[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Prologue Yokohama Day 1 – 20221104

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 4 November 2022

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Translation: @tsukihoshi14
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Part 1

ใ€Œใฏใ‚ใ€็ทŠๅผตใ™ใ‚‹ใ€

โ€œAh, I’m nervous.โ€

ใ€€โ€•โ€•โ€•ใƒ—ใƒญ่ปขๅ‘ๅˆใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใ€‚ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใง่‡จใ‚“ใ ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€7ๆœˆใฎใƒ—ใƒญ่ปขๅ‘ใฎไผš่ฆ‹ใ‚’ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ไผšๅ ดใ‚’ๅซใ‚ๅ…จใฆใฎไผ็”ปใŒใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆ™‚้–“ใŒใชใ„ไธญใงใ€ๅคงๅ‹ขใฎใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒƒใƒ•ใฎๆ–นใ€…ใซ้ ผใฟใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่ฆๆœ›ใซๅฟœใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใคใใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใšใฏใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงๆ„Ÿ่ฌใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใƒญใƒผใ‚ฐใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๅง‹ใพใ‚‹็‰ฉ่ชžใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎใƒ—ใƒญใƒญใƒผใ‚ฐใงใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ๆŠฝ่ฑก็š„ใช่ฉฑใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใŒใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸๆ–ฐใŸใซๆฑบๆ„ใ‚’่ƒธใซใ—ใฆใ€็›ฎๆจ™ใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใ€ๅคขใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆไธ€ๆญฉใšใค้€ฒใ‚“ใงใ„ใใ‚“ใ ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใใŸไบ‹ๆŸ„ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใพใŸๆ”นใ‚ใฆ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใจๅ…ฑๆœ‰ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆฌกใฎใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใซใคใชใŒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใจใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆใ“ใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใ‚’ไผ็”ปใ€ๆง‹ๆˆใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€

This is your first ice show since turning pro. What is your state of mind going into this event?

Uhm, I started to plan everything, including the venue, after holding the press conference announcing that I would turn pro in July. While there was not much time, I was able to create this while relying on many staff and having (them) fulfilling my requests. First of all, Iโ€™m full of gratitude just for that alone. About this show โ€œPrologueโ€, to me it is the prologue to the story from here onward. This might get really abstract, but from now on, Iโ€™ll hold a new resolution in my heart and take one step at a time towards my goal, my dream: what Iโ€™ve experienced, and the strength that I received from everyone. I planned and constructed this show thinking that Iโ€™d like to share those things with everyone once again and want to connect them to my next steps.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ†’้ ญใฎ6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆผ”ๅ‡บใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฎ้…็ฝฎใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€้ †็•ชใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใฉใ“ใซไฝ•ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฏ่จ˜่€…ไผš่ฆ‹ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้ŽๅŽปใซๆˆปใฃใฆใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใŸๆ”นใ‚ใฆไปŠใพใงใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไบบ็”Ÿใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๅŒ—ไบฌใฎใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใซใชใ‚Šใ€ไปŠ็พๅœจใซ่‡ณใ‚‹ใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใฎๆ–นใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๅƒ•ใฎไปฃ่กจๆ›ฒใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹SEIMEIใ‚’ๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใงใฏ่€ƒใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ๅ…จ้ƒจใฎ็…งๆ˜Žใ‚’็‚Šใ„ใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใง่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๅๅฟœใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’่ฉฆๅˆใฎๅ ดใงใฏใชใ„ไธญใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ€ใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ้›†ไธญใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ไธๅฎ‰ใงไป•ๆ–นใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ใพใ ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฃฐใ‚’ใพใ ่žใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใƒญใƒผใ‚ฐๆœ€ๅพŒใพใง1ๆ—ฅ็›ฎใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠๆŠœใ„ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅ……ๅฎŸใ—ใŸ่กจๆƒ…ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๅๅฟœใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใฏใ„ใพใ™ใ€

(Can you say something) about your arrangement of the first 6-minute warmup?

To be honest, when I thought about the placement and the order of the performances, where to put what, to me there was the press conference, then I went back to the past a little bit, there was the Pyeongchang Olympics. After that, I thought once more about how my life has progressed until now, and with the exhibition at Beijing at the very end, I wanted to make that akin to reaching the present. I first skated SEIMEI, which is also a representative program of mine at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Having the 6-minute warmup and skating with all of the lights on, which is unthinkable for ice shows, are all my ideas. To be honest, I wondered what kind of reaction I would receive. Also, I couldnโ€™t help being anxious, wondering how focused I could be doing the 6-minute warmup at a venue thatโ€™s not a competition. Actually, I havenโ€™t heard everyoneโ€™s feedbacks yet. But my impression after finishing the first day of Prologue is that everyone was really satisfied, judging by their expressions and reactions, so in that sense, I think that might have succeeded.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่‡ช่บซใงๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ€Œใ„ใคใ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅคขใ€ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใƒญใƒŸใ‚ช๏ผ‹ใ‚ธใƒฅใƒชใ‚จใƒƒใƒˆใฎๅพŒใซใ‚„ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใงใ™ใ€‚๏ผˆใ‚ณใƒณใ‚ปใƒ—ใƒˆใฏ๏ผ‰ไธ€่จ€ใง่กจใ™ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใšไธ€็•ชๆœ€ๅˆใซๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใซไป˜ใ‘ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใŒใ€ไฝ•ใจใชใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆป‘ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใ‚’ๆตใ—ใฆใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๅฅฝใ‹ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใŸใ‚ฏใƒผใƒซใƒ€ใ‚ฆใƒณใฎๅ‹•ใใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใŸใจใใซใƒ”ใ‚ฟใƒƒใจใฏใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใซใ€‚ใใฎๆ™‚ใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใใ†ใ„ใˆใฐใ‚ฏใƒผใƒซใƒ€ใ‚ฆใƒณ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„ใชใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใชใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงๅๅˆ†ใ€ๆบ€ใŸใ•ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๅฃฐใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใพใšๆ€ใ„ใคใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€Žใ„ใคใ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅคขใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒˆใƒซใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ›ฒใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใพใŸๅŽŸไฝœใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใ‚ฟใ‚ธใƒผ10ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใ‚ใกใ‚ƒๅฅฝใใชใ‚“ใงใ€ไธ–ไปฃใชใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใคใใฃใฆใ„ใๆ™‚ใซใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใฎๅคขใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใจใ‚‚ใจใฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏ2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๅคขใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใฎใ‚ใจใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ๅคขใ‚’ใพใŸๆ”นใ‚ใฆ่จญๅฎšใ—ใฆใ€่ฟฝใ„ๆฑ‚ใ‚ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏใ€ใ‚ขใƒžใƒใƒฅใ‚ขใจใ„ใ†็ซถๆŠ€ใจใ„ใ†ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใงใฏๅƒ•ใฏ้”ๆˆใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ—ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏISUๅ…ฌ่ชใฎๅˆใ‚ใฆใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๆˆๅŠŸ่€…ใซใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใชใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏใ€็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸๅคขใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ€ใ„ใคใ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅคขใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๆœŸๅพ…ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใซใงใใชใ„ใ€‚ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจ้ก˜ใ†ใ€‚ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€็–ฒใ‚Œใฆใ‚‚ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใใชใ„ใฃใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใŸใ ใใปใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใŠใ‚ใใ‹ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ๅฃŠใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‚‚่žใใŸใใชใใชใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆœŸๅพ…ใซๅฟœใˆใŸใ„ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฟƒใฎไธญใฎใ‚ธใƒฌใƒณใƒžใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่กจ็พใ—ใŸใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€‚

Is โ€œA Fleeting Dreamโ€ the program that you choreographed yourself?

Yes. Itโ€™s the program that I skated after โ€œRomeo & Julietโ€. Itโ€™s a bit hard to express (the concept) in a few words. What I wanted to put in it when I first choreographed it is that, when I just let the music play as I skated, the cool down movements that everyone likes just clicked into place. It fits this program, or should I say, this song. At that time, everyone did say that they would love to see the cool down routine. As there were fans who said that seeing the cool down alone would be enough for them to be satisfied, my first thought was โ€œwell then letโ€™s put it into the programโ€. After that, I got deep into the song, including its title ‘A Fleeting Dream’… Also, I really really love Final Fantasy X (which was the source of this piece) and it was from my generation. I thought about various things while creating it, including my own dreams. My original โ€˜dreamโ€™ of becoming the 2-time Olympic champion. After that, I once again set my dream on the quad Axel and chased after it. In a sense, I couldnโ€™t accomplish it as an amateur, competitive skater. In a sense, I wasnโ€™t able to become the first person to ratify the quad Axel under the ISU system. In that sense, it might have been a dream that unfortunately ended, so itโ€™s a fleeting dream (lit. a dream that would end some day). Somehow I couldnโ€™t do it although everyone expected me to. I wish that I can, yet Iโ€™m so tired that I donโ€™t want to do it anymore. Somehow, the more people cheered me on, the more I was neglecting my own feelings and breaking down. I didn’t want to hear it anymore, but I still want to live up to everyone’s expectations; I intended to express that dilemma I have in my heart (in this program).

ใ„ใคใ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅคขใจใ€ใ‚‚ใ†1ใคๆœ€ๅพŒใฎใ€Žๆ˜ฅใ‚ˆใ€ๆฅใ„ใ€ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๆผ”ๅ‡บใ‚’MIKIKOๅ…ˆ็”ŸใซใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅˆใ‚ใฆใ“ใ“ใพใงๆœฌๆ ผ็š„ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ธใ‚งใ‚ฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใƒžใƒƒใƒ”ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’ๅซใ‚ใฆๆผ”ๅ‡บใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใŸ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎไธญใงใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ‚‹็›ฎใŒใพใŸๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ไผšๅ ดใง่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่ฟ‘ๅ ดใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใจๅŒใ˜็›ฎ็ทšใ‹ใ‚‰่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใ€ไธŠใ‹ใ‚‰่ฆ‹ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใ€ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ซใƒกใƒฉใ‚’้€šใ˜ใฆ่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใ€ๅ…จใ้•ใฃใŸ่ฆ‹ใˆๆ–นใŒใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใœใฒใœใฒใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใงใ™ใ€

I asked for MIKIKO*-senseiโ€™s help with โ€œA fleeting dreamโ€ and the last program โ€œHaru yo, Koiโ€. Itโ€™s the first time that I included this much projection mapping into my performance, so I think everyoneโ€™s perspective of a figure skating program has also changed. Moreover, I actually think that the skate that you see if you are in the venue and really close to the rink, from a point of view similar to mine, versus if you look down from above or through the camera are totally different. Therefore, itโ€™s a program that I hope everyone will definitely enjoy in those aspects as well.

*T/N: MIKIKO is a Japanese choreographer and director who has worked closely with J-pop groups such as Perfume and BABYMETAL. She helped create Japanโ€™s hand-over segment at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ไธญใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใฏ็ซถๆŠ€ไผšใจ้•ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€ŒSEIMEIใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚’ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆง‹ๆˆใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๅฎŸ้š›4ๅˆ†7็ง’ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎๆœฌๆ•ฐใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฐ‘ใชใใชใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใˆใฆใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใซใชใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใงใใ‚‹ใ€ๆœฌๆฅใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ‚ญใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚ขใ‚ฆใƒˆใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใงใใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ3็™บใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใฟใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฎๅ‡„ใ็ทŠๅผตใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่ฉฆๅˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰็›ฎใฎๅ‰ใซใ‚ธใƒฃใƒƒใ‚ธใฎๆ–นใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅคงๅ‹ขใฎใŠๅฎขใ•ใพๆ–นใŒ็›ฎใฎๅ‰ใฎ็›ฎ็ทšใซใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๅ‡„ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚่ฉฆใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚่ฉฆใ•ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚่‰ฏใ„็ทŠๅผตๆ„Ÿใงใ—ใŸใ€

Were your feelings during the performance different from when youโ€™re at competitions?

For SEIMEI, I skate it while 100% recalling the Pyeongchang Olympics. About the (program) structure, it actually became approximately 4 minutes and 7 seconds. There were also slightly fewer jumps. Although it would have been dismissed if it were the original program, I purposely tried doing 3 triple Axels, since I can do it now as a professional. I was extremely nervous. How should I put itโ€ฆ In competitions, there would be the judges in front of me. But having a big audience right in front of my eyes, to be honest, feels like Iโ€™m being put to the test, and I skated feeling like I have to give it a try. It was good anxiety.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ“ใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆไฝ“ๅŠ›ๅผทๅŒ–ใ‚„ๆบ–ๅ‚™ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›ๅผทๅŒ–ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ…จใฆ้€šใ™ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’5ๅ›žใปใฉใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ™ฎ้€šใฏๅƒ•1ใคใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซๅ…จๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅฐฝใใ—ๅˆ‡ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใฎๅพŒใซใพใŸๆป‘ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ“ใจใŒ่€ƒใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ไฝ•ใจใ‹ใ“ใ“ใพใงไฝ“ๅŠ›ใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ไธ–็•Œใ ใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใจๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฎ้–“ใฎVTRใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚นใƒˆใƒผใƒชใƒผๆ€งใ€็‰ฉ่ชžใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Š็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซไผใˆใ‚„ใ™ใใ™ใ‚‹ไฝœๆฅญใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ„ๅ›ณใจใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจไผใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใจ่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰็ทจ้›†ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใคใใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใซ้ ผใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸไฝœๆฅญใŒๅ‡„ใๅคงๅค‰ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎๆœใพใงใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆๅ‡บๆฅไธŠใŒใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใพใ ใพใ ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ“ใ†ใงใใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ไธ€ไบบใงใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ„ๅฟ—ใ‚’ใ“ใ“ใพใงๅฐŠ้‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅคงๅ‹ขใฎ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŒๅฟƒใ‚’1ใคใซใ—ใฆๅ‹•ใ„ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฎใ‚ขใƒผใƒ†ใ‚ฃใ‚นใƒˆใจใ—ใฆใงใ‚‚ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใพใงใฎใ„ใ‚ใ‚†ใ‚‹ใ‚ขใƒžใƒใƒฅใ‚ขๆ™‚ไปฃใซ่ช ๅฟƒ่ช ๆ„ใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใฆ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸๆ”นใ‚ใฆใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†็š†ใ•ใพๆ–นใจ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใซใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

What kind of physical strengthening and preparation did you have heading to this event?

Firstly, physical strengthening was truly exhausting. I did the show from beginning to end over 5 times. After all, I normally put everything I have into a program, so itโ€™s unthinkable to skate again afterwards. But I think I have been able to carry myself through till now somehow. Also, thereโ€™s a world that I want to express, my performances and the VTR in between them. I wanted to give those things a story line, to create something that can deliver my thoughts to everyone more easily, one that would properly convey my intention, so it was a lot of hard work editing and actually asking those who helped me create it while keeping that in mind. It was something that took until this morning to finish, so of course there are still things I want to do, and things I wish I did differently. I could not do everything by myself, and above all, I think that itโ€™s not common for an artist to have their intention respected this much and to have such a big audience cheer for them as one like this, so Iโ€™m glad that Iโ€™ve done my best, with all my heart, on all those occasions during my so-called amateur skater era. Iโ€™ve felt that I want to continue doing my best with everyone going forward as well.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿใ•ใ‚“ใฎ็‰ฉ่ชžใฏใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใƒ—ใƒญ่ปขๅ‘ใฎ่จ˜่€…ไผš่ฆ‹ใงใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใƒ—ใƒญใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฃใฆๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใซ่ฆ‹ใˆใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๅƒ•ใฎไบบ็”ŸๅฒไธŠๅˆใ‚ใฆใฎใ“ใจใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ไปŠใพใงใฏๅƒ•ใ€4ๆญณใฎใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅธธใซใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใง้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็›ฎๆจ™ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸไธŠใง็”Ÿๆดปใ—ใฆใใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไปŠใ€ๅฎ™ใถใ‚‰ใ‚Šใ‚“ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใฏใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใƒญใƒผใ‚ฐใ‚’ๆฏŽๆ—ฅๆฏŽๆ—ฅใ€ๆˆๅŠŸใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใซๅŠชๅŠ›ใ—ใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏไปŠๆ—ฅใง1ใค1ใคใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใŸใถใ‚“็ฉใฟ้‡ใชใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใพใŸๆ–ฐใŸใช็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใจใ„ใ†ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒผใ‚ธใซใคใชใŒใฃใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒ็ฉใฟ้‡ใชใฃใฆใ„ใใ“ใจใงใ€ๆ–ฐใŸใช่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅŸบ็›คใŒใงใใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’็›ฎใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใพใŸใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใฎ้™็•Œใ‚’่ถ…ใˆใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎๅƒ•ใฎ็‰ฉ่ชžใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Hanyu-san, what do you think your future story will become?

To be honest, I might have said this in the press conference where I announced my turning pro, I donโ€™t have anything specific as a goal just because Iโ€™ve turned pro. This is, in a sense, something happening for the first time in my life. Until now, Iโ€™ve always lived my life since I was 4 years old with the goal of winning the Olympic gold medal. Thatโ€™s why Iโ€™m in a bit of a limbo right now. But firstly, Iโ€™m putting my efforts every single day so that Prologue can be a success, and I focus on each of my jumps and my performances as each day goes by. Such things will probably accumulate, and theyโ€™ll again lead to a new stage called Yuzuru Hanyu. And by amassing all these experiences, I think Iโ€™ll be able to build a new foundation for myself. So Iโ€™ll do my best at what I can do right now, and I want to overcome the limits of figure skating once again. I hope thatโ€™ll be my story from now on.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ€Œใ„ใคใ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅคขใ€ใฏใ€Œใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใ‚ฟใ‚ธใƒผ10ใ€ใฎไธ–็•Œ่ฆณใ‚’ใฉใ†่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ๏ผˆใ‚ฒใƒผใƒ ใ‚’๏ผ‰ๅ…จใๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ไบบใซไผใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹้ญ‚ใจใจใ‚‚ใซ่ˆžใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆญŒใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’่กจ็พใ—ใฆใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใพใŸใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅนปๆƒณ็š„ใช้ขจๆ™ฏใฎไธญใงใ€ๆฐดใฎไธญใซใ„ใŸใ‚Šใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ทใƒผใƒณใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚MIKIKOๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใจๆผ”ๅ‡บใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’ๅ‚่€ƒใซใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใคใใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฟœๆดใฎๆ€ใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ้ญ‚ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅ‰ใซใƒŽใƒƒใƒ†ใƒปใ‚นใƒ†ใƒฉใƒผใ‚ฟใฎๆ™‚ใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ€ใ„ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒๅ…‰ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆบ€ๅคฉใฎๆ˜Ÿ็ฉบใฟใŸใ„ใ ใฃใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฏใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฟœๆดใฎๅ…‰ใŒๅ‡„ใใ™ใ”ใใพใถใ—ใใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ€ใ„ใจใจใ‚‚ใซไธ€็ท’ใซๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ‘ใฉใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏใ‚‚ใ†่ฆ‹ใŸใใชใ„ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸไธ€็ท’ใซๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ€ใ„ใ‚’้›†ใ‚ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏใพใŸๆป‘ใ‚Š็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่กจ็พใ—ใŸใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€

How did โ€œA fleeting dreamโ€ express the worldview of Final Fantasy X?

Itโ€™s hard to express this to someone who doesnโ€™t understand gaming at all. Itโ€™s kind of like dancing, singing and expressing emotions with spirits. Also, thereโ€™s a scene in the water in the fantasy landscape. I thought about the performance with MIKIKO-sensei based on that and used that place as a reference while creating this piece. In a sense, I myself also think that there are many people who truly support me with their souls. Back then (when I was performing) Notte Stellata, everyoneโ€™s thoughts were shining. I once said it was like a sky full of stars. In the program this time, the light of everyoneโ€™s support is blinding. Iโ€™m skating together with everyoneโ€™s thoughts, yet I donโ€™t want to look at them anymore, but I want to skate with them again. At the end, everyoneโ€™s thoughts gather and I once again continue to skate; thatโ€™s what I intended to express.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™โ€ฆใพใŸๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใ‚‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใกใชใฟใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“็š„ใซใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใง่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸ๏ผˆๅ–ๆใ‚จใƒชใ‚ขใ‚‚็ฌ‘ใ„ใซๅŒ…ใพใ‚Œใ‚‹๏ผ‰ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸ๏ผใ€

Thank you very much. I ask for your continuing support. Iโ€™ll do my best tomorrow as well (laughs). By the way, is this good for everyone? (everyone in the interview area laughs) Thank you very much!

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu SharePractice – 20220810

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 10 August 2022

Part 1ย | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Translation:ย AFT
Proofreading:ย @tsukihoshi14, @axelsandwich

Part 1

ใ€€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ็”ทๅญใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใงไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ‚’้”ๆˆใ—ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญ่ปขๅ‘ใ—ใŸ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ•ใ‚“๏ผˆ27๏ผ‰ใŒ10ๆ—ฅใ€ไป™ๅฐๅธ‚ใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏไป™ๅฐใงๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใ€ŒSharePracticeใ€ใ‚’่กŒใฃใŸใ€‚

On August 10th, Yuzuru Hanyu (27), who turned professional having won two Olympics back to back at Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018 for Men’s figure skating, and turned to pro held an open practice called โ€œSharePracticeโ€ at Ice Rink Sendai in Sendai City.

็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆง˜ๅญใฏใ€ๅ…ฌๅผYouTubeใƒใƒฃใƒณใƒใƒซใ€ŒHANYUใ€€YUZURUใ€ใงใƒฉใ‚คใƒ–้…ไฟกใ€‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไบบ็”Ÿใฎ็ฌฌ2็ซ ใŒๅง‹ใพใฃใŸใ€‚

There was a live stream to share the practice session on his official YouTube channel, โ€œHANYU YUZURUโ€. The second chapter of his skating life has started.

็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใฎไธ€ๅ•ไธ€็ญ”ใฏไปฅไธ‹ใฎ้€šใ‚Šใ€‚

Q&As after the practice are as follows. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅ›žใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ๅ…ฌ้–‹ใฎๆ„ๅ›ณใฏใ€‚

Q: What is your intention of sharing the practice session this time?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€‚ใพใšใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๆดปๅ‹•ใ—ใฆใ„ใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใชใ‚“ใ‹็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๅ…‰ๆ™ฏใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใฃใฆใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚

Well, first of all, as I start to do the activities as a professional (athlete) from now on, I think there are scarce chances to show my practice sessions, or my challenge for the quad Axel.

ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚„ใฃใฑ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ€ใใฎใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใ‚‰ใ—ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๆ นๆœฌ็š„ใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ•ใ‚‰ใซ่ฟฝๆฑ‚ใ—็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ๅงฟใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใซใชใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ๅ…ฌ้–‹ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใ‚’ใคใใฃใฆใฟใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

However, there are people who want to watch my practices. In that situation, I thought it would be nice if I could create an opportunity for them to watch my athleticism, or should I say, my attitude of continuously pursuing things, which I fundamentally have in myself. Thatโ€™s why I created this event of sharing my practice session.

ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ€ฅใใ‚‡ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆผ”็›ฎใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๆŽ›ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆ›ฒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š้™ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸไธญใงใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใจๅŒใ˜ๆง‹ๆˆใฎใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใจๅŒใ˜ๆง‹ๆˆใฎSEIMEIใ‚’ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒไปŠๅ›žใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใพใ„ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†่จผๆ˜Žใ—ใŸใ„ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใใ†ใ„ใ†ๅผทใ„ๆ„ๅฟ—ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆป‘ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Since it has been decided hastily, the programs that I can perform and the music that I can play were quite limited, I think. However, skating clean to SEIMEI with the same layout I did at the Olympics, I mean PyeongChang Olympics, was my goal this time.

And also I find myself having a strong resolution of wanting to prove that I am better than I was at that time. So today, I skated that program until the end.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€ŒSEIMEIใ€ใ‚’้ธใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚

Q: Why did you choose โ€œSEIMEIโ€ for this practice session?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใฎSEIMEIใฎใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅผทใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใ€ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ—ใใ‚ŒใŸใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒชใ‚ซใƒใƒชใƒผใจใ‹ใ†ใพใใ„ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†็‚นใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใซๆœฌๆฅใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่ถณ้ฆ–ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚

ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใพใ ใ€ใใ“ใพใง็ขบ็Ž‡ใŒ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไปŠๅ›žใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ‚ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆˆ้•ทใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไธ€็•ชๅผทใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Actually, people probably have a strong impression of the SEIMEI program that I skated at the PyeongChang Olympics. However, I could not skate it clean at that time, and although there were of course other parts that probably made up for it, I must admit that, given the conditions of my ankle and other things, I could hardly give a performance that I had wanted to do back then.

At that time, the probability of my being able to skate that program clean was not that high, so this time, what I wanted the most is to show that I have become better than myself at that time – that would be the strongest point.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆSEIMEIใ‚’๏ผ‰3ๅ›žใ‚‚็ถšใ‘ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใซ็พฝ็”Ÿใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‰ใ—ใ•ใŒ่ฆ‹ใˆใŸใ€‚

Q: You continuously did (SEIMEI) 3 times, and that made us think it is very unique to Hanyu-san.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„๏ฝžใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆœฌๆฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ‚‚3ๅ›ž็ถšใ‘ใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ้–“ใฎใƒˆใƒฉใƒณใ‚ธใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใจใ‹ๆŠœใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ€3ๅ›ž็ถšใ‘ใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ๅ…‰ๆ™ฏใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฟ‘ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใฏ3ๅ›žใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใจใ‹ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๆฐ—ๅˆๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ™ใŽใฆ็ฉบๅ›žใฃใฆใ„ใŸ้ƒจๅˆ†ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Well, actually in my usual practices, I could do it 3 times consecutively. Of course, for example, I would omit some more transitions in between, but I do practice it 3 times in a row, so it was a little closer to what you can see at my usual practice. Well, in fact, I can skate it clean 3 times (laugh). I think there was a part where I was spinning wheels since I was too excited. 

โ€•โ€•YouTubeใงใฏ10ไธ‡ไบบ่ถ…ใŒ่ฆ–่ดใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚

Q: There were more than 100,000 people watching.

ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใƒผใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใƒผโ€ฆๅฎŸ้š›ใฎ่ฉฑใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€้…ไฟกใจใ‹ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฅฝๆ›ฒใ‚’ไฝฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใŠ้‡‘ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏ็„กๆ–™ใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ€็„กๆ–™ใงๅ…ฌ้–‹ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

Thank you. Well, frankly speaking, regarding the live streaming, I do not use my own music pieces, one thing is that it costs a lot. However, this time, I also wanted to allow everyone to watch for free, so I shared it for free.

ใˆใƒผใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไฝฟใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ๆฅฝๆ›ฒใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€็”ณ่ซ‹ใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใใจๆ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ŽซๅคงใชใŠ้‡‘ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใใฎใƒใƒฃใƒณใƒใƒซ่‡ชไฝ“ใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใ‚‚ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚

In fact, when I think about applying (for the rights to use) the music pieces that I want to use and various other things as well, I think it might cost a much more huge amount of money, so Iโ€™ve been thinking a little about what I should do from now on, or how I can do the activities on my channel itself.

ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซโ€œ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฃใฆๆ นๆœฌ็š„ใซใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ โ€ใจใ‹ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‡„ใ„่ฏใ‚„ใ‹ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใใฎไธญใซใ“ใ‚“ใชใซๆณฅ่‡ญใ„ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅฟ…ๆญปใงใ‚‚ใŒใ„ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๅงฟใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใซ่ˆˆๅ‘ณใชใ„ๆ–นใงใ‚‚่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ…ฌ้–‹ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

But I wanted people to know how Yuzuru Hanyu would basically practice, or, people might have a very brilliant image of figure skating. I want them to see that behind such an image, there is me who looks unrefined and is desperately struggling while practicing. I thought Iโ€™d like people who have no interest in figure skating to watch it even a little, and this is the reason I shared my practice session.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ€Œใƒ›ใƒผใƒ—๏ผ†ใƒฌใ‚ฌใ‚ทใƒผใ€ใฎๅ†’้ ญใง4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—โ€•3ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚’่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏ่ฆ‹ใŸใ“ใจใ‚ใ‚‹ใŒใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใงใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅ่ทณใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚

Q: You jumped a 4Lo-3T at the beginning of Hope & Legacy. We saw it at the practice, but you havenโ€™t done it in actual competitions. Why did you jump it today?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใƒˆใƒผใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไปŠๅ›žใฏSEIMEIใ‚’ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒ็›ฎๆจ™ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใƒˆใƒผใใ‚‰ใ„ใซใ—ใจใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

Well, actually, I wondered which one I should jump, such as a 4Lo, 4Lo-3T, or 4Lo-3A and so on. But this time, my goal was to skate SEIMEI cleanly, so I thought Iโ€™d choose somewhere around a 4Lo-3T.

ๅฎŸ้š›ใฏใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใฎใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใฆใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใง็ต„ใฟ่พผใ‚ใ‚‹ใปใฉใฎ็ขบ็Ž‡ใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใชใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ๆดปๅ‹•ใฎไธญใงใใ‚“ใชใ€ใใฎ้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‹ๅฟ…่ฆใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใจใ€ๅพ—็‚น็š„ใซใ‚‚ใŠใ„ใ—ใใชใ„ใ—ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‹ๅฟ…่ฆใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒใƒ†ใƒณใ‚ทใƒฃใƒซใจใ—ใฆใ“ใ“ใพใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใžใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€

In fact, Iโ€™ve been steadily practicing combination jumps with the (quad) Loop, and when I think about whether they have high enough success rate to be put into actual performances, or if I need to do such difficult things in the activities that Iโ€™d like to do in future, (I think) I might not need to do them since they are not even beneficial in terms of scores, but I just wanted to show that I have a potential to this level.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไป™ๅฐใงใฎใƒ›ใƒผใƒ ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใธใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏใ€‚

What are your thoughts on your home rink in Sendai?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ“ใ“ใฎๅพŒใ‚ใงๆ€ใ„ใฃๅˆ‡ใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใฆใ€ใ‚ใฃใกใ‚ƒ่ปขใณใพใใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€โ€œใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ž่ปข่ถณใ‚Šใชใชใใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ“ใ‘ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆโ€ใจใ‹่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎๆ‡ใ‹ใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ็‰นๅˆฅใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆ˜”ใฟใŸใ„ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใจไธ€็ท’ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฉŸไผšใฏใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅœฐๅ…ƒใ‚’้›ขใ‚Œใšใซใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅœฐๅ…ƒใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’้ซ˜ใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฎ็‰นๅˆฅใชๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใงๆˆ้•ทใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใคใคใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใใฎๅœฐๅ…ƒใซ่ฒข็Œฎใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅคงๅฅฝใใชๆ•…้ƒทใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๆ”ฏๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆดปๅ‹•ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Well, actually, I used to practice quadruple toe loop (in this rink) right behind me, over there, and fell a lot of times. And Iโ€™m nostalgic remembering that I used to explain โ€œit falls short of rotation since I do like this, then I fall this way.โ€ In fact, being able to practice here is something special. Of course, I no longer have the chance to practice together with various skaters now. Yet, I still have a special feeling for the fact that I do not have to leave this town and Iโ€™m able to continuously brush up my skills by practicing at my home rink. While I want to keep growing here, Iโ€™d also like to contribute to this city, and work hard to do many things to support my beloved hometown, even if only a little. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅๆ•ฐๅนดๅ‰ใซใ“ใ“ใงใ€ๅญใฉใ‚‚ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใงใ€Œ้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚’็ฒใ‚‹ใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒ2ๅบฆใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใฎๅ ดใงๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใฟใฆใ€‚

More than ten years ago, here (at this rink), when you were a small child, you said โ€œI will get a gold medalโ€. And you did it twice. Looking back, what do you think about it now?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญโ€ฆใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚„ใฃใจใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใซ็ซ‹ใฆใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๅˆใ‚ใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๆŠซ้œฒใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใงใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸใใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใงSEIMEIใ‚’ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€‚ใ‹ใ‘ใŒใˆใฎใชใ„่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่จ˜ๆ†ถใงใ™ใ—ใ€็ตŒ้จ“ใซใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‰ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจไปŠใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใซ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ€โ€œใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ•ใ‚‰ใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ โ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใˆใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ ใพใ ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ๅฟœๆดใ‚’ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Wellโ€ฆI just came to think that finally Iโ€™m standing at the starting line. Now, in front of everyone, for the first time as a professional (athlete), Iโ€™m able to show my skating. Then among other things, I think that thereโ€™s some meaning as well in the fact that I could skate SEIMEI clean at this very beginning. Of course, Sochi Olympics, PyeongChang Olympics, and Beijing Olympics, all of them are my irreplaceable memories, and have become my experiences as well. Exactly because they were there, now Iโ€™m finally at the starting line, and can think that โ€œIโ€™ll be able to become better and better from now onโ€. So please let me ask for your continuing support.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚‚ใ†ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจๆ€ใ†ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‚ใ†ใจใ„ใ†ไธญใงใ€ใ‚ใˆใฆ4Aใƒใƒฃใƒฌใƒณใ‚ธใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€‚

While some people might say you donโ€™t need to continue challenging the 4A, but you dare to do it. Why?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใƒผใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ€ๅคœไธญใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€ใ ใ„ใŸใ„ใ€‚ๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซไฝ“ๅ‹•ใ‹ใชใใฆใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ตถๅฏพใซ4A้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใ€ๆญปใซใ‚‚ใฎใใ‚‹ใ„ใง้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

Well, I usually practice at midnight. So my body did not move as I intended*, and that made me really regretful, but I will practice it more and more, and I absolutely want to show my landing of the 4A. I will continuously work hard for it, as if I bet my life on it. Please support me.

*T/N: According to Nikkan Sportsโ€™ article (https://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/202208100000580.html), this part would mean that โ€œI could not land a 4A today during the day time since I usually practise it at midnight and my body did not move as I intended.โ€

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใ€ๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒใงใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใชใฉ่จˆ็”ปใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€‚

Is there any activity that you are planning to do in Miyagi prefecture?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใš็ทด็ฟ’ๆ‹ ็‚นใจใ—ใฆใฏใพใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ใŒใƒกใ‚คใƒณใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅฎŸ้š›ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ–ฝ่จญใฎๆ–นใ€…ใซใ”่ฟทๆƒ‘ใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ”ๅ”ๅŠ›ใ‚’ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ใฎใ€ไป™ๅฐใจใ‹ๅฎฎๅŸŽใฎไธญใงใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใŒใงใใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

At this point, I think this place would be my primary training base. Nevertheless, if people would come here when Iโ€™m actually practicing, that might cause trouble for the facility staff, so I beg everyone for your understanding and cooperation especially on that matter. I want to continue practicing here from now on, and above all, if possible, I think I want to do ice shows in Sendai or in Miyagi prefecture. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒๆฐ‘ใธใƒกใƒƒใ‚ปใƒผใ‚ธใ‚’ใ€‚

Please give a message to the people of Miyagi.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใ„ใคใ‚‚ๅฟœๆดใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใ‚ใจใ‚ใฎๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚็ขบใ‹ใซ4AใฏๆˆๅŠŸใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚‚็ฒใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฟœๆดใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใฃใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๆˆๅŠŸใ•ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ใ€็ตๆžœๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ๆญฃ็›ด็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฃฐใ‚’่žใ„ใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ‚ใฎใ€็ตๆžœใจใ†ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚‚่ฒชๆฌฒใซใ“ใ ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ™ใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใ‚‚ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ใคใใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Thank you very much for always supporting me. In addition, regarding the Beijing Olympics, actually I could not land the 4A and could not get a medal either, but yet I saw that everyone kept cheering for me, and while hearing everyoneโ€™s voice, honestly, I myself wanted to succeed more and more or wanted to get a result. From now on, I want to have an insatiable appetite for โ€œresultsโ€ again, including the 4A. I also want to create more opportunities to show my performance in front of everyone, so Iโ€™d appreciate it if you are looking forward to it. Thank you.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ…ฃใ‚Œ่ฆชใ—ใ‚“ใ ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’้ธใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใจใ€ใ“ใฎใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงใฎๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใฏใ€‚

Why did you choose this rink which is familiar to you, and what are some memories from this  rink? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใฏใƒชใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚ขใƒซใ™ใ‚‹ๅ‰ใซใ‚ใฎใ€้•ใ†ไผš็คพใ ใฃใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๅง‹ใ‚ใŸๅ ดๆ‰€ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ไปŠใ‚‚ใƒกใ‚คใƒณใงใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆดปๅ‹•ๆ‹ ็‚นใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚‚่พผใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅงฟใ‚’ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใจใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅƒ•ไป™ๅฐๅ‡„ใ„ๅฅฝใใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ๆ‹ ็‚นใ‚’็งปใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šไป™ๅฐ้›ขใ‚ŒใŸใใชใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆณฃใใชใŒใ‚‰่กŒใฃใŸใŸใปใฉไป™ๅฐใฏๅฅฝใใชใฎใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠไปŠใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไป™ๅฐใงๆป‘ใ‚Œใฆใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ไปŠๅพŒใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ‚ใฎใ€ไป™ๅฐใงใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใชใใชใ‚“ใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ไป™ๅฐใฎ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใจใจใ‚‚ใซๆญฉใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

OK. Well, this place isโ€ฆ I think probably a different company owned it, and before it was renewed, I started figure skating here. And still now, this is the base of my activities and I mostly practice here. With that in mind, I thought I want to show everyone my practice here. And above all, I love Sendai very much. Honestly, when I moved my practice base to Canada, I went there crying and feeling that I didnโ€™t want to leave Sendai – I love Sendai to that level. So now that I can skate in Sendai, Iโ€™m happy. Additionally, Iโ€™m thinking of doing various things in Sendai, including my future activities. So Iโ€™d like to continue on, together with the people of Sendai.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฎฎๅŸŽใฎๅญใฉใ‚‚ใŸใกใธใ€‚

To the children in Miyagi prefecture.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šไป™ๅฐใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใŒใ‚ใฎ้€šๅนดใงใงใใ‚‹ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใŒไธ€ใคใ—ใ‹ใชใใฆใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใใ—ใฆใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใƒ›ใƒƒใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒ‰ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒˆใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚‚ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ทด็ฟ’็’ฐๅขƒใจใ—ใฆใฏๅŽณใ—ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใชไธญใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ‚ˆใๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ๅคงๅค‰ใชไธญใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅธธใซใ†ใพใใชใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ‘ไธŠๅฟƒใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€ใใ—ใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ“ใฎใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงใ€ใ„ใพใ ใซใ†ใพใใชใ‚Œใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚ใใฃใจๅŒใ˜ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงๆป‘ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€็ตถๅฏพใ†ใพใใชใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅธŒๆœ›ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€็†ๆƒณใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๆใใชใŒใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใปใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Honestly, after all, in Sendai, there is only one rink available all through the year. For figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating as well as short track, the practice environment can be said to be severe. I believe youโ€™ve been practicing under such hard conditions – I know well about it since Iโ€™ve been practicing here too – in such a harsh environment. Nevertheless, please keep your ambition of getting better and better. Iโ€™m also continuously becoming better and better here. You also are skating on the same rink (as me) so Iโ€™m sure you can be better. Please have hope, and work hard while envisioning the ideal image of yourselves. Thank you very much.

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใฎๆ–น้‡ใฏๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚4Aใฏใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไธญใง่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚‹๏ผŸ

Have you decided your future plans? Are you going to show the 4A in a program?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใšใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใ‘ใ€‚ไปŠๅพŒใฎไบˆๅฎšใ‹ใ€‚ไปŠๅพŒใฎไบˆๅฎšใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆๅนดๅ†…ใฎๆ–นใŒใ‚ใฉใŒ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใˆใƒผใ€ๅนดๅ†…ใงใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๆฑบใพใฃใฆใฏใใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใใ‚ŒใฎใŸใ‚ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ๅ‘Š็Ÿฅใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใฏใพใŸๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅ‘Š็Ÿฅใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใ ๅ†…็ท’ใงใ™ใ€‚ใˆใธใธใธใฃใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅนดๅ†…ใฎๆดปๅ‹•ใฏใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไปŠๆฑบใพใ‚Šใใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใˆใฃใจใ€ไผš่ฆ‹ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰้€ฒใฟๅง‹ใ‚ใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใงใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ“ใฎๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใฎใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใฎSharePracticeใ‚‚ไผš่ฆ‹ใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใจใ€ๅ‹•ใๅง‹ใ‚ใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใชใฎใงใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใƒใ‚ฟใƒใ‚ฟใ—ใฆใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€ๅฏใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ๅ‰Šใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใพใŸๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‰ใŸใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

OK, well, what was to say first? Yes, my future plans. Regarding my future plans, I have more concrete visions for the things that I plan to do within this year to some degree. Actually, there are a few things that I have decided to do, this or that, within this year. And Iโ€™m practicing for them now. However, Iโ€™m thinking of announcing it at a different time, so itโ€™s still a secret. Hehehe. Yes. About the activities to do within this year, I have a feeling that they will soon  be decided, and they have been put into motion after the press conference so honestly Iโ€™m very busy and find it hard to do. Well, as Iโ€™d like to work hard on various things even if I have to cut down on my sleep, please look forward to it. 

ใจใ€4Aใฏใงใใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใฃใฑใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไธญใง่ทณใถๆฉŸไผšใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใชใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใ ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็ขบ็Ž‡ใซใ‚‚ใชใฃใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆญฃ็›ดไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใพใ ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใพใ ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ้ ƒใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใใ‚‰ใ„ใซใ—ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎ่ถณ้ฆ–ใฎๆ–นใจใ€ใพใ‚ๅทฆ่ถณใฎ่ฒ ๆ‹…ใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใชใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏใˆใƒผใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ้ ƒใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅทฆ่ถณใ‚‚่‰ฏใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅณ่ถณ้ฆ–ใ‚‚ใ ใ„ใถใ‚ˆใใชใฃใฆใใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใพใŸใ•ใ‚‰ใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงใฎ็ตŒ้จ“ใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ‚ŒใพใงๅŸนใฃใฆใใŸ็ตŒ้จ“ใ ใจใ‹ใ€ๅญฆใ‚“ใงใใŸใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’็”Ÿใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ†ใพใใชใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

And then about the 4A, I think it would be great if Iโ€™d have a chance to jump it in a program if possible. However, its success rate has not reached that level yet, and honestly speaking, I did it today but the level of the 4 and a half rotation now has reached only the same level as what I did at the Japanese National Championships [in 2021]. But considering my ankle condition, since it is a jump that would put a huge load on my left ankle, in that sense my left ankle has been in a better condition compared to the Japanese Nationals, and also my right ankle has recovered to some degree, so that I can challenge it like this. From now on, I will leverage my experiences from the (Beijing)* Olympics or the experiences as well as the knowledge that I had accumulated by then, so that I will be able to become much better. Thank you.


*T/N: Multiple outlets (Sports Hochi, Nikkan) have reported that Yuzuru says Pyeongchang here but based on the context of what heโ€™s talking about (the 4A) and the fact he corrected himself on a similar mistake a few times in post-presscon media, we believe he meant to say Beijing.

โ€•โ€•ไปŠๆ—ฅใงๅŒ—ไบฌใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‹ใ‚‰ๅŠๅนดใ€‚ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ—ใฆๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎ้•ใ„ใชใฉใฏ๏ผŸ

Today, It is half a year after the free skate at the Beijing Olympics. Starting as a professional athlete, what is the difference you feel between them?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๆดปๅ‹•ใ—ใฆใ„ใๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใจใฏ้•ใ†ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†็‚นใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ไพ‹ใˆใฐใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆ1ๆœฌใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€‚็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†ใŸใ‚ใ ใ‘ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใ‚ขใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใงๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใใฎ็ซถๆŠ€ใจๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ•ใ‚‰ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎSEIMEIใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ•ใ‚‰ใซๆฎต้šŽใ‚’ไธŠใ’ใŸใ€ใ‚ฎใ‚ขใ‚’ไธ€ใคไธŠใ’ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไปŠๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’่ฆ‹ใฆใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚‚ใฃใจใใคใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใตใตใตใฃใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใœใฒใœใฒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใใคใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใใฎๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใ‚’็ต„ใฟ็ซ‹ใฆใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใฎใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใใคใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚’่ฝใจใ™ใ“ใจใชใใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใœใฒใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใฎใ‹ใŸใกใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฎ็žฌ็™บๅŠ›็š„ใชใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚‚ๆœŸๅพ…ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Well, after all, while I do the activities as a professional athlete, there are some points that I find different from the competitions. Let me see.. How can I put itโ€ฆFor example, itโ€™s not just doing a 6 minute warmup and then doing one program and finishing up. Itโ€™s not only skating for the sake of getting scores, but of course, there is the need to put out a program that everyone would be willing to watch. For me, in addition to that, I think I have to give a performance like SEIMEI which I did today, namely the program that has the same quality, or even higher quality than the ones for the competitions, the performance where I step up a gear. Well, you might have thought while watching my todayโ€™s practices, it is much tougher. Hehehe. It is really hard, and, honestly speaking, when Iโ€™m trying to build up the structure of my new show* and practicing for it, Iโ€™m doing it while feeling that itโ€™s truly tough. But even in such a situation, I want to carry it through until the end without dropping the level (of my performance). So Iโ€™d appreciate it if you could look forward to both the style of the coming show and expect an even higher level of explosive power from me. 

*T/N: โ€œNew show” would mean the ice shows he is now working on, potentially the ones in Sendai or Miyagi that he referred to in Part 2 of this article series. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ€ŒๆณฃใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซ่กŒใฃใŸใ€ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚12ๅนดใ‹ใ‚‰10ๅนด้–“ใ€ใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใงใŠไธ–่ฉฑใซใชใฃใŸๅ…ˆ็”Ÿๆ–นใ‚‚ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚’ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚

Earlier, you said โ€œI went to Canada while cryingโ€. For 10 years starting from 2012, your coaches in Toronto who have been taking care of you also supported you becoming a professional athlete.   

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏๆ—ฉใใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใŸใƒใƒผใƒ ใฎใ‚‚ใจใซ1ๅ›žๅธฐใฃใฆใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไผ็”ปใ‚’็ซ‹ใฆใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใ‚ใ€YouTubeใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใง็ทจ้›†ใ—ใŸใ‚Šๆ’ฎๅฝฑใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใฆใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฉ็ด ไบบใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใคใใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ—ใใฆใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใƒใ‚ฟใƒใ‚ฟใจใ—ใฆใฆใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚ใ„ใ•ใค่กŒใ‘ใชใใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฟƒ่‹ฆใ—ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒกใƒผใƒซๆฅใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎโ€œ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใญโ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ€ใƒกใƒผใƒซๆฅใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚ใฎ่ฆ‹ๅฑŠใ‘ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๅงฟๅ‹ขใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒใ‚คใ‚นใ‚’้ ใใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใคใ‚‚้€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ—ฉใ็›ดๆŽฅใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚

Oh, in fact I really want to quickly go back to my team Iโ€™ve trained and show my appreciation to them. However, as I said earlier, Iโ€™m now building up a lot of different plans, or Iโ€™ve been shooting and editing YouTube videos. They are really like beginner’s works, but I also think they feel like mine. In that sense, Iโ€™ve been kind of running around all over the place and can hardly have a chance to go and meet them, which makes me feel apologetic. Having said that, I received an email from Ghislain again this morning, and he was like โ€œIโ€™m watching you!โ€. Thinking of their attitudes of trying to watch me until the very end or really sending me various pieces of advice from afar, I really want to go to see them quickly to show my appreciation. 

ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ‚‚ใƒˆใƒฌใ‚คใ‚ทใƒผใ‚‚ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไผšใˆใฆใชใ„ๆœŸ้–“ใŒๅ‡„ใ้•ทใ„ใฎใงใ€ๆ—ฉใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚ณใƒผใƒใŸใกใซใ‚‚โ€œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸโ€ใจโ€œใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ„ใŸใ—ใพใ™โ€ใจใ€ใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใซใฏ่กŒใใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎไป™ๅฐใซใ“ใ“ใ‚’ๆ‹ ็‚นใซใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๅฅˆใ€…็พŽๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ็ทๅธๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใˆใƒผใ€็œŸๅฎŸๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใจใ€้ƒฝ็ฏ‰ๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใ„ใ•ใค่กŒใๆฉŸไผšใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใชใใชใ‚“ใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ„ใ•ใคใ—ใŸใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใพใ‚็›ดๆŽฅ่กŒใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅฑŠใ‘ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใตใตใตใ€‚ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ไผšใ„ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Ghislain, yes – Ghislain and Tracy and Brian.. I havenโ€™t been able to see them for a very long time, so I really want to go and see my coaches and tell them, โ€œThank you very muchโ€ and โ€œPlease support me from now onโ€. In addition to them, here in Sendai, there is Nanami-sensei who uses this rink as her home base, also Soji-sensei. And Iโ€™m wondering if I can get a chance to meet and show my appreciation to Mami-sensei as well as Tsuzuki-sensei. I really want to do so. I wonder if they would watch this (live streaming) video, but in reality, itโ€™s better if I am able to go to see them in person and convey my deep appreciation to them. Hehehe. Oh boy, I really want to see them.

Part 4

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไผš่ฆ‹ๅพŒใฎๅฟƒๅขƒใซใคใ„ใฆใจใ€ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใฎใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Šใฏใ€‚

Could you tell us a bit about your state of mind after the press conference and the thoughts behind your new jacket?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใšใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใฎใ“ใจใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅ‡บ็™บใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’ไฝœใ‚ใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ€ฅใใ‚‡ๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ๆธกใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใŒไปŠๆ—ฅใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไปฎใฎๅฝขใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใŸๆ–ฐใŸใซใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Šใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจSEIMEIใ‚’ๅฝทๅฝฟใจใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใช่‰ฒๅˆใ„ใ ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅ–ใ‚Šๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚

Firstly, about my jacket: it was a sudden decision to create a new jacket for my new start, and actually, I received it just this morning. So this is a tentative style. From here, Iโ€™m thinking of doing various things in future. As for the thoughts behind it, well, I put in the idea of using colors that are a little bit reminiscent of SEIMEI. 

ใงใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใ‘ใ€‚ไผš่ฆ‹็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‹ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใšใฃใจไปŠๆ—ฅใพใง็ทŠๅผตใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰็”Ÿๆดปใ—ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆดปๅ‹•ใ—ใฆใ„ใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€ใใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ€ใใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ไปŠใพใงใฏไบบไปปใ›ใซใ—ใฆใใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰็Ž‡ๅ…ˆใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‘ใฃใ“ใ†ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใงใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ‚Œใ“ใใ€็ก็œ ๆ™‚้–“ใจใ‹ใ ใ„ใถๆธ›ใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚

And the next question was.. oh yes, (my state of mind) after the press conference. Well, I’ll tell you that Iโ€™ve been spending my days being very nervous until today. Of course, while doing various activities, there are many things that I have to do by myself, I mean, do by myself as a professional athlete. Iโ€™ve also taken initiative in doing things that I used to let others do, as well as considering various things. Thereโ€™re quite a lot of things like that. So it was very hard and Iโ€™ve been doing them while thinking that I had to cut down on my sleep a lot. 

ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚€ใ—ใ‚็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ‰ใช็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใชใใ‚ƒใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ไปŠใพใงใฏ่ฉฆๅˆใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซ่ฟฝใ‚ใ‚ŒใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ไปŠใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆœŸๅพ…ใ‚’่ถ…ใˆใŸใ„ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใตใฃใตใฃใตใ€ใใฃใกใฎใŒๆ–นใŒๅคงๅค‰ใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏๅ‡„ใๅ……ๅฎŸใ—ใŸๆ—ฅใ€…ใ‚’้€ใ‚Œใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใƒ—ใƒญใจใ—ใฆๅƒ•ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใŒๅคšใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใƒ—ใƒญใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆฌ ๅ ดใจใ‹ใ‚‚่จฑใ•ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’่ธใฟใซใ˜ใ‚ŠใŸใใชใ„ใชใฃใฆๅ‡„ใๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใƒ—ใƒญใฎใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใ‚’ใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€‚ใงใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใๆฉŸไผšใ‚’ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅธธใซ้ซ˜ใ„ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

However, as for my feelings, I actually think that I even need to practice harder than when I was a competitive skater, and Iโ€™ve been actually doing it that way. So letโ€™s say I used to work hard being chased by the things called competitions, but now I feel like I want to go beyond everyoneโ€™s expectation. Hehehe. I think that would probably be much harder. But in fact, Iโ€™ve actually been able to have fulfilling days in my life. But in such an environment, as a professional athleteโ€ฆ as I have experienced many injuries as a competitor, and after all I cannot be allowed to cancel the event when I become a professional athlete,* and also I donโ€™t want to disappoint the expectations of everyone who is looking forward to watching me. So from now on, as a professional athlete, above all, I will try to avoid getting injured, and will work hard to let everyone watch me perform at a high level every time.

*T/N: It seems he thinks this way for himself. He is not referring to others.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ€ŒSharePracticeใ€ใจๅไป˜ใ‘ใŸ็†็”ฑใ‚„็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใซๅ€‹ๅˆฅใฎๅ–ๆใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅŒใ„ๅนดใฎๅคง่ฐทใฎใƒ™ใƒผใƒ–ใƒปใƒซใƒผใ‚นไปฅๆฅใจใชใ‚‹ๅ‰ๆฅญ้”ๆˆใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚

Could you tell us about the reason you named it โ€œSharePracticeโ€, about the decision to take individual interviews (with the media) after the practice session, and also about Ohtani, who is your age and matched Babe Ruthโ€™s great achievement*.

*T/N: the day before this, Shohei Ohtani became the first baseball player after Babe Ruth (1918) in major league history to have at least 10 home runs and 10 wins in the same season.

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใšๅคง่ฐทใ•ใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚ชใƒผใƒซใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใฎใ€ใ‚ใฎๅ–ๆใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใ–ใ‚ใ–่‡ชๅˆ†ใธใฎใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ๆ”นใ‚ใพใ—ใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไปŠใฎๆ™‚ไปฃใงใฏใ‚ใ‚Šๅพ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅ‰ๆฅญใ‚’้”ๆˆใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€่ถณๅ…ƒใซใ‚‚ๅŠใฐใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅคง่ฐทไธ–ไปฃใฃใฆๅ‘ผใฐใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชไธ–ไปฃใซใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅ…‰ๆ „ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ใœใฒใœใฒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ๅคง่ฐทใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‰ใ—ใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใฎใจใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใจใƒ—ใƒญใฎ่ˆžๅฐใซไธŠใŒใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚็ฒพใ„ใฃใฑใ„้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆๅคง่ฐทใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฟฝใ„ใคใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ใงใใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‘ใฉโ€ฆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใŠไผšใ„ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

OK, so first of all, about Ohtani-san. I really appreciate that you gave a comment for me when you did an interview at the All-star Game. Once again, I think you have obtained an unattainably great achievement that seemed impossible in this era. Congratulations to you. I can hardly come close to you, and Iโ€™m really honored to be in this โ€œOhtani generationโ€*. Iโ€™d really like you to work hard as you have been doing, and as I have just stepped up onto the professional stage, Iโ€™ll do my best to be able to catch up with Ohtani san. Maybe I cannot, I guessโ€ฆ(laugh). Itโ€™d be my pleasure if we can meet again.

*T/N: As Shohei Ohtani and Yuzuru Hanyu were born in the same year (1994) and had remarkable achievements in their respective fields, the media came up with the terms โ€œHanyu generationโ€ and โ€œOhtani generationโ€ to show their significance compared to their peers. In interviews, Shohei and Yuzuru often exchanged compliments by acknowledging the other person as the representative of their generation, saying they are only a person living in the other personโ€™s generation.

ใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใ‘ใ€‚ใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ€ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใ€ใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใฎใ“ใจ๏ผใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใฏๆญฃ็›ดใ€ไปŠใพใงๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎไธญใงๅ€‹ๅˆฅใฎใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็Ÿญใ„ๆ™‚้–“ใงใƒ‘ใƒ‘ใฃใฆใ“ใชใ™ใ“ใจใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใœใฒ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ€‹ๅˆฅใฎๅ–ๆใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€็„ก็†็Ÿข็†ใงใ‚‚ๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๆฅใฏๅ…จ้ƒจๅ›ฒใฟใง่€ƒใˆใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€็„ก็†็Ÿข็†โ€œใ‚„ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใใ ใ•ใ„โ€ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใœใฒใ€ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œใฎๅช’ไฝ“ใฎๅ„็คพใ•ใ‚“ใฎใ€ใใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆ›ธใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

And then, what was next? Oh, yes, about the interviews, I remember! Regarding the interviews, honestly speaking, I could not receive them individually so often at open practices or during competitions. Well, I can only do the brief ones for each. But I thought I would definitely want to put individual interviews (into this practice session) however difficult it would be, so though originally I was thinking of doing all the interviews in the mixed zone, I insisted on it, saying โ€œplease let me do thatโ€, and so I did. I’d be really happy if people from each media company would take their time to write (their own article) about this person called Yuzuru Hanyu. 

ใงใ€SharePracticeใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ๅŠ่ง’ใ‚นใƒšใƒผใ‚นๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ„ใงSharePracticeใซใ—ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏไธ€ใคใฎๅ˜่ชžใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ€ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„้€ ่ชžใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใง่€ƒใˆใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆโ€œๅ…ฌ้–‹็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชโ€ใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ŽOpenใ€€Practiceใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ŽOpenใ€€Trainingใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใจๅ…ฑๆœ‰ใ—ใฆใ€ใใ“ใงไธ€็ท’ใซ้—˜ใฃใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่€ƒใˆใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ŽShareใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไธ€็•ช่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใฏใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใงใ‚ใ‚Šใคใคใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎ้—˜ใ„ๆŠœใๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใปใ—ใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่ถฃๆ—จใจใ—ใฆใ€ใƒ†ใƒผใƒžใจใ—ใฆๅคงใใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใจใ„ใ†ๅ˜่ชžใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซๅค–ใ•ใšใซใ€ŽSharePracticeใ€ใจใ„ใ†ๅๅ‰ใซๅƒ•ใŒๆฑบใ‚ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ไปฅไธŠใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Also about the title, โ€œSharePracticeโ€, I decided not to put a space in between (the two words) and made it SharePractice. I think of it as one word, or a newly coined phrase. At first, I thought of โ€œOpen Practiceโ€, โ€œOpen Trainingโ€, and many other phrases. But when I thought about the things that I can own together with everyone and that we can go on fighting together in future, I thought โ€œShareโ€ would be the most suitable one for me. On the other hand, this is an event and at the same time, I want people to watch me fight it out until the end – which is the greatest purpose and theme of this event, so I decided myself to title it โ€œSharePracticeโ€ without omitting the word โ€œPracticeโ€. Thatโ€™s it. Thank you very much.

[ENG TRANSLATION] HANYU YUZURU Youtube ‘2 About the Channel’ – 20220809

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All articles originally published 20 February 2022

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Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฉใ‚“ใชๆ€ใ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใŸใ‹๏ผŸ

Q: What thoughts did you put into your skate today?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€‚ใˆใฃใจโ€ฆใพใ‚ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่ฉฐใ‚่พผใฟใ™ใŽใฆใ€ไฝ•ใŒใ€ใจใฏๅƒ•ใฎๅฃใ‹ใ‚‰่จ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฏใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆป‘ใฃใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใŒ็”Ÿใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€ไปŠใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, there are too many things Iโ€™ve packed in it, and I canโ€™t really say everything [Iโ€™m thinking], but truly, Iโ€™ve been able to skate precisely because everyone is watching like this. And I think some sort of meaning can be created because people watch my performance, so right now, Iโ€™d really like to thank everyone.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎๅŒ—ไบฌใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใŸ๏ผŸ

Q: How did you feel as you skated until the final moments of the Beijing Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใซใ‹ใใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ“ใจใ€ใใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ไปŠใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใงใใ‚‹ๅ…จใฆใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๅœฐใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅผทใใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅนธใ›ใชๆ™‚้–“ใ ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: I had the strong desire to do the things I wanted to do and all that I could do in this moment where it can be seen here at the Olympics. Trulyโ€ฆ I think it was truly a happy time.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใฏใฉใ‚“ใช็ตŒ้จ“ใ€ๅคงไผšใซใชใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

Q: What kind of experience and competition were the Beijing Olympics for you?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๆทฑใ่€ƒใˆใ•ใ›ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ไปŠใพใงๅƒ•ใฏโ€ฆใพใ‚ใ€ๅŠชๅŠ›ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่จ˜ๆ†ถใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฏใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅคšใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ“ใ“ใพใง็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใฎใฉใ‚“ๅบ•ใ‚’ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚่ฆ‹ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅคงไบบใซใชใฃใฆใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€ไบบ็”Ÿใฃใฆๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๅ…จใฆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸไปŠใฏใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸไปŠใงใ€ๅนธใ›ใ ใชใจใ€‚ไธๆก็†ใชใ“ใจใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๅ‰ใ‚’ๅ‘ใ„ใฆๆญฉใ„ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: It made me think deeply about a lot of things. Until now, there have been many periods where I had put in all my effort but it was no use. The โ€˜Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™ in everyoneโ€™s memories, like at the Sochi and the Pyeongchang Olympics, may be mostly one of someone successful. But having competed up to this point, Iโ€™ve seen myself hit rock bottom many, many times. So in that sense, this time again, having grown upโ€ฆI think being rewarded isnโ€™t everything in life. But, right now, in this unrewarded present, Iโ€™m happy. There are a lot of unreasonable things, but Iโ€™ll work hard to be able to face forward and to keep walking, even just a little.ย 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒณใฏใ€‚

Q: How do you feel now that you have finished your performance?

ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใจใ‚‚ใซๅ…จๅŠ›ใงๅ‡บใ—ๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ็ซถๆŠ€ใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใชใใฃใฆๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฎใ‚„ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏไปŠๆ—ฅใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใ็ทŠๅผตใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅ…จใฆใฎๆ€ใ„ใ‚’ใ€ๅ…จใฆใฎๅนธใ›ใ‚’ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ่พผใ‚ใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไบบ็”Ÿใฎใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚่พผใ‚ใฆใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚่กจ็พใงใใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ€

Y: Well, I gave it my all, I really did. I did my best for the free skate as well. Well, I think I gave it my all in both the short program and free skate, so I think I can say Iโ€™ve competed with all my might. When I say I gave it my all, I mean I gave it my all, including the 4A. Today is another day I was really nervous, but I put all my feelings, all my happiness into the performance. I think, somehow, Iโ€™ve been able to express various things of my skating life in this performance.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏๆฅฝใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

Q: Did you enjoy the practice sessions after the free skate?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆฅฝใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใŒใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใญใ€

Y: I had fun, and more than anything, I was happy to be seen by everyone.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผๅพŒใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ใ€Œๆฅฝใ—ใ„ใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ใใฎๆฅฝใ—ใ•ใฏๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฏ็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

Q: You said that the practice after the free skate was “funโ€, was that โ€œfunโ€ something you hadn’t experienced recently?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚๏ฝžใ€‚ๅฎŸใฏๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใŒใ€ใงใใ‚‹ใพใงใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใจใ€ไปŠใพใงใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ€ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใ—ใฆใ„ใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎไธญใซใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€2ๆ—ฅ็›ฎใซใ‚„ใฃใŸใ€Žใ‚ชใƒšใƒฉๅบงใฎๆ€ชไบบใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใพใ‚ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใ‚‰ใธใ‚“ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ€ŽใƒŽใƒผใƒˆใƒซใƒ€ใƒ ใƒปใƒ‰ใƒปใƒ‘ใƒชใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎๅพŒๅŠใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ€ไธ€็•ชๆœ€ๅˆใซใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๆง‹ๆˆใฎใ€Žใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌ1็•ชใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๆถˆๅŒ–ใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚†ใ‚‹่ฝใจใ—็‰ฉใ‚’ใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅ›žๅŽใ—ใฆใ€ๆฌกใซ้€ฒใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ โ€ฆใใ‚Œใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅทฑๆบ€่ถณใซใ—ใ‹ใ™ใŽใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่€ƒใˆใฆใ€‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใฎๅ ดใงใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅƒ•ใŒ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ€ใใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŸใกใฎ่‰ฏใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆๆป‘ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅนธใ›ใ ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅฅฝใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ€‚ๅŽŸ็‚นใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๆ”นใ‚ใฆ็ซ‹ใก่ฟ”ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Ahhh. Actually, last season, until the free program “Ten to Chi to” was ready, as a form of physical training, I tried to skate cleanly all of the programs that I couldn’t do so before.

I skated “The Phantom of the Opera” on the second day of the practice, “Notre Dame de Paris” near the end of the practice session, and the “Ballade No.1” layout in which the 4T was in the second half and 3A was the first jump. There were such a variety of programs, and somehow, in a way, I had digested them all. I was thinking that I could take back what I had left behind and move on. Butโ€ฆ I wondered if that was just a form of self-complacency.

I thought that if there would be people watching me skate, then at that rink, I wanted to properly show them the good parts of those programs that I had wanted to show. That’s why I was happy. I realised that I really like having others watch me while I skate. It’s my origin, but I went back to it and thought about it again.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏ่ถณๆฌก็ฌฌใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ€‚

Q: I guess the World Championships will depend on your ankle ?

ใ€€ใ€ŒไปŠใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใจใƒผใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใพใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฏ1้Œ ใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’4้Œ ใใ‚‰ใ„้ฃฒใ‚“ใงใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใใ“ใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅณ่ถณใ‚’ไฝฟใ‚ใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒƒใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚ฐใฏใชใ‚“ใจใ‹่€ใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใ•ใจใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒฌใƒŠใƒชใƒณใงใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใ‚ชใƒผใƒ—ใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒŠใƒผใƒฌใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒŠใƒผใƒฌใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒŠใƒผใƒฌใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซไปŠๆ—ฅใ€1ๅ€‹ใ—ใ‹้ฃฒใ‚“ใงใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€่ฉฆใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใฃใกใ‚ƒ็—›ใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใตใตใตใตใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚‚ใƒ•ใƒƒใƒชใƒ—ใ‚‚่ฉฆใ—ใฆโ€œใ‚ใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใƒ€ใƒกใ โ€ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠใ‚‚ใญใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใพใŸใ€ๅˆ่จˆใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใง6้Œ ใใ‚‰ใ„้ฃฒใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆณใชใฎใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€่ถณ้ฆ–ใฏใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจไผ‘ใพใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šโ€ฆใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰่ถณ้ฆ–ใ ใ‘ใงๆธˆใ‚€ๅ•้กŒใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅฝใ—ใพใ›ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€่ถณ้ฆ–ใ‚’ใ‹ใฐใ†ๅ‹•ใใฏๅฟ…ใšใ—ใ‚‚ๅ‡บใฆใฆใ€ไฝ“ใฎใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใŒ็—›ใใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚่ทณใฐใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจไผ‘ใพใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใฆใ€ใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฉใ“ใพใงๆˆปใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฎไปŠๅพŒใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใพใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ใŒใคใ„ใฆใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰็ทๅˆ็š„ใซๅˆคๆ–ญใ—ใฆใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Now, yes, what can I say? Well for the practices until yesterday, I’ve been taking, let’s see, about four painkillers where I normally take one.

So, well, I was skating on the edge of my limit, thinking that if I didn’t do jumps that use my right foot such as the loop, flip or lutz (*), well, then,.. I could survive the landing! The rest, I managed with fun and adrenaline.

Today, we had a practice for the opening, or finale, well, the finale. So, when I practised my parts , I only took one painkiller today. I wondered how far I can bear with just one dose, so I tried it, and well, it hurt like hell. Hehehe. I could only jump Axels. I tried loops and flips, and then I thought, “Oh, this is no good,” so I could only do Axel,

I’ve taken about six painkillers today, So I think I’ll give my ankle a proper rest… I don’t know, normally it might be just a problem with my ankle, but since I’ve been enjoying myself so much, I’m sure I’ve been making a lot of moves to protect my ankle (**), and my body has lost its balance, and I’m sure it’s probably hurting in various places.I’m sure it hurts in many parts of my body by just attempting jumps. So, I’m going to give myself a proper rest, although I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to recover from that.

For me, I still haven’t made up my mind clearly about anything, including my future.I’ll think about a lot of things and make an overall decision before deciding on the World Championships.

(*) T/N: we think this might have been a typo or Yuzuru misspoke here. The original text would mean โ€œIf I didnโ€™t do jumps that donโ€™t use my right foot such as the loop, flip, or lutzโ€. Weโ€™ve edited the translation so that it fits the logic of what heโ€™s saying more. He also didnโ€™t attempt the loop, flip and lutz that much at post-competition practice sessions.

(**) T/N: โ€œprotectโ€ here means he was unconsciously trying to cover the movement originally using his right ankle, with other parts of his body.

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็พๅฝนใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ€Œ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๆฅตใ‚ใŸใ„ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใจใ—ใฆๆฅๅญฃใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„่ถฃๆ—จใชใฎใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใจใ‚‚้•ใ†ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

Q: About skating competitively. By โ€œI want to carry Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s skating to the endโ€ (in an earlier interview), do you mean you will continue to do so next season as a competitive skater, or is it something different?

ใ€Œใ†ใ‚“ใจใƒผใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒผใƒซใƒ‰ใฏๅ•ใ‚ใชใ„ใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใฎ็ŸฅๅๅบฆใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใใ•ใ‚“โ€ฆใพใ‚ใ€้œ€่ฆใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใกใ‚‡ใจๅค‰ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใใ•ใ‚“่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ็ดๅพ—ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฝขใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŒ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„๏ผใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ฆ‹ใŸใ„๏ผใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใชใฎใ‹ใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใชใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใซใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใŸใ†ใˆใงใ€ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใฉใฃใกใซใ—ใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€โ€œใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆๅฅฝใใ ใชโ€ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, I donโ€™t think I mind the field. Yes, with so much fame, so much demandโ€ฆ well itโ€™s a little weird for me to say demandโ€ฆbutโ€ฆ the skating of โ€˜Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™ that many people are looking at like this, I want to turn it into something much, much more convincing. After all, because I want to deliver performances that will make even more people want to watch, and ones that they will want to watch more of… I still donโ€™t really know whether that would be at ice shows or in competitions, whether that would be rewarded or unrewarded. So after thinking a lot about it… well, wherever it would be, I want to continue delivering performances that can make everyone think โ€œI like Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s skating after allโ€ after watching me.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆๅค–ๅ›ฝใƒกใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ขใŒ๏ผ‰่‹ฑ่ชžใง่ณชๅ•ใ—ใฆใ„ใ„ใ‹๏ผŸ
Q: (From foreign media) Can we ask you something in English?

Y: OK. Sure

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใƒปใƒใ‚งใƒณใซใคใ„ใฆ
Q: (What do you think) about Nathan Chen?ใ€€

ใ€Œ๏ผˆๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใง่ฉณ็ดฐใ‚’่ชžใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ไผใˆใŸไธŠใง๏ผ‰ใˆใฃใจใ€ไปŠใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใงๆฑ‚ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€ๅฝผใŒๅ…จใฆๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใฎ็ฒพๅบฆใง4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚็ถšใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ใ“ใจใ ใ—ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎ็ฒพๅบฆใง4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใšใฃใจ็ถšใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅฝผใฏๅ‡„ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€ๅƒ•ใฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใง้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใ‚’2ๅ€‹ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ่จ€ใˆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎ้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใซใจใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅคงๅˆ‡ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅฝผใŒใ‚„ใฃใจๆ‰‹ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏโ€ฆใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็งฐ่ณ›ใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ„ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ๅฝผใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใงใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่จ€่‘‰ใง่กจใ™ใฎใŒๅ‡„ใ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ไปŠใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ€ไปŠใฎ็ซถๆŠ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๅ…จใฆใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏๅฝผใ ใจๅƒ•ใฏๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚Thank youใ€

Y: (After saying he would answer in detail in Japanese) Uhm, I think that he possesses everything that is asked for in todayโ€™s figure skating. It’s amazing that he has been landing so many quads in such a precise way. I can’t keep landing quads with a precision as high as his, so I think he’s amazing indeed. I can say this because I’ve won 2 Olympic golds: to figure skaters, the Olympic gold medal is more important than anything. I want to praise him more than anyone for finally being able to get that medal. I want to congratulate him more than anyone. He truly is a brilliant skater, it’s really hard to put it into words, but from the bottom of my heart, I really think that he has everything that (is asked for) in todayโ€™s figure skating, in current competitive figure skating. Thank you.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Winter Olympics โ€“ Post FS Interview โ€“ 20220210

๏ผœๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใƒปใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข๏ผž็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆ็ฉใ‚„ใ‹ใช่กจๆƒ…ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 10 February 2022

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

Translation:ย @shinjistarxx,ย @tsukihoshi14,
Proofreading:ย @smpkyk, @axelsandwich,

PART 1

ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ€่ชžใ‚‹ใ€€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ็ทจ๏ผˆ1๏ผ‰ใ€‘

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใฎ่กจๆƒ…ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆŠฑใˆใฆ้—˜ใฃใฆใใŸใฎใŒไผใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎไบ”่ผชใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใŸๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ

Q: From your expression after you finished your performance, we can tell you carried a lot of things as you fought to get here. What are your feelings on finishing your third Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ไปŠใพใงใฎไธญใงไธ€็•ช่ฟ‘ใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไปŠใงใใ‚‹ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎใƒ™ใ‚นใƒˆใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฎ่ปขๅ€’ใฏๅคงใใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ‚ใฎใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็‰ฉ่ชžใชใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Um, well, I think of course the [quad] Axel this time was the closest Iโ€™ve gotten, up until now. I feel that maybe this is the utmost of what I can do for now, the best of Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s Axel so to speak. And also, of course, the fall on the [quad] Salchow was a big [loss], but, I skated while kind of thinking of it as being incorporated in what made this story of โ€œTen to Chi toโ€ possible.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒ‹ใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฅใงๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆŒ™ใ’ใŸใฎใฏ6็ง’้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ€ไฝ•ใ‚’ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใ‹

Q: In your finishing pose, you lifted your arms for six seconds. What were you thinking during that time?

ใ€€ใ€Œ้•ทใ„๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€

Y: It was long [laughs]

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒใƒผใ‚บใฃใฆๅฎŸใฏใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใฎใ€Žๅคฉใ€ใ€ใ€Žๅคฉใ€ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้ญ‚ใ‚’ใƒ‘ใƒผใƒณใฃใฆๅคฉใซ้€ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ‚‚ๅƒ•ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚9ๆญณใฎๆ™‚ใซๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€Žใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ขใ‚ˆใ‚Šๆ„›ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใฎใƒใƒผใ‚บใจๅŒใ˜ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใจ้‡ใญๅˆใ‚ใ›ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใฒใจ่จ€ใง่จ€ใ†ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๆธฆๅทปใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€้›ฃใ—ใ„ใชใ€‚ใ‚ใใ“ใพใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒใƒผใ‚บใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใ€ๅˆ€ใ‚’ใ—ใพใ†ใพใงใŒใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’ใฏใ‘ใ‚‹ใพใงใŒใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎใ‚นใƒˆใƒผใƒชใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใฏใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Yes, thatโ€™s right, that pose signifies the โ€œheavenโ€ of โ€œTen to Chi to [Heaven and Earth and]โ€, and, well, in a way, in my mind I envision it as if I am sending my spirit to the heavens. Itโ€™s the same pose that I had in the program โ€œFrom Russia, With Love,โ€ which I skated when I was nine years old. So, itโ€™s kind of like projecting my current self on my past self, and itโ€™s hard to explain succinctly, but there are a lot of emotions swirling around. Well, in a wayโ€ฆ hmm how should I put it, itโ€™s difficult. I think that the story of my program continues up to that point, until Iโ€™ve finished that pose, until Iโ€™ve sheathed the [metaphorical] sword, until Iโ€™ve exited the rink.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏๅ‡บใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซๆฐทใซ้ก”ใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸ

Q: You put some ice on your face when you exited the rinkโ€ฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ—ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใญใ‡ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’็ฉใ‚“ใงใใฆใ€ๆญฃใ—ใ„ๅŠชๅŠ›ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใ†ใ‚‹ๅ…จใฆใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ใ€ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใญใˆใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใพใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใง่ทณใฐใ—ใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

I was thinking that I was truly thankful. To be honest, uhm. Such a thing happened in the short program. Well, of course I was frustrated, somehowโ€ฆ yes, in my opinion, Iโ€™ve accumulated a lot of things and also put out the right efforts until now, and I think Iโ€™ve done everything that I could think of. Iโ€™ve done all of it till this day thinking โ€œAh, (those efforts) are not rewardedโ€. However, truly, in the end, I felt thankful thinking โ€œthank you for letting me jump to this level until nowโ€.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎไบ”่ผชใฏๆฅฝใ—ใ‚ใŸใ‹

Q: Were you able to enjoy the Olympics this time?

ใ€€ใ€Œๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใงใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: No, it wasnโ€™t enjoyable at all. No, [because] there was so much going on.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบ”่ผชใจใฏใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: What does (all these) Olympics mean to you?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใฏใ€ใฒใจ่จ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒ่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€‚ใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฏใ‚ฝใƒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงๆ‚”ใ—ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใซๅ‹ใฃใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฏๆˆ้•ทใงใใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ—ใ€‚ๅนณๆ˜Œใฏใ€ใใฎๆˆ้•ทใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ…จ้ƒจๅ‡บใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฏใ€ใฉใ†ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ™‚้–“ใŒ็ตŒใคใจ่ฆ‹ใˆใฆใใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใใฃใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚คใƒ‰ใ‚’่ฉฐใ‚่พผใ‚“ใ ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Haha, I canโ€™t express it in one word, after all. The Sochi Olympics were its own event, and I won feeling a lot of regret. In a sense, that might have been the occasion where I was able to improve myself. I think Pyeongchang was where I put out all the improvements that Iโ€™ve made. This time, how to say it. It might become clearer after some time has passed, but I think itโ€™s been an Olympics where I fought my best with all of my pride.

๏ผœๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใƒปใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข๏ผž็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๅ†’้ ญใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๅ‘ใ‹ใ†็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ€่ชžใ‚‹ใ€€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ็ทจ๏ผˆ2๏ผ‰ใ€‘

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅณ่ถณใฎ็Šถๆณใฏ

Q: Howโ€™s your right foot?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€่ฉณใ—ใ่ฉฑใ™ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚’ๅ‡„ใๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅ‹ใฆใŸใ‚‰่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใฉใ†่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๅŠ ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใไฝ•ใจใ‹็ซ‹ใฆใŸใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ€

Y: Um, to be honest, Iโ€™m really conflicted on how in-depth I should talk about it. Well, Iโ€™ve been thinking that I could probably talk about it if I won. Frankly speaking, I donโ€™t know how I should put it, but probably, uhm, I received a lot of treatment. I feel like thatโ€™s solely why I could somehow keep standing.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆณใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใซๅ‘ใ‹ใ†ไธ€็•ชๅผทใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ

Q: What was your strongest emotion heading to the rink in that state?

ใ€€ใ€Œ็ตถๅฏพใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚็ตถๅฏพใ€ๅ›žใ‚Šใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: I was thinking โ€œI definitely have to land the (quad) Axelโ€, โ€œIโ€™m definitely gonna rotate all the wayโ€. I was thinking I would bring out my own skating.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ

Q: How was the response for the quad Axel?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‡„ใใ€ใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚ŒใŒ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๅ›ž่ปขใฎ้€Ÿๅบฆใชใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใซใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฑ้™บใ™ใŽใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ไบบ้–“ใซใฏใงใใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใชใ‚Šใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใงใใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: The response was good. Well, amazingly, (I thought that) this is the rotating speed of a quad Axel. Landing after such rotations might be a bit dangerous, it might be impossible for a human to do it. But in a sense, I think that Iโ€™ve been able to do the best quad Axel that I can deliver.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ฉบไธญใงใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใก

Q: What were you feeling while in the air [while doing the quad axel]? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใธใธใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ๅƒ•ใ—ใ‹ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ“ใจใชใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Hehe, what should I say? I think itโ€™s probably something nobody other than me has felt.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4AใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ€ใพใ ็ถšใใ‹

Q: Will you still continue your challenge for the 4A?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ™‚้–“ใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่€ƒใˆใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ‚„ใ‚Šใใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Please give me some time. Iโ€™d like to think about it a bit. The amount [of effort] I put in this time was really everything I could.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚‚ใŠใ‚Šใพใ™ใฎใงโ€ฆ๏ผˆไธญๅ›ฝใƒกใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ข๏ผ‰

Q: [from Chinese media] You can also do it at the exhibitionโ€ฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•๏ผŸใ€

Y: Am I included in the exhibition?

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚‚ใ—ใ€ใƒใƒฃใƒณใ‚นใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹๏ผˆไธญๅ›ฝใƒกใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ข๏ผ‰

Q: [from Chinese media] If you do have a chance [to perform in the exhibition], what kind of feelings would you like to express [to your fans/audience]?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆœŸๅพ…ใซๅฟœใˆใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใฏใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅฟœๆดใ‚’ใ€ๅ…จใฆๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใฃใฆใคใชใ’ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใฏใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใใฆใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ•ใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅฑŠใใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Um, I really truly want to express my gratitude to everyone. I donโ€™t know if my performances this time lived up to everyoneโ€™s expectations, and I donโ€™t know if I was able to connect all of the support I received from everyone to it. Honestly, I also really feel sorry. Thatโ€™s why, I hope my feelings of gratitude will be able to reach everyone through my performances, even if just a little bit. Thank you very much. I ask for your support once more.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Winter Olympics – Post SP Interview – 20220208

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 8 February 2022

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

Translation:ย @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @yuzueco,ย @tsukihoshi14, @smpkyk

PART 1

ใ€€ใ€ŒใŠใญใŒใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Thank you for your time today.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฏ

Q: What happened with the opening quad salchow?

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‚“ใ‹โ€ฆ็ฉดใซไน—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru: Um, I got caught in a hole.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฏใพใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Did you get stuck in it?

ใ€€ใ€ŒใฏใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใฏใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅŒใ˜ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใ‚นใซใฏใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ€‚2019ๅนดใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใŒใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ใใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎใ€2019ๅนดใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒŸใ‚นใฏใ€ใˆใƒผใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใซใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใƒŸใƒชๅ˜ไฝใงใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใงใใ™ใŽใฆใฆใ€ๅŒใ˜ใจใ“ใ‚ใง่ทณใ‚“ใงใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฏใใฎใƒŸใ‚นใŒใ‚‚ใ†่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็ตŒ้จ“ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ6ๅˆ†้–“ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใ‚‰ใ—ใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใฎๆ™‚ใซๅฎŒ็’งใชใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใƒ ใงๅฎŒ็’งใชใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒŸใƒณใ‚ฐใงใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่ทณใ‚“ใ ็žฌ้–“ใซใ‚‚ใ†็ฉดใŒๅ…ฅใฃใฆใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใƒˆใƒผใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ็ฉดใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Y: Rather than get stuckโ€ฆ itโ€™s more likeโ€ฆ um, when I say I got stuck, I mean that I got stuck in a hole that I traced before, which is what happened in 2019 in a short program. The mistake in that Short Program in 2019 was probably because um, during the 6 minute warm-up, I was fixed on my jumping position down to the millimeter, and I ended up jumping in the same spot later [in the actual competition]. This time, I was already aware of that past mistake, and I had that experience in my mind. So, during the 6 minute warm-up this time, I adjusted my position a little bit. And so, during the actual program, I went in with the perfect form and the perfect timing for the jump, and the moment I tried to take off, there was a hole there. It was a hole from a toe jump. So thereโ€™s nothing I could do about it.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœใซๅˆใ‚ใฆๆœฌ็•ชใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚’ๆป‘ใฃใŸใ€‚่ชฟๆ•ดๆ–นๆณ•ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: You skated in the main rink for the first time this morning. Looking back on your preparation method, what are your thoughts? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใ่‰ฏใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงๆฎ‹ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ€ใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใŒใ€ใพใ ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆ•ดใฃใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎใƒŸใ‚นใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใฏใฉใ†ใ“ใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸไธ€็”Ÿๆ‡ธๅ‘ฝใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, it was pretty good, if anything. The 6-minute warm-up was also really good. I also felt really good about my physical condition. Well, of course, facing the Free Skate, Iโ€™d like to stay in this good condition. Todayโ€™s mistake was something that I couldnโ€™t have prevented, no matter what I did. Well, looking ahead towards the Free Skate, I want to properly put everything I have into it. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฎๅพŒใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงๆป‘ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: How did you feel when skating after the [quad] Salchow?

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฃใŸใชใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎไธญใงใƒŸใ‚นใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใฎใพใพใ€ใ‚ใฎๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’ๅˆ‡ใ‚‰ใ›ใšใซใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ—ใฆๆˆใ‚Š็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Wellโ€ฆ kind of like, โ€œwell, that happenedโ€. In any case, to my senses, that kind of thing wasnโ€™t a mistake to me. So, I think thatโ€™s why I was able to continue on with the program without it affecting my mind at all.

โ€•โ€•ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’ๆŠ‘ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Were you able to refocus your feelings [after the mistake] today?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’ๆŠ‘ใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไธ€ใคใ€ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใŒๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ‚Œใฆใชใ่ฆ‹ใˆใŸใ‚“ใ ใจใ€‚ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Rather than refocus my feelings [after the mistake], how do I put itโ€ฆ it’s like when you see something, and with just one small piece coming out of place, I wasn’t quite able to bring it all together. It is what it is, yes.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ใฉใ†ๅ—ใ‘ๆญขใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: How are you dealing with todayโ€™s score?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚95็‚นๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใฎใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไป–ใฎใ‚ฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒ†ใ‚ฃใŒ้ซ˜ใใงใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ใปใ‚ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•ใ€ๆ‚ชใ„ใ“ใจใ—ใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใฏใฏใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ‚ชใ„ใ“ใจใ—ใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ†ใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ—ใ‹่€ƒใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใƒŸใ‚นใงใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Well, Iโ€™m really thankful to be even getting 95 points with [that kind of error]. I think thatโ€™s because I was able to complete the other elements with high quality and Iโ€™d like to commend myself for that. How to put it. Wellโ€ฆ truthfully speaking, I wondered if I had done something bad. Hahaha. Like somehowโ€ฆwas it because I had done something bad that it turned out this way? It was the sort of mistake where I could only think about that kind of thing, yes.ย 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ“ใฏไบ”่ผชใจใ„ใ†ๅผทใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: Did you have any strong sense of this being โ€˜the Olympicsโ€™?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจ้•ใ†็ฉบๆฐ—ๆ„Ÿใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใ„ใ„้›†ไธญ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ€ไฝ•ไธ€ใคใปใ“ใ‚ใณใฎใชใ„็Šถๆ…‹ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ไปŠๅ‡„ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใƒŸใ‚นใฎๅŽŸๅ› ใ‚’ๆŽขใ™ใจๆ•ด็†ใŒใคใ‹ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๆ–นใงใฎใƒŸใ‚นใฏใพใฃใŸใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅซŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ—ใŸใ‹ใชใ‚ใฃใฆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใ„ๆฐทใซๅซŒใ‚ใ‚Œใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใชใ‚ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Of course I had. Well, the atmosphere was different from usual [competitions]. Um. But I was really in a super concentrated state, in a condition where there was nothing out of place, so if I try to search for the cause of the mistake, I wonโ€™t be able to sort them out. I donโ€™t think there were any mistakes with the skating element. Itโ€™s likeโ€ฆ I wonder if I did something to be hated (laughs), like I skated while thinking I must be really hated by the ice.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•2ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใซๅ…ฅใฃใŸ็†็”ฑใ‚’

Q: What was the reason behind you arriving 2 days before [the SP]?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€้•ทใใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€ใ ใ‚Œใฆใใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๆฎตใ€…่ชฟๅญใŒๆ‚ชใใชใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใฎใŒใ€็ตๆง‹ใ‚ทใƒ‹ใ‚ขใซไธŠใŒใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฏๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจใ‹ใ‚‚้•ทใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Š้•ทใใ‚„ใ‚Š็ถšใ‘ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใจใ€ๆฐ—ๅˆใŒๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ™ใŽใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฎใงใ€‚็–ฒใ‚Œใกใ‚ƒใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ›ฃไฝ“ๆˆฆใฎใƒกใƒณใƒใƒผ็™บ่กจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸๆ™‚็‚นใงใ€ใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใซใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Umโ€ฆ for me personally, since I became a Senior skater, Iโ€™ve felt that the longer I stay [at a competition], the more I become listless, and my condition gradually worsens. Things like the World Championships are also long [events] but if I do things for too long, then I get into the competitive mindset too much, and tire out. When the Team Event members were announced, that was when I decided I would cut it close [in arriving]. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆใ‚ใฆSP้ฆ–ไฝใงใชใ„้ †ไฝใงใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’่ฟŽใˆใ‚‹

Q: Youโ€™ll be heading into the Free Skate not as the leader of the Short Program for the first time (at the Olympics)

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€๏ผˆๅ–ๆใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸๆ™‚็‚นใง๏ผ‰ใพใ ้ †ไฝใŒๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใชใ‚“ใจใ‚‚่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Well, (at the time of the interview) the starting order hasnโ€™t been decided yet so I canโ€™t really say anything but, well, I can only do my best in the free program, yes. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆ่‹ฑ่ชžใง๏ผ‰4Aใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใง่ทณใถใฎใ‹ใ€ๆˆๅŠŸใงใใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: [In English] Will you jump a 4A in the free? Can you land it?

ใ€€ใ€Œ๏ผˆ่‹ฑ่ชžใง๏ผ‰ใงใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใฎใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ๅ…จใฆใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ€‚ๅผ•ใ็ถšใใ€ๅ…จใฆใฎใ“ใจใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒ™ใ‚นใƒˆใ‚’ๅฐฝใใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ€

Y: [in English] I think I can do it. I know this jump is difficult for me. I must focus on every aspect, and going forward, I want to give my best in everything.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•10ๆ—ฅใซใฉใ‚“ใชใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใ‚’ใฟใ›ใŸใ„ใ‹

Q: What kind of performance of โ€œTen to Chi toโ€ do you want to show on the 10th [day of the free program]?ย 

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๆฐทใซๅผ•ใฃใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ไธ€ๆ—ฅไธ€ๅ–„ใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซไธ€ๆ—ฅๅๅ–„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ฉใ‚ใฆใใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชไฟกใŒใ‚ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใ€็ฅžใฎใฟใž็Ÿฅใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ใพใ ๆ™‚้–“ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅพŒใฎๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ๆœ‰ๅŠนใซๆดป็”จใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ€ใ„ใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚Šใคใคใ€ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, hopefully one in which I donโ€™t get caught in the ice [laughs]. Rather than the saying โ€œone good deed a dayโ€*, Iโ€™m wondering if I now have to do like ten good deeds a day [to avoid this happening again] (laughs). But, I think Iโ€™ve done enough practice to justify that much. I think Iโ€™ve come here with a lot of confidence in my performances. As for the rest, well, maybe only God knows. In any case, thereโ€™s still time. Also, by making good use of the time after the short program [until the free], and really taking in everyoneโ€™s feelings, I want to turn my performance into something complete. Thank you for having me. Thank you, Iโ€™ll do my best [in the free program].

*T/N: Referring to a Japanese proverb, ใ€Œไธ€ๆ—ฅไธ€ๅ–„ ใ€ โ€œ[doing] one good deed a dayโ€

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Beijing Winter Olympics First Practice Interview – 20220207

๏ผœๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใƒปใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข๏ผžๅŒ—ไบฌๅ…ฅใ‚ŠๅพŒใ€ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Article originally published 7 February 2022

Translation: @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

ใ€€ใ€ŒใŠใคใ‹ใ‚Œใ•ใพใงใ™ใฃ๏ผใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ใ™ใ”ใ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใงใใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆœ€ๅˆใฎๆ–นใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ‚็ทŠๅผตๆ„Ÿใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๆฐทใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใจใฎใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่ชฟๆ•ดใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฎ่ชฟๆ•ดใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใฏ้›†ไธญใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Your first practice is over

A: Thank you for your hard work! U~m, I was really able to concentrate, I think. Of course, I was more nervous at the start, ehโ€ฆ but I was kind of trying to adjust to the feel of the ice. I think I was able to internally adjust, little by little, and ultimately was able to focus while practising. I think it was a good feeling. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ“ใพใง4Aใ‚’็ชใ่ฉฐใ‚ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆใใŸใฎใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ ใ€ใพใ‚ใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใฆ1ๅ›ž็›ฎใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ ๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใšใคใ€ใ“ใ“ใงใ‚‚ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Were you able to get to the bottom of the 4A?

Y: Well, of courseโ€ฆ um, I think my condition changes every day, and also, this is the first practice after arriving so I feel like I’m not doing it with all my strength yet. But little by little, I hope Iโ€™ll make some improvements even here (at the Olympics).. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ“ใพใงๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใฆใใŸใ“ใจใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€4Aใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‚„ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้›ฃใ—ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚้”ๆˆใ—ใŸใ„็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใงไธŠใซ่กŒใใŸใ‚ใซใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซๅฟ…่ฆใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

Q: What have you been putting your efforts into since the Japanese National Championships?

Y: Well, indeed, Iโ€™ve been practising the 4A. Well, I practised it while thinking that itโ€™s really hard. However, it is, after all, the goal I want to achieve no matter what. Well, for me personally, I think itโ€™s absolutely necessary for me to rise to the top at this Olympics. Iโ€™ll do my best. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎไบ”่ผชใ€ไปŠใพใงใจใฎ้•ใ„ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไปŠใพใงใฎใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใจใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€ไปŠใพใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š้™ใ‚ŠใฆใใŸใ‚‚ใฎใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ‡บใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใฐๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใพใ ๆˆ้•ทใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ„ใ†่ˆžๅฐใงใฎ็ทŠๅผตๆ„Ÿใฏ็‰นๅˆฅใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Q: This being your third Olympics, whatโ€™s different from the past ones?

Y: Well. In all the previous Olympics, I went in thinking something like if I just put out what I had been practising and doing up until then, I’d be able to win. But this time, Iโ€™m in a position where I still have to up my level. In a sense, itโ€™s similar to [what I said] at Japanese Nationals but, I think the tension of a stage such as the Olympics is indeed something unique.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4AใฏๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸใฎใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚“ใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆๆ„Ÿ่งฆใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆตฎใใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฎใ‹ใ‘ๆ–นใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใจใ‚„ใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใชใ‚ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใšใฏใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ—ใใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Q: Have you succeeded [in landing] the 4A yet?

Y: Hm~ I havenโ€™t yet. Anyway, um, since Iโ€™ve come here Iโ€™ve been feeling pretty good, and today I was able to practice while feeling that my rotations were coming pretty easily. First and foremost, I want to rotate [the jump] fully.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ›ฃไฝ“ๆˆฆใฎๅˆบๆฟ€ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€ๅˆบๆฟ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏๅ‡„ใ่‰ฏใ•ใใ†ใ ใชใ‚ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฎ‰ๅฟƒใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: What was motivating about the team competition?

Y: Ah, um, well rather than encouraging, I felt relieved thinking that the rink seemed to be in good shape.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€ŒSP๏ผŸใตใตใตใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ๅ†ท้™ใซ่€ƒใˆใฆใ€4A*ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏๅ‡„ใ„่€ƒใˆใฆใ—ใพใ†ใฏใ€ใ—ใพใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใๆ„›ๆƒ…ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“โ€ฆใ€ใพใšใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’1ใคใšใค็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Regarding the Short Program

Y: The Short Program? Hehehe. The Shortโ€ฆwell. Of course, Iโ€™m thinking rationally about it, and I end up thinking a lot about the 4A. But the Short Program is the Short Program. Iโ€™d like to really pour a lot of love into the Shortโ€ฆ umโ€ฆyes, one by one, Iโ€™d like to accumulate everything I can, heading into the Short Program

*T/N: The original article said 4A4A but we think it was a typo

ใ€€โ€•โ€•๏ผˆ่‹ฑ่ชžใง๏ผ‰ใ‚ชใƒผใ‚ตใƒผใŒใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚ตใ‚คใƒ‰ใซ็ซ‹ใŸใชใ„

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใƒผใ€ใˆใฃใจๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใง็ญ”ใˆใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใ‚ณใƒผใƒใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ธใ‚นใƒฉใƒณใ‚ณใƒผใƒใซใ‚‚ใ€ใƒˆใƒฌใ‚ทใƒผใ‚ณใƒผใƒใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‡„ใใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅฝผ่‡ช่บซใŒๅƒ•ใฎใƒซใƒผใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚’ไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ—ใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅฝขใงใ™ใ€

Q (In English): [Brian] Orser is not by the rink with you

Y: Ah – um, I will answer in Japanese. Um. Brain, Ghislain [Briand] and Tracy [Wilson] are properly watching over me. This time, they themselves said that theyโ€™d like to respect my routine.

[ENG TRANSLATION] The gateway to Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™s Quad Axel – a message from Kenzo Shirai (Part 1)

Photo by Naoki Nishimura, AfloSport

Article originally published 17 January 2021

Translation:ย @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @yuzuecoย &ย @smpkyk

T/N: We have chosen to keep the suffix of ‘senshu’ as-is as it is the respectful way Kenzo and the interviewer refer to Yuzuru in the third person.

็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใŒใ€ๅฒไธŠๅˆใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๆ‰‰ใธๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆŽ›ใ‘ใŸใ€‚2021ๅนดๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใ€่ฉฆๅˆใงๅˆใ‚ใฆๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ€‚ๅ›ž่ปขไธ่ถณใฎๅˆคๅฎšใจใชใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฎใ€โ€œๅ›ž่ปขใฎ็œŸๅฎŸโ€ใธใจ่‚‰่–„ใ—ใคใคใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’็คบใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ†๏ผ‘ไบบใ€ใ“ใฎใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใฎไธ–็•ŒใซๆŒ‘ใ‚“ใ ไบบ็‰ฉใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ€Œใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใฎ็ฌฌไธ€ไบบ่€…ใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใ‚’ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸไฝ“ๆ“ใฎ็™ฝไบ•ๅฅไธ‰ใ•ใ‚“ใ ใ€‚ใ€Œๅ›ž่ปขใ€ใฎ่ฆ–็‚นใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใŒ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใคใ„ใฆ่ชžใฃใŸใ€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu has his hand on the door of historyโ€™s first quadruple Axel. He challenged it for the first time in competition at the Japanese National Championships 2021. Though [the 4A] was judged to be of insufficient rotation, he showed that he was closing in on the โ€˜truth of rotationsโ€™. And then there is one other person, a human who has taken on this world of โ€˜4.5โ€™. The person who is the leading expert on โ€˜twistingโ€™, who has landed a 4.5 twist in practice, Kenzo Shirai. Shirai spoke about the 4A from the viewpoint of achieving such โ€˜rotationsโ€™. revolutions.ย 

โ€•โ€•็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ„ใพใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ€ใจใ„ใ†ไธ–็•ŒใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ€Œๅ›ž่ปขใ€ใจใ„ใ†่ฆ–็‚นใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅฏ่ƒฝๆ€งใ‚’ใŠ่žใใงใใ‚Œใฐใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

Hanyu-senshu is currently challenging the world of the quadruple Axel. I’d like to ask you about the possibility of the 4A through the angle of rotationsย 

็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใธใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใฏใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‹ใŸใšใ‚’้ฃฒใ‚“ใง่ฆ‹ๅฎˆใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใ‚‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใ€ใฒใญใ‚Š๏ผˆๆจชๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใ‚’ใฉใ†็”Ÿใฟๅ‡บใ—ใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใŒๅ…ฑ้€šใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎ่ฆ–็‚นใ‹ใ‚‰่‰ฒใ€…ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

I’m watching Hanyu-senshu’s 4A challenge with bated breath. What both gymnastics and figure skating have in common is the question of how you create the twist (horizontal rotation) and how you control it, so I’m thinking about various things from the perspective of a gymnast while watching.

โ€•โ€•็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ็พๅฝนๆ™‚ไปฃใซใ€่‡ชใ‚‰ใฎๅใ€Œใ‚ทใƒฉใ‚คใ€ใŒใคใๆ–ฐๆŠ€ใ‚’๏ผ–็จฎ้กžใ‚‚ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚๏ผ“ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Šใชใฉใ€ๅฝ“ๆ™‚ใฎๅธธ่ญ˜ใ‚’ใใคใŒใˆใ™้ซ˜้€Ÿๅ›ž่ปขใฎๆŠ€ใงใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“็•Œใงใฏใ€ๆจชๅ›ž่ปขใฎใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€Œใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใจใ„ใ„ใพใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใงใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใฎๅ…ฑ้€š็‚นใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ‹๏ผŸ

During your competitive days, you had 6 eponymous ‘Shirai’ skills. There was the 3.5 twist, the quad twist, which were all high speed rotation skills that overturned the common understanding at the time. In the world of gymnastics, horizontal rotation is known as ‘twisting’ but does it have points in common with figure skating’s quadruple jumps?ย 

ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€็ธฆๅ›ž่ปขใจใฒใญใ‚Š๏ผˆๆจชๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใฎไธกๆ–นใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€่ปธ่ถณใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใ€่ปธๆ‰‹ใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏๅŒใ˜ใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸๅ›ž่ปขใŒๅคšใใชใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€Œใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ™ใ‹ใ€ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ไผผใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฎใฒใญใ‚Šใฏๅณๅ›ž่ปขใงใ€ๅณใŒ่ปธๆ‰‹ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใฏใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉๅๅฏพๅ›žใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใ‚‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฎ็†่ซ–ใฏๅ…ฑ้€šใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

In the case of gymnastics, we use both vertical rotation and twisting (horizontal rotation) but we have a leg and arm that establishes the axis and allows us to control rotations which is the same [as figure skating]. In addition, as the number of revolutions increases, I think the thinking around ‘how do we create more rotations’ is similar. I twist to the right (clockwise direction) so my right arm is my โ€˜axisโ€™ arm. Hanyu-senshu’s jump just happens to go in the opposite direction. I think the theory behind rotation is something gymnastics and figure skating have in common. 

โ€•โ€•็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใ‚‚ใ€็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ่„šใ‚’็ต„ใ‚€ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒ—ใงใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจใปใจใ‚“ใฉๅŒใ˜ใงใ™ใญใ€‚็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใฏใ€ๆŠ€ใซใฉใ‚“ใชๅฝฑ้ŸฟใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚

Also in terms of the aerial position, your type is one where you cross your legs, which is very similar to skating. What kind of impact does the air position have on the skill?

็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใ‚„่…•ใฎไฝ็ฝฎใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่„šใฏ็ต„ใพใšใซๆƒใˆใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่…•ใ‚‚ใ€่ปธใ‚’็ดฐใใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ—ใฆ่‚˜ใ‚’็•ณใ‚€้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใ€่‚˜ใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใฎๆ‰‹ใ‚„้ก”ใฎไฝ็ฝฎใฏใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏ่‚˜ใŒๅ‡บใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใฎใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ใจใ‚‹ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒ—ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚่…•ใ‚’็•ณใ‚ใฐๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใฏ็ดฐใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใŒใ€่ปธใฏใƒ–ใƒฌใ‚„ใ™ใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ›ž่ปข(้€Ÿๅบฆ)ใ‚’ใจใ‚‹ใ‹่ปธใ‚’ใจใ‚‹ใ‹ใงใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒ็•ฐใชใ‚‹ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚

The air position and positioning of the arm varies depending on the athlete. Some athletes don’t cross their legs. There are athletes who bring in their elbows in order to narrow their axis and athletes who stretch their elbows out to help regain balance. The air position and positioning of the hands and face in figure skating is also different depending on the athlete. Hanyu-senshu jumps with his elbows spread outwards so he might be the type who does so to balance his rotational axis. If he draws in his arms, the rotational axis becomes narrower but the axis is more prone to instability. The balance between the speed of rotation and the axis differs between athletes.

โ€•โ€•็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏใ€ใจใซใ‹ใๅ›ž่ปขใใฎใ‚‚ใฎใŒ็พŽใ—ใใ€ๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใŒใƒ–ใƒฌใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏ็ฉบไธญๅงฟๅ‹ขใงใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚

In any case with Hanyu-senshu, his rotation itself is beautiful and his axis isn’t shaky – that’s something you can tell even from his air position, isnโ€™t it?

็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅ‰ใซใ‹ใชใ‚Š้ก”ใ‚’ๆญขใ‚ใฆใ‹ใ‚‰่ทณใถใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆŠ€ใŒ้€ฃ็ถšใ™ใ‚‹ใจใใซ้ ญใŒๅ‹•ใ„ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจใ€็†ๆƒณ้€šใ‚Šใฎๅ›ž่ปขใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ—ใพใ™ใ—ใ€้ ญใฎไฝ็ฝฎใฏๅคงๅˆ‡ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใ€ๆŠ€ใฎ้–‹ๅง‹ใ‹ใ‚‰็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใงใ€้ ญใฎไฝ็ฝฎใŒใ‚บใƒฌใชใ„ใฎใ‚’ๅผทใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใพใงใฏใ€Œ้ก”ใ‚’ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ•ใชใ„ใ€ใŒใ‚ปใ‚ชใƒชใƒผใงใ™ใŒใ€๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚ŠใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ™ใ‚‹ใจใใฏใ€้ก”ใ‚’ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ™ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚

I have this impression that, before the Axel, Hanyu-senshu keeps his head still and then jumps. In gymnastics also, when you’re connecting skills, if your head moves, you may not be able to enter the rotations in an ideal way, so the positioning of the head is important. Maintaining the position of my head from the start to the end of the skill was my forte as well. Having said that, even though ‘you must not move your head’ is the theory up until doing quad (twists), when it comes to challenging the 4.5 twist, you are to move your head. 

โ€•โ€•ๅฎŸใฏใ€็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใฏ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใ‚’ๆˆๅŠŸใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Šใจใ€ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใฏใ€ใฉใ‚“ใชๆŠ€่ก“ใฎ้•ใ„ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‹๏ผŸ

Actually I heard you have succeeded at doing a 4.5 twist in practice. What kind of difference in technique exists between the quad twist and 4.5 twist?

๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Š๏ผˆ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปข๏ผ‰ใพใงใฏใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ่ปธใ‚’ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€้ก”ใ‚„ใ€ๅ…ˆ่กŒใ™ใ‚‹ๅณ่‚ฉใฏๅ‹•ใ‹ใ•ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚็€ๅœฐใ™ใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใซใฏๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใŒๅคงไบ‹ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅนผๅฐ‘ๆœŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใใ†็ฟ’ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใซใชใฃใŸใจใใซใ€่ปธใ‚’ๅคงไบ‹ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆš‡ใŒใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่€็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใฎใชใ‹ใซ4.5ๅ›žใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใซใ€ใใฎๅฏ†ๅบฆใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใจใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๆ™‚้–“ใŒ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ„ใ€‚๏ผ”ๅ›žใฒใญใ‚Šใพใงใฏใ€่ทณใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใจใพใš่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฒใญใ‚Šใฏใ˜ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€4.5ๅ›žใจใชใ‚‹ใจ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚‚ๆฝฐใ•ใชใ„ใจ้–“ใซๅˆใ‚ใชใ„ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใจใ€่ทณใ‚“ใ ็žฌ้–“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅ…ˆ่กŒใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใปใ†ใฎๅณ่‚ฉใงๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใฒใญใ‚Šใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ€้ก”ใ‚‚๏ผˆๅ›ž่ปขๆ–นๅ‘ใซ๏ผ‰ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ—ใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚

Up to doing the quad twists, I tried not to move my head and the right shoulder that I was using to lead into the movement since I was focusing on the axis. I’ve learned since childhood to do it that way since the rotational axis is important for being able to land. But when it was time for the 4.5 twist, I didn’t have time to focus on my axis. When I put 4.5 revolutions in the air and then thought about how densely the movement was packed, there was not enough time no matter what I did. Up until the quad twist, first I’d establish an axis after jumping up and then have time to start twisting, but for the 4.5 twist, I couldnโ€™t make it unless I condensed the time I took to establish the axis. And if I were to describe how I did it, it was that from the moment I jumped, I’d start twisting both my leading right shoulder and my head in the direction of rotation. 

โ€•โ€•ๅนผๅฐ‘ๆœŸใ‹ใ‚‰็ฟ’ใฃใฆใใŸๆ–นๆณ•ใ‚’ๅค‰ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€็™บๆƒณใฎ่ปขๆ›ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใ€ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚‚ๅฟ…่ฆใงใ™ใญใ€‚

To change the method of training that you were taught since childhood requires a change in thinking and courage doesn’t it?

ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใ†ใงใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใฆใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใงๅคฑๆ•—ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใฏใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žใพใ‚ใฃใŸๆœ€ๅพŒใซใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นๅŠๅ›ž่ปขใ™ใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ€่‰ฏใ„่ปธใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใจใใซ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚ใ†ใจใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๅ›ž่ปขใŒ้–“ใซๅˆใ‚ใชใใฆ็€ๅœฐใงๆจชใซ่ปขใŒใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใงใ„ใ†ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใ‚ฆใƒˆใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ€่ธใฟๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใจๅŒๆ™‚ใซใพใ‚ใ‚Šๅง‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๅ›ž่ปขใฎใ‹ใ‘ๆ–นใซๅค‰ใˆใฆใฟใŸใจใใซใ€ๅˆใ‚ใฆ็ซ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ไปŠใพใงๆŸ“ใฟใคใ„ใฆใใŸๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฉใŠใ‚Šใซใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒ่‰ฏใ„่นดใ‚ŠใŒๅ…ฅใฃใŸใจใ‹ใ€่‰ฏใ„่ปธใŒๅ–ใ‚ŒใŸใ€ใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‹ใจใใปใฉใ€ๆ–ฐใŸใชๆŠ€ใฏใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใชใ‹ใงใ€Œใƒคใƒใ‚คใ€ใจๆ€ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ๅค‰ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎใจใใซใ€ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๆŠ€ใŒๆˆๅŠŸใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚

Of course. When I was taking on the 4.5 twist, I tried various things that failed. At first, I was trying the method of ‘rotating a quad and then adding a half rotation after’ but even when I established a good axis and tried rotating 4.5 times, I couldn’t complete the rotation in time no matter what I did and fell sideways on the landing. It was the equivalent of a step out in figure skating. It was when I changed the approach to start rotating the same moment I took off that I landed it for the first time. Based on what I’ve deeply felt in my experiences until now, the more you feel like you have a really good swing (on takeoff) or establish a good axis, the less you can achieve the new skill. You only succeed at it when the internal feeling is closer to an ‘oh shit’ level of strangeness. 

โ€•โ€•ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใฏใ€Œใƒคใƒใ‚คใ€ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ™ใ‹๏ผˆ็ฌ‘๏ผ‰ใ€‚

The 4.5 twist is an ‘oh shit’ feeling? (Laughs)

ใ—ใ‹ใ‚‚๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ‚’ๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ€ใพใ ้ซ˜ๆ ก็”Ÿใง็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใŒใชใใ€ๅฎ™่ฟ”ใ‚Šใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใŒใชใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€้ซ˜ใ•ใจใ‹่€็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ๅข—ใ‚„ใ—ใŸใฎใงใฏใชใใ€ใฉใ“ใพใงๅ›ž่ปขใฎๅฏ†ๅบฆใ‚’ๆฟƒใใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆๆ–นใงๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใชใ„ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€้ซ˜ใ•ใ‚„่€็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใงใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใ‚’ๆฑ‚ใ‚ใชใใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

On top of that, I was still a high school student when I succeeded at the 4.5 twist so I didn’t have any muscles yet and had not increased the height of my somersault. Therefore, it wasn’t increasing the height or air time but thinking about how much I could compress the movements into my rotations that allowed me to succeed. Of course, I think you can’t succeed if you don’t get sufficient height, but I think there’s a way to succeed at “4.5” without having the height and airtime. 

ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใฒใญใ‚Šใ€ใฎไธ–็•Œใจใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ€ใŒ็น‹ใŒใ‚‹ๅฏ่ƒฝๆ€งใซใคใ„ใฆใŠ่žใใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใš็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏๅๅฏพๅ›žใ‚Šใชใฎใงใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ™ใญใ€‚

I’d like to ask you about whether there’s a possibility the 4.5 twist and the 4A are connected. Firstly, in the case of Hanyu-senshu’s 4A, he’s rotating in the opposite direction so he needs to open his left shoulder, doesnโ€™t he?

ไฝ“ๆ“ใจใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใฏๅ‰ๆใŒ้•ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใใพใงใ‚‚็ด ไบบใฎ็›ฎ็ทšใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ่ฉฑใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€ๅณๆ‰‹ใงๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใงใ™ใ€‚ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใ€่ธใฟๅˆ‡ใ‚‹ใจใใซๅทฆ่‚ฉใฏ้–‹ใ‹ใšใ€ๅ‰ๆ–นใซๆŒฏใ‚ŠไธŠใ’ใŸๅณๆ‰‹ใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆ่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ๅณ่ถณใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚ŠไธŠใ’ใŸ็žฌ้–“ใซใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ‹ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใ‚’ๅณๅดใซไฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ ใจๅณๆ‰‹ใ ใ‘ใงๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใงใ‚‚ใใ“ใงๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€ใใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’็”Ÿใ‚€ใ“ใจใงใ€้€šๅธธไปฅไธŠใฎๅ›ž่ปขๅŠ›ใŒๅพ—ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€‚

The foundations of gymnastics and figure skating are different so this is talk from an amateur’s point of view, but for Hanyu-senshu, my impression is that he opens his left shoulder and leads the rotation with his right arm. For the triple axel, at the moment of takeoff, he doesn’t open his left shoulder and jumps towards his right arm, which he raises forward. The moment he raises his right leg, he keeps the rotational axis around his right side while trying not to open his left shoulder. With this method, he’s only creating the rotation using his right arm. However, if he opens his left shoulder and starts the rotation from there, he might be able to get more rotational power.

โ€•โ€•ๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ๅณๅดใฎๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใซ็งปใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ„ใ‹ใŒใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†๏ผŸ

If you start rotation from the left shoulder, there’s this feeling you won’t be able to shift to the right rotational axis – what do you think about that?ย 

ๅทฆ่‚ฉใฏๆœ€ๅˆใ ใ‘ไฝฟใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใซ้–‹ใ„ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฎๅผทใ•ใ‚’็”Ÿใพใ›ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€่ทณใณใ‚ใŒใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰้–‹ใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ใใ‚ใ‚ใฆ็Ÿญใใชใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ™ใใซๅณ่‚ฉใŒๅทฆ่‚ฉใซ่ฟฝใ„ไป˜ใใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใ‹ใ‚‰ๅณใซ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๅทฆ่‚ฉใงๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใŸใ€ใใ“ใฎๅ›ž่ปข่ปธใซๅณ่‚ฉใŒๅ…ฅใฃใฆ่กŒใใจใ„ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ™ใ€‚

I think it’s fine if you only use the left shoulder at the start. Open it up at the start and create power for the rotation from there, try to shorten the time between takeoff and opening the shoulder and then catch up to your left shoulder with your right shoulder soon after. The method is that youโ€™re not starting by creating an axis with your right side, but instead, you start rotating first with your left shoulder and add in the rotational axis with your right shoulder.

โ€•โ€•ๅผทใ„ๅ›ž่ปขใŒ็”Ÿใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚่ปธใฎไฝœใ‚Šๆ–นใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใญใ€‚

I can picture how you can generate strong rotational strength. It does indeed change the method of how to create the axis.ย 

ๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€ใ€Œ๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใ€ใฎใจใใฏใ€Œ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚Šใซใ„ใใ€ใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆๆ–นใงใฏใชใใ€ใ€ŒใใฎใจใไฝœใฃใŸ่ปธใ‚’ใ€็€ๅœฐใง็›ดใ™ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚็ฉบไธญใซๅ‡บใŸใ‚ใจใฏใ‚‚ใ†่ซฆใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใ€‚็ฉบไธญใงใ€Œ่ปธใŒใ“ใฃใกใซๆ›ฒใŒใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ€ใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅ–ใฃใฆใŠใ‘ใฐใ€็€ๅœฐใฎใจใใซใฉใฎ่„šใ‚’ใฉใฃใกใซๅ‡บใ™ใ‹ๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ€ๅฏพๅฟœใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚็ฉบไธญใง่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็›ดใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ€๏ผ”ๅ›žๅŠใพใ‚ใ‚‹ๅ›ž่ปข้€Ÿๅบฆใ‚’ๆ‹…ไฟใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใŸ

In my case, when doing the “4.5”, my way of thinking was not โ€˜create an axis first’ but rather โ€˜fix the axis I created at the time at the point of landing’. After I’m in the air, Iโ€™ve already let it go. If, while in the air, I got the sense of ‘this is where my axis is’, then I was able to decide how to position my feet when I landed. If I created the axis in the air or tried to fix it, I couldn’t ensure I completed all 4.5 revolutions. 

โ€•โ€•ไฝ“ๆ“ใฏไธก่ถณ็€ๅœฐใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฏ็‰‡่ถณ็€ๆฐทใชใฎใงใ€็€ๆฐทใง็›ดใ™้›ฃใ—ใ•ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚

You land on both feet in gymnastics but because you land on one foot in skating, fixing (the axis) on landing is difficult.ย 

็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏใ€่‚ก้–ข็ฏ€ใฎไฝฟใ„ๆ–นใŒใจใฆใ‚‚ไธŠๆ‰‹ใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ๅนณๆ˜Œไบ”่ผชใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ๏ผ“ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใ‚’ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š้ ญใŒไธ‹ใŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ‚‚็‰‡่ถณใง็€ๆฐทใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใจใฃใ•ใฎๅฏพๅฟœใฏใ€ไป–ใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใซใงใใชใ„ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๅผทใฟใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€Œ็€ๆฐทใ—ใŸ็žฌ้–“ใซใ‚ใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ๅน…ๅบƒใ„้™ใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ€็žฌๆ™‚ใซๅฏพๅฟœใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹่‡ช่บซใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ€่ปธใซใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚‹ๅ‰ฒๅˆใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ›ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ€Œ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ€ใจใฐใ‹ใ‚Šๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใŒ้…ใใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€่ธใฟๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใงๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ•ใพใ–ใพใชๅฝฑ้ŸฟใŒๅ‡บใฆใใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Š่ทณใ‚“ใงใ€ๆ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Šๅ›žใ—ใฆใŠใ„ใฆใ€็€ๆฐทใฎ็žฌ้–“ใฎใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘่ปธใ‚’ๆˆปใ›ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใจ่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚‰ใ€้•ใ†ใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒ่ฆ‹ใคใ‹ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ๅฝผใชใ‚‰ใฐใ€ใใฎๅฏพๅฟœ่ƒฝๅŠ›ใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€‚

In Hanyu-senshu’s case, he’s very good at using his hip joint. In the Free Skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics, in the final 3Lz, he was able to land with one foot when his head was low. Being able to react like that in that instant is something other athletes can’t do and is Hanyu-senshu’s strength. Therefore, if Hanyu-senshu himself can understand this idea that ‘I can respond by landing in this wide variety of ways at the moment of touchdownโ€™, I think he may be able to lighten the degree of focus on the axis. If you think only that you must establish the axis, you may be late to enter the rotation, or you can’t put enough power in the takeoff and there are various kinds of effects from that. If you think about just taking off and rotating as you imagine and then think about how you can recover the axis on landing, you may be able to find a different kind of balance. If itโ€™s Hanyu, he definitely has the ability to respond that way. 

โ€•โ€•็†่ซ–็š„ใซใฏๅฏ่ƒฝใชๆฐ—ใŒใ—ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎใ‚ปใ‚ชใƒชใƒผใจ้•ใ„ใ™ใŽใฆใ€้ฉšใใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใƒ‡ใ‚ขใงใ™ใ€‚

I feel that it’s possible theoretically but it’s so different from the theory for jumping the Axel that it’s a shocking idea.ย 

ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงๅทฆ่‚ฉใ‚’้–‹ใ„ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใจๅŒใ˜ใงใ€ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎใฒใญใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ๅญไพ›ใซๆ•™ใˆใ‚‹ใชใ‚‰ใ€Œ่‚ฉใฏ้–‹ใ‹ใชใ„ใ€ใจๆ•™ใˆใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏไธ€่ˆฌ็š„ใซใ‚„ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏๆ™ฎ้€šใงใฏใชใ„ใ“ใจใ€‚ๆ™ฎ้€šใงใฏใชใ„ๆŠ€่ก“ใ‚’ไฝฟใ‚ใชใ„ใจใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใŠใใ‚‰ใใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ๆ•™็ง‘ๆ›ธ้€šใ‚Šใฎ่ทณใณๆ–นใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏๆ–ฐใŸใชๆ•™็ง‘ๆ›ธใ‚’ๆ›ธใ‹ใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ—ใ€ๆ›ธใ‘ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

In the same way as you’re taught to not open your left shoulder going into the Axel, we’re also taught from childhood in gymnastics too that you should not open your shoulder when you do the twists. [Opening the shoulder] isn’t something you do normally, but what you’re attempting isn’t ordinary. I think if you don’t also do something out of the ordinary with your technique, you probably canโ€™t achieve the 4A. Because there is a textbook way to jump, everyone can do the 3A. But for the 4A, Hanyu-senshu has to write a new textbook. I think he can do it. 

โ€•โ€•ๆ™ฎ้€šใงใฏใชใ„ๆŠ€่ก“ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใชใ‚‰โ€œๆ™ฎ้€šโ€ใฎๆฆ‚ๅฟตใ‚’ใ†ใกใ‚„ใถใ‚‹ๅŠ›ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

A technique that is out of the ordinary. I think Hanyu-senshu has the power to overturn this concept of “the usual”.

ใพใ ่ชฐใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฎใชใ„ๆŠ€ใชใฎใงใ€ใฉใ‚“ใชใ‚„ใ‚Šใ‹ใŸใ‚‚ๆญฃ่งฃใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒขใƒŽใ‚ดใƒˆใฏใ‚‚ใฃใจ็ฐกๅ˜ใชใ“ใจใ€‚ใ™ใงใซ็š†ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆŠ€ใฏใ€ๅฏฉๅˆคใฎๅ…ˆ็”Ÿๆ–นใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใ€Œๅฅฝใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ๅฎŸๆ–ฝใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๆŠ€ใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใŸๆœฌไบบใŒๆญฃ่งฃใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎใ‚„ใฃใŸๅฎŸๆ–ฝใŒใ€๏ผ”ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๆญฃ่งฃใ€ใจใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚่ชฐใ‚‚ๅˆฐ้”ใ—ใŸใ“ใจใฎใชใ„ไธ–็•ŒใธใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใงใ™ใ€‚ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™๏ผ

It’s a skill no one has done before, so any method is the correct answer. Therefore itโ€™s an even more simple principle. For techniques everyone can already do, judges/referees also understand it so, in a sense, they have a โ€˜preferredโ€™ method of execution. But for new skills, the correct way is how the person who completes it does it. Therefore, the way Hanyu-senshu executes it would become the ‘correct’ way to do the 4A. He’s challenging a world no one has reached yet. I will cheer for him!

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals ‘Day After’ Interview โ€“ 20211227

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 27 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2 | Part 3

Translation & Proofreading:ย @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx, @yuzuecoย &ย @tsukihoshi14

Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบ”่ผช3้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ‚’ๆฑบๆ„ใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ„ใคใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: When did you decide you wanted to try aiming for a 3rd consecutive Olympic win?

ใ€€ใ€Œ3้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ‚’ๆฑบๆ„ใ—ใŸใฎใฏใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’้ธ่€ƒๅง”ๅ“กไผšใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ไปฃ่กจใซ้ธใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใงใ€่จ˜่€…ไผš่ฆ‹ใซ่กŒใใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใใฎใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใซ่…•ใ‚’้€šใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€Žใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใชใ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆ—ขใซๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅคฑใ†ใ“ใจใฏ็ขบใ‹ใซๆ€–ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚‹็ขบ็Ž‡ใฎๆ–นใŒ้–“้•ใ„ใชใๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚ˆใ‚Š้ซ˜ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ไปŠใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒฆใƒ‹ใƒ›ใƒผใƒ ใ‚’็€ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใฏๅ‹ใกใซใ„ใใ‚“ใ ใชใ€ๅ‹ใกใซใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆๆ€ใ‚ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Yuzuru: I think I decided that I would aim for a third Olympic win when the team selection ended, after I was selected as a representative [for Team Japan] and I received this jersey*, around when I was about to attend the press conference. When I put my arm through this jersey, it was like โ€œAh, this is the Olympics.โ€ But, since I already have attained two consecutive wins, the thought of losing that is certainly scary. As it is right now, I think the chances of me losing are, without a doubt, higher than they were at Pyeongchang [2018]. But when I put on this uniform, it made me think โ€œIโ€™m going for the win, I have to win.โ€

*T/N: Referring to Team Japan Olympic team jacket

ใ€€ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅคง่ฐท็ฟ”ๅนณใฎๆดป่บใฏใฉใ†่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: Have you been following Shohei Ohtaniโ€™s activities? 

Shohei Ohtani, baseball player; often referred to as Yuzuโ€™s contemporary due to their age (both are born in 1994) and similar athletic excellence

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๅ…จ็››ๆœŸใฃใฆ23ๆญณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€24ๆญณใใ‚‰ใ„ใŒๅ…จ็››ๆœŸใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงๆ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้‡Ž็ƒใจใ‹่ฆ‹ใ‚‹ใจใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจไฝ•ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€30ๆญณไปฃใฎใ€30ไปฃๅ‰ๅŠใฎๆ–นใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่„‚ใŒไน—ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ„ใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†่ฉฑใ‚’่žใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅŒๅนดไปฃใงใ„ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซๅŒๅนดไปฃใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ‚ใ‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆไปŠใพใงๅฒไธŠใ€ไธ€็•ชๅคšๅˆ†ใ„ใ„ๅ‡บๆฅใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใ‚’ไฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸๆ‰‹่ก“ๅพŒใงๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ‰ไบบๆœชๅˆฐใฎใ“ใจใ‚’่‡ชๅˆ†ใงๅˆ‡ใ‚Š้–‹ใ„ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‚ใพใ ่ฆ‹ใฌไธ–็•Œใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ไธ€ไบบใงๆŒ‘ใฟ็ถšใ‘ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: To be honest, itโ€™s kind of thought that in figure skating, a skaterโ€™s prime is around age 23 or 24. But if you look at something like baseball, you may hear that an athlete really gets into their peak around their 30s, early 30s. So I wonder if it is ok to really say we are of the same generation, but, seeing an athlete my age doing all of that, maintaining what is perhaps his best shape ever, and also having to go through difficulties related to surgery, and then breaking new, unprecedented territories [in his sport], that really encouraged me. Challenging the quad Axel is perhaps also still in a world of the unknown to me, but in a sense, [watching Ohtani] really gives me a lot of courage.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่‡ชๅˆ†ใงๆใ„ใฆใ„ใŸ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠๆˆๅŠŸใธใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใ‚ธใƒฅใƒผใƒซใฏ

Q: What is your envisioned schedule to succeed at the 4A? 

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๅนณๆ˜ŒใฎๅพŒใ€ๆฌกใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใง้™ใ‚Šใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใตใตใตใตใฃใ€‚ใใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใฏ่‡ชไฟกใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใใ‚“ใชใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซ่‡ช่ฆšใฏใ—ใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ้›†ไธญใงใใชใ„ๆ™‚ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใŒๅธธใซใคใใพใจใ†ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ‚„ใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขไปฅ้™ๅ›žใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆ็—›ๆ„Ÿใ—ใŸใ€ใ“ใฎ4ๅนด้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ไปŠใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠๅ›žใ—ใซใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ปธใŒๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใ‚‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ“ใ“ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฎ่ฉฑใชใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: To be honest, after Pyeongchang [Olympics], I thought Iโ€™d be able to land it in the following season. Hahaha. Thatโ€™s how much confidence I had in my Axel jumps, and also the lack of awareness I had about how truly difficult the quad Axel is. However, ultimately, various things happened, like injuries and whatnot, so there were times I couldnโ€™t really focus on the quad Axel. The more I tried to focus on the quad Axel, the more injuries would follow. And the more I focused on it, the more keenly Iโ€™ve realized how hard it is to rotate more than a quad. I think thatโ€™s what these four years have taught me. In fact, I’m going for a quad and half turn now, but it’s only recently that I’ve been able to get my axis [right] like this, so it’s been really tough.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏไธ€ๆ—ฅไฝ•ๆœฌใพใงใจๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: How many quad Axels do you allow yourself to do per day?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚๏ฝžใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใชๆœฌๆ•ฐใงๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎใจใใฎไฝ“่ชฟๆฌก็ฌฌใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใฏใ€ใพใ‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ„ใ„ใžใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸ้ขใงใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏไปŠๆ—ฅใฏไฝ•ๆœฌใซใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ‚‚ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใงๅŒใ˜ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’ไฝ•ใ‹ใคใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅพŒใซไฝ•ๅ›žๆŒŸใ‚“ใงใ„ใ“ใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏ่€ƒใˆใฆใพใ™ใญใ€

Y: Ah, well, itโ€™s not like I decide on a specific number to do. However, it depends on my physical condition at that time, so of course, there are some days that I decide itโ€™s ok to not do any quad Axels. Still, [on those days] Iโ€™d think about how I should practice the triple Axel for the sake of the quad Axel. Then Iโ€™d think about how many triple Axels I should jump that day, or if thereโ€™s something that can give me the same feeling with a quad jump, even if itโ€™s not the quad Axel, then Iโ€™d think about how many quad jumps I should put in after the triple Axel.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒๆ€ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใฎๅŠ›ใฏ
Q: What do you think about the power of words?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใšใฃใจใ“ใ“ใพใง็ซถๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใใฆใ€ๆœ‰่จ€ๅฎŸ่กŒใŒ็ตถๅฏพใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่จ€่‘‰ใŒ้Ž–ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ—ใƒฌใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฃใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใฏใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซใใ‚Œใ‚’้”ๆˆใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆใšใฃใจๆ€ใ„็ถšใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚่ซฆใ‚ใชใ„ใงใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใŸใกใฎใŠใ‹ใ’ใชใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Uhm, Iโ€™ve been competing for a long time until now, and Iโ€™ve always wanted to accomplish what I say. Therefore, in a sense, I use my words as chains and pressure. Because of them, I always think that I definitely want to accomplish [what I said]. I think itโ€™s probably thanks to such words that I can accomplish so much without giving up.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่จ€่‘‰ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹้ขใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: Does saying things out loud also give you encouragement?

ใ€€ใ€Œๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใ€ๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใฅใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ๆ•ด็†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ–นใŒ่ฟ‘ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไปŠใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ๅฃฐใซๅ‡บใ™ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๆ•ด็†ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ€ใ„ใ„็ตๆžœใŒๅ‡บใฆใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๅคšใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Y: In my case, rather than giving me encouragement, itโ€™s more accurate to say that it allows me to organize my feelings and the plans I have in mind. Also, things like how I feel when doing the jumps; because I say these things out loud, it often allows me to arrange [my thoughts] and results in good things. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚ธใƒฃใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใ‚’็€ใŸๆ™‚ใซ3้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใธๅˆ‡ใ‚Šๆ›ฟใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Why did you change [your goal] to a three-peat [at the Olympics] after wearing the [Team Japan] jersey?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใพใ‚ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎไผš่ฆ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅ›ฒใฟใงใ‚‚่ฉฑใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใฎใ€ใ€Žqใ€ใใ‚‰ใ„ใพใงใฎใ€ใ€Žqใ€ๅˆคๅฎšใใ‚‰ใ„ใพใงใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใซใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑ่ทณในใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใใ“ใง็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ“ใจใธใฎๆ€–ใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่ทณในใ‚‹ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใธใฎไฝ•ใ‹ใ€่ฃๅˆ‡ใ‚ŠใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ๆžœใŸใ—ใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใชใฎใ‹ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใงใใ‚‹ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใŒใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑๅƒ•ใฏ่ซฆใ‚ใšใซใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ€ใใ‚Œใฏใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใธใฎ่ฃๅˆ‡ใ‚Šใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใˆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซ่กŒใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใงใ‚„ใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€‚ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใพใง่ฆšๆ‚Ÿใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ‚„ใ‚“ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใใฎใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€็™บ่กจไผšใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑๅ‹ใŸใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ๅ ดๆ‰€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚2้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฏ็ตถๅฏพๅคฑใ„ใŸใใชใ„ใ—ใ€ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใพใŸๅผทใๆฑบๆ„ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ€็ตถๅฏพใซๅ‹ใกใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Yesโ€ฆwell, as Iโ€™ve said in yesterdayโ€™s conference – it was an [on-the-spot] interview in a box though – Iโ€™m frustrated. I spoke about it being close to โ€˜qโ€™ or around the point where it could be called โ€˜qโ€™ but I couldnโ€™t jump [a jump that was close to q]. I guess there was the fear of somehow letting it end there. I also felt like Iโ€™m somehow betraying those who said that I could jump it. I donโ€™t know if they were saying that I must be the one to do it but since there are people who are saying that I can do it, I feel like Iโ€™d be betraying them somehow if I gave up and didnโ€™t try it. So in coming to the Japanese National Championships, I feel that I must not give up on it here, I suppose. I feel that I must commit to trying it until the Beijing Olympics. The other thing is that the Olympics are not a place where you try things out, it is after all a place where you must win. To me, that is. I also achieved two consecutive victories so I absolutely do not want to let that go. Precisely because of that, I’ve realized that I absolutely want to win, with renewed determination.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠใฎใพใพใงใฏๅ‹ใฆใชใ„ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใŸใ‚‰ๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: You said that you canโ€™t win as you are now, so how will you be able to win?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๅ˜็ด”ใซใ‚ใ‚Œใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠGOEใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใงใคใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆง‹ๆˆใซใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ใจใ‹ใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆง‹ๆˆใฏ็พๅฎŸ็š„ใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸใ€ใ“ใฃใ‹ใ‚‰1ใ‚ซๆœˆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ—ใ‹ใชใ„็Šถๆณใฎไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏๅคšๅˆ†ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใใ‚‰ใ„ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ ๅฎŒ็’งใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใฃใŸใใ€‚ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ‚Œไปฅๅค–ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ็‚นๆ•ฐใซใคใชใŒใ‚Šใใ‚‹ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใŸใ ใ€่ฉฐใ‚ใฆ่ฉฐใ‚ใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, to put it simply, I want a competitive layout where Iโ€™ll be able to properly get +GOE on the 4A. Honestly speaking, I think a layout incorporating the 4A and the 4Lz or 4Lo is unrealistic. Furthermore, in the month or so that I have left, I think what I can do is probably just the Axel. I want to properly train on the [quad] Axel. Also, in regards to the Short Program, there are many places that still arenโ€™t perfect. [I want them to be as perfect as] the Salchow was, to the point where I can think โ€˜that was goodโ€™. So apart from [the Salchow] – though I donโ€™t know whether Iโ€™ll be able to earn more points – I want to train nonstop. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ“ใฎ่กฐใˆใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่ฆ‹ใˆใ‚‹

Q: Youโ€™ve spoken about your body deteriorating [with age] but it looks as though itโ€™s getting better and better.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญ24ๆญณใ€5ๆญณใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใจใใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ™ใ”ใๆˆ้•ทใŒๆญขใพใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใจใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใŒ้€šใ›ใชใใชใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ™‚ๆœŸใจ็ตๆง‹ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใŠใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๅƒ•ๅคšๅˆ†ใ€ไปŠใ€ไธ€็•ชใ†ใพใ„ใงใ™ใ€้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅคšๅˆ†ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐๆ–นๆณ•ใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใง็ขบ็ซ‹ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใซใจใฃใฆใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใŒใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒ็ขบ็ซ‹ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅฎŸ่กŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงใใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Um, well, yes, when I was about 24-25 years old, there was a period where I really felt like my growth had stopped, indeed, where I felt like I had lost the ability to complete a Free Skate. But as I said, Iโ€™m probably at my best now. Without doubt. Itโ€™s likely because I was able to establish my own training method. I was able to plan it myself. Being able to establish and implement a figure skating training regime tailored to myself was possibly the most significant thing, I think.ย 

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•2ๅนดๅ‰ใฎGPใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใง็†ๆƒณใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฏ9ๆญณใจ่ฉฑใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†็„ก้‚ชๆฐ—ใช่‡ชไฟกใŒใชใ„ใจ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ็ซ‹ใกๅ‘ใ‹ใˆใชใ„ใฎใ‹

Q: You said at the GPF two years ago that your ideal โ€˜Yuzuru Hanyuโ€™ was when you were nine years old. Is that still the case today? Without that kind of innocent confidence, would you be able to face the quad Axel?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅผทใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎใ‚ขใƒ—ใƒญใƒผใƒใŒๅŠนใใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใงใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎไฝ•ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ‚‚ๅ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใช่‡ชไฟกใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€‚ๅ‹ใคใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ไธ€็•ชๅฟ…่ฆใชใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใช่‡ชไฟกใ‚’ๆŒใฆใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใชใ‚Šใซๅ‡„ใ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚่ชฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใพใ„ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจๅฟ…่ฆใซใชใ‚‹ๅ ดๆ‰€ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไธ€็•ชๅผทใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ไธ€็•ชโ€ฆๅผทใ„ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ„ๆ–นใŒใ•ใฃใใฎ่ฉฑใจใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ”ใฃใกใ‚ƒใซใชใฃใฆใ‚ขใƒฌใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆŠ€่ก“็š„ใซใฏไปŠใŒ้–“้•ใ„ใชใไธ€็•ชๅผทใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็ฒพ็ฅž็š„ใซใฏใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใŒไธ€็•ชๅผทใใฆใ€่ผใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: My strong point at that time was that I could win. So, yes, if you were to ask me if my emotional approach back then would work against the 4A, I’d say not really. The confidence that I had back then, like I could win no matter what, I don’t know how to put itโ€ฆ When it comes to winning, I think [that confidence] is what you need the most. But the reason why I could have such confidence was because I was practicing the best I could back then. I thought I was practicing more than anyone else. I was able to practice while thinking that I was better than anybody. The Olympics is where that kind of thing is even more necessary. So of course, I want to practice hard on everything, including the (quad) Axel. And I think I was the strongest when I was 9. Well, the word “strongest” is a bit mixed up with what I said earlier. I am definitely the strongest now in terms of technical ability. But mentally, I feel that I was the strongest and brightest back then. Therefore, I want to cherish the person I was back then.

ใ€€โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใ‚ขใƒ—ใƒญใƒผใƒใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใ†ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏ

Q: What do you mean by saying the approach to the 4A is a little different?

ใ€€ใ€Œ่‡ชไฟกใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใตใตใตใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š็„ก้‚ชๆฐ—ใซใŒใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‰ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎ4ๅนด้–“ใšใฃใจใถใกๅฝ“ใŸใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใฆใใŸใ“ใจใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘็ทปๅฏ†ใซ่จˆ็ฎ—ใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘็ทปๅฏ†ใซๆˆฆ็•ฅใ‚’็ซ‹ใฆใฆ่จˆ็ฎ—ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ใใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ๆˆๅŠŸใ‚’ใคใ‹ใฟๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใŒๅคงไบ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใฎ็‚นใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ไปŠใฎๆ–นใŒ้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ†ใพใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Y: Itโ€™s not a jump that you can do based on mere confidence. Hehehe. The fact itโ€™s not a jump that you can just naively and recklessly force yourself into jumping is something that Iโ€™ve come to believe after these four years of throwing myself at it. Therefore, the ability to strategize and calculate the finest of details is important to succeed at the 4A. In regards to that, my present self is better without doubt [than before/his approach when he was 9yrs old].

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ˜จๅนดใฏไฝ“้‡ใ‚’ๅข—ใ‚„ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๅนดใฏๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ไฝ“ใฎใ‚ขใƒ—ใƒญใƒผใƒใฏ

Q: Last year, you were gaining weight [on purpose]. Have you slimmed down this year? Whatโ€™s your approach to your physical condition?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ€ๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ™ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅข—ใ‚„ใ™ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใ‚‚ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ไธญ้€”ๅŠ็ซฏใชใจใ“ใ‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆธ›ใ‚‰ใ›ใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๅ…ฅใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ปฝใใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅŽปๅนดใฎไฝ“้‡ใ‹ใ‚‰ๆฏ”ในใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ2ใ‚ญใƒญใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ€2ใ‚ญใƒญใพใงใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€‚1ใ‚ญใƒญใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๆธ›ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจๅ›ฝๅˆฅใจๆฏ”ในใฆ3ใ‚ญใƒญไปฅไธŠๆธ›ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใฉใฃใกใŒใ„ใ„ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใฉใ‚ŒใŒๆญฃ่งฃใ‹ใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

No, I didnโ€™t intend to slim down but I also didnโ€™t plan to put on weight. You could say Iโ€™m kind of in the middle of it. Um, to be honest, I wanted to be a little slimmer going into the Japanese Nationals. Like maybe it would be good to be a little lighter. However, if I compare it to last yearโ€™s weight, yes, if we talk about [the time of] Japanese Nationals, itโ€™s about 2kg. Ah, maybe not 2kg, maybe 1kg lighter. Iโ€™m about 3kg lighter than I was at the World Championships [2021] and World Team Trophy. Iโ€™m not sure which one is better. Itโ€™s just that I havenโ€™t figured out which is best. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้•ทใ‚‰ใไป™ๅฐใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใฆใใŸใ€‚ๆ•…้ƒทใง้Žใ”ใ—ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ€‚ใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใฎใจใใฏไฝ•ใŒๅฟƒใฎๆ”ฏใˆใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: You have been training in Sendai for a long time now. How do you feel about spending time in your hometown? What gave you emotional support when you were injured? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠไปŠใ€ๅŸผ็Ž‰ใซใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใง้ ๅพใซ่กŒใใ“ใจใฏๅคšใ€…ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑไป™ๅฐใฎ็”บไธฆใฟใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใซๅธธใซๆฎ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็”บไธฆใฟใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“้ƒฝๅธ‚้–‹็™บใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใใ“ใซๆ‡ใ‹ใ—ใ•ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠๅฟƒใŒใƒ›ใƒƒใจใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใๆธฉใ‹ใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใซใชใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใฃใจใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใฎๆ™‚ๆœŸใจใ‹ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไบบ็”Ÿใฎไธญใซใฏใ€ๅคงๅŠใŒใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใง่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใ ใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ๅคงๅŠใŒใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใชใใชใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใชใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใใ†ใ„ใ†่‹ฆใ—ใฟใŒใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไปŠ็”Ÿใใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงใ—ใ‚ƒในใฃใฆใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎๅ‰ใงๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใฃใ‹ใฎ่ชฐใ‹ใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅ–ใฃใฆไธ‹ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็žฌ้–“ใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็ด ๆ•ตใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใฎใ“ใจใฎๅนธใ›ใ‚’ๅธธใซๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€ไปŠใ€

Y: Well, Iโ€™ve been in Saitama and I have also gone to many places for competitions, but in the end, Sendaiโ€™s landscape is the one that remains in my heart. Of course, there are things like urban development and places that are changing quickly, but even if the only thing there is nostalgia, you could say it makes me feel relieved. Iโ€™ve gotten used to a really warm feeling. Um. Well, of course there were tough periods when I was injured and a large part of my life has consisted of things like hurting due to injuries, not having a rink and being unable to train. Iโ€™ve truly been through that kind of pain multiple times. Butโ€ฆhm. Somehow, to live this way now, to talk in front of everyone, to perform for someone somewhere to watch and feel some sort of emotions from it, I think those moments are truly wonderful. Right now, Iโ€™d like to always feel the happiness that stems from those things. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใ‚‚ไป™ๅฐใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: Do you plan to continue training in Sendai after this?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ไป™ๅฐใง้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใถใ‚“๏ผŸ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€

Yes, I will work hard in Sendai. Maybe. Maybe? (laughs)

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ–ๆใŒ็ต‚ไบ†

(End of the interview)

ใ€€ใ€Œใ™ใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใ€

Thank you very much. I ask for your support again, everyone!

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Post-FS Interview โ€“ 20211226

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 26 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

Translation & Proofreading:ย @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx, @yuzueco &ย @tsukihoshi14

Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: Please reflect on your free program.

ใ€€ใ€Œ็–ฒใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใŸใ 4A่พผใฟใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€้€šใ™็ทด็ฟ’ใ€ใพใ‚ๅฎŒๅ…จใช้€šใ—ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆ˜จๅนดๅŒๆง˜ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใพใงใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏ6ๅ‰ฒ็จ‹ๅบฆใ€60๏ผ…ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใง้”ๆˆๅบฆใง็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใงใใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใฏใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฐ่ฑกใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใจใฏๆฏ”ในใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใฎๆถˆ่€—ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru: I was tired. Um, with the 4A included, my run-through, well, even though it wasnโ€™t a complete run-through, I was able to practice to the same extent as last year, I think personally Iโ€™ve completed about 60% of the training, so I feel like it wasnโ€™t up to par. But as expected, [the 4A] puts a burden on the body to the point where you canโ€™t really compare it to the 4Lo. 

โ€•โ€•ๅˆใ‚ใฆ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใŸ

Q: You challenged the 4A for the first time

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ไปŠๆ—ฅใฎๆœใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€ๅ›žใ›ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆœŸๅพ…ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงไบ‹ใชใฎใงใ€‚ๆœฌ็•ชใซๅ›žใ—ใใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใซใ‚‚่ทณในใชใ•ใ™ใŽใฆใ€‚่‹ฅๅนฒใ€ๅคฑๆœ›ใ—ใฆใฆใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใ„ใใพใงใซใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ฒพ็ฅžใŒใ‚ฐใ‚ธใƒฃใ‚ฐใ‚ธใƒฃใซใชใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ€ใพใ ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใใ‚Œใฆใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๆœฌ็•ชใงไฝฟ็”จใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ใ€ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ•ใ›ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, in the morning practice, I wasnโ€™t really expecting that I could rotate it. In any case, the actual competition was most important. I practised with the intent to rotate it properly there. However, I was really unable to jump it, so I was somewhat despairing. Um, up until the actual competition, I was really frazzled. Well, with all those things in mind, I felt once again that itโ€™s really difficult to be trying a jump in competition that I hadnโ€™t landed decisively yet.  

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅ›žใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๅ‡บๆฅใฏ

Q: How good was the quad Axel this time?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅˆๆ—ฅใฎใ‚ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ๅˆๆ—ฅใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใ€Žใ‚ใ€็พฝ็”Ÿใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซไธŠๆ‰‹ใซใชใฃใŸใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚“ใ€ใฃใฆๆ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใŒใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใพใ ใ€ใ“ใ“2้€ฑ้–“ใใ‚‰ใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใใ‚Œใพใงใฏใšใฃใจใ€ใถใฃ้ฃ›ใฐใ—ใฆ่ทณใ‚“ใงใฆใ€่ปธใŒใคใใ‚Œใชใใฆใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ถณใ‚Šใชใใฆใ€‚ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚ไฝ•ๅ›žใ‚‚ไฝ“ใ‚’ๆ‰“ใกใคใ‘ใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซๆญปใซใซใ„ใใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใšใฃใƒผใจใ—ใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใชใ‚Šๅง‹ใ‚ใฆใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒๆฏŽๆ—ฅใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎไธญใงใ€Žใ“ใ‚Œใฏ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆญฃ็›ด็ตๆง‹ใพใ ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใ‚ใใ“ใพใงใงใ‚‚ใ€‚่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ€ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใชใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใงใ€ใใฎ่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚Šใใ‚Œใ‚‹่‡ชไฟกใŒใงใใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใใฎ100๏ผ…ใงๅ›žใ—ใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใƒ€ใƒกใชใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎไธญใงใ‚ใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ ไปŠใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€ๅฆฅๅ”ใงใใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใซใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆ‚”ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€

Y: Well, I think I did what I could. On the first day, when everyone saw that Axel, they were probably thinking โ€˜Ah, Hanyuโ€™s Axel has really improvedโ€™. Actually, it was only able to improve to that extent in the last two weeks. Until that point, I was just constantly throwing myself into it, couldnโ€™t create my axis and the rotations were also getting more and more insufficient. I was slamming my body against the ice over and over again, and doing jumps that seemed like they were going to kill me. Somehow, the jump eventually came to take shape. But itโ€™s not something I can do every day. Therefore, while I think everyone might be feeling something like โ€˜oh, heโ€™s almost landing it, isnโ€™t he?โ€™, the truth is that thereโ€™s still a lot to do, even to get there. How tough it is to create the axis, to have the confidence to create the proper axis, then you know itโ€™s impossible unless you rotate the thing 100%. Well, if I were to be able to do that in competition, right now, I think there are places I can compromise on [for those considerations]. Even though Iโ€™m frustrated/kuyashii about it. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบ”่ผชใงใ‚‚ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใฏ็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: Will you continue to work on it for the Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ†ใจใ€NHKๆฏๅ‰ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจๆ‚ชใ„ๅ‡บๆฅใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจ็ซ‹ใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใฎใŒNHKๅ‰ใงใ€‚ใงใ€็ซ‹ใฆใŸใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆฌกใฎๆฌกใฎๆ—ฅใ‚ใŸใ‚ŠใซๆปๆŒซใ—ใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ๆปๆŒซใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ‚นใƒˆใƒฌใ‚นใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆบœใพใฃใฆใ€้ฃŸ้“็‚Žใซใชใฃใฆ็†ฑใŒๅ‡บใฆใฟใŸใ„ใชใฎใŒใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚1ใ‚ซๆœˆๅ…จ็„ถใ€ไฝ•ใ‚‚ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใฎๆ™‚็‚นใงใ€่พžใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใŠใ†ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ—ใ€‚ๅฝขใซใชใฃใŸใ—ใ€‚ใ“ใ‘ใชใใชใฃใŸใ—ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๆฅใ‚‹ใพใงใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ‚NHKๆฏใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใง่‰ฏใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใง่พžใ‚ใฆใ‚‚่‰ฏใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€

Y: To tell you the truth, the output was worse before the NHK Trophy, but I was finally able to land the jump without falling before the NHK Trophy. And then, just as I thought โ€˜oh, I can stand on itโ€™, I sprained my ankle the next day. With the sprain, various kinds of stress piled up and then I developed esophagitis, a fever and various other things. I was truly unable to do anything at all for a whole month. During that time, I thought maybe I should give up. Iโ€™d gotten this far. It had taken form. I wasnโ€™t falling on it anymore. Therefore, even before arriving at these Japanese Nationals, although [the jump] got better than [before] the NHK Trophy,โ€ฆ how to best put it. Honestly, I thought this should probably be okay, that maybe it would be okay even if I gave up at this point. 

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ใ™ใ”ใใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใซใ€Ž็พฝ็”Ÿใ•ใ‚“ใซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใจใ‹ใ€Ž็พฝ็”Ÿใชใ‚‰ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ™ใ”ใ้™็•Œใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใงใ„ใ„ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ™ใ”ใ„ๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใงๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใง่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ ใ‘ใ€ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใŸใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ€Ž้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ€ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใซ่ฟทๆƒ‘ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ ใ‘้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

Y: Um, I was really happy to receive so many comments from everyone like โ€˜this is something only Hanyu can doโ€™ and โ€˜if itโ€™s Hanyu, he can do itโ€™, but I really felt inside that I was at my limit. So I was feeling like well, this is fine as it is. I worried and agonised about it a lot. Thereโ€™s a part of me that says โ€œJust a little moreโ€ฆ since Iโ€™ve come this far, I do want to land it!โ€™. So, well, I may cause a great deal of worry or bother for everyone, but I will push myself just a little bit more.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

โ€•โ€•2้€ฑ้–“ๅ‰ใพใงใถใฃ้ฃ›ใฐใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใ‚‹ใฎใซใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: You were throwing yourself at the jump until about 2 weeks ago, did getting to this point serve as a catalyst in any way?

ใ€€ใ€Œ็ทด็ฟ’ๆ–นๆณ•ใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใค็ขบ็ซ‹ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใงใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใฏใ“ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ในใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ‹ใ€ใ“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใฏใ“ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ™ในใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใงใใฆใใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใจใ€ใใฎๅญใŸใกใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅฎŸใซใชใฃใฆใใŸใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใฑใฃใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใใ‚ŒใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š3AใจใฏใพใฃใŸใ้•ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจ็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Iโ€™ve been establishing a training method little by little. I was able to do various things, for example: realizing I need to train a certain way for this particular purpose, and another way for a different purpose. I feel like finally, these little ones* are solidifying little by little. After all, even if you understand something, itโ€™s not something you can do immediately, just like that. As I thought, itโ€™s completely different from the 3A. I think I have to keep gathering more and more information, even from here on out. 

*T/N: Affectionate way he refers to his jumps as his โ€œchildrenโ€ or โ€œlittle onesโ€ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่พžใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใŠใ†ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆˆปใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใฏ

Q: What was the thing that made you return from thoughts of quitting? 

ใ€€ใ€Œ้•ทใใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅคงไธˆๅคซใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸ็Ÿญใ‚ใซ๏ผŸใพใ‚ๆญฃ็›ดใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚็ตๆง‹็„ฆใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆ—ฉใ่ทณใฐใชใ„ใจไฝ“ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“่กฐใˆใฆใ„ใใฎใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่จญๅฎšใ—ใŸๆœŸ้™ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๆ˜Žใ‚‰ใ‹ใซ้…ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใงใ“ใ‚“ใชใซ่ทณในใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†่‹ฆใ—ใ•ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฎ่‹ฆใ—ใ•ใจใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใซใงใใชใ„ใฎใซใ€ใ‚„ใ‚‹ๅฟ…่ฆใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹่ซฆใ‚ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใจใ‹ใ€ใ ใ„ใถๅ‡บใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๆฅใ‚‹ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงๆœฌๆฐ—ใง็ท ใ‚ใฆใ€ใ€Žqใ€ๅˆคๅฎšใ•ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ€4็™บใใ‚‰ใ„ใ“ใ‘ใฆใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎๆ™‚ใซใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใŸ็ตๆžœใ€ใ“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใฏ่พžใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใชใ€‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใŸใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใ‚“ใชใฎๅคขใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒๅƒ•ใซๆ‡ธใ‘ใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅคขใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ€ใ‹ใชใˆใฆใ‚ใ’ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: This will be a long answer, is that okay? Shall I shorten it? Well, to be honest, I am indeed a little frantic. I know thereโ€™s the fact that if I donโ€™t jump it soon, my body is going to decline gradually. But thereโ€™s no doubt Iโ€™m behind the time limit that I set for myself, so thereโ€™s also the pain of wondering why Iโ€™m this far from jumping it. And along with that kind of pain is the question of โ€˜well, if Iโ€™ve done this much and still canโ€™t do it, is there the need to do it?โ€™, that kind of thing. There were definitely things that tempted me to give up. But ultimately, on the last day of training before coming to the Japanese Nationals, I jumped and fell on about 4 attempts that would be judged as โ€˜qโ€™. At the time, after giving much consideration, I realized that I didnโ€™t want to give up on it at Nationals. Since Iโ€™ve come this far, since itโ€™s everyoneโ€™s dream, the dream that everyone is betting on me for, I thought I want to fulfil it for everyone โ€” well of course for myself, but also for everyone.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆญปใซใซใ„ใใ‚ˆใ†ใช็ทด็ฟ’ใจใฏใ€ไปŠใฏใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๆœฌๆ•ฐใ‚’่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: When you speak of practice that feels like itโ€™s going to kill you, how many jumps do you think youโ€™ve attempted now? 

ใ€€ใ€Œใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใง่€ƒใˆใŸใ“ใจใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€1ๆ—ฅใซไปŠใ€ๆœฌๆ•ฐๅˆถ้™ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซใƒˆใƒฉใ‚คใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๆœฌๆ•ฐๅˆถ้™ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ่กŒใ็€ใใŸใ‚ใฎใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ฐใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€ใพใ‚ไปŠๅ›žๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใงไฝ•ๅบฆใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰ใ€ไฝ•ๅๆœฌใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€็ฒพ็ฅž็š„ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒๅผทใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่ชฐใ‚‚่ทณใ‚“ใ ใ“ใจใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€่ชฐใ‚‚ใงใใ‚‹ๆฐ—ใŒใ—ใชใ„ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใพใงใฎ้Ž็จ‹ใฃใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰ๆš—้—‡ใ‚’ๆญฉใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๆฏŽๅ›žใ€้ ญๆ‰“ใฃใฆใ€่„ณใ—ใ‚“ใจใ†ใงๅ€’ใ‚Œใฆๆญปใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ†ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€‚๏ผˆๅ–ๆใฎ้ †็•ชใ‚’ๅพ…ใฃใฆใ„ใŸๅฎ‡้‡Žใซ๏ผ‰ๆ˜Œ็ฃจใ€ใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใญใ€

Y: I wonder how many. I havenโ€™t thought about it myself. But I do currently limit my attempts per day. However, even though I limit the number of times I try the 4A, I jump the triple Axel and single Axel as practice for the quad Axelโ€ฆwell, I jumped them many times in the public practice this time. Iโ€™ve done those kinds of practices single-mindedly dozens of times. And thenโ€ฆ the mental aspect plays a huge part in this but no one has jumped this jump before, and you could also say it feels like no one is even capable of doing it. So in order to find the process to be able to accomplish it, it truly is like youโ€™re walking intently alone in the dark. Therefore, each time, Iโ€™m practicing [so intensely] while thinking I might hit my head, fall over, and die from a concussion or something*, yes.

[To Shoma Uno who was waiting for his turn to be interviewed]  โ€”  Shoma, sorry!

*T/N: Our interpretation is that this is Yuzu expanding on his answer in Part 1 where he was talking about the toll it took on him to be falling on the jump over and over again; itโ€™s his way of describing the difficulty of training the 4A and a fear he had, rather than a real incident.

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