a monk. So in that way, like reaching a state of enlightenment or understanding, I think maybe something like Lord Kenshin’s sense of values is kind of similar (to mine). I tried to skate while linking these kinds of things together with my performance.

*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 genre (historical) drama called “Heaven and Earth” that is about Kenshin’s life. Kenshin was educated at a temple for some time in his youth and for the rest of his life was regarded as an honorable warrior, known for his religious devotion to the Buddhist god of war, Bishamonten. In an earlier comment, Yuzuru pointed out that he resonates with Kenshin’s overall view of battle/competition as always having come with a cost, or a “sacrifice.” Earlier comment was translated here: https://twitter.com/shinjistarxx/status/1342787528550723585

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Q: What are the key details you’re mindful of in your choreography?

A: All of it. Hehehehe. I think if any one detail is missed this program will probably
 not just this program, but especially the programs in the last 5 or 6 seasons, probably would not be complete. More than anything, the fact I was able to jump seamlessly without exerting too much force was the best part in being able to complete the expression [of the program]. 


ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€æ˜šæ—„ăżăŸă„ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè’ć‰Šă‚Šă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠèŠ‹ă›ăŸă„æ°—æŒăĄăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă ă€ăăźäž­ă§â€œă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—è·łăčăŸăœă€ă‚„ăŁă»ïœžă„â€ăżăŸă„ăȘ、ăȘă‚“ă‹â€œă†ă‡ïœžă„â€ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă˜ă‚ƒăȘくど、もっべăȘんかă‚čăƒžăƒŒăƒˆă«ă€ăŸă¶ă‚“ăƒ­ăƒ“ăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚čăƒžăƒŒăƒˆă«ă€ă‚€ă‚źăƒȘă‚čぼロックăȘぼで、ăȘんか、ăȘă‚“ăŠă„ăˆă°ă„ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ă€‚ć›œăšă‹ăă†ă„ă†ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšäœ™èŁ•ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăƒ­ăƒƒă‚Żă ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒăŸă èĄšçŸă§ăăŠă„ăȘいかăȘăšæ˜šæ—„ăŻæ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšäœ™èŁ•ăźă‚ă‚‹ă€ă„ă‹ă—ăŸă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă€æ˜šæ—„ă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŠăźćçœç‚čです」

Q: Is the sense of continuity an important pillar [in your programs]?

A: Yes it is. Therefore, I think a performance like yesterday’s [short program] is still a little unrefined. There are of course emotions I’d like to show, but within that, it’s not the feeling of ‘yeah I jumped that, yahoo!’ or ‘Eyyy~’ but more…something smarter – if it was Robbie [Williams], he’d express it in a smarter way, because it’s English rock
 um, how do I put this. It’s not really about a particular country’s [rock style] but I think it’s a kind of rock with more room to play with. Yesterday I thought I am probably not able to express that yet, but reflecting on it last night, I want to do a performance with more freedom and make it feel more alive.


ă€€ă€Œăšă«ă‹ăă€ä»Šć›ž1äșșă§é•·ă„é–“ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă—ăŠăăŠă€ăŸă‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“èȘČéĄŒăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠćźŒç’§ă ăŁăŸăȘăšèš€ăˆă‚‹æŒ”æŠ€ă§ăŻăȘいですけど。ç‰čă«ăă‚‡ă†ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ă™ă”ăćź‰ćżƒă—ăŠă€è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ćź‰ćżƒă—ăŠă€ăŸăŸă€èŠ‹ăŠă„ă‚‹æ–čă€…ă‚‚ćź‰ćżƒă—ăŠèŠ‹ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘ、è‡Șćˆ†æœŹæ„ăźæŒ”æŠ€ăŒă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšăźă‚„ă‚Šæ–čだったり、そういったもぼは間違いăȘă‹ăŁăŸă€‚ä»Šăźäœ“ă«ćˆăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăźä»•æ–čă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æˆé•·ăźä»•æ–čăŒă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăă‚Œă‚’ăŸăŸă•ă‚‰ă«ăƒ–ăƒ©ăƒƒă‚·ăƒ„ă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ă—ăŠă€ăŸăŸă‚‚ăŁăšé›Łă—ă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă«æŒ‘ăżăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă‚±ă‚Źă‚‚ăȘく過ごしどいけたらいいăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: How do you want next year to take shape? A: In any case, this time I have trained for a long time by myself and well, there were of course problems in the Short Program and honestly speaking, they are not performances I can call perfect. In particular, in regards to today [Free Program], I feel very reassured, in myself and also I think those watching can feel reassured that, as they were able to see, I can do an original performance. That the way I trained was right. I think I’ve found a training method that is suitable for my current body condition, one that helps me grow, so from here on I’d like to keep refining it further and I hope that I can continue [training] without injuries while challenging harder jumps.

Photo by Sponichi

Part 4


 「ăȘんだろう。ç‰čă«äœ•ă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă„ăŸă‚ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźă€ăȘんどいうんですかね、すごくいろんăȘćŠ›ă‚’ă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ăŸă‚ă€é—˜ă„æŠœă‘ăŸăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ăŁăŠă€ăă“ă«ă‚čăŁăŠç«‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ćˆ„ă«äœ•ă‹ă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă‚ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘくど、むしろè‡Șćˆ†ăŒé•ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‹ă‚‰èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸæ„ŸèŠšă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€

Q: At the end of your program for a few seconds, what did you see?

A: What was it? It wasn’t as though I was thinking about anything in particular. It’s just…how do I put this
 I felt like I had received a huge amount of various kinds of energies, and it was like I had finally come out of this battle, so I stood there afterwards – that sort of feeling. It wasn’t really like I was looking at something but rather, it felt like I was watching from a different place. 


 「ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă‚·ă‚§ă‚€ăźă€ăȘă‚“ăŠă„ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ă–ăŁăă‚Šăšă—ăŸă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăȘんですけど、ăȘんかç”Čć†‘ă‚‰ă—ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ăă‚‚ăă‚‚ă€‚ïŒˆèș«æŒŻă‚Šæ‰‹æŒŻă‚Šă‚’ăŸă˜ăˆïŒ‰ăȘă‚“ă‹éŽ§ăŒă“ă“ă«ćˆăŁăŠă€ă“ă“ă«ć…œăŒă‚ă‚‹ăżăŸă„ăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸăżăŸă„ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćƒ•ăźäž­ă§ăŻă‚ăźă€â€œć€©ăšćœ°ăšâ€ăŁăŠâ€œăšâ€ă§ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ć€§æČłăƒ‰ăƒ©ăƒžăźă‚żă‚€ăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’ăăźăŸăŸäœżă‚ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻă€ć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€äșșïŒˆă˜ă‚“ïŒ‰ă€äșșăČăšïŒ‰ă€ă‚‚ă—ăăŻè‡Ș戆みたいăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŒă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăżăŸă„ăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăăźă€ïŒˆèș«æŒŻă‚Šæ‰‹æŒŻă‚Šă‚’ăŸă˜ăˆïŒ‰ă“ă“ăŁăŠăŸă¶ă‚“ć€©ăšćœ°ăźé–“ă ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ă§ă€ăă“ă«ă‚ȘレがいるんだぞっどいうようăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§è‡Șćˆ†ăšă—ăŠăŻæ„ć‘łă‚’ă€ă‘ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: What is the meaning behind the choreography of the beginning?

A: Well, it’s Shae’s [idea]… how should I put it, it’s kind of like a rough image but, I heard that it is an image meant to be like a warrior’s armor and helmet, originally. (Gesturing with his body and hands) Like, [she had] an image that here would be the armor, and here would be like a helmet. In my mind, “Heaven, and Earth, and”* ends with [the word] “and,” which of course, I’m using from the title of the taiga (historical) drama as is, but in my mind, I had an image of heaven and earth, and humanity, or a person, perhaps myself, like an image that it’s “Yuzuru Hanyu.” I think (with gestures) that in this space, it’s maybe in between heaven and the earth, then (in that space) I meant for it to be an image of as if I am there.

*T/N: Referring to the title of his program, ć€©ăšćœ°ăš (“Heaven and Earth, and”), which is taken from a 1960s taiga (historical) drama of the same name.


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ă†ïœžă‚“ă€ăŸă‚æœ€ćˆăźç”ç¶ăŻăăźăŸă‚“ăŸă€æ›ČăăźăŸă‚“ăŸă§ă‚ăŁăŸç”ç¶ăȘăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€æ›Čăźæ”ă‚Œăšă—ăŠă€ăȘă‚“ă‹é—˜ă„ă«ă„ăăžăšă„ă†ă‹ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€æ±șæ„ă‚’èŸŒă‚ăŸă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€æ±șæ„ă‚’èŸŒă‚ăŸă€é—˜ă„ă«èĄŒăăŸă‚ăźæș–ć‚™ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăźæ±șæ„ă«æș€ăĄăŠă„ă‚‹æ„ŸèŠšă§ă™ă€‚ă§ă€æœ€ćŸŒăźæœ€ćŸŒă«ă‚€ăƒŠăƒă‚Šă‚ąăƒŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸćŸŒăźă‚čピンやりăȘăŒă‚‰ăźç”ç¶ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ă‚ăă“ăŻăă‚‚ăă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹éŸłă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă‚ăźç”ç¶ăźéŸłă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé•ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‹ă‚‰æŒăŁăŠăăŠă€é•ă†æ›Čべ重ねど、ă‚ȘăƒȘă‚žăƒŠăƒ«ăȘă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă‚ăă“ăŻăȘんかコレă‚Șă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ăźæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚‚ă†é—˜ă„ăŸăăȘă„ă‚“ă ă‘ă©ă€ćźˆă‚‰ăȘくどはいけăȘă„ăŁăŠæ„ć‘łă§é—˜ă„ă€ă€ă€ă§ă€æœ€ćŸŒă€èŹ™äżĄć…ŹăŒć‡șćź¶ă™ă‚‹æ™‚ă«ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźćŠç”Ÿă‚’æ€ă„æă„ăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§ă€ăă“ă«ç”ç¶ă‚’é‡ă­ăŠăżăŸă—ăŸă€ă€‚

Q: This song makes good use of the sound of the biwa. (Japanese lute)

A: Well…hmmm, the biwa sound in the beginning of the song is taken as it was from the original piece. In terms of the flow of the song, it’s full of determination, like we’re going to fight, or filled with a sense of preparing to go into battle. And at the end, after the Ina Bauer, the biwa sound while spinning is not a sound that exists in the first place, but a sound that I brought from a different piece of music* and layered it with a different song to make it original. There during the ChSq, the image is of [Kenshin] who doesn’t want to fight anymore, but that he must continue to fight in order to protect. In the end, when Lord Kenshin is entering his priesthood, he is reflecting on the half of his life thus far, so with that image in mind, I tried to overlay the sound of the biwa there. 

*T/N: Different song or different part from the same song, it’s not clear

Image credit: https://blog.promolta.com/4-japanese-instruments/


ă€€ă€Œæ—„æœŹéąšăȘă‚ˆă‚Šæ—„æœŹéąšă«æŒăŁăŠèĄŒăăŸă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăă“ăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻäżĄçŽ„ć…Źăšé—˜ăŁăŸćŸŒă«ă€ć·äž­ćł¶ă§é—˜ăŁăŸćŸŒă«ă€éœ§ă«ćŒ…ăŸă‚ŒăŠé›ąă‚Œă°ăȘă‚Œă«ăȘっど、è‡Șćˆ†ăšć‘ăćˆăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăȘんで。琮ぼ音べかでè‡Ș戆べ搑き搈いăȘがら、è‡Șćˆ†ăźéŒ“ć‹•ăŒéłŽăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźăšă‹ă€èĄ€ăŒæ”ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹æ„ŸèŠšăšă‹ă€ă‚čっずæźșæ°—ăŒèœăĄăŠă„ăæ„Ÿă˜ăŒæ„Ÿă˜ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźéžæ›Čè‡Șäœ“ăŻè‡Ș戆がやっどいるんで。遾æ›Č、線集もかăȘă‚ŠăƒăƒŒă‚žăƒ§ăƒłäœœăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŸăźă§ă€éŸłè‡Șäœ“ă«ă‚‚ă™ă”ă„èŸŒă‚ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćƒ•ăŻéŸłæ„œćź¶ă§ăŻăȘいたで、やっぱりă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăšćˆă‚ă›ăŸäžŠă§ăźă‚‚ăźă«ăȘっどいるぼかăȘăšă„ă†æ€ă„ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€ă€‚

Q: How about the koto? (Japanese harp-like instrument)

A: I wanted to make the program even more ‘Japonesque’. At that part, in my mind, the feeling is meant to be like after [Kenshin] has fought Lord Shingen*; it is after their fight at Kawanakajima, and they are enveloped by fog and then separated (from one another’s view) so they are (left to) face their own selves. I thought it would be nice to have the sound of the biwa to feel that sense of facing yourself, where your own heartbeat is ringing in your ears, and maybe also that sensation of blood flowing, and then suddenly that sense of bloodlust and the need to kill subsides. For this program, I chose the piece myself. In picking the music, I made quite many versions editing it too, including the sound itself. However, I’m not a musician, so I do wonder if it matches the skating.

*t/n: Referring to another 16th century Japanese warlord, Takeda Shingen, who was famously known for having a long-standing rivalry with Kenshin. The two clashed many times at the site of Kawanakajima, which is located in present-day Nagano (incidentally close to Nagano Big Hat, the arena where this competition was held). 

Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koto_(instrument)



Q: What meaning does this competition hold in your competitive career?

A: I think what I said when the competition first started was everything. Should I call it my own desire, um, it’s a very personal opinion, so even now I’m still conflicted whether I can stick with that. It’s very personal, and if the World Championships happen, if I don’t get closer to it in advance a bit, I have the impression that it’d become difficult later. So, um, it felt like reaching for the light that I want to grasp for in the dark world that is the current COVID19 pandemic.



Q: What do you think about restarting at Nagano this time?

A: Of course, even though I have a good impression [of the venue], on the contrary, exactly because I have a good impression of it, I was afraid of breaking that, and feared that I would be caught up in it. I’ve had a long competitive career until now, finally. Rather than the techniques or the technical level, it’s so cool to be able to use your mentality, or your experiences in interpersonal sports like Federer in tennis and of course, Kodaira in [speed] skating. I honestly think it’s hard to make use of those things in figure skating. Even when I’ve become a veteran, I can’t utilize them well. But I’ve finally been able to make it work at this competition.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-SP Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

Part 1 originally published 25 December 2020
Part 2 originally published 25 December 2020

Translation: @shinjistarxx and @tsukihoshi14
Proofreading: @axelsandwich

ç”·ć­ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ïŒˆSPïŒ‰ăŒèĄŒă‚ă‚Œă€14ćčŽă‚œăƒă€18ćčŽćčłæ˜Œăšäș”èŒȘé€ŁèŠ‡ăźçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆANAïŒ‰ăŻ103・53ç‚čă§éŠ–äœă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆăšăȘăŁăŸă€‚æŒ”æŠ€ćŸŒă€ă‚Șăƒłăƒ©ă‚€ăƒłć–æă§SPă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŸă€‚

The men’s short program (SP) was held, and Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA), the reigning Olympic champion in Sochi ’14 and Pyeongchang ’18, finished in first with a score of 103.53. After his performance, he reflected on his SP in an online interview.


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ćƒ•ăŒă‚ă‚“ăŸă‚Šèš€ăˆăŸă“ăšă§ăŻăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăƒ­ăƒƒă‚ŻăŁă€ăœăă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă€ăƒ­ăƒ“ăƒŒăƒ»ă‚Šă‚ŁăƒȘケムă‚čさんぼæ›ČăȘんで、そぼæ–čăźă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’ć–ă‚Šć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: Could you tell us about the short program costume?

A: Well, it’s not really something I can say much about, but. Well, it’s something a little rock-like. Um, well, it’s Robbie Williams’ song, so it’s also incorporating a little of his image.


 「そもそもぼ遾æ›ČはゾェフăƒȘăƒŒăƒ»ăƒăƒˆăƒ«ă•ă‚“ăŒă‚„ăŁăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă€‚æœ€ćˆă€ăƒ”ă‚ąăƒŽæ›Čă‚’æŽąă—ăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ăȘんか、ăȘかăȘかそぼ、ゾェフăƒȘăƒŒă•ă‚“ă‚‚ăȘかăȘă‹ă†ăŸăæ±șăŸăŁăŠă„ăȘăăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăă‚Œă‚’äœ•æ›Čか、2、3æ›ČæžĄă•ă‚ŒăŸäž­ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠăȘんかè‡Ș戆ぼ侭でしっくりくるもぼがăȘăăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăƒ‹ăƒ„ăƒŒă‚čă ăšă‹äž–ăźäž­ăźçŠ¶æłă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă„ă‚‹äž­ă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠăȘă‚“ă‹æ˜Žă‚‹ă„æ›Čたæ–čが、あぼ、せっかくみăȘさん、こんăȘ぀らい䞭でもこうやっお、うん、è‡Ș戆ぼă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’èŠ‹ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†äž­ă§ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă§ă‚‚æ˜Žă‚‹ă„ă‚ˆă†ăȘè©±éĄŒă«ăȘったらăȘă€ăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: Your thoughts on the music?

A: In the beginning, it’s Jeffrey Buttle who picked the music. At first, I was looking for a piano piece, but, well, Jeffrey-san wasn’t really able to decide on something either. So, even after going over 2-3 choices, in the end, there wasn’t one that really just came to me. And in the midst of seeing the news and the current state of the world, I think ultimately a kind of light-hearted piece [would be better], uhm, since everyone is watching me skate even during these tough times, I thought maybe something of a cheerful theme (would be good).


ă€ŒăŸăšăŻă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šăšć›žćŸ©ă•ă›ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒć€§äș‹ă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă™ă”ăă„ă„ç·Žçż’ă‚‚ă—ăŠăăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă‚ćźŸéš›ă€ç‚č数ć‡șどいăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšă—ăŠăŻă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšé™ă‚ŠăŠăŻă„ă‚‹ăźă§ć…šéƒšă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠăšăŸăŸæ˜Žæ—„ă‚‚ăŸăšăŸăŁăŸæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: [What are your thoughts] Heading into the free program?

A: First, I think it’s important to recover properly. However, I think I’ve had amazing practices before this. Though in reality, that’s not reflected in the score. As for the jumps, all I can say is that I’ve landed them. I hope I can properly deliver another good performance tomorrow.


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€æ­Łç›Žă„ăŁăŠă€æ„œă—ă‚€ă“ăšăŻă§ăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ç‚čæ•°çš„ă«ăŻă„ă„æŒ”æŠ€ă ăŁăŸăšăŻèš€ăˆăȘいようăȘ憅ćźčă ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă€äżźæ­Łă—ăȘăŒă‚‰æ˜Žæ—„ă«ć‘ă‘ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘă€ăšăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒä»Šăźæ„Ÿæƒłă§ă™ă€

Q: [What are your thoughts] upon finishing your skate?

A: Well, to be honest, I think I was able to enjoy it, but looking at the score, I can’t say that it was a good performance, therefore, my current thought is that I would like to revise it while doing my best to prepare for tomorrow.


ă€€ă€Œăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšăƒ†ă‚Żăƒ‹ă‚«ăƒ«ć…šç„¶äŒžă°ă—ćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŠă„ăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšăŻăŸă‚ă€è‡Ș戆ぼゾャンプっどć‡șæ„æ „ăˆć–ăŁăŠăƒŠăƒłăƒœăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă€ă‘ă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘかったこべはèȘČ題」

Q: What were the problems in today’s skating?

A: For the time being it’s that I didn’t push to maximize the technical (aspects) at all. Also, well, I think my jumps are (usually) high-earning in GOE. I think it’s an issue that I wasn’t able to properly obtain that.

ă€€â€•â€•äŒšć Žć…„ă‚Šă—ăŸçžŹé–“ăźæ„Ÿæƒ…ăŻ

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă„ăˆă°ă€ćŁ°èžă“ăˆăȘいんだăȘっどいうようăȘă“ăšă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŸă‚Šă€‚é€†ă«ăȘんか、みăȘă•ă‚“ăŒä»Šă‚ăźă€æ–°ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăšă‹æ–°ă—ă„èĄŁèŁ…ă‚’èŠ‹ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‹ă‘ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŸćŁ°æŽă ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ćżƒăźäž­ă§ć†ç”Ÿă—ăȘがら、ăȘă‚“ă‹ćżœæŽă‚’ć—ă‘æ­ąă‚ăȘがら、ăȘă‚“ă‹æ–°ă—ă„ćżœæŽăźć—ă‘æ­ąă‚æ–čă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: What were your feelings upon entering the venue?

A: Now that you mention it, it felt like I couldn’t really hear any voices. On the contrary somehow, the cheers that everyone gave for today’s new program and when they saw the new costume felt like they were resonating inside my heart. It was like I received that support in a new way. 

Part 2


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€é™ă‚ŠăŸă‚“ă§ă€50ïŒ…ăŻă„ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ăȘă€ăšă€‚ăŸă ă€ăŸă‚ç‚čæ•°ă€ćźŸéš›çŽ°ă‹ă„ă‚‚ăźă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă„ăȘいぼで、ăȘă‚“ăšă‚‚èš€ăˆăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă‚‚ă€ăŸă ă€ć‡șæ„æ „ăˆăšă—ăŠăŻè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă§ăŻăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ă†ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă€ă†ïœžă‚“ă€ă‚ąăƒƒăƒ—ăźä»•æ–čだったり、6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ăźé…ćˆ†ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă§ć·„ć€«ă—ăŠă„ă‘ă‚Œă°ă„ă„ă‹ăȘăšă„ă†éąšă«ä»Šă€æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: You put in 2 quads. What do you think about their quality?

A: Well, I’ve landed them, so you could say 50% I guess
 However, about the scores, I haven’t seen the details actually so I can’t say anything. But in terms of GOE, it wasn’t good so, uhm, I’m thinking it’d be great if I can figure out things such as how to upgrade it a little bit more, how to allocate time in the 6-minute warmup, etc.


ă€€ă€Œă‚ăźă€æ­Łç›Žèš€ăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€æ­“ćŁ°ăŒèžă“ăˆăȘă„ăźăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šæź‹ćż”ă§ă—ăŸă—ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăŸă¶ă‚“ăƒ†ăƒŹăƒ“ă§èŠ‹ăŠă„ă‚‹æ–čă€…ăŻă€ăƒăƒƒăƒˆăšă‹ă§èŠ‹ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æ–čă€…ăŻă€ăŸă¶ă‚“ă€ă™ă”ă„ćŁ°ă‚’äžŠă’ăŠćżœæŽă—ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŸă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăȘべいうもぼがăȘんべăȘăæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ă€æ„œă—ăżăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: (Your thoughts) on doing a rock number after a long while?

A: Um, well to be honest, it was a little unfortunate not to be able to hear (audience) cheering, but, well, I think I was able to somehow feel that maybe those watching on TV or those watching online were cheering very loudly me on, so I was able to skate while having fun.


ă€€ă€Œè©łçŽ°ă‚’èš€ă†ăšă€ăŸăšă€æœ€ćˆă«ă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ăŒé€ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠăăŠăŠă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ăźć Žæ‰€è‡Șäœ“ă‚‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšććŻŸă«ăȘっどたりべか。あべは音ぼ揖りæ–čăšă‹æ‰‹ăźæŒŻă‚Šăźä»•æ–čăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă»ăšă‚“ă©ă€ă‚ąăƒŹăƒłă‚žăŒć…„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŒć€šă„ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă«é–ąă—ăŠă‚‚ă€äž€ćżœă“ăźăă‚‰ă„ăźă‚żă‚€ăƒŸăƒłă‚°ă§ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’èš€ăŁăšă„ăŠă€ă§ă€ăă—ăŸă‚‰ă€ăȘんべăȘく、ăȘんべăȘăă‚žă‚§ăƒ•ăŒă€ăăźă€èžŠăŁăŠăă‚ŒăŸă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’ć…ƒă«è‡Șćˆ†ăźă‚żă‚€ăƒŸăƒłă‚°ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚‚ăŁăšă“ă†ă‹ăȘăšă‹ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚èžă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ć…šç„¶èż”äș‹ăŒæ„ăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰è‡Șćˆ†ă§ă€ăŻă„ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æŒŻă‚Šä»˜ă‘ăŠè©ŠèĄŒéŒŻèȘ€ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: Could you tell us about the choreography?

A: To speak in detail, first, I was sent the stepwork. Well, the placement of the steps themselves were in reverse.* Also, things like the incorporation of the music and hand movements, well, there’s a lot that mostly I arranged. And, regarding the jumps too, I conveyed the overall timing I wanted to do for them, and then, there were also the [parts] Jeff arranged. So I wanted to ask various things about how all of that would fit in if it went with my original timing, but I didn’t get a reply at all (laughs), so yes, I choreographed it by myself while going through trial and error.

*T/N: This is our guess but we assume he means that because he was sent the video of the choreo that was presumably shot front on (the way the audience would see his performance), he would have had to mirror the steps instead of copying directly what he saw on the video when actually skating the choreo.


ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹â€œæŠŒă—ćŒ•ăâ€ăżăŸă„ăȘもぼですかね。いろんăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’ćŠ ăˆă‚ˆă†ăšăŻă—ăŠă„ăŠă€‚ă»ă‚“ăšă«ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă»ă‚“ăšă€ć…šéƒšă€ć…šéƒšèŠ‹ă©ă“ă‚ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă«ă—ă‚ˆă†ăšă‹æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăăźäž­ă§ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšăźć…Œă­ćˆă„ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăŸă‚ă€ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăŒèŠ‹ăŠă„ă‚‹äž­ă§ă€ć‘ŒćžăŒă§ăă‚‹ć Žæ‰€ă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ćżƒă‹ă‚‰äč—ă‚Šćˆ‡ă‚Œă‚‹ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†èŠžèĄ“æ€§ăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æŒŻă‚Šă‚’ć…„ă‚ŒăŠă„ăăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: Anything you are particularly emphasizing (in the program)?

A: Well, I think it’s maybe something like “push and pull.” I’m trying to add in a lot of different things. Really, in a certain sense, I think I’m trying to emphasize that everything in the program is worth paying attention to. However, amongst all of that, it’s to be balanced with the jumps. Also, well, I tried to insert various things while considering the artistic aspect, like where I could take a breath and really ride it out, all while everyone is watching.


 「è‡Șćˆ†ăźä»Łćè©žă«ăȘるべころみたいăȘă‚‚ăźăŻă€ăƒă‚€ăƒ©ă‚€ăƒˆă«ăȘるようăȘăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ăŸă‚ćŒ•ăŁćŒ”ăŁăŠăăŸă‚ŠăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă“ăźă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ă“ăźéŸłă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ă©ă†ă„ă†éąšă«æŒŻă‚Šă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’ă™ă”ă„ć€§äș‹ă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: Did you arrange or put anything from your old performances (into this program)?

A: Of course there were things that seem to be now associated with my name, which are things that I want to highlight, and things that I extracted (from my old programs). However, afterall, I took a lot of care thinking about how to choreograph this program and for this music.