[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Prologue Hachinohe Day 3 – 20221205

Photo by Yutaka Nagakubo

All articles originally published 4 November 2022

Part 1 | Part 2

Note that the order of Q2 and Q3 in Part 2 have been shuffled around so as to be easier to screenshot.

Translation & Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14, AFT

Part 1: Prologue’s Last Day: “I’m very blessed as a skater”

ïŒˆăƒ†ăƒŹăƒ“ă‚«ăƒĄăƒ©ăźæș–ć‚™äž­ïŒ‰ă€Œç–Čă‚ŒăŠæ­»ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒă„ăă†ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă€‚ä»Šæ—„6æ™‚è”·ăăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€

(while the camera is being set up) I’m so tired I could die, honestly. I woke up at 6am today (laughs) 

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ă€€ă€Œăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠăźæœ€ćˆăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăšă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ăšă«ă‹ăăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠç‰čに䞀ç•Șæ°—ă‚’ă€ă‘ăȘいべいけăȘă„ă“ăšăŻă‚±ă‚Źă‚’ă™ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€‚äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ć€§ăăȘケわăȘăă€æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠćźŒè”°ă—ăă‚ŒăŸă“ăšăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ć€§ăăȘç”Œéš“ă«ăȘったかăȘăšæ€ă†ăźăšă€‚ă‚ăšă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠäœ“èȘżă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ćŽ©ă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€éŽćșŠăźç·ŠćŒ”ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚·ăƒŁăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šć€šăăźă‚čタッフぼæ–čă«æ”ŻăˆăŠă„ăŸă ăăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠæŽ»ć‹•ă—ăŠă„ăă‚“ă ăȘずæ”čă‚ăŠćźŸæ„Ÿă—ăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸăŸă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚čăƒăƒłă‚”ăƒŒăźæ–č々も搫めおäșŒäșșäž‰è„šă§è‡Ș戆ぼ抛だけじゃăȘăé Œă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ă“ă†ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: We saw your tears after finishing “Prologue”.

Y: Anyhow, it was partly because it was my first ice show as a pro (skater). Um, I think that as a pro, I especially have to be most careful about not getting injured. Therefore, more than anything, it’s truly been a significant experience to have been able to finish this until the end without any big injuries. Also, there was of course a gradual decline in my physical conditions like this and many (other) things such as tremendous anxiety, pressure, etc. Even so, while receiving a lot of support from the many staff, I’ve once again realized that I can probably work as a pro (skater) going forward like this. So again, I’ll do my best going forward as a pro, not just with my own strength but while relying on and cooperating with (many parties) including my sponsors.

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šæ—„ă‚‚æș€ć“Ąă§ă€ăăźć…‰æ™Żă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă©ă‚“ăȘæ„Ÿæƒ…ă ăŁăŸă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€Œæ­Łç›Žă€äŸ‹ăˆă°2021ćčŽăźć…šæ—„æœŹéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ă‚‚æ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă ă‘ăźæ­“ćŁ°ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ć€šăăźèŠ–ç·šă‚’æ”ŽăłăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŁăŠă€ă‚ăšă©ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ­Łç›Žæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚ăźé ƒăŻæ»‘ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ćźŸéš›ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠä»Šăƒ—ăƒ­ă«ăȘăŁăŠă€ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ć€šăăźæ–čă€…ă«èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ăă€ăŸăŸèŠ–ç·šăŒć±Šă‹ăȘă„ć Žæ‰€ă§ă‚‚ăƒ©ă‚€ăƒ–ăƒ“ăƒ„ăƒŒă‚€ăƒłă‚°ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăƒ†ăƒŹăƒ“ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸăšă“ă‚ă§ă‚‚ăŸăă•ă‚“ăźæ–čă€…ă«èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒă‚żăƒŒć†„ćˆ©ă«ć°œăă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŠè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ăˆă‚‹çžŹé–“ăŒăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă€äœ•ăŠèš€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ăŒă‚‚ă—ćż…èŠăšă—ăŠăă‚Œă‚‹ăȘă‚‰ă€ćż…èŠăšă•ă‚ŒăŸă‚ˆă†ăȘă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ćžžă«ć…šćŠ›ă‚’ć°œăă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸćżƒăŒćˆ„ă«é›ąă‚ŒăŸăšă—ăŠă‚‚ă€ă”ăšç›źă«ć…„ăŁăŸăšăă«ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăźă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŁăŠè‰Żă„ăȘっお、ほんたづょっず1ç§’ă§ă‚‚ă„ă„ă‚“ă§ă€‚æ€ăŁăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠç¶šă‘ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: You also had a full house today, how did you feel upon seeing that?

Y: To be honest, I had thought about this, for example at Japanese Nationals 2021. Back then I skated while seriously thinking how many chances I would have afterwards to skate while being showered with so many cheers and so many people watching me. But in reality, to have so many people watching me even after I turned pro like this, and so many people watching even where my line of sight can’t reach, for example, people watching via the live viewing or TV. How should I say? Skating
I’m very honored and blessed as a skater. There were many moments where I could say that I’m truly glad I’ve pursued skating. From now on as well, uhm how should I put it? If everyone ever needs it, I would like to do my very best to deliver the skating that is needed. Or if your heart changes, I will continue doing my best going forward to put out performances that you can think “Yuzuru Hanyu’s skating is good after all” even if for just a second when you happen to see (my skating). 

ă€€â€•â€•ăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ăŒç”‚ă‚ă‚Šă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰æœŹç·šăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€2æœˆă«ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăŒă‚ă‚‹ă€‚

 「戝めどă‚čă‚±ăƒŒă‚żăƒŒăšă—ăŠæ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă§ăźć…ŹæŒ”ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă§ă€æ­Łç›Žă€ć‡„ă„ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă“ă“ăŸă§æ„ă‚‹ă«ćœ“ăŸăŁăŠă€ăŸăšăŸăă•ă‚“ăźă‚čタッフぼæ–čă€…ăŒæ§‹æˆă‚’ç·ŽăŁăŠă€‚ăŸăŸè‡Ș戆でもいろんăȘæ§‹æˆă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă€‚ăă—ăŠăăźäž­ă«ç‰©èȘžă‚’぀けお、è‡Șćˆ†ă§æ›žă„ăŠă€ăƒŠăƒŹăƒŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłă‚’ă€ă‘ăŠă€ăżăŸă„ăȘäœœæ„­ă‚’ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăă€ă‚‚ă‚ŠăȘă‚“ă§ă€‚ă‚ăźă€æ™źé€šăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăšăŻăŸăŸé•ăŁăŠç‰©èȘžăŒäž»äœ“ăšă—ăŠă‚ăŁăŠă€ăăźäž­ă«ćƒ•ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŸăĄăŒă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ„ć‘łă‚’æŒăŁăŠăă“ă«ć­˜ćœšă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ç””æœŹăźă‚ˆă†ăȘ、うん。物èȘžă‚’é‘‘èłžă—ă«æ„どいるようăȘ、そんăȘæ„ŸèŠšă§èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă«ăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ăœăČæœŸćŸ…ă—ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚Œă°ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: You said that Prologue is finished and the Main Story would continue, and now you are going to give another ice show in February.

Y: To be honest, I’m very nervous about doing the first performance at Tokyo Dome as a skater. As to come this far, many staff worked out the composition. I also worked out various layouts. Then I plan to add stories to it, write them by myself, add narrations to them, and many other things to work on. Unlike other ice shows, there would be a main story acting as the backbone, and my programs would be in there with various meanings – something like a picture book. I think it’ll be the kind of skating that you can watch with the feelings that you’re coming to appreciate the story. I definitely hope you’ll look forward to it. 

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šæ—„ăŻă€Œăƒ­ăƒŸă‚ȘïŒ‹ă‚žăƒ„ăƒȘă‚šăƒƒăƒˆă€ă‚ăŸă‚Šă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ăźć‡„ăæ°—ćˆăŒć…„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€‚

ă€€ă€Œć…šéƒšă€æ°—ćˆăŒć…„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă‚ˆïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€

Q: You started to look very fired up today around “Romeo and Juliet”.

Y: I had been fired up throughout the show (laughs).

ă€€â€•â€•ćƒç§‹æ„œă§é–‹æ”Ÿæ„Ÿă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăźă‹ă€‚ 

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă‚‚ă†ă€æœ€ćˆă‹ă‚‰æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ć…šćŠ›ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă‚‚æœ€ćŸŒă ă€ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŒă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ăŸă æœ€ćŸŒă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€äœ™èšˆă€æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§äœ“ćŠ›ă‚’æź‹ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ć…šćŠ›ă‚’æź‹ă—ăă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‹ăȘいべいけăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ăăźăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čăŻćƒ•ă«ă—ă‹ćˆ†ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ć‡„ă„ć€§ć€‰ăȘă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă§ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ć€§ăăȘćŽ©ă‚Œă‚‚ăȘăă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šæ±șă‚ăă‚ŒăŠă€æŒ”æŠ€ă§ăăŸă“ăšăŻă€ă“ă‚ŒăŻç«¶æŠ€çš„ăȘèŠłç‚čかもしれăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—æ±șă‚ăŠć…šéƒšăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čしどやれたぼはè‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠă‚‚è‡Ș俥にăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€è‰Żă„æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ć±Šă‘ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸăšă„ă†é”æˆæ„Ÿă«ă‚‚ăȘăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Q: Did you feel any sense of freedom since it was the last day (of the show)?

Y: Oh well, I was fired up from start to finish. Of course I had a feeling that this was the last day. However, as it actually was the last day, I thought I had to carry on till the end by saving my physical strength and giving my it my all at the same time*. I think I’m the only one who understands that balance. So it was truly a tough show. The fact that I was able to skate without any big mistake, make clean jumps till the end and deliver my performances is, maybe this is from a competitive point of view, but being able to nail the jumps and skating cleanly makes me feel confident, and it gives me a sense of achievement that I was able to give good performances.

*t/n: we think he meant to say æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§äœ“ćŠ›ă‚’æź‹ă—ăȘがら慹抛をć‡șă™ïŒˆă—ćˆ‡ă‚‹ïŒ‰

 ――1æ™‚é–“ćŠă€ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’æŒ”ă˜ăŸæ„ŸèŠšă«ăȘるぼか。

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ćžžă«äŒ‘ă‚€æš‡ă‚‚ăȘăă€ăšăŁăšæ»‘ă‚Šç¶šă‘ăȘきゃいけăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ°—æŒăĄăźæ•Žăˆæ–čă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ć±Šă‘ăŸă„ăƒĄăƒƒă‚»ăƒŒă‚žă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă“ăšăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ăă†ă„ă†ćˆ‡ă‚Šæ›żăˆă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăŻć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Did you feel like you performed the programs for an hour and a half?

Y: That’ll be true (laughs). Without taking a rest, I need to continuously skate throughout the show. Beside that, I think it really was hard to switch between various things since there were a variety of things according to the programs, for example, how to condition my feelings or what kind of message I want to convey. 

 ――「SEIMEIă€ăŻăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čだった。5ć…ŹæŒ”ăƒŸă‚čăȘăă„ă‘ă‚‹ăźăŻă‚ąăƒžăƒăƒ„ă‚ąæ™‚ä»Łă‚ˆă‚ŠæŠ€èĄ“ăŒäžŠăŒăŁăŸăźă‹ă€æœŹç•Ș抛があがったぼか。

ă€€ă€Œă‚ăƒŒă€‚ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€æŻŽæ—„ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă‚„ă‚‹ă‚ˆă‚Šă€ă‚‚ăŁăšć€§ć€‰ăȘæ°—æŒăĄă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŠă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“4ć›žè»ąăźæ•°ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŸă‚‰ă€æ™źé€šăźăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ć…šç„¶ć°‘ăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©â€ŠăĄă‚‡ăŁăšćŸ…ăŁăŠă€é ­ăŒă‚čっおăȘăŁăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸä»ŠïŒˆè‹ŠçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€‚ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźć›žæ•°ăšă‹ă€ăƒ“ăƒŒăƒ«ăƒžăƒłă‚’ćŸ©æŽ»ă•ă›ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ç”æ§‹äœ“ă‚’é…·äœżă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăŻć˜çŽ”ă«äœ“ćŠ›ăŒă€ă„ăŸăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăŻă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă§ă‚‚æ°—ă‚’æŠœă„ăŠă—ăŸăˆă°ă€ă„ăă‚‰ă§ă‚‚ăƒœăƒ­ăƒœăƒ­ă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă†æŒ”ç›źăŸăĄă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšæ°—ă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŸăŸăŸă€ăă—ăŠ1æ™‚é–“ćŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšèš€ă†ăšă€ç·Žçż’ă‹ă‚‰æœŹç•ȘăŸă§ăźé–“ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ăšăŁăšç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŸăŸăŸæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă‚„ă‚Šăă‚ŒăŸçČŸç„žçš„ăȘæˆé•·ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăźă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘいăȘっど、è‡Șćˆ†ă§ăŻè©•äŸĄă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Did you skate “SEIMEI” without any mistakes? You made no mistakes throughout the 5 shows; do you think the reason is that your skills have improved compared to when you were an amateur skater or that you have mastered how to do them when it counts?

Y: Oh well. Honestly, I’m working while feeling that this is harder than skating a free program every day. If you think about the number of quadruple jumps that I do, of course it is much less than ordinary free programs
 Just a moment please, I’ve lost my concentration now (wryly smiling). Well, for example, if I talk about the number of triple Axels or the comeback of my Biellmann (spins), I’m doing them by overusing my body. So in that sense, I think I can simply say that I got more physical strength. However, I might have ruined those programs infinitely if I’d lost focus even a little bit, so I think I can recognize that I might have grown mentally after staying continuously nervous for an hour and a half, or should I say all the time from the practice to the actual performances and carrying on until the very end. 

Part 2

――東äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă‚‚䞀äșșでやり戇るぼか。27æ­łăŻă©ă‚“ăȘ1ćčŽă ăŁăŸă‹ă€‚28æ­łăŻă©ă‚“ăȘ1ćčŽă«ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ă‹ă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ăŸăšæ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă‚‚䞀äșșă§ă‚„ă‚‹ă€ă‚‚ă‚Šă§ă™ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æŒ”ć‡șべかは、もうちょっべ懝った、こういう懝ったもぼではăȘくど、もっべもっべいろんăȘăƒ†ă‚ŻăƒŽăƒ­ă‚žăƒŒă‚’äœżăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă“ăźé–“è‡Șäœ“ă‚‚ăƒ“ăƒ‡ă‚ȘべかではăȘăăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšäœ•ă‹æŒ”ć‡șăšă—ăŠæ„œă—ă‚ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘ、物èȘžă‚’æ„œă—ă‚ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚‚ă€ăŸăŸæ–°ă—ă„æ„ŸèŠšă§æ„œă—ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăšă„ă†ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă€ç‰©èȘžă«ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ä»ŠćŸŒă‚‚ă€ă“ă†ă„ă†ăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ăźă‚ˆă†ăȘćœąăźă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă‚ąă‚€ă‚čă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă«ă‚‚ć‚ćŠ ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăäșˆćźšă§ă™ă—ă€‚äœ•ă ă‚ă€ă“ă†ă„ă†æ—ąć­˜ăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă‹ă‚‰ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé€Č挖したようăȘă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăŸăĄă‚‚ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ăŸă™ăŸă™é€ČćŒ–ă•ă›ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăă‚ŒăšăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ăŸăŸć…šăé•ăŁăŸă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźèŠ‹æ–č、みたいăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă§ăŻă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ă‹ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠăŠă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă€27æ­łăŻăŸă ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăȘă„ăźă§ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚äœ•ăšă‚‚èš€ăˆăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ćƒ•ă«ăšăŁăŠ27æ­łăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ć€§ăăȘçŻ€ç›źă‚’èżŽăˆă‚‹ćčŽă«ăȘă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăˆăƒŒă€27æ­łăźé€”äž­ă§ăƒ—ăƒ­ă«è»ąć‘ă™ă‚‹ăšă„ă†æ±șæ„ă‚’ă—ăŠă€ä»Šă“ă“ă§ăƒ—ăƒ­ćˆăźăƒ„ă‚ąăƒŒă‚’ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăš2ă‚«æ‰€ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ć‡„ăć†…ćźčăźæżƒă„ă‚‚ăźă‚’ćźŒè”°ă—ćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŠă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăƒ—ăƒ­ă«â€Šćƒ•ăźç†æƒłăšă™ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘăƒ—ăƒ­ă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăȘっどきたかăȘăŁăŠă€è¶łă‚’äž€æ­©èžăżć‡șせたかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄă§ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăš27æ­łă‚’ç”‚ăˆă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚28æ­łăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ăƒ—ăƒ­ă ă‘ăźè‡Șćˆ†ă«ăȘă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăăźć€§ăăȘçŻ€ç›źă‚’è¶…ăˆăŸè‡Șćˆ†ăŒăŸăŸă€ă‚ąăƒžăƒăƒ„ă‚ąæ™‚ä»Łăźè‡Șćˆ†ăšă‹ă‚’èŠ‹ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ä»Šăźæ–čăŒă†ăŸă„ăȘăšèƒžă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠèš€ăˆă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“æˆé•·ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻè‡Șćˆ†ăźæŒ”æŠ€ăŒèŠ‹ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŸæ™‚ă«ă‚ąăƒžăƒăƒ„ă‚ąæ™‚ä»ŁăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’æŽąă™ăźă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ä»Šăźè‡Ș戆でă‚čッずćˆșさるようăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ç›źæŒ‡ă—ăŠé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Are you also going to do the show in Tokyo Dome alone? How was your year as a 27-year-old?  What kind of year do you want your 28th to be?

Well, first of all, I am planning to do the Tokyo Dome show by myself as well. About the staging aspects, I want to make it a skating (show) or a story that everybody can enjoy with new sensations by using some more elaborate things – but not like the one this time – with a wider variety of technologies so that you can enjoy as a performance or a story without using videos in between (programs). From now on, I plan to do ice shows like this Prologue and take part in some other ice shows as well. Like this time, I also want to gradually evolve shows to have a bit more progressive style than existing shows, and do them more often. But for the Tokyo Dome show, I want to do a show in a completely different style that would propose a different view of skating.

And about my year as a 27-year-old, I cannot say anything since I’m still 27 now (laugh). So I don’t know how to say, but for me, the year of the age 27 has become a great milestone for me. I decided to turn pro halfway into the age of 27, and now I’ve just completed my first tour as a pro, with only 2 stops but packed with content. So I think I can finish my year as a 27-year-old feeling that I’m becoming a bit like my ideal of a pro (skater), or I’ve made my first step. My 28th year will be the time that I fully spend as a pro, so I want to continue making progress so that when I look back on my amateur days, I can proudly say “I’m better now” after surpassing that huge milestone. Also, I want to continuously aim to deliver performances that people can accept and admit as mine when they want to watch my performances without looking for ones from my amateur days.

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ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€‚ăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ć…ˆă«æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ăźăŠè©±ăŻă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ïŒˆäŒšć Žă‚’ïŒ‰ćźŸéš›ă«ć–ă‚Œă‚‹ć–ă‚ŒăȘă„ăšă„ă†è©±ăŒă‹ăȘり難èˆȘă—ăŠă€‚ç”ć±€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ă©ă†ăȘるか戆からăȘă„çŠ¶æłăźäž­ă§ăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ă‚’ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă‚„ă‚ă†ăšă„ă†è©±ă«ăȘăŁăŠă€çź±ăŒć–ă‚ŒăŠă€ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§ăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ăźæ§‹æˆă‚’ć…ˆă«é€ČめăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ăŸăŸGIFTă‚‚è€ƒăˆăȘがらみたいăȘă“ăšă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă‚æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă‚’éžă‚“ă ç†ç”±ăšă„ă†ăźăŻâ€Šă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚æ­Łç›ŽăȘè©±ă‚’èš€ă†ăšă€æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă§ă‚„らăȘă„ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă„ă†ăŠè©±ă‚’ă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă‹ă‚‰ăšă„ă†ăźăŒäž€ç•Șă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€ćƒ•ăŻăă“ăŸă§ăźćźŸćŠ›ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăȘă„ă—ă€ăă“ăŸă§ă†ăŹăŒă‚ŒăŠăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ăă“ăŸă§è‡Ș信があるわけではăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă ă€æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă§ă‚„らăȘă„ă‹ăšă„ă†ăŠè©±ă‚’ă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ăă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘæ–čăźăŠćŠ›ă‚’ć€Ÿă‚ŠăŸă‚Šă€ăŸăŸè‡Șćˆ†ă§æ§‹æˆă‚’è€ƒăˆăŸă‚Šă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ–čăšæ§‹æˆă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă„ăäž­ă§æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă§ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘいă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŁăŠäœ•ă ă‚ă†ăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è€ƒăˆăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’æ±äșŹăƒ‰ăƒŒăƒ ă§èŠ‹ă›ăŸă„ăȘăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄă§ä»ŠăŻGIFTă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă„ă‚ă„ă‚é€Čă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă€äœ•ă ăŁă‘ă€‚GIFTă«èŸŒă‚ăŸæ€ă„ăŻă€ä»ŠăŸă§ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă‚ąăƒžăƒăƒ„ă‚ąæ™‚ä»Łă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ”Żăˆæ–čă‚’çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šăă†ă„ă†æ–čă€…ăžăźæ©èż”ă—ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいですけど。è‡Șćˆ†ăźç‰©èȘžăŻæœ€ćˆă€æ©èż”ă—ă‹ă‚‰ć§‹ăŸă‚‹ă‹ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠèŽˆă‚Šç‰©ăšă—ăŠăźGIFTăšă„ă†ă‚żă‚€ăƒˆăƒ«ă‚’ă€ă‘ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ç‰©èȘžè‡Șäœ“ăŒçš†ă•ă‚“ăžăźèŽˆă‚Šç‰©ă«ăȘăŁăŠă»ă—ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸăăźç‰©èȘžă«ć«ăŸă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŸăĄăŒă€ăŸăŸçš†ă•ă‚“ăžăźă‚źăƒ•ăƒˆă«ăȘればăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: What is the reason you chose Tokyo Dome, a big venue representing Japan, and when did you start planning for it? What kind of thoughts did you put into the title, GIFT?

Y: The Tokyo Dome project had started before the Prologue project began. However, we had difficulty in securing the venue. So we decided to start doing Prologue for the time being while not knowing how things would turn out at the end. Then we were able to secure the venue. In that way, we were planning Prologue first while also thinking about GIFT. The reason why we chose Tokyo Dome was, well
 honestly speaking, the number one reason would be that I got an offer to do (the show) in Tokyo Dome. Frankly, I don’t believe I’m capable to that extent, and I’m not that boastful, nor do I have so much confidence in myself. However, after being offered to do (the show) in Tokyo Dome and while getting support from various people, planning by myself and with many people, I thought a lot about what would be the figure skating that could only be possible in Tokyo Dome. Now the preparations for GIFT are moving forward with the feeling that I want to show them in Tokyo Dome. And what else? The thoughts that I put into (the title of) GIFT is that, when I recalled my amateur days, I came to think that many people have supported me. So it is not quite like giving back to them, but I thought that my story would start from giving back, and that’s why I named it “GIFT”, as a present. I hope the story itself will become a present to you all, and the programs that I included in that story will become gifts for you as well.

 ――「æ‚Čæ„Žă€ăźæŒ”æŠ€ăźèȘŹæ˜Žă«ă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŸăŒă€ćƒç§‹æ„œă‚’ć…«æˆžă§ă‚„ă‚‹æ„ć‘łăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăŸăŸăŸăŸäŒšć ŽăŒç©șいどいăȘăăŠćƒç§‹æ„œăŒć…«æˆžă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸăšă„ă†ăźăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šè‡Șćˆ†ăšă—ăŠăŻæ±ćŒ—ă§äœ•ăšă‹ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ă§ă€æ±ćŒ—ăźćœ°ă§ă‚„ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ăźă€è‡Ș戆ぼ捊生みたいăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’æă„ăŠă„ă‚‹äž­ă«3・11ăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€‚ăăŁăšă€ă“ăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă‚’èŠ‹ă«ăăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æ–č々た䞭に3・11ăŁăŠă„ă†ć‚·ăŒæź‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚äœ•ă‹è‡Șćˆ†ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’èŠ‹ăŠæ¶ˆćŒ–ă—ăŸă‚Šă€é€†ă«ăă‚Œă‚’æ€ă„ć‡șă—ăŠæ‚Œă‚“ă ă‚Šă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒè‰Żă„ă“ăšăȘぼかæ‚ȘいこべăȘぼかはちょっべ戆からăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚äœ•ă‹ă—ă‚‰ăźæ°—æŒăĄăŒçŻă‚‹ăăŁă‹ă‘ăšă—ăŠăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: As you mentioned in the explanation of the “Etude” performance, why did you hold the final show in Hachinohe?

Y: Actually, there were no other available venues so Hachinohe happened to become the final stop. However, of course I wanted to do my show somehow in Tohoku. Then I thought, if I’d do this here in Tohoku, as there is 3.11 in this show of mine, Prologue, where I’m envisioning half of my life – even though some might still be hurting from the scar of 3.11, I wanted everyone who came to watch the show to digest those feelings, or rather remembering and mourning about them by watching my performance. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing, but  I wanted to deliver performances that spark some kind of emotions, however small.

 ――æšȘæ”œć…ŹæŒ”ă§ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠăźç›źæš™ăŻăŸă ăŸă ăƒ•ăƒŻăƒ•ăƒŻă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€ăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ă‚’é€šă—ăŠăƒ’ăƒłăƒˆăŻèŠ‹ă€ă‹ăŁăŸă‹ă€‚

 「ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă“ăźăŸăŸç¶šă‘ăŠă„ăŁăŠă„ă„ă‚“ă ăȘべいうè‡Ș俥にはăȘă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ă‚’æ§‹æˆă—ăŠă„ă‚‹æź”éšŽă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒă‚żăƒŒăšă—ăŠèĄŁèŁ…ă‚’ć€‰ăˆăȘă„ă§ăšăŁăšæ»‘ă‚Šç¶šă‘ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŒç‰©ç†çš„ă«ă€äœ“ćŠ›çš„ă«äžćŻèƒœă ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻæ—ąă«ćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€‚ăă“ă‚’ă©ă†ă„ă†ă”ă†ă«çš†ă•ă‚“ă«æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ă€‚ă©ă†ă„ă†ă”ă†ă«çš†ă•ă‚“ăŒăă“ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§æ„œă—ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ă€èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŒć‡„ăäžćź‰ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ăȘぼで、è‡Ș戆侀äșșă§ă‚„ă‚‹ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒè‡Șäœ“ăŒă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ć—ă‘ć…„ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ăšă„ă†äžćź‰ăźäž­ă§ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăźă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăŻă‹ăȘă‚Šăƒ•ăƒŻăƒ•ăƒŻă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ă‚’ćźŸéš›ă«ç”‚ăˆăŠăżăŠă€ă“ăźă‚čă‚żă‚€ăƒ«ă§ă‚‚çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ć–œă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè‡Ș俥にもăȘăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸăŸă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ć…ˆè‡Șćˆ†ăźćŠç”Ÿă‚’æă„ăŠă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă‚’ă‚„ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻăă‚“ăȘに頻çčă«ăŻăȘă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸăŸă„ă‚ă„ă‚ăȘă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă€ăŸăŸă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ§‹æƒłă‚’ç·ŽăŁăŠè‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŒçš†ă•ă‚“ă«ć±Šăă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ăŸăŸæ„œă—ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘè‡Șćˆ†ăźç†æƒłăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠăźćœąă‚’ă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă‚’ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ç¶šă‘ăŠă„ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: You said that you were still unsure about your goals as a pro at the Yokohama shows, have you found a hint (about that goal) through Prologue?

Y: It gave me the confidence that it’s okay to continue like this. To be honest, while planning the Prologue this time, as a skater, I already knew the logistics and physical constraints, for example, having to continue skating without changing costumes. I was very worried about how everyone would feel about that, and how to make everyone enjoy and watch until the end even with such (constraints). Therefore, my start as a pro was filled with anxiety about whether people would accept my one-man show, so in that sense, I felt quite hazy. After the Prologue this time came to an end, it gave me some confidence that I can make everyone happy even with this style (of show). I don’t think I will do shows that tell my life story that much in the future, but I’ll do a lot of thinking, planning and I hope to continue doing shows as my ideal version of a pro (skater) so that my programs will reach everyone and be enjoyable for you.

ă€€â€•â€•ć…«æˆžăŻă‚†ă‹ă‚Šăźæ·±ă„ć Žæ‰€ă§ă€ć…«æˆžć…ŹæŒ”ă‚„ć…«æˆžćž‚ă«ç§˜ă‚ăŸæ€ă„ăŻă€‚

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€‚ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ćƒ•ăŒ3æœˆă«èą«çœă‚’ă—ăŠă€ă‚ąă‚€ă‚čăƒȘăƒłă‚Żä»™ć°ăŒäœżăˆăȘくăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸćŸŒă«æ±ç„žć„ˆć·ăźăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§ăŸăšè‡Șćˆ†ăźæ©ćž«ă§ă‚ă‚‹éƒœçŻ‰ć…ˆç”ŸăŁăŠă„ă†æ–čă«ăŠäž–è©±ă«ăȘăŁăŸćŸŒă«ć…«æˆžăźæ–čă§ă‚‚é›»æ°—ăšă‹ăŻäœżăˆăȘă„ă‘ă©æ»‘ăŁăŠă„ă„ă‚ˆăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€äœ•ăšă‹ăă†ă„ă†äž­ă§æ»‘ă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćźŸéš›ă«çŻ€é›»ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă—ăŸă—ă€é›»æ°—ă‚‚ă€ă‘ăȘă„ă§ă€‚æ—„äž­ă ăŁăŸăźă§æ›æ°—ç”šă«ăŸă¶ă‚“ć€©äș•ă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé–‹ă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăăźæ˜Žă‹ă‚Šă ă‘ă§ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă€ăăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€äœ“ćŠ›ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă‚’ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ă‚‚ć…«æˆžă«ăŻăŠäž–è©±ă«ăȘă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăă†ă„ă†ćœ°ă§ă€ăŸăŸă€ăăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă€ă“ăźćœ°ă§ă§ăăŸăźăŻć‡„ăè‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠă‚‚æ„Ÿæ…šæ·±ă„ă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ćźŸéš›ă«éœ‡çœăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ă™ăă«ă€ăăŁăŸăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŸăĄă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚éœ‡çœăšćŒă„ćčŽă«ăȘるぼかăȘă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€æœˆæ—„ăŒă©ă‚Œă ă‘ç”ŒăŁăŸăźă‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăšă€ăŸăŸæ”čめどè‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă«è§Šă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«è§Šă‚ŒăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ă†ă“ăšă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚éœ‡çœă‚’æ€ă„ć‡șă—ăŸă‚Šâ€Šă€‚æ€ă„ć‡șă—ăŠè‹Šă—ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ăăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšç”łă—èšłăȘいăȘăšæ€ă„ă€ă€ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚ŒăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăä»ŠăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăŁăŠăŸăŸæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†æŒ”æŠ€ăŒă§ăăŸă‚‰ăȘæ€ăŁăŠæ»‘ă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Q: Hachinohe is a place that has a deep connection with you. How did you feel about your show at Hachinohe and about Hachinohe City?

Y: Uhm
 When I was met with the disaster in March (2011), after Ice Rink Sendai became unusable, I first came to the Higashi-kanagawa rink and was taken care of by my former coach, Tsuzuki-sensei. Afterwards, I was told that although I couldn’t use electricity, I could skate in Hachinohe, so somehow I skated in such circumstances. As they were in power-saving mode back then, the lights wouldn’t be turned on. Since it was during the day, the ceiling could be opened a bit for ventilation. I created my programs and did my physical training with only that light source. In that sense, I was indebted to Hachinohe. Being able to skate the programs that I created there in this place gave me really strong feelings. As they were programs that I created right after the earthquake disaster, they are probably of the same age as the earthquake. It’s exactly for that reason that I want to recall the memory of the earthquake disaster, however little, by thinking about how many years it’s been since then, feeling these programs myself once again and having everyone experience them. While I do feel sorry for evoking (those memories) and making you suffer, I skated hoping that I’ve been able to deliver performance(s) that would make you also think that it’s because (such events) have happened that we have the present. Thank you very much!

ă€€ă€Œäœ•ă‹ă™ăżăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ćƒ•ăȘă‚“ă‹ăźăŸă‚ă«ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠé›†ăŸăŁăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠé›†ăŸăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚è‰Żă„ăŠćčŽă‚’ïŒïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€

[Final greetings] Thank you very much, for gathering like this for someone like me. Thank you very much. I’ll do my best. I’m really happy to have everyone gathering here like this. I look forward to your continuous support. Thank you very much. Happy holidays! (laughs)

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 4 November 2022

Part 1 | Part 2 

Translation: @tsukihoshi14
Proofreading: @axelsandwich

Part 1

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“Ah, I’m nervous.”

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 「えっべ、7æœˆăźăƒ—ăƒ­è»ąć‘ăźäŒšèŠ‹ă‚’ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă‹ă‚‰ă€äŒšć Žă‚’ć«ă‚ć…šăŠăźäŒç”»ăŒă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă§ă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šæ™‚é–“ăŒăȘい䞭で、性拹たă‚čタッフぼæ–čă€…ă«é ŒăżăȘがら、è‡Șćˆ†ăźèŠæœ›ă«ćżœăˆăŠă„ăŸă ăăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă€ăăŁăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸăšăŻăă‚Œă ă‘ă§æ„ŸèŹăźæ°—æŒăĄă§ă„ăŁă±ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ă“ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ăšă„ă†ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ć§‹ăŸă‚‹ç‰©èȘžă«ć‘ă‘ăŠăźăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒ­ăƒŒă‚°ă§ă‚ă‚Šă€ć‡„ă„æŠœè±Ąçš„ăȘè©±ă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă†ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăŸă›ă‚“ăŒă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăŸăŸæ–°ăŸă«æ±șæ„ă‚’èƒžă«ă—ăŠă€ç›źæš™ă«ć‘ă‹ăŁăŠă€ć€ąă«ć‘ă‹ăŁăŠäž€æ­©ăšă€é€Čんでいくんだべいうこべを、è‡Șćˆ†ăŒç”Œéš“ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăŸăŸă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ćŠ›ă‚’ă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠăăŸäș‹æŸ„ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’ăŸăŸæ”čă‚ăŠçš†ă•ă‚“ăšć…±æœ‰ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰æŹĄăźă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ă«ă€ăȘăŒă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăšă„ă†æ€ă„ă‚’èŸŒă‚ăŠă“ăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă‚’äŒç”»ă€æ§‹æˆă—ăŸă—ăŸă€

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, I’m full of gratitude just for that alone. About this show “Prologue”, to me it is the prologue to the story from here onward. This might get really abstract, but from now on, I’ll hold a new resolution in my heart and take one step at a time towards my goal, my dream: what I’ve experienced, and the strength that I received from everyone. I planned and constructed this show thinking that I’d like to share those things with everyone once again and want to connect them to my next steps.

 ――憒頭ぼ6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ăźæŒ”ć‡șに぀いおは。

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(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 couldn’t help being anxious, wondering how focused I could be doing the 6-minute warmup at a venue that’s not a competition. Actually, I haven’t heard everyone’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.

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Is “A Fleeting Dream” the program that you choreographed yourself?

Yes. It’s the program that I skated after “Romeo & Juliet”. It’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 “well then let’s put it into the program”. 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 ‘dream’ 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 couldn’t accomplish it as an amateur, competitive skater. In a sense, I wasn’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 it’s a fleeting dream (lit. a dream that would end some day). Somehow I couldn’t do it although everyone expected me to. I wish that I can, yet I’m so tired that I don’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).

ă„ă€ă‹ç”‚ă‚ă‚‹ć€ąăšă€ă‚‚ă†1ă€æœ€ćŸŒăźă€Žæ˜„ă‚ˆă€æ„ă„ă€ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€æŒ”ć‡șをMIKIKOć…ˆç”Ÿă«ăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćˆă‚ăŠă“ă“ăŸă§æœŹæ Œçš„ăȘăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚žă‚§ă‚Żă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłăƒžăƒƒăƒ”ăƒłă‚°ă‚’ć«ă‚ăŠæŒ”ć‡șăšă—ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸăźă§ă€ăŸăŸçš†ă•ă‚“ăźäž­ă§ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’èŠ‹ă‚‹ç›źăŒăŸăŸć€‰ă‚ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ćźŸéš›ă€äŒšć Žă§èŠ‹ă‚‹æœŹćœ“ă«èż‘ć Žăźè‡Șćˆ†ăšćŒă˜ç›źç·šă‹ă‚‰èŠ‹ă‚‹ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăšă€äžŠă‹ă‚‰èŠ‹ăˆă‚‹ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăšă€ăŸăŸă€ă‚«ăƒĄăƒ©ă‚’é€šă˜ăŠèŠ‹ă‚‹ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăšă€ć…šăé•ăŁăŸèŠ‹ăˆæ–čăŒă™ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăœăČぜăČăă†ă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‚‚æ„œă—ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ăăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă§ă™ă€

I asked for MIKIKO*-sensei’s help with “A fleeting dream” and the last program “Haru yo, Koi”. It’s the first time that I included this much projection mapping into my performance, so I think everyone’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, it’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 Japan’s hand-over segment at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Part 2

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Were your feelings during the performance different from when you’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 it
 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 I’m being put to the test, and I skated feeling like I have to give it a try. It was good anxiety.

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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 it’s unthinkable to skate again afterwards. But I think I have been able to carry myself through till now somehow. Also, there’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 it’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 I’m glad that I’ve done my best, with all my heart, on all those occasions during my so-called amateur skater era. I’ve felt that I want to continue doing my best with everyone going forward as well.

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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 don’t have anything specific as a goal just because I’ve turned pro. This is, in a sense, something happening for the first time in my life. Until now, I’ve always lived my life since I was 4 years old with the goal of winning the Olympic gold medal. That’s why I’m in a bit of a limbo right now. But firstly, I’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 they’ll again lead to a new stage called Yuzuru Hanyu. And by amassing all these experiences, I think I’ll be able to build a new foundation for myself. So I’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 that’ll be my story from now on.

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How did “A fleeting dream” express the worldview of Final Fantasy X?

It’s hard to express this to someone who doesn’t understand gaming at all. It’s kind of like dancing, singing and expressing emotions with spirits. Also, there’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, everyone’s thoughts were shining. I once said it was like a sky full of stars. In the program this time, the light of everyone’s support is blinding. I’m skating together with everyone’s thoughts, yet I don’t want to look at them anymore, but I want to skate with them again. At the end, everyone’s thoughts gather and I once again continue to skate; that’s what I intended to express.

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Thank you very much. I ask for your continuing support. I’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 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Translation: AFT
Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14, @axelsandwich

Part 1

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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 “SharePractice” at Ice Rink Sendai in Sendai City.

ç·Žçż’ăźæ§˜ć­ăŻă€ć…ŹćŒYouTubeăƒăƒŁăƒłăƒăƒ«ă€ŒHANYU YUZURUă€ă§ăƒ©ă‚€ăƒ–é…äżĄă€‚ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆäșș生ぼ第2ç« ăŒć§‹ăŸăŁăŸă€‚

There was a live stream to share the practice session on his official YouTube channel, “HANYU YUZURU”. The second chapter of his skating life has started.

ç·Žçż’ćŸŒăźäž€ć•äž€ç­”ăŻä»„äž‹ăźé€šă‚Šă€‚

Q&As after the practice are as follows. 

ă€€â€•â€•ä»Šć›žăźç·Žçż’ć…Źé–‹ăźæ„ć›łăŻă€‚

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

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€‚ăŸăšă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă€ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠæŽ»ć‹•ă—ăŠă„ăă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă€ăˆăƒŒă€ăȘかăȘかăȘă‚“ă‹ç·Žçż’ăźć…‰æ™Żăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšă€ăȘんですかね、やっぱり4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ă€ă„ăŠă‚‚ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’èŠ‹ă›ă‚‹æ©ŸäŒšăŁăŠăȘかăȘかăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚

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.

でも、それでもè‡Șćˆ†ăźç·Žçż’ă‚„ăŁă±èŠ‹ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăă ă•ă‚‹æ–čă‚‚ă„ă‚‰ăŁă—ă‚ƒă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†äž­ă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăȘんかè‡Ș戆ぼ、そぼケă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆă‚‰ă—ă•ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€æ čæœŹçš„ă«ă‚ă‚‹ă€ăˆăƒŒă€ă•ă‚‰ă«èżœæ±‚ă—ç¶šă‘ă‚‹ć§żăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’ă€ă‚ăźă€èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹æ©ŸäŒšă«ăȘればいいăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠç·Žçż’ă‚’ć…Źé–‹ă™ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‚€ăƒ™ăƒłăƒˆă‚’ă€ăăŁăŠăżăŸă—ăŸă€‚

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. That’s why I created this event of sharing my practice session.

æœŹćœ“ă«æ€„ăă‚‡ă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ă‚„ă‚Œă‚‹æŒ”ç›źă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€æŽ›ă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹æ›Čだったりべか、かăȘă‚Šé™ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸäž­ă§ăŻă‚ăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăšćŒă˜æ§‹æˆăźă€ă‚ăźă€ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăšćŒă˜æ§‹æˆăźSEIMEIă‚’ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čă™ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒä»Šć›žăźç›źæš™ă§ă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă†ăŸă„ă‚“ă ăŁăŠă„ă†èšŒæ˜Žă—ăŸă„ăżăŸă„ăȘ、è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăă†ă„ă†ćŒ·ă„æ„ćż—ăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ăˆăƒŒă€ä»Šæ—„æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă€ăˆăƒŒă€æ»‘ă‚Šćˆ‡ă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

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.

ă€€â€•â€•ç·Žçż’ă§ă€ŒSEIMEIă€ă‚’éžă‚“ă ç†ç”±ăŻă€‚

Q: Why did you choose “SEIMEI” for this practice session?

ă€€ă€Œă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăźSEIMEIăźă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŒă‹ăȘă‚ŠćŒ·ă„ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ă€ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čしきれたわけではăȘかったですし、もちろんăƒȘă‚«ăƒăƒȘăƒŒăšă‹ă†ăŸăă„ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ă†ç‚čăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă‚ăźæ™‚ă«æœŹæ„ă—ăŸă‹ăŁăŸæŒ”æŠ€ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šè¶łéŠ–ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ć«ă‚ăŠă€ăȘかăȘかできăȘかったですし。

ă‚ăźæ™‚ăŸă ă€ăă“ăŸă§çąșçŽ‡ăŒè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘかったぼで、ăȘんか今曞、è‡Șćˆ†ăšă—ăŠăŻă‚ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰æˆé•·ă—ăŠă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŸă‹ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŒäž€ç•ȘćŒ·ă‹ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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.

ă€€â€•â€•ïŒˆSEIMEIă‚’ïŒ‰3ć›žă‚‚ç¶šă‘ăŠă‚„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă«çŸœç”Ÿă•ă‚“ă‚‰ă—ă•ăŒèŠ‹ăˆăŸă€‚

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

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ïœžă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ă€æœŹæ„ăźç·Žçż’ă§ă‚‚3ć›žç¶šă‘ăŠă€ă‚‚ăŁăšé–“ăźăƒˆăƒ©ăƒłă‚žă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłăšă‹æŠœă„ăŸă‚Šă—ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă‚ă€3ć›žç¶šă‘ăŠç·Žçż’ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ćźŸéš›ăźç·Žçż’ć…‰æ™Żă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšèż‘ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă‚ćźŸéš›ăŻ3ć›žăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čăšă‹ă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšä»Šæ—„ăŻæ°—ćˆć…„ă‚Šă™ăŽăŠç©ș曞っどいた郹戆もあったかăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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. 

――YouTubeでは10侇äșșè¶…ăŒèŠ–èŽă—ăŠă„ăŸă€‚

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

ă€Œă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă„ă‚„ăƒŒă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ăźăƒŒâ€ŠćźŸéš›ăźè©±ă‚’ă™ă‚‹ăšă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă€é…äżĄăšă‹ă‚‚ć‡„ăă€è‡Ș戆はè‡Șćˆ†ăźæ„œæ›Čă‚’äœżăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘă„ăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ăŠé‡‘ăŒă‹ă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ä»Šć›žăŻç„Ąæ–™ă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă‚‰ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ă‚‚æ€ăŁăŠă€ç„Ąæ–™ă§ć…Źé–‹ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

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.

ăˆăƒŒă€ćźŸéš›ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰è‡Șćˆ†ăŒäœżăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„æ„œæ›Čべか、いろんăȘă“ăšă‚’ć«ă‚ăŠă€ç”łè«‹ăšă‹ă—ăŠă„ăăšæ€ă†ăšă€ă‚‚ăŁăšă‚‚ăŁăšèŽ«ć€§ăȘăŠé‡‘ăŒă‹ă‹ăŁăŠă—ăŸă†ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă€ăăźăƒăƒŁăƒłăƒăƒ«è‡Șäœ“ăźæŽ»ć‹•ă‚‚ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè€ƒăˆăŠăŻă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚

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 I’ve been thinking a little about what I should do from now on, or how I can do the activities on my channel itself.

ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«â€œçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŁăŠæ čæœŹçš„ă«ă“ă†ă„ă†ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă â€ăšă‹ă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ć‡„ă„èŻă‚„ă‹ăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă„ă‚„ă€ăăźäž­ă«ă“ă‚“ăȘă«æł„è‡­ă„æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚‚ă†ă€ă‚ăźćż…æ­»ă§ă‚‚ăŒă„ăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‹ć§żăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźă‚’ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšèŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă€‚ă‚ăźă€ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă«èˆˆć‘łăȘいæ–čă§ă‚‚èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ć…Źé–‹ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€

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 I’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.

ă€€â€•â€•ă€Œăƒ›ăƒŒăƒ—ïŒ†ăƒŹă‚Źă‚·ăƒŒă€ăźć†’é ­ă§4ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—â€•3ć›žè»ąăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚’è·łă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă€‚ç·Žçż’ă§ăŻèŠ‹ăŸă“ăšă‚ă‚‹ăŒă€æœŹç•ȘではやっどいăȘă‹ăŁăŸă€‚ä»Šæ—„è·łă‚“ă ç†ç”±ăŻă€‚

Q: You jumped a 4Lo-3T at the beginning of Hope & Legacy. We saw it at the practice, but you haven’t done it in actual competitions. Why did you jump it today?

 「いや、ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€æœŹćœ“ăŻăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăƒˆăƒŒă«ă™ă‚‹ă‹ă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«ă™ă‚‹ă‹ăšă‹ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æ‚©ă‚“ă ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăȘんか今曞はSEIMEIă‚’ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒç›źæš™ă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăƒˆăƒŒăă‚‰ă„ă«ă—ăšă“ă†ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

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 I’d choose somewhere around a 4Lo-3T.

ćźŸéš›ăŻăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăźă‚łăƒłăƒ“ăƒăƒŒă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšă‹ă‚‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăŠă€æœŹç•Șă§ç”„ăżèŸŒă‚ă‚‹ă»ă©ăźçąșçŽ‡ăźé«˜ă•ăȘăźă‹ăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă†æŽ»ć‹•ăźäž­ă§ăă‚“ăȘă€ăăźé›Łæ˜“ćșŠăźă‚‚ăźă‚’ă‚„ă‚‹ćż…èŠăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă‹ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆă‚‹ăšă€ćŸ—ç‚čçš„ă«ă‚‚ăŠă„ă—ăăȘいしăȘăšă‹ăŁăŠæ€ă†ăšă€ă‚„ă‚‹ćż…èŠăȘいかもしれăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăƒăƒ†ăƒłă‚·ăƒŁăƒ«ăšă—ăŠă“ă“ăŸă§ă‚ă‚‹ăžăŁăŠă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšèŠ‹ă›ăŸă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă€

In fact, I’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 I’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

ă€€â€•â€•ä»™ć°ă§ăźăƒ›ăƒŒăƒ ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żăžăźæ€ă„ăŻă€‚

What are your thoughts on your home rink in Sendai?

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă“ă“ăźćŸŒă‚ă§æ€ă„ăŁćˆ‡ă‚Š4ć›žè»ąăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăźç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăŠă€ă‚ăŁăĄă‚ƒè»ąăłăŸăăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă„ă‚„ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€â€œă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ć›žè»ąè¶łă‚ŠăȘăȘăăŠă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă“ă‘ăĄă‚ƒă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆâ€ăšă‹èš€ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźæ‡ă‹ă—ă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă“ă“ă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻç‰čćˆ„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æ˜”ăżăŸă„ă«ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘéžæ‰‹ăŸăĄăšäž€ç·’ă«ç·Žçż’ă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†æ©ŸäŒšăŻăȘくăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă„ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€‚ăŸă ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ćœ°ć…ƒă‚’é›ąă‚Œăšă«ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠćœ°ć…ƒă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠè‡Șćˆ†ă‚’é«˜ă‚ăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăźç‰č戄ăȘæ„Ÿæƒ…ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ă“ă“ă§æˆé•·ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ă€ă€ă‚‚ă€ăŸăŸă€ă‚ăźă€è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ăăźćœ°ć…ƒă«èČąçŒźă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒć€§ć„œăăȘæ•…éƒ·ă‚’ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚æ”ŻæŽă—ăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘæŽ»ć‹•ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ă‚ăźă€é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Well, actually, I used to practice quadruple toe loop (in this rink) right behind me, over there, and fell a lot of times. And I’m nostalgic remembering that I used to explain “it falls short of rotation since I do like this, then I fall this way.” 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 I’m able to continuously brush up my skills by practicing at my home rink. While I want to keep growing here, I’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. 

ă€€â€•â€•ćæ•°ćčŽć‰ă«ă“ă“ă§ă€ć­ă©ă‚‚ăźæ™‚ă«ă‚€ăƒłă‚żăƒ“ăƒ„ăƒŒă§ă€Œé‡‘ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«ă‚’çČă‚‹ă€ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒ2ćșŠă‚‚かăȘăŁăŠă€ă“ăźć Žă§æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠăżăŠă€‚

More than ten years ago, here (at this rink), when you were a small child, you said “I will get a gold medal”. And you did it twice. Looking back, what do you think about it now?

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­â€ŠăŸă‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚„っずă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă«ç«‹ăŠăŸă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă§ă™ă€‚ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠçš†ă•ă‚“ăźć‰ă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠćˆă‚ăŠă€ăˆăƒŒă€ă‚ăźă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’æŠ«éœČă™ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŠă€‚ă§ă€ăŸăŸăăźäž­ă§ă‚‚ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€æœ€ćˆăźă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆăźăšă“ă‚ă§SEIMEIă‚’ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čă™ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă«ă‚‚ă€ăŸăŸăȘă‚“ă‹æ„ć‘łăŒă‚ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ă‚‚æ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚œăƒă‚ȘăƒȘンピックも、ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘンピックも、挗äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘンピックも。かけがえぼăȘいè‡Șćˆ†ăźèš˜æ†¶ă§ă™ă—ă€ç”Œéš“ă«ăȘăŁăŠă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăă‚Œă‚‰ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ă‚„ăŁăšä»Šă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆăƒ©ă‚€ăƒłă«ç«‹ăŁăŠă€â€œă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă•ă‚‰ă«ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ă‚“ă â€ăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăˆăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă ăŸă ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ćżœæŽă‚’ăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Well
I just came to think that finally I’m standing at the starting line. Now, in front of everyone, for the first time as a professional (athlete), I’m able to show my skating. Then among other things, I think that there’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 I’m finally at the starting line, and can think that “I’ll be able to become better and better from now on”. So please let me ask for your continuing support.

 ――もういいんじゃăȘă„ă‹ăšæ€ă†äșșもいるだろうべいう侭で、あえど4Aチャレンゾべいうぼは。

While some people might say you don’t need to continue challenging the 4A, but you dare to do it. Why?

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă„ă‚„ăƒŒă€ă‚‚ă†ă€è‡Șćˆ†ă€ć€œäž­ă«ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€ă ă„ăŸă„ă€‚æ€ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ă«äœ“ć‹•ă‹ăȘăăŠă€ć‡„ă„æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăŸăŸă€ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ç”¶ćŻŸă«4Aé™ă‚Šă‚‹ć§żă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšă€æ­»ă«ă‚‚ăźăă‚‹ă„ă§é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€

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 Sports’ article (https://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/202208100000580.html), this part would mean that “I 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.”

ă€€â€•â€•ä»ŠćŸŒă€ćźźćŸŽçœŒă§ăźæŽ»ć‹•ăȘă©èšˆç”»ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă€‚

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

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšç·Žçż’æ‹ ç‚čăšă—ăŠăŻăŸă‚ă€ă“ă“ăŒăƒĄă‚€ăƒłăȘぼかăȘăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźćźŸéš›ă«ç·Žçż’ăźæ™‚ă«ă‚ăźă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šæ„ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă™ă‚‹ăšă€ă‚ăźă€æ–œèš­ăźæ–čă€…ă«ă”èż·æƒ‘ă‚’ă‹ă‘ăŠă—ăŸă†ăźă§ă€ăă‚Œă ă‘ăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă”ć”ćŠ›ă‚’ăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă“ă“ă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚ăšăŻă‚ăźă€ä»™ć°ăšă‹ćźźćŸŽăźäž­ă§ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăŒă§ăă‚Œă°ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŻă„ă€

At this point, I think this place would be my primary training base. Nevertheless, if people would come here when I’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. 

ă€€â€•â€•ćźźćŸŽçœŒæ°‘ăžăƒĄăƒƒă‚»ăƒŒă‚žă‚’ă€‚

Please give a message to the people of Miyagi.

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ăźă€ă„ă€ă‚‚ćżœæŽă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăšă€ă‚ăšă‚ăźćŒ—äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă«é–ąă—ăŠă‚‚çąșかに4AăŻæˆćŠŸă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă—ă€ăˆăƒŒă€ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«ă‚‚çČるこべができăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă‘ă©ă‚‚ă€ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚ăźă€ćżœæŽă‚’ç¶šă‘ăŠăă ă•ă‚‹ć§żă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚‚ăŁăšă€ă‚‚ăŁăšæˆćŠŸă•ă›ăŸă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšă‹ă€ç”æžœć–ă‚ŠăŸă‹ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă€æ­Łç›Žçš†ă•ă‚“ăźćŁ°ă‚’èžă„ăŠæ€ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăŸăŸă€4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă‚ăźă€ç”æžœăšă†ă„ă‚‚ăźă«ă‚‚èČȘæŹČă«ă“ă ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ăźć‰ă§æŒ”æŠ€ă™ă‚‹æ©ŸäŒšă‚‚ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ă€ăăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă†ăźă§ă€ă‚ăźă€æ„œă—ăżă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚Œă°ă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€

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 everyone’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 “results” again, including the 4A. I also want to create more opportunities to show my performance in front of everyone, so I’d appreciate it if you are looking forward to it. Thank you.

ă€€â€•â€•æ…Łă‚ŒèŠȘしんだăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă‚’éžă‚“ă ç†ç”±ăšă€ă“ăźăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§ăźæ€ă„ć‡șは。

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

ă€€ă€ŒăŻă„ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă“ă“ăŻăƒȘăƒ‹ăƒ„ăƒŒă‚ąăƒ«ă™ă‚‹ć‰ă«ă‚ăźă€é•ă†äŒšç€Ÿă ăŁăšăŻæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźè‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăŒă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ć§‹ă‚ăŸć Žæ‰€ă§ă™ă€‚ăă—ăŠă€ä»Šă‚‚ăƒĄă‚€ăƒłă§ă“ă“ă§ç·Žçż’ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă„ă‚‹æŽ»ć‹•æ‹ ç‚čă§ă™ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă‚‚èŸŒă‚ăŠă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă“ă“ă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ć§żă‚’ă‚ăźăƒŒă€èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŸăźăšă€ă‚ăšăŻă‚ăźăƒŒă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šćƒ•ä»™ć°ć‡„ă„ć„œăăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăźæ­Łç›Žă€ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«ç·Žçż’æ‹ ç‚čă‚’ç§»ă—ăŸæ™‚ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šä»™ć°é›ąă‚ŒăŸăăȘいăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰æłŁăăȘăŒă‚‰èĄŒăŁăŸăŸă»ă©ä»™ć°ăŻć„œăăȘăźă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šä»Šă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠä»™ć°ă§æ»‘ă‚ŒăŠă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ä»ŠćŸŒăźæŽ»ć‹•ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă‚ăźă€ä»™ć°ă§ă„ă‚ă„ă‚ă§ăăŸă‚‰ăȘぁăȘă‚“ăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€ăˆăƒŒă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ä»™ć°ăźçš†ă•ă‚“ăšăšă‚‚ă«æ­©ă‚“ă§ă„ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

OK. Well, this place is
 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 didn’t want to leave Sendai – I love Sendai to that level. So now that I can skate in Sendai, I’m happy. Additionally, I’m thinking of doing various things in Sendai, including my future activities. So I’d like to continue on, together with the people of Sendai.

ă€€â€•â€•ćźźćŸŽăźć­ă©ă‚‚ăŸăĄăžă€‚

To the children in Miyagi prefecture.

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă€æ­Łç›Žă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šä»™ć°ă€ăƒȘンクがあぼ通ćčŽă§ă§ăă‚‹ăƒȘăƒłă‚ŻăŒäž€ă€ă—ă‹ăȘăăŠă€‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ăă—ăŠă‚ąă‚€ă‚čăƒ›ăƒƒă‚±ăƒŒă‚‚ă€ă‚čăƒ”ăƒŒăƒ‰ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăƒˆăƒ©ăƒƒă‚Żă‚‚ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ç·Žçż’ç’°ćąƒăšă—ăŠăŻćŽłă—ă„ă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăˆăƒŒă€æœŹćœ“ă«ć€§ć€‰ăȘäž­ă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ă“ă“ă§ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă‚ˆăćˆ†ă‹ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æœŹćœ“ć€§ć€‰ăȘäž­ă€ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ćžžă«ă†ăŸăăȘă‚‹ă‚“ă ăŁăŠă„ă†ć‘äžŠćżƒă‚’æŒăŁăŠă€ăă—ăŠă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ă“ăźăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§ă€ă„ăŸă ă«ă†ăŸăăȘれどるんで。だから、あぼ、皆さんもきっべ搌じăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă§æ»‘ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€ç”¶ćŻŸă†ăŸăăȘă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ćžŒæœ›ă‚’æŒăŁăŠă€ç†æƒłăźè‡Șćˆ†ă‚’æăăȘăŒă‚‰é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă»ă—ă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€

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 you’ve been practicing under such hard conditions – I know well about it since I’ve been practicing here too – in such a harsh environment. Nevertheless, please keep your ambition of getting better and better. I’m also continuously becoming better and better here. You also are skating on the same rink (as me) so I’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

ă€€â€•â€•ä»ŠćŸŒăźæ–č針はæ±șăŸăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă‹ă€‚4AăŻăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźäž­ă§èŠ‹ă›ăŠăă‚Œă‚‹ïŒŸ

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

ă€€ă€ŒăŻă„ă€ăˆăŁăšă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăŸăšăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăȘă‚“ă ăŁă‘ă€‚ä»ŠćŸŒăźäșˆćźšă‹ă€‚ä»ŠćŸŒăźäșˆćźšăȘんですけど、ある皋ćșŠćčŽć†…たæ–čăŒă‚ă©ăŒç«‹ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ćźŸéš›ă«ăˆăƒŒă€ćčŽć†…ă§ă“ă‚Œă‚’ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘ、あれをやりたいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€æ±șăŸăŁăŠăŻăăŠă„ăŠă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăă‚ŒăźăŸă‚ăźç·Žçż’ă‚‚ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăˆăŁăšă€ăŸă‚ć‘ŠçŸ„ă™ă‚‹æ™‚ăŻăŸăŸæ”čă‚ăŠć‘ŠçŸ„ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă“ă†ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ăŸă ć†…ç·’ă§ă™ă€‚ăˆăžăžăžăŁă€‚ăŻă„ă€‚ăŸă ă€ćčŽć†…ăźæŽ»ć‹•ăŻăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšä»Šæ±șăŸă‚Šăă†ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ăŻă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ă‹ăȘă‚ŠăˆăŁăšă€äŒšèŠ‹ă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰é€Čăżć§‹ă‚ăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă§ă€æ­Łç›Žă“ăźć…Źé–‹ç·Žçż’ăźă‚€ăƒ™ăƒłăƒˆăźSharePracticeă‚‚äŒšèŠ‹ăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăšă€ć‹•ăć§‹ă‚ăŸăšă“ă‚ăȘăźă§ă€æ­Łç›Žă‚ăźă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒăƒă‚żăƒă‚żă—ăŠăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«ć€§ć€‰ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ăȘă‚“ăšă‹ă€ćŻă‚‹æ™‚é–“ă‚’ć‰Šă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰ă§ă‚‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăŸăŸæ„œă—ăżă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‰ăŸă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚

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 I’m practicing for them now. However, I’m thinking of announcing it at a different time, so it’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 I’m very busy and find it hard to do. Well, as I’d like to work hard on various things even if I have to cut down on my sleep, please look forward to it. 

べ、4AăŻă§ăă‚Œă°ă‚„ăŁă±ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźäž­ă§è·łă¶æ©ŸäŒšăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚‰ăȘăăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă†ă„ă†çąș率にもăȘっおăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ă‚ăźă€æ­Łç›Žä»Šæ—„ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠăŸă é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠăŸă ć…šæ—„æœŹăźé ƒăź4ć›žè»ąćŠăă‚‰ă„ă«ă—ă‹ăȘっおăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚ăźè¶łéŠ–ăźæ–čăšă€ăŸă‚ć·Šè¶łăźèČ æ‹…ă‚‚ă‹ăȘりかかるゾャンプăȘăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ăŻăˆăƒŒă€ć…šæ—„æœŹăźé ƒă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ć·Šè¶łă‚‚è‰Żă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ăˆăƒŒă€ćłè¶łéŠ–ă‚‚ă ă„ă¶ă‚ˆăăȘăŁăŠăăŠă‹ă‚‰ă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠæŒ‘æˆŠă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŠăăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€ă‚ăźă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăŸăŸă•ă‚‰ă«ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă§ăźç”Œéš“ă ăšă‹ă€ăă‚ŒăŸă§ćŸčăŁăŠăăŸç”Œéš“ă ăšă‹ă€ć­Šă‚“ă§ăăŸă“ăšăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ç”Ÿă‹ă—ăŠă€ăˆăƒŒă€ă‚‚ăŁăšă†ăŸăăȘれたらăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŻă„ă€

And then about the 4A, I think it would be great if I’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 he’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.

â€•â€•ä»Šæ—„ă§ćŒ—äșŹăźăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă‹ă‚‰ćŠćčŽă€‚ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠă‚čă‚żăƒŒăƒˆă—ăŠæ„ŸèŠšăźé•ă„ăȘă©ăŻïŒŸ

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?

ă€€ă€ŒăŻă„ă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠæŽ»ć‹•ă—ăŠă„ăæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚ăźă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ç«¶æŠ€ăšăŻé•ă†ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă†ç‚čă‚‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€äŸ‹ăˆă°ăȘんですけど、6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠ1æœŹăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠç”‚ă‚ă‚Šă€ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚ă‘ă§ăŻăȘăăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ă‚ăźă€ăȘんだろ。ç‚čæ•°ă‚’ă€ă‘ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ă†ăŸă‚ă ă‘ăźă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šçš†ă•ă‚“ă«èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‹ăȘきゃいけăȘă„ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€ăă‚Œăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚čă‚ąăƒ«ăƒ•ă‚Ąă§ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆăŻăăźç«¶æŠ€ăšć€‰ă‚ă‚‰ăȘă„ă€ç«¶æŠ€ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă•ă‚‰ă«ă€ă‚ăźă€ăȘă‚“ă ă‚ă€ä»Šæ—„ăźSEIMEIじゃăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ç«¶æŠ€ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă•ă‚‰ă«æź”éšŽă‚’äžŠă’ăŸă€ă‚źă‚ąă‚’äž€ă€äžŠă’ăŸă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŠă„ă‹ăȘきゃいけăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€ă„ă‚„ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ä»Šæ—„ăźç·Žçż’èŠ‹ăŠăŠæ€ăŁăŸăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźă‚‚ăŁăšăă€ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ă”ă”ă”ăŁă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăœăČぜăČ、あぼ、ăȘă‚“ă ă‚ă€ă»ă‚“ăšăă€ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æ­Łç›Žăăźæ–°ă—ă„ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒă‚’ç”„ăżç«‹ăŠă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠă‚‹æ™‚ă‚‚ă€ăăźç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă‚‹ăźă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ăă€ă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźăȘă‚“ă ă‚ăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ă‚’èœăšă™ă“ăšăȘăă€æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă‚„ă‚Šćˆ‡ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€ăœăČ、ăȘă‚“ă‹æ–°ă—ă„ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăźă‹ăŸăĄă‚‚ă€ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăźè‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăźçžŹç™ș抛的ăȘăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ăźé«˜ă•ă‚‚æœŸćŸ…ă—ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€

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 it
For example, it’s not just doing a 6 minute warmup and then doing one program and finishing up. It’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 today’s practices, it is much tougher. Hehehe. It is really hard, and, honestly speaking, when I’m trying to build up the structure of my new show* and practicing for it, I’m doing it while feeling that it’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 I’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: “New 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. 

ă€€â€•â€•ć…ˆă»ă©ă€ŒæłŁăăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚«ăƒŠăƒ€ă«èĄŒăŁăŸă€ăšă„ă†è©±ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă€‚12ćčŽă‹ă‚‰10ćčŽé–“ă€ăƒˆăƒ­ăƒłăƒˆă§ăŠäž–è©±ă«ăȘった慈生æ–čă‚‚ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚’ćżœæŽă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚

Earlier, you said “I went to Canada while crying”. For 10 years starting from 2012, your coaches in Toronto who have been taking care of you also supported you becoming a professional athlete.   

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă€æœŹćœ“ăŻæ—©ăă€ăˆăƒŒă€ćƒ•ăŒç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăŸăƒăƒŒăƒ ăźă‚‚ăšă«1ć›žćž°ăŁăŠă‚ă„ă•ă€ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă„ă‚„ăȘかăȘă‹ă‚ăźă€ć…ˆă»ă©ă‚‚èš€ăŁăŸă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ă‹ăȘりいろんăȘäŒç”»ă‚’ç«‹ăŠăŸă‚Šă€ăŸă‚ă€YouTubeもè‡Șćˆ†ă§ç·šé›†ă—ăŸă‚Šæ’źćœ±ă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă—ăŠăŠă€‚æœŹćœ“ă©çŽ äșșみたいăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’ă€ăăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸă‚ćƒ•ă‚‰ă—ăăŠă„ă„ă‹ăȘăšă‚‚æ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăă†ă„ă†æ„ć‘łă§ă‚‚ă‹ăȘりバタバタべしどど、ăȘかăȘă‹ă‚ă„ă•ă€èĄŒă‘ăȘăăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ćżƒè‹Šă—ă„ăšă“ă‚ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ä»Šæ—„ă‚‚ă‚žă‚čăƒ©ăƒłă‹ă‚‰ăƒĄăƒŒăƒ«æ„ăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźâ€œèŠ‹ăŠă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă­â€ăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă€ăƒĄăƒŒăƒ«æ„ăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźæœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ăźă€æœ€ćŸŒăźæœ€ćŸŒăŸă§ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠă‚ăźèŠ‹ć±Šă‘ăŠăă‚Œă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠă‚‹ć§żć‹ąă ăšă‹ă€ăŸăŸæœŹćœ“ă«ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă‚ąăƒ‰ăƒă‚€ă‚čă‚’é ăă‹ă‚‰ă§ă‚‚ă„ă€ă‚‚é€ăŁăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€ă‚ăźă€æ—©ăç›ŽæŽ„ă‚ă„ă•ă€ă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă­ă€‚

Oh, in fact I really want to quickly go back to my team I’ve trained and show my appreciation to them. However, as I said earlier, I’m now building up a lot of different plans, or I’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, I’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 “I’m watching you!”. 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. 

ăŸă‚ă€ă‚žă‚čăƒ©ăƒłă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚žă‚čăƒ©ăƒłă‚‚ăƒˆăƒŹă‚€ă‚·ăƒŒă‚‚ăƒ–ăƒ©ă‚€ă‚ąăƒłă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«äŒšăˆăŠăȘă„æœŸé–“ăŒć‡„ăé•·ă„ăźă§ă€æ—©ăè‡Șćˆ†ăźă‚łăƒŒăƒăŸăĄă«ă‚‚â€œă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸâ€ăšâ€œă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă„ăŸă—ăŸă™â€ăšă€ă‚ă„ă•ă€ă«ăŻèĄŒăăŸă„ăȘăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăźä»™ć°ă«ă“ă“ă‚’æ‹ ç‚čă«ă—ăŠă‚‹ć„ˆă€…çŸŽć…ˆç”Ÿăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšăŻç·ćžć…ˆç”Ÿă‚‚ăă†ă§ă™ă—ă€ă‚ăšăˆăƒŒă€çœŸćźŸć…ˆç”Ÿă«ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăšă€éƒœçŻ‰ć…ˆç”Ÿă«ă‚‚ă€ă‚ă„ă•ă€èĄŒăæ©ŸäŒšăŒă‚ăŁăŸăȘぁăȘă‚“ăŠæ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă„ă‚„ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ă„ă•ă€ă—ăŸă„ăźă§ă€‚ă‚‚ă—ă‹ă—ăŸă‚‰ă€ă“ă‚Œă‚’èŠ‹ăŠăă ă•ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ăŸă‚ç›ŽæŽ„èĄŒă‘ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄă‚’ć±Šă‘ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€‚ă”ă”ă”ă€‚ă„ă‚„ă€æœŹćœ“ă€äŒšă„ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€

Ghislain, yes – Ghislain and Tracy and Brian.. I haven’t been able to see them for a very long time, so I really want to go and see my coaches and tell them, “Thank you very much” and “Please support me from now on”. In addition to them, here in Sendai, there is Nanami-sensei who uses this rink as her home base, also Soji-sensei. And I’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, it’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

ă€€â€•â€•äŒšèŠ‹ćŸŒăźćżƒćąƒă«ă€ă„ăŠăšă€æ–°ă—ă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăƒŒăźă“ă ă‚ă‚ŠăŻă€‚

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

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăŸăšă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăźă“ăšăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰æ”čめどć‡șç™șă™ă‚‹æ™‚ă«ă‚ăźă€ăȘă‚“ă‹æ–°ă—ă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăƒŒă‚’äœœă‚ă†ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒæœŹćœ“ă«æ€„ăă‚‡æ±șăŸăŁăŠă€‚ćźŸéš›ă€æžĄă•ă‚ŒăŸăźăŒä»Šæ—„ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšä»źăźćœąă§ă™ă€‚ă“ă“ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăŸăŸæ–°ăŸă«ăȘんかいろいろやっどいこうかăȘăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ă“ă ă‚ă‚Šăšă—ăŠăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšSEIMEIă‚’ćœ·ćœżăšă•ă›ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘè‰Čćˆă„ă ăšă‹ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšć–ă‚Šć…„ă‚ŒăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŻă„ă€‚

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, I’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. 

ă§ă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăȘă‚“ă ăŁă‘ă€‚äŒšèŠ‹ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰ă‹ă€‚ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă‚ăźă€ăšăŁăšä»Šæ—„ăŸă§ç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ç”ŸæŽ»ă—ăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ăȘんか、いろんăȘæŽ»ć‹•ă—ăŠă„ăă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă€ăăźă€è‡Ș戆べしどもやらăȘきゃいけăȘいこべ、そぼ、ăȘんか、プロべしどやらăȘきゃいけăȘă„ă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ä»ŠăŸă§ăŻäșșä»»ă›ă«ă—ăŠăăŸă‚‚ăźă‚’è‡Ș戆から率慈しどいろんăȘă“ăšè€ƒăˆăŠă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšăŒă‘ăŁă“ă†ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăȘăźă§ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ć€§ć€‰ă§ăŻă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚ăźă€ăă‚Œă“ăă€çĄçœ æ™‚é–“ăšă‹ă ă„ă¶æž›ăŁăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸăȘăšă‹ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚

And the next question was.. oh yes, (my state of mind) after the press conference. Well, I’ll tell you that I’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. I’ve also taken initiative in doing things that I used to let others do, as well as considering various things. There’re quite a lot of things like that. So it was very hard and I’ve been doing them while thinking that I had to cut down on my sleep a lot. 

ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€æ°—æŒăĄăźäž­ă§ăŻă‚€ă—ă‚ç«¶æŠ€è€…ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ć‡„ăăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăƒăƒŒăƒ‰ăȘ緎習しăȘきゃăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă—ă€ćźŸéš›ă—ăŠă„ăŠă€‚ă‚ăźăƒŒă€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ä»ŠăŸă§ăŻè©Šćˆăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă«èżœă‚ă‚ŒăȘăŒă‚‰ă€é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ä»Šă€æœŹćœ“ă«çš†ă•ă‚“ăźæœŸćŸ…ă‚’è¶…ăˆăŸă„ăżăŸă„ăȘă€‚ă”ăŁă”ăŁă”ă€ăăŁăĄăźăŒæ–čăŒć€§ć€‰ă ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ăźă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă§ăŻć‡„ăć……ćźŸă—ăŸæ—„ă€…ă‚’é€ă‚ŒăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăăźäž­ă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ăƒ—ăƒ­ăšă—ăŠćƒ•ăŻæœŹćœ“ă«ç«¶æŠ€è€…ăšă—ăŠăŻă‚±ă‚ŹăŒć€šă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šăƒ—ăƒ­ă«ăȘăŁăŸă‚‰æŹ ć Žăšă‹ă‚‚èš±ă•ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šæ„œă—ăżă«ă—ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŠă‚‹æ–čă€…ăźæ°—æŒăĄă‚’èžăżă«ă˜ă‚ŠăŸăăȘいăȘăŁăŠć‡„ăæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰æœŹćœ“ă«ăƒ—ăƒ­ăźă‚ąă‚čăƒȘăƒŒăƒˆăšă—ăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚±ă‚Źă‚’ă—ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€‚ă§ă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ăæ©ŸäŒšă‚’æœŹćœ“ă«ćžžă«é«˜ă„ăƒŹăƒ™ăƒ«ă§èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă€

However, as for my feelings, I actually think that I even need to practice harder than when I was a competitive skater, and I’ve been actually doing it that way. So let’s say I used to work hard being chased by the things called competitions, but now I feel like I want to go beyond everyone’s expectation. Hehehe. I think that would probably be much harder. But in fact, I’ve actually been able to have fulfilling days in my life. But in such an environment, as a professional athlete
 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 don’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.

 ――「SharePracticeă€ăšćä»˜ă‘ăŸç†ç”±ă‚„ç·Žçż’ćŸŒă«ć€‹ćˆ„ăźć–æă‚’ć—ă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšă«ă€ă„ăŠă€‚ćŒă„ćčŽăźć€§è°·ăźăƒ™ăƒŒăƒ–ăƒ»ăƒ«ăƒŒă‚čä»„æ„ăšăȘă‚‹ć‰æ„­é”æˆă«ă€ă„ăŠă€‚

Could you tell us about the reason you named it “SharePractice”, 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 Ruth’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.

ă€€ă€ŒăŻă„ă€ăˆăŁăšă€ăŸăšć€§è°·ă•ă‚“ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚ă‚ăźæœŹćœ“ă«ă€ă‚ăźă‚ȘăƒŒăƒ«ă‚čă‚żăƒŒăźă€ă‚ăźć–æăźæ™‚ă«ă‚ă–ă‚ă–è‡Șćˆ†ăžăźă‚łăƒĄăƒłăƒˆăă ă•ăŁăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăˆăƒŒă€ă‚ăźăƒŒă€æ”čă‚ăŸă—ăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«ä»Šăźæ™‚ä»Łă§ăŻă‚ă‚ŠćŸ—ăȘいようăȘć‰æ„­ă‚’é”æˆă•ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ăŠă‚ă§ăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăˆăƒŒă€ćƒ•ăȘă‚“ă‹ăŻæœŹćœ“ă€è¶łć…ƒă«ă‚‚ćŠă°ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ć€§è°·äž–ä»ŁăŁăŠć‘Œă°ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ăȘäž–ä»Łă«ă„ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«ć…‰æ „ă§ă™ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă‚‚ă€ăȘんかあぼ、ぜăČぜăČ、あぼ、ăȘă‚“ă ă‚ă€ć€§è°·ă•ă‚“ă‚‰ă—ăé ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă†ăźăšă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăšăƒ—ăƒ­ăźèˆžć°ă«äžŠăŒă‚ŒăŸăźă§ă€ă‚ăźă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă‚‚çČŸă„ăŁă±ă„é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠć€§è°·ă•ă‚“ă«èżœă„ă€ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă¶ă‚“ă€ă§ăăȘă„ăšæ€ă†ă‘ă©â€ŠïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ăŠäŒšă„ă§ăăŸă‚‰ă†ă‚Œă—ă„ă§ă™ă€‚

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 I’m really honored to be in this “Ohtani generation”*. I’d really like you to work hard as you have been doing, and as I have just stepped up onto the professional stage, I’ll do my best to be able to catch up with Ohtani san. Maybe I cannot, I guess
(laugh). It’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 “Hanyu generation” and “Ohtani generation” 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 person’s generation.

ăŻă„ă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăȘă‚“ă ăŁă‘ă€‚ă‚ă€ăă†ă€ă‚€ăƒłă‚żăƒ“ăƒ„ăƒŒă€ă‚€ăƒłă‚żăƒ“ăƒ„ăƒŒăźă“ăšïŒă‚€ăƒłă‚żăƒ“ăƒ„ăƒŒăŻæ­Łç›Žă€ä»ŠăŸă§ć…Źé–‹ç·Žçż’ă—ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è©Šćˆăźäž­ă§ć€‹ćˆ„ăźă‚€ăƒłă‚żăƒ“ăƒ„ăƒŒă‚’ć—ă‘ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒăȘかăȘかできăȘă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ă‚ăźă€çŸ­ă„æ™‚é–“ă§ăƒ‘ăƒ‘ăŁăŠă“ăȘすこべしかできăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăœăČçš†ă•ă‚“ăźć€‹ćˆ„ăźć–æă‚’ăȘă‚“ăšă‹ă€ç„Ąç†çŸąç†ă§ă‚‚ć…„ă‚ŒăŸă„ăšæ€ăŁăŠă€æœŹæ„ăŻć…šéƒšć›Čăżă§è€ƒăˆăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ç„Ąç†çŸąç†â€œă‚„ă‚‰ă›ăŠăă ă•ă„â€ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠă€ă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăœăČ、それぞれぼćȘ’äœ“ăźć„ç€Ÿă•ă‚“ăźă€ăăźçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’æ›žă„ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸă‚‰ă€ă†ă‚Œă—ă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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 “please let me do that”, 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. 

で、SharePracticeăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ćŠè§’ă‚čăƒšăƒŒă‚čć…„ă‚ŒăȘいでSharePracticeă«ă—ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăȘんかè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻäž€ă€ăźć˜èȘžăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă€æ–°ă—ă„é€ èȘžăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§è€ƒăˆăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăŸă‚ă€æœ€ćˆâ€œć…Źé–‹ç·Žçż’ă§ă„ă„ă‹ăȘ”っど、ăȘんか『Open Practice』べか『Open Trainingă€ăšă‹ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è€ƒăˆăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ăȘă‚“ă‹çš†ă•ă‚“ăšć…±æœ‰ă—ăŠă€ăă“ă§äž€ç·’ă«é—˜ăŁăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’è€ƒăˆăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ŽShare』っどいうぼが侀ç•Șè‡Ș戆らしいかăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă“ă‚ŒăŻă‚€ăƒ™ăƒłăƒˆă§ă‚ă‚Šă€ă€ă‚‚ă€ăăźé—˜ă„æŠœăć§żă‚’èŠ‹ăŠă»ă—ă„ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźă‚‚ă‹ăȘă‚Šè¶Łæ—šăšă—ăŠă€ăƒ†ăƒŒăƒžăšă—ăŠć€§ăă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ç·Žçż’ăšă„ă†ć˜èȘžăŻç”¶ćŻŸă«ć€–さずに『SharePracticeă€ăšă„ă†ćć‰ă«ćƒ•ăŒæ±șă‚ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŻă„ă€‚ä»„äžŠă§ă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€

Also about the title, “SharePractice”, 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 “Open Practice”, “Open Training”, 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 “Share” 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 “SharePractice” without omitting the word “Practice”. That’s it. Thank you very much.

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

Translation & Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14 & @axelsandwich

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Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 20 February 2022

Part 1 |Part 2 | Part 3

Translation: @yuzueco, @tsukihoshi14,
Proofreading: @smpkyk

Part 1

 ――どんăȘæ€ă„ă‚’èŸŒă‚ăŸă‹ïŒŸ

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

ă€€ă€ŒăŻă„ă€ăˆăŁăšă€‚ăˆăŁăšâ€ŠăŸă‚ă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è©°ă‚èŸŒăżă™ăŽăŠă€äœ•ăŒă€ăšăŻćƒ•ăźćŁă‹ă‚‰èš€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠèŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ăăȘăŒă‚‰ă€èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ćƒ•ăŻă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠæ»‘ăŁăŠă“ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ćƒ•ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă«äœ•ă‹ă—ă‚‰ăźæ„ć‘łăŒç”ŸăŸă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«çš†ă•ă‚“ă«æ„ŸèŹă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă€ä»ŠăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Y: Well, there are too many things I’ve packed in it, and I can’t really say everything [I’m thinking], but truly, I’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, I’d really like to thank everyone. 

 ――こぼ挗äșŹăŻă©ă‚“ăȘæ°—æŒăĄă§æœ€ćŸŒăŸă§æ»‘ăŁăŠă„ăŸïŒŸ

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

ă€€ă€Œăšă«ă‹ăă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ă“ăšă€ăă—ăŠă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠèŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ä»Šă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ă§ăă‚‹ć…šăŠă‚’ă€ă“ăźă‚ȘăƒȘンピックぼ朰でやっどいきたいăȘăšă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒćŒ·ăă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ćčžă›ăȘæ™‚é–“ă ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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. Truly
 I think it was truly a happy time.

 ――æ”čめど挗äșŹäș”èŒȘはどんăȘç”Œéš“ă€ć€§äŒšă«ăȘったか。

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

 「いろんăȘă“ăšă‚’æ·±ăè€ƒăˆă•ă›ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă—ăŸă€‚ä»ŠăŸă§ćƒ•ăŻâ€ŠăŸă‚ă€ćŠȘćŠ›ă—ăŠă‚‚ă©ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‚‚ăȘă„æ™‚æœŸăŻăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚çš†ă•ă‚“ăźèš˜æ†¶ăźäž­ă«ă‚ă‚‹çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŻă‚œăƒă‚ȘăƒȘンピックだったり、ćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€æˆćŠŸă—ăŠă„ă‚‹è‡Șćˆ†ăŒć€šă„ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă“ă“ăŸă§ç«¶æŠ€ă‚’ç¶šă‘ă‚‹ă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ăźă©ă‚“ćș•ă‚’äœ•ć›žă‚‚äœ•ć›žă‚‚èŠ‹ăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸæ„ć‘łă§ă‚‚ăŸăŸă€ä»Šć›žă€ć€§äșșにăȘăŁăŠă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€äșșç”ŸăŁăŠć ±ă‚ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšăŒć…šăŠă˜ă‚ƒăȘいんだăȘă€ăšă€‚ăŸă ă€ć ±ă‚ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸä»ŠăŻă€ć ±ă‚ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸä»Šă§ă€ćčžă›ă ăȘăšă€‚äžæĄç†ăȘă“ăšăŻăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ć°‘ă—ă§ă‚‚ć‰ă‚’ć‘ă„ăŠæ­©ă„ăŠă„ă‘ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«é ‘ćŒ”ăŁăŠă„ăăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

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 ‘Yuzuru Hanyu’ in everyone’s memories, like at the Sochi and the Pyeongchang Olympics, may be mostly one of someone successful. But having competed up to this point, I’ve seen myself hit rock bottom many, many times. So in that sense, this time again, having grown up
I think being rewarded isn’t everything in life. But, right now, in this unrewarded present, I’m happy. There are a lot of unreasonable things, but I’ll work hard to be able to face forward and to keep walking, even just a little. 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

â€•â€•æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠăźæ„ŸæƒłăŻă€‚

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

ă€Œă„ă‚„ă‚ă€ă‚„ă‚Šćˆ‡ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăŻăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă§ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăšă‚‚ă«ć…šćŠ›ă§ć‡șă—ćˆ‡ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ăă‚ŒăŻç«¶æŠ€ăšă—ăŠă‚„ă‚Šćˆ‡ăŁăŸăȘっど。4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ă‚„ă‚Šćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŸăȘăăŁăŠæ„ć‘łă§ăźă‚„ă‚Šćˆ‡ăŁăŸă§ă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ä»Šæ—„ăŻä»Šæ—„ă§ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăźă™ă”ăç·ŠćŒ”ă—ăŸă—ăŸă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ć…šăŠăźæ€ă„ă‚’ă€ć…šăŠăźćčžă›ă‚’æŒ”æŠ€ă«èŸŒă‚ăŠă€‚ăȘんか、è‡Ș戆ぼă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆäșș生ぼいろんăȘă‚‚ăźă‚‚èŸŒă‚ăŠă€‚ă†ă‚“ă€‚èĄšçŸă§ăăŸă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘっど、è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ă€

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 I’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, I’ve been able to express various things of my skating life in this performance.

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰ăźç·Žçż’ăŻæ„œă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‹ă€‚

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

ă€€ă€Œæ„œă—ă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă—ă€äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«èŠ‹ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăˆă‚‹ăźăŒă†ă‚Œă—ă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă­ă€

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

 ――フăƒȘăƒŒćŸŒăźç·Žçż’ă‚‚ă€Œæ„œă—ă„ă€ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€ăăźæ„œă—ă•ăŻæœ€èż‘ăŻç”Œéš“ă—ăŠă„ăȘかったもぼか。

Q: You said that the practice after the free skate was “fun”, was that “fun” something you hadn’t experienced recently?

ă€€ă€Œă‚ïœžă€‚ćźŸăŻć…ˆă‚·ăƒŒă‚șンぼ、えっべ、フăƒȘăƒŒă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ăŒă€ă§ăă‚‹ăŸă§ă€äœ“ćŠ›ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăšă—ăŠă€ă†ă‚“ăšă€ä»ŠăŸă§ă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă€ăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čでできăȘă‹ăŁăŸăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ă‚’ă€ć…šéƒšăƒŽăƒŒăƒŸă‚čă§ă—ăŠă„ăăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă§ă€ăăźäž­ă«ăŻă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€2æ—„ç›źă«ă‚„ăŁăŸă€Žă‚Șăƒšăƒ©ćș§ăźæ€Șäșșă€ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻăŸă‚ă€æœ€ćŸŒă‚‰ăžă‚“ă«ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă€ŽăƒŽăƒŒăƒˆăƒ«ăƒ€ăƒ ăƒ»ăƒ‰ăƒ»ăƒ‘ăƒȘă€ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšăŻă€ă‚ăźćŸŒćŠă«4ć›žè»ąăƒˆăƒŒăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚’ć…„ă‚ŒăŠă€äž€ç•Șæœ€ćˆă«ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźæ§‹æˆăźă€Žăƒăƒ©ăƒŒăƒ‰çŹŹ1ç•Ș』べか。そういったいろんăȘăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ăȘんか、è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€æ¶ˆćŒ–ă—ćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ă„ă‚ă‚†ă‚‹èœăšă—ç‰©ă‚’ă€ăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšć›žćŽă—ăŠă€æŹĄă«é€ČめるăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă â€Šăă‚ŒăŻă€ăȘんか、è‡Șć·±æș€è¶łă«ă—かすぎăȘいぼかăȘっど、ăȘă‚“ă‹è€ƒăˆăŠă€‚ă›ăŁă‹ăèŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ă‚‹ăźă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ăăźć Žă§ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšćƒ•ăŒèĄšçŸă—ăŸă‹ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€ćƒ•ăŒèŠ‹ă›ăŸă‹ăŁăŸă€ăăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăŸăĄăźè‰Żă„ăšă“ă‚ă‚’èŠ‹ă›ăŠă‚ă’ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠæ»‘ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ăȘんかćčžă›ă ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ćƒ•ăŻèŠ‹ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ă‚‹ăźăŒæœŹćœ“ă«ć„œăăȘんだăȘっど。掟ç‚čă§ă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€æ”čă‚ăŠç«‹ăĄèż”ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

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. But
 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.

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

ă€€ă€Œä»Šă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăˆă°ă„ă„ăźă‹ăȘă€‚ă†ă‚“ăšăƒŒă€æ˜šæ—„ăŸă§ăźç·Žçż’ă§ăŻă€ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€æ™źé€šăŻ1錠ぼもぼを4錠くらいéŁČă‚“ă§ăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚źăƒȘゼăƒȘăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă‚„ăŁăŠă€ăă“ă§ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăźćłè¶łă‚’äœżă‚ăȘă„ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒƒăƒ—ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă‚’ă‚„ă‚‰ăȘă„ă§ă„ă‚Œă°ă€ăŸă‚ă€ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łăƒłă‚°ăŻăȘă‚“ăšă‹è€ăˆă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă‹ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€æ„œă—ă•ăšă‚ąăƒ‰ăƒŹăƒŠăƒȘンでăȘă‚“ăšă‹ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ä»Šæ—„ă€ăˆăŁăšă€ă‚ȘăƒŒăƒ—ăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăƒ•ă‚ŁăƒŠăƒŒăƒŹăźç·Žçż’ăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€ăŸă‚ăƒ•ă‚ŁăƒŠăƒŒăƒŹă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ăƒ•ă‚ŁăƒŠăƒŒăƒŹăźç·Žçż’ăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€‚ă§ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźç·Žçż’ă‚’ă—ăŸæ™‚ă«ä»Šæ—„ă€1怋しかéŁČんでăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă©ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă„ă‘ă‚‹ă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă€è©Šă—ăŸă‚‰ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăŁăĄă‚ƒç—›ă‹ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ă”ă”ă”ă”ă€‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ă‚‚ăƒ•ăƒƒăƒȘăƒ—ă‚‚è©Šă—ăŠâ€œă‚ă‚ă“ă‚Œăƒ€ăƒĄă â€ăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă—ă‹ă§ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ä»Šă‚‚ă­ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăŸăŸă€ćˆèšˆă€ä»Šæ—„ă§6錠くらいéŁČă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăŁăŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ăă†ă„ă†çŠ¶æłăȘăźă§ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă€è¶łéŠ–ăŻăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšäŒ‘ăŸă›ăŠă‚ă’ă‚ˆă†ă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šâ€ŠăȘă‚“ă ă‚ă€æ™źé€šă ăŁăŸă‚‰è¶łéŠ–ă ă‘ă§æžˆă‚€ć•éĄŒă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă“ă“ăŸă§æ„œă—ăŸă›ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹äž­ă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€è¶łéŠ–ă‚’ă‹ă°ă†ć‹•ăăŻćż…ăšă—ă‚‚ć‡șăŠăŠă€äœ“ăźăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čもかăȘă‚ŠćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă€ăŸă¶ă‚“ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘべころが痛くăȘăŁăŠă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚è·łă°ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšäŒ‘ăŸă›ăŠă‚ă’ăŠă€ă§ă€ăă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ă©ă“ăŸă§æˆ»ă‚‹ăźă‹ćˆ†ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ćƒ•ăźä»ŠćŸŒă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă€ăŸă ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‘ă˜ă‚ăŒă€ă„ăŠăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă„ă‚ă„ă‚è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰ç·ćˆçš„ă«ćˆ€æ–­ă—ăŠă€äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăŻæ±șă‚ăŸă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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 “If I didn’t do jumps that don’t use my right foot such as the loop, flip, or lutz”. We’ve edited the translation so that it fits the logic of what he’s saying more. He also didn’t attempt the loop, flip and lutz that much at post-competition practice sessions.

(**) T/N: “protect” 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

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Q: About skating competitively. By “I want to carry Yuzuru Hanyu’s skating to the end” (in an earlier interview), do you mean you will continue to do so next season as a competitive skater, or is it something different?

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Y: Well, I don’t think I mind the field. Yes, with so much fame, so much demand
 well it’s a little weird for me to say demand
but
 the skating of ‘Yuzuru Hanyu’ 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 don’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 “I like Yuzuru Hanyu’s skating after all” after watching me. 

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Q: (From foreign media) Can we ask you something in English?

Y: OK. Sure

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Q: (What do you think) about Nathan Chen? 

ă€ŒïŒˆæ—„æœŹèȘžă§è©łçŽ°ă‚’èȘžă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’äŒăˆăŸäžŠă§ïŒ‰ăˆăŁăšă€ä»Šăźăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ケă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§æ±‚ă‚ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŻă€ćœŒăŒć…šăŠæŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ă‚ă‚Œă ă‘ăźçČŸćșŠă§4ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’æ±șă‚ç¶šă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ăźăŻă€ć‡„ă„ă“ăšă ă—ă€‚ćƒ•ă«ăŻă€ă‚ăźçČŸćșŠă§4ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’ăšăŁăšç¶šă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšăŻă§ăăȘă„ăźă§ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠćœŒăŻć‡„ă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăă—ăŠă€äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă€ćƒ•ăŻă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă§é‡‘ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«ă‚’2ć€‹æŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăèš€ăˆăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żăźé‡‘ăƒĄăƒ€ăƒ«ăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŻăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒă‚żăƒŒă«ăšăŁăŠă€äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ć€§ćˆ‡ăȘă‚‚ăźă ă—ă€‚ăă‚Œă‚’ćœŒăŒă‚„ăŁăšæ‰‹ă«ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă§ăăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻâ€Šă†ă‚“ă€‚ăȘă‚“ăŁăŠèš€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ćƒ•ăŒèȘ°ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ç§°èł›ă—ăŸă„ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€‚èȘ°ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ăŠă‚ă§ăšă†ăŁăŠèš€ă„ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ćœŒăŻæœŹćœ“ă«çŽ æ™Žă‚‰ă—ă„ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒă‚żăƒŒă§ă€ă‚‚ă†ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€èš€è‘‰ă§èĄšă™ăźăŒć‡„ăé›Łă—ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ä»Šăźăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă€ä»Šăźç«¶æŠ€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźć…šăŠă‚’æŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźăŻćœŒă ăšćƒ•ăŻćżƒă‹ă‚‰æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚Thank you」

Y: (After saying he would answer in detail in Japanese) Uhm, I think that he possesses everything that is asked for in today’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 today’s figure skating, in current competitive figure skating. Thank you.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Winter Olympics – Post FS Interview – 20220210

ïŒœćŒ—äșŹäș”èŒȘăƒ»ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąïŒžç”·ć­ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă€æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ç”‚ăˆç©ă‚„ă‹ăȘèĄšæƒ…ăźçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆæ’źćœ±ăƒ»ć°æ”·é€”ă€€è‰Żćčč
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 10 February 2022

Part 1 | Part 2

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

PART 1

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ă€€â€•â€•ç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸæ™‚ăźèĄšæƒ…ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘă‚‚ăźă‚’æŠ±ăˆăŠé—˜ăŁăŠăăŸăźăŒäŒă‚ăŁăŸă€‚3ćșŠç›źăźäș”èŒȘă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŸæ°—æŒăĄăŻ

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?

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻă€ăŸă¶ă‚“ä»ŠăŸă§ăźäž­ă§äž€ç•Șèż‘ă‹ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ä»Šă§ăă‚‹ă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăźă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźăƒ™ă‚čトがあれかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă‚‚ă—ăŠăŸă™ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăźè»ąć€’ăŻć€§ăă‹ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ăȘんか、ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăă‚Œă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă‚ăźă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ăŁăŠă„ă†ç‰©èȘžăȘぼかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†éąšă«æ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰æ»‘ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: Um, well, I think of course the [quad] Axel this time was the closest I’ve gotten, up until now. I feel that maybe this is the utmost of what I can do for now, the best of Yuzuru Hanyu’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 “Ten to Chi to” possible.

ă€€â€•â€•ăƒ•ă‚Łăƒ‹ăƒƒă‚·ăƒ„ă§æ‰‹ă‚’æŒ™ă’ăŸăźăŻ6ç§’é–“ă ăŁăŸă€äœ•ă‚’æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăźă‹

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

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Y: It was long [laughs]

ă€€ă€Œă‚ăƒŒă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚ăźăƒăƒŒă‚șăŁăŠćźŸăŻă€Žć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ăźă€Žć€©ă€ă€ă€Žć€©ă€ăźæ„ć‘łă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźé­‚ă‚’ăƒ‘ăƒŒăƒłăŁăŠć€©ă«é€ă‚‹ăżăŸă„ăȘă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă‚‚ćƒ•ăźäž­ă§ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚9æ­łăźæ™‚ă«æ»‘ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€Žăƒ­ă‚·ă‚ąă‚ˆă‚Šæ„›ă‚’èŸŒă‚ăŠă€ăšă„ă†ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźæœ€ćŸŒăźăƒăƒŒă‚șべ搌じăȘんですね。ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ăă‚Œă‚’ă‚ăźæ™‚ăźè‡Ș戆べ重ね搈わせăȘがら、ăȘんか、ăČăšèš€ă§èš€ă†ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé›Łă—ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘæ°—æŒăĄăŒæžŠć·»ă„ăŠă„ăŸăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łăŻă€ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăˆă°ă„ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ă€é›Łă—ă„ăȘă€‚ă‚ăă“ăŸă§ă€ă‚ăźăƒăƒŒă‚șă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŠă€ćˆ€ă‚’ă—ăŸă†ăŸă§ăŒă€ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă‚’ăŻă‘ă‚‹ăŸă§ăŒă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăźă‚čăƒˆăƒŒăƒȘăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŻă„ăŸă™ă€

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

 ――ăƒȘンクć‡șă‚‹æ™‚ă«æ°·ă«éĄ”ă‚’ă€ă‘ăŠă„ăŸ

Q: You put some ice on your face when you exited the rink


ă€€ă€ŒæœŹćœ“ă€ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€ă‚ăźă€ă†ïœžă‚“ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă§ă€ă‚ă‚“ăȘこずにăȘăŁăĄă‚ƒăŁăŠă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă—ă€ăȘんか、ねぇ、いろんăȘă“ăšă‚’ç©ă‚“ă§ăăŠă€æ­Łă—ă„ćŠȘćŠ›ă‚‚ă—ăŠăăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒè€ƒăˆă†ă‚‹ć…šăŠă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚ă€ć ±ă‚ă‚Œă­ăˆăȘăšă‹ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ä»Šæ—„ăŸă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€æœŹćœ“ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă“ă“ăŸă§è·łă°ă—ăŠăă‚ŒăŠă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰æ„Ÿă˜ăŠăŸă—ăŸă€

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, somehow
 yes, in my opinion, I’ve accumulated a lot of things and also put out the right efforts until now, and I think I’ve done everything that I could think of. I’ve done all of it till this day thinking “Ah, (those efforts) are not rewarded”. However, truly, in the end, I felt thankful thinking “thank you for letting me jump to this level until now”.

 ――こぼäș”èŒȘăŻæ„œă—ă‚ăŸă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œć…šç„¶ă€æ„œă—ăăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă€ăŻă„ă€‚ă‚‚ă†ă€ă„ăŁă±ă„ă„ăŁă±ă„ă§ă—ăŸă€ăŻă„ă€

Y: No, it wasn’t enjoyable at all. No, [because] there was so much going on.

 ――äș”èŒȘăšăŻă©ă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă ăŁăŸă‹

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

 「はは、ăČăšèš€ă˜ă‚ƒèš€ăˆăȘă„ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă€‚ă‚œăƒă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŻă‚œăƒă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă§æ‚”ă—ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă«ć‹ăŁăŸăšă“ă‚ă§ă—ăŸă—ă€‚ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łăŻæˆé•·ă§ăăŸăšă“ă‚ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘいし。ćčłæ˜ŒăŻă€ăăźæˆé•·ăźă‚‚ăźă‚’ć…šéƒšć‡șă—ćˆ‡ă‚ŒăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ä»Šć›žăŻă€ă©ă†ăȘんだろうăȘă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ™‚é–“ăŒç”Œă€ăšèŠ‹ăˆăŠăă‚‹ă‚‚ăźă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăăŁăŸă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚€ăƒ‰ă‚’è©°ă‚èŸŒă‚“ă ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă ăŁăŸăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Haha, I can’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 I’ve made. This time, how to say it. It might become clearer after some time has passed, but I think it’s been an Olympics where I fought my best with all of my pride.

ïŒœćŒ—äșŹäș”èŒȘăƒ»ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąïŒžç”·ć­ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă€ć†’é ­ăź4ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«ć‘ă‹ă†çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠïŒˆæ’źćœ±ăƒ»ć°æ”·é€”ă€€è‰Żćčč
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

ă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă€èȘžă‚‹ă€€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒç·šïŒˆ2ïŒ‰ă€‘

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Q: How’s your right foot?

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€æ­Łç›Žă€è©łă—ăè©±ă™ă‹ă©ă†ă‹ă‚’ć‡„ăæ‚©ă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ć‹ăŠăŸă‚‰èš€ăŁăŠă‚‚ă„ă„ă‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€ă©ă†èš€ăŁăŸă‚‰ćˆ†ă‹ă‚‰ăȘいですけど、かăȘă‚Šă€ă‚ăźă€ă„ă‚ă„ă‚æ‰‹ă‚’ćŠ ăˆăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăäœ•ăšă‹ç«‹ăŠăŸăŁăŠæ„Ÿă˜ă§ă™ă€

Y: Um, to be honest, I’m really conflicted on how in-depth I should talk about it. Well, I’ve been thinking that I could probably talk about it if I won. Frankly speaking, I don’t know how I should put it, but probably, uhm, I received a lot of treatment. I feel like that’s solely why I could somehow keep standing.

ă€€â€•â€•ăă†ă„ă†çŠ¶æłă§ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă«ć‘ă‹ă†äž€ç•ȘćŒ·ă„æ°—æŒăĄăŻ

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

ă€€ă€Œç”¶ćŻŸă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«é™ă‚Šă‚‹ăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ç”¶ćŻŸă€ć›žă‚Šăă‚‹ă‚“ă ăŁăŠă€‚è‡Ș戆ぼă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚’ć‡șă—ăă‚‹ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: I was thinking “I definitely have to land the (quad) Axel”, “I’m definitely gonna rotate all the way”. I was thinking I would bring out my own skating.

 ――4ć›žè»ąćŠăźæ‰‹ćżœăˆăŻ

Q: How was the response for the quad Axel?

ă€€ă€Œæ‰‹ćżœăˆăŻè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă‚ăźă€ć‡„ăă€ă‚ă€ă“ă‚ŒăŒ4ć›žè»ąćŠăźć›žè»ąăźé€ŸćșŠăȘă‚“ă ăŁăŠă€‚ă“ă“ă‹ă‚‰ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łăƒłă‚°ă‚’ă€ăă‚‹ă«ăŻă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšć±é™șすぎるかもしれăȘいですけど、äșșé–“ă«ăŻă§ăăȘいかもしれăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ćƒ•ăȘりぼ4ć›žè»ąćŠăŻă§ăăŠă„ăŸă‹ăȘăŁăŠă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

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 I’ve been able to do the best quad Axel that I can deliver.

 ――ç©ș䞭でどんăȘæ°—æŒăĄ

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

 「まま、ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăˆă°ă„ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ă€‚ăŸă¶ă‚“ă€ćƒ•ă—ă‹æ„Ÿă˜ăŸă“ăšăȘă„ă‚‚ăźă ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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

 ――4AăźæŒ‘æˆŠă€ăŸă ç¶šăă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œă‚‚ă†ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ™‚é–“ăă ă•ă„ă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè€ƒăˆăŸă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă€ăă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă€ä»Šć›žă‚„ă‚ŠăăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

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

ă€€â€•â€•ă‚šă‚­ă‚·ăƒ“ă‚žăƒ§ăƒłăźæ™‚ă«ă‚‚ăŠă‚ŠăŸă™ăźă§â€ŠïŒˆäž­ć›œăƒĄăƒ‡ă‚Łă‚ąïŒ‰

Q: [from Chinese media] You can also do it at the exhibition


ă€€ă€Œă‚šă‚­ă‚·ăƒ“ă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă€ćƒ•ïŒŸă€

Y: Am I included in the exhibition?

 ――もし、チャンă‚čăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă©ă†ă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄă‚’ć‡șă—ăŸă„ă‹ïŒˆäž­ć›œăƒĄăƒ‡ă‚Łă‚ąïŒ‰

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]?

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšă€çš†ă•ă‚“ă«æ„ŸèŹă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€ăČăŸă™ă‚‰ă€‚ä»Šć›žăźæŒ”æŠ€ăŒçš†ă•ă‚“ăźæœŸćŸ…ă«ćżœăˆă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‹ăŻă‚ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ćżœæŽă—ăŠăă ă•ăŁăŸçš†ă•ă‚“ăźćżœæŽă‚’ă€ć…šăŠć—ă‘ć–ăŁăŠă€ăȘă’ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă‹ă©ă†ă‹ăŻă‚ă‹ă‚‰ăȘăăŠă€‚æ­Łç›Žă€ă”ă‚ă‚“ăȘă•ă„ăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄă‚‚ăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ăȘă‚“ă‹çš†ă•ă‚“ă«ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă§ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ăŁăŠă„ă†æ°—æŒăĄăŒć±Šăă‚ˆă†ăȘæŒ”æŠ€ă«ăȘったらいいăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€

Y: Um, I really truly want to express my gratitude to everyone. I don’t know if my performances this time lived up to everyone’s expectations, and I don’t know if I was able to connect all of the support I received from everyone to it. Honestly, I also really feel sorry. That’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 1 | Part 2

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

PART 1

ă€€ă€ŒăŠă­ăŒă„ă—ăŸă™ă€ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Thank you for your time today.

 ――4ć›žè»ąă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăŻ

Q: What happened with the opening quad salchow?

 「ăȘんか 穎にäč—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€

Yuzuru: Um, I got caught in a hole.

ă€€â€•â€•ăŻăŸăŁăŸăźă‹

Q: Did you get stuck in it?

ă€€ă€ŒăŻăŸăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŻăŸăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă€ăȘんか、搌じゾャンプでè‡Șćˆ†ăźăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒă‚čă«ăŻăŸăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă€‚2019ćčŽăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŒăă‚ŒăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ăŸă¶ă‚“ă€ăăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăźă€2019ćčŽăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăźăƒŸă‚čăŻă€ăˆăƒŒă€6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ăźæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚ăŸă‚Šă«ă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ăƒŸăƒȘć˜äœă§ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă§ăă™ăŽăŠăŠă€ćŒă˜ăšă“ă‚ă§è·łă‚“ă§ă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ä»Šć›žăŻăăźăƒŸă‚čがもうè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ç”Œéš“ăŒă‚ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăš6ćˆ†é–“ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă‚‰ă—ăŠăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă§ă€æœŹç•Șăźæ™‚ă«ćźŒç’§ăȘăƒ•ă‚©ăƒŒăƒ ă§ćźŒç’§ăȘă‚żă‚€ăƒŸăƒłă‚°ă§ă„ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹è·łă‚“ă çžŹé–“ă«ă‚‚ă†ç©ŽăŒć…„ăŁăŠăŠă€‚ă‚‚ă†ăƒˆăƒŒă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăźç©Žă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ă‚‚ă†ă€ă—ă‚ˆă†ăŒăȘいです」

Y: Rather than get stuck
 it’s more like
 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 there’s nothing I could do about it.

ă€€â€•â€•æœă«ćˆă‚ăŠæœŹç•ȘăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă‚’æ»‘ăŁăŸă€‚èȘżæ•Žæ–čæł•ă‚’æŒŻă‚Šèż”ăŁăŠ

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

 「いや、かăȘりいいです、むしろ。あぼ、6ćˆ†é–“ç·Žçż’ă‚‚ć‡„ăè‰Żă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă—ă€‚äœ“ćŠ›ă‚‚ć‡„ăè‰Żă„æ„ŸèŠšă§æź‹ăŁăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă€ă‚łăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłăŒă€ăŸă ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šæ•ŽăŁăŸçŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă„ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ä»Šæ—„ăźăƒŸă‚čはもう、è‡Șćˆ†ă§ăŻă©ă†ă“ă†ă—ă‚ˆă†ă‚‚ăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă€ăŸăŸäž€ç”Ÿæ‡žć‘œă‚„ă‚ŠăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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, I’d like to stay in this good condition. Today’s mistake was something that I couldn’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. 

ă€€â€•â€•ă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăźćŸŒăŻă©ă‚“ăȘæ°—æŒăĄă§æ»‘ăŁăŸăźă‹

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

 「ăȘんか、ăȘんか、あったăȘ、みたいăȘă€‚ăŸă‚ă€äœ•ă‚ˆă‚Šă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźæ„ŸèŠšăźäž­ă§ăƒŸă‚čではăȘă„ăźă§ă€ă‚ă‚ŒăŻă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăăźăŸăŸă€ă‚ăźć…šç„¶ă€æ°—æŒăĄă‚’ćˆ‡ă‚‰ă›ăšă«ăƒ—ăƒ­ă‚°ăƒ©ăƒ ăšă—ăŠæˆă‚Šç«‹ăŁăŠă„ăŸă‚ˆă†ă«ăŻă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Y: Well
 kind of like, “well, that happened”. In any case, to my senses, that kind of thing wasn’t a mistake to me. So, I think that’s why I was able to continue on with the program without it affecting my mind at all.

â€•â€•ä»Šæ—„ăŻæ„Ÿæƒ…ă‚’æŠ‘ăˆăŠă„ăŸăźă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œæ„Ÿæƒ…ă‚’æŠ‘ăˆăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€äœ•ă‹ă‚’èŠ‹ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšäž€ă€ă€ă‹ă‘ă‚‰ăŒćŽ©ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ă€ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăȘă‚“ă‹ćźŒæˆă•ă‚ŒăŠăȘăèŠ‹ăˆăŸă‚“ă ăšă€‚ă—ă‚ˆă†ăŒăȘいです、はい」

Y: Rather than refocus my feelings [after the mistake], how do I put it
 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.

 ――ç‚čæ•°ă‚’ă©ă†ć—ă‘æ­ąă‚ă‚‹ă‹

Q: How are you dealing with today’s score?

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚Œă§ă‚‚95ç‚čć‡șă—ăŠă„ăŸă ă‘ăŸăźăŻă€ć‡„ăă‚ă‚ŠăŒăŸă„ă§ă™ă—ă€‚ăă‚Œă ă‘ă€ăŸă‚ă€ä»–ăźă‚Żă‚ȘăƒȘăƒ†ă‚ŁăŒé«˜ăă§ăăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă€è‡Șćˆ†ă‚’ă»ă‚ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăȘんですかね、もう、ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€æ­Łç›Žèš€ăŁăŠă€ăȘんか惕、æ‚ȘいこべしたかăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŻăŻăŻă€‚ăȘんかæ‚Șいこべしたから、こうăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸăźă‹ăȘべかっど。ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚‚ă†ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă“ăšă—ă‹è€ƒăˆă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘいくらいぼミă‚čでした、はい」

Y: Well, I’m really thankful to be even getting 95 points with [that kind of error]. I think that’s because I was able to complete the other elements with high quality and I’d like to commend myself for that. How to put it. Well
 truthfully speaking, I wondered if I had done something bad. Hahaha. Like somehow
was 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. 

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

 ――ここはäș”èŒȘăšă„ă†ćŒ·ă„æ°—æŒăĄăŻă‚ăŁăŸă‹

Q: Did you have any strong sense of this being ‘the Olympics’?

ă€€ă€Œă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă„ă€ă‚‚ăšé•ă†ç©șæ°—æ„Ÿă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ă†ă‚“ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă§ă‚‚ć‡„ăă„ă„é›†äž­çŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă€äœ•äž€ă€ă»ă“ă‚ăłăźăȘă„çŠ¶æ…‹ă ăŁăŸăźă§ă€ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ä»Šć‡„ăă€ăȘんかミă‚čăźćŽŸć› ă‚’æŽąă™ăšæ•Žç†ăŒă€ă‹ăȘいですね。ăȘんか、ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźæ–čでぼミă‚čăŻăŸăŁăŸăăȘかったぼで。ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ć«Œă‚ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšă—ăŸă‹ăȘă‚ăŁăŠïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ć‡„ă„æ°·ă«ć«Œă‚ă‚ŒăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸăȘă‚ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă€

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 won’t be able to sort them out. I don’t think there were any mistakes with the skating element. It’s like
 I wonder if I did something to be hated (laughs), like I skated while thinking I must be really hated by the ice.

 ――2æ—„ć‰ă«ć…„ăŁăŸç†ç”±ă‚’

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

ă€€ă€ŒăˆăŁăšïœžă€è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ă€é•·ăă„ă‚Œă°ă„ă‚‹ă»ă©ă€ă ă‚ŒăŠăă‚‹ăšă„ă†ăźăŒă‚ăŁăŠă€æź”々èȘżć­ăŒæ‚ȘくăȘăŁăŠăă‚‹ăźăŒă€ç”æ§‹ă‚·ăƒ‹ă‚ąă«äžŠăŒăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰ăŻæ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŠă€‚äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăšă‹ă‚‚é•·ă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă‚ăŸă‚Šé•·ăă‚„ă‚Šç¶šă‘ăĄă‚ƒă†ăšă€æ°—ćˆăŒć…„ă‚Šă™ăŽăŠă—ăŸă†ăźă§ă€‚ç–ČれちゃうăȘっどいうぼもあっど。ゼăƒȘゼăƒȘă«ă€ă‚ăźă€ć›Łäœ“æˆŠăźăƒĄăƒłăƒăƒŒç™șèĄšăŒă‚ăŁăŸæ™‚ç‚čで、ゼăƒȘゼăƒȘă«ă—ă‚ˆă†ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’æ±șă‚ăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: Um
 for me personally, since I became a Senior skater, I’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]. 

 ――戝めどSPéŠ–äœă§ăȘă„é †äœă§ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒă‚’èżŽăˆă‚‹

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

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ïŒˆć–æă‚’ć—ă‘ăŠă„ăŸæ™‚ç‚čă§ïŒ‰ăŸă é †äœăŒæ±șăŸăŁăŠă„ăȘいぼでăȘă‚“ăšă‚‚èš€ăˆăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă‚ăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒé ‘ćŒ”ă‚‹ă—ă‹ăȘいですよね、はい」

Y: Well, (at the time of the interview) the starting order hasn’t been decided yet so I can’t really say anything but, well, I can only do my best in the free program, yes. 

ă€€â€•â€•ïŒˆè‹±èȘžă§ïŒ‰4AはフăƒȘăƒŒă§è·łă¶ăźă‹ă€æˆćŠŸă§ăă‚‹ă‹

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

ă€€ă€ŒïŒˆè‹±èȘžă§ïŒ‰ă§ăă‚‹ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚ă“ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăŒè‡Șćˆ†ă«ăšăŁăŠé›Łă—ă„ăźăŻćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚ć…šăŠă«é›†äž­ă—ăȘいべいけăȘă„ă€‚ćŒ•ăç¶šăă€ć…šăŠăźă“ăšă«è‡Ș戆ぼベă‚čăƒˆă‚’ć°œăă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ă€

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.

 ――10æ—„ă«ă©ă‚“ăȘă€Œć€©ăšćœ°ăšă€ă‚’ăżă›ăŸă„ă‹

Q: What kind of performance of “Ten to Chi to” do you want to show on the 10th [day of the free program]? 

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€æ°·ă«ćŒ•ăŁă‹ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚äž€æ—„äž€ć–„ă ă‘ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€æœŹćœ“ă«äž€æ—„ćć–„ăă‚‰ă„ă—ăȘきゃいけăȘいぼかăȘăšă‹ăŁăŠăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă€ç·Žçż’ăšă—ăŠăŻă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šç©ă‚ăŠăăŠă„ăŠă€‚æŒ”æŠ€ă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă™ă”ăè‡ȘäżĄăŒă‚ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ă§æ„ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă‚‚ă†ă€ç„žăźăżăžçŸ„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ăšă«ă‹ăă€ăŸă æ™‚é–“ăŻă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă“ăźă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŸćŸŒăźæ™‚é–“ă‚’æœ‰ćŠčă«æŽ»ç”šă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ă»ă‚“ăšă«ăżăȘă•ă‚“ăźæ€ă„ă‚’ć—ă‘ć–ă‚Šă€ă€ă€ćźŒæˆă•ă‚ŒăŸă‚‚ăźă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă™ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

Y: Well, hopefully one in which I don’t get caught in the ice [laughs]. Rather than the saying “one good deed a day”*, I’m wondering if I now have to do like ten good deeds a day [to avoid this happening again] (laughs). But, I think I’ve done enough practice to justify that much. I think I’ve come here with a lot of confidence in my performances. As for the rest, well, maybe only God knows. In any case, there’s still time. Also, by making good use of the time after the short program [until the free], and really taking in everyone’s feelings, I want to turn my performance into something complete. Thank you for having me. Thank you, I’ll do my best [in the free program].

*T/N: Referring to a Japanese proverb, ă€Œäž€æ—„äž€ć–„ 」 “[doing] one good deed a day”

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

ïŒœćŒ—äșŹäș”èŒȘăƒ»ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąïŒžćŒ—äșŹć…„ă‚ŠćŸŒă€ćˆç·Žçż’ă™ă‚‹çŸœç”ŸïŒˆæ’źćœ±ăƒ»ć°æ”·é€”ă€€è‰Żćčč
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Article originally published 7 February 2022

Translation: @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14

ă€€â€•â€•ćˆç·Žçż’ă‚’ç”‚ăˆăŠ

ă€€ă€ŒăŠă€ă‹ă‚Œă•ăŸă§ă™ăŁïŒăˆăŁăšïœžă€ă™ă”ăé›†äž­ă—ăŠă§ăăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“æœ€ćˆăźæ–čăŻă€ă‚ăźïœžă€ăŸă‚ç·ŠćŒ”æ„Ÿă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€ăˆïœžă€æ°·ăźæ„Ÿè§ŠăšăźăȘんか、èȘżæ•ŽăżăŸă„ăȘ。è‡Ș戆ぼ侭でぼèȘżæ•ŽăżăŸă„ăȘă‚‚ăźăŻăĄă‚‡ăŁăšăšă€ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€æœ€ç”‚çš„ă«ăŻé›†äž­ă—ăȘăŒă‚‰ç·Žçż’ă§ăăŸăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă„ă„æ„ŸèŠšă ăŁăŸăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

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, eh
 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. 

ă€€â€•â€•ă“ă“ăŸă§4AをçȘăè©°ă‚ă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠăăŸăźă‹

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚ăźïœžă€æŻŽæ—„ă‚łăƒłăƒ‡ă‚Łă‚·ăƒ§ăƒłăŻć€‰ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ă‚ăźă€ăŸă ă€ăŸă‚ă“ă“ă«æ„ăŠ1ć›žç›źăźç·Žçż’ă ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ăŸă æ€ă„ćˆ‡ăŁăŠă‚„ăŁăŠăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ăŻă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ć°‘ă—ăšă€ă€ă“ă“ă§ă‚‚æˆé•·ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‘ă‚Œă°ă„ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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

Y: Well, of course
 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 I’ll make some improvements even here (at the Olympics).. 

ă€€â€•â€•ć…šæ—„æœŹă‹ă‚‰ă“ă“ăŸă§ćŠ›ă‚’ć…„ă‚ŒăŠăăŸă“ăšăŻ

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€4Aた緎習はかăȘă‚Šă‚„ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ăźă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šé›Łă—ă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚‚é”æˆă—ăŸă„ç›źæš™ă§ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă€ăŸă‚è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăŒă€ă“たă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă§äžŠă«èĄŒăăŸă‚ă«ăŻç”¶ćŻŸă«ćż…èŠă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€

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

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

 ――3ćșŠç›źăźäș”èŒȘă€ä»ŠăŸă§ăšăźé•ă„ăŻ

 「そうですね。ăȘă‚“ă‹ä»ŠăŸă§ăźă‚ȘăƒȘンピックはè‡Șćˆ†ăŒă€ă†ïœžă‚“ăšă€ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŸă“ăšăšă‹ă€ăŸă‚ă€ăȘă‚“ă ă‚ă€ä»ŠăŸă§ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šé™ă‚ŠăŠăăŸă‚‚ăźăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’ăȘんかć‡șし戇れば拝どるみたいăȘæ„ŸèŠšă§ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ä»Šć›žăŻăŸă æˆé•·ă—ăȘくどはいけăȘă„ăšă“ă‚ăŒă‚ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ă§ăźè©ŠćˆăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€ć…šæ—„æœŹă§ă‚‚ăă†ă§ă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŁăŠă„ă†èˆžć°ă§ăźç·ŠćŒ”æ„ŸăŻç‰č戄だăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Q: This being your third Olympics, what’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, I’m in a position where I still have to up my level. In a sense, it’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.

 ――4AăŻæˆćŠŸă—ăŸăźă‹

ă€€ă€Œă‚“ăŁăšïœžă€ăŸă æˆćŠŸă—ăŠăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăšă‚Šă‚ăˆăšă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ă“ăŁăĄæ„ăŠæ„Ÿè§Šăšă—ăŠăŻă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šæ”źăă‚‚ă„ă„ă§ă™ă—ă€ć›žè»ąăźă‹ă‘æ–čもわりべやりやすいăȘă‚ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ä»Šæ—„ă‚„ăŁăŠăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸăšăŻă€ć›žè»ąă—ăă‚ŠăŸă„ă§ă™ă€

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

Y: Hm~ I haven’t yet. Anyway, um, since I’ve come here I’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.

ă€€â€•â€•ć›Łäœ“æˆŠăźćˆșæż€ăŻ

ă€€ă€Œă‚ă‚ă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“ăšă€ćˆșæż€ăšă„ă†ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€ăƒȘăƒłă‚Żć‡„ăè‰Żă•ăă†ă ăȘă‚ăšæ€ăŁăŠăĄă‚‡ăŁăšćź‰ćżƒă—ăŠăŸă—ăŸă€

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.

 ――SPに搑けお

 「SPïŒŸă”ă”ă”ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŻă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ă‚ăźă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“è‡Ș戆è‡Șèș«ăźäž­ă§ă‚‚ć†·é™ă«è€ƒăˆăŠă€4A*ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻć‡„ă„è€ƒăˆăŠă—ăŸă†ăŻă€ă—ăŸă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăŻă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă«ă‚‚ć‡„ăæ„›æƒ…ă‚’æŒăŁăŠă€ă‚ăźă€ă†ăƒŒă‚“â€Šă€ăŸăšă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă«ć‘ă‘ăŠă§ăă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’1ă€ăšă€ç©ăżé‡ă­ăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

Q: Regarding the Short Program

Y: The Short Program? Hehehe. The Short
well. Of course, I’m thinking rationally about it, and I end up thinking a lot about the 4A. But the Short Program is the Short Program. I’d like to really pour a lot of love into the Short
 um
yes, one by one, I’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

ă€€â€•â€•ïŒˆè‹±èȘžă§ïŒ‰ă‚ȘăƒŒă‚”ăƒŒăŒăƒȘăƒłă‚Żă‚”ă‚€ăƒ‰ă«ç«‹ăŸăȘい

ă€€ă€Œă‚ăƒŒă€ăˆăŁăšæ—„æœŹèȘžă§ç­”ăˆăŸă™ă€‚ăˆăŁăšăƒŒă€ăƒ–ăƒ©ă‚€ă‚ąăƒłă‚łăƒŒăƒă«ă‚‚ă€ă‚žă‚čăƒ©ăƒłă‚łăƒŒăƒă«ă‚‚ă€ăƒˆăƒŹă‚·ăƒŒă‚łăƒŒăƒă«ă‚‚ă€ă‚ăźă€ć‡„ăăĄă‚ƒă‚“ăšèŠ‹ăŠă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€‚ć‡„ăă€ă‚ăźă€ćœŒè‡Șèș«ăŒćƒ•ăźăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ†ă‚Łăƒłă‚’ä»Šć›žă€ć€§ćˆ‡ă«ă—ăŠăă‚ŒăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ćœąă§ă™ă€

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 they’d like to respect my routine.

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

Photo by Naoki Nishimura, AfloSport

Article originally published 17 January 2021

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @yuzueco & @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.

çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŒă€ćČäžŠćˆăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąćŠăźæ‰‰ăžæ‰‹ă‚’æŽ›ă‘ăŸă€‚2021ćčŽć…šæ—„æœŹéžæ‰‹æš©ă§ă€è©Šćˆă§ćˆă‚ăŠæŒ‘æˆŠă€‚ć›žè»ąäžè¶łăźćˆ€ćźšăšăȘăŁăŸă‚‚ăźăźă€â€œć›žè»ąăźçœŸćźŸâ€ăžăšè‚‰è–„ă—ă€ă€ă‚ă‚‹ă“ăšă‚’ç€șă—ăŸă€‚ăă—ăŠă‚‚ă†ïŒ‘äșșă€ă“ăźă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ăźäž–ç•Œă«æŒ‘ă‚“ă äșșç‰©ăŒă„ă‚‹ă€‚ă€ŒăČねり」ぼ第侀äșșè€…ă§ă€ç·Žçż’ă§ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ă‚’æˆćŠŸă—ăŸäœ“æ“ăźç™œäș•ć„äž‰ă•ă‚“ă ă€‚ă€Œć›žè»ąă€ăźèŠ–ç‚čă‹ă‚‰ă€ç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăŒïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«ă€ă„ăŠèȘžăŁăŸă€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu has his hand on the door of history’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 ‘truth of rotations’. And then there is one other person, a human who has taken on this world of ‘4.5’. The person who is the leading expert on ‘twisting’, who has landed a 4.5 twist in practice, Kenzo Shirai. Shirai spoke about the 4A from the viewpoint of achieving such ‘rotations’. revolutions. 

â€•â€•çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŒă„ăŸă€ŒïŒ”ć›žè»ąćŠă€ăšă„ă†äž–ç•Œă«æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă€Œć›žè»ąă€ăšă„ă†èŠ–ç‚čă‹ă‚‰ă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŻèƒœæ€§ă‚’ăŠèžăă§ăă‚Œă°ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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 rotations 

çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăžăźæŒ‘æˆŠăŻă€æœŹćœ“ă«ă‹ăŸăšă‚’éŁČă‚“ă§èŠ‹ćźˆă‚‰ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ă‚‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ă€ăČă­ă‚ŠïŒˆæšȘć›žè»ąïŒ‰ă‚’ă©ă†ç”Ÿăżć‡șă—ă€ă©ă†ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă™ă‚‹ă‹ăŒć…±é€šă™ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€äœ“æ“ăźèŠ–ç‚čからè‰Č々ăȘă“ăšă‚’è€ƒăˆăȘăŒă‚‰èŠ‹ăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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.

――癜äș•ă•ă‚“ăŻçŸćœčæ™‚ä»Łă«ă€è‡Șă‚‰ăźćă€Œă‚·ăƒ©ă‚€ă€ăŒă€ăæ–°æŠ€ă‚’ïŒ–çšźéĄžă‚‚ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ïŒ“ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ïŒ”ć›žăČねりăȘă©ă€ćœ“æ™‚ăźćžžè­˜ă‚’ăă€ăŒăˆă™é«˜é€Ÿć›žè»ąăźæŠ€ă§ă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ç•Œă§ăŻă€æšȘć›žè»ąăźă“ăšă‚’ă€ŒăČă­ă‚Šă€ăšă„ă„ăŸă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§ăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšăźć…±é€šç‚čăŻă‚ă‚‹ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă‹ïŒŸ

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? 

äœ“æ“ăźć ŽćˆăŻă€çžŠć›žè»ąăšăČă­ă‚ŠïŒˆæšȘć›žè»ąïŒ‰ăźäžĄæ–čă‚’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ăŒă€è»žè¶łăŒă‚ă‚Šă€è»žæ‰‹ăŒă‚ă‚Šă€ć›žè»ąă‚’ă‚łăƒłăƒˆăƒ­ăƒŒăƒ«ă™ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšăŻćŒă˜ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸăŸć›žè»ąăŒć€šăăȘă‚‹ă»ă©ă€Œă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă™ă‹ă€ă‚’è€ƒăˆăŠă„ăăšă“ă‚ă‚‚äŒŒăŠă„ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ćƒ•ăźăČă­ă‚ŠăŻćłć›žè»ąă§ă€ćłăŒè»žæ‰‹ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ăšăŻăĄă‚‡ă†ă©ććŻŸć›žă‚Šă§ă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ă‚‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ă€ć›žè»ąăźç†è«–ăŻć…±é€šă™ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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 ‘axis’ 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. 

――ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąă‚‚ă€ç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăŻè„šă‚’ç”„ă‚€ă‚żă‚€ăƒ—ă§ă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăšă»ăšă‚“ă©ćŒă˜ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąăŻă€æŠ€ă«ă©ă‚“ăȘćœ±éŸżăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă€‚

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?

ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąă‚„è…•ăźäœçœźăšă„ă†ăźăŻă€éžæ‰‹ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠé•ă„ăŸă™ă€‚è„šăŻç”„ăŸăšă«æƒăˆă‚‹éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă„ăŸă™ă€‚è…•ă‚‚ă€è»žă‚’çŽ°ăă—ă‚ˆă†ăšă—ăŠè‚˜ă‚’ç•łă‚€éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă€è‚˜ă‚’ćŒ”ăŁăŠăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ć–ă‚‹éžæ‰‹ă‚‚ă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă‚‚ç©șäž­ć§żć‹ąăźæ‰‹ă‚„éĄ”ăźäœçœźăŻă€éžæ‰‹ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠé•ă„ăŸă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻè‚˜ăŒć‡șăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€ć›žè»ąè»žăźăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čă‚’ăšă‚‹ă‚żă‚€ăƒ—ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă€‚è…•ă‚’ç•łă‚ă°ć›žè»ąè»žăŻçŽ°ăăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ăŒă€è»žăŻăƒ–ăƒŹă‚„ă™ăăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ć›žè»ą(速ćșŠ)ă‚’ăšă‚‹ă‹è»žă‚’ăšă‚‹ă‹ă§ă€éžæ‰‹ă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čが異ăȘるでしょう。

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.

â€•â€•çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻă€ăšă«ă‹ăć›žè»ąăăźă‚‚ăźăŒçŸŽă—ăă€ć›žè»ąè»žăŒăƒ–ăƒŹă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻç©ș侭槿拱でも戆かるんですね。

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, isn’t it?

çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźć‰ă«ă‹ăȘă‚ŠéĄ”ă‚’æ­ąă‚ăŠă‹ă‚‰è·łă¶ă€ăšă„ă†ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚äœ“æ“ă§ă‚‚ă€æŠ€ăŒé€Łç¶šă™ă‚‹ăšăă«é ­ăŒć‹•ă„ăŠă—ăŸă†ăšă€ç†æƒłé€šă‚Šăźć›žè»ąă«ć…„ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šă—ăŸă™ă—ă€é ­ăźäœçœźăŻć€§ćˆ‡ă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ă€‚ćƒ•ă‚‚ă€æŠ€ăźé–‹ć§‹ă‹ă‚‰ç”‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă§ă€é ­ăźäœçœźăŒă‚șハăȘă„ăźă‚’ćŒ·ăżă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸă ă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąăŸă§ăŻă€ŒéĄ”ă‚’ć‹•ă‹ă•ăȘă„ă€ăŒă‚»ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒŒă§ă™ăŒă€ïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă«æŒ‘æˆŠă™ă‚‹ăšăăŻă€éĄ”ă‚’ć‹•ă‹ă™ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚

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. 

â€•â€•ćźŸăŻă€ç™œäș•ă•ă‚“ăŻç·Žçż’ă§ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ă‚’æˆćŠŸă•ă›ăŠă„ă‚‹ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žăČă­ă‚Šăšă€ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ăŻă€ă©ă‚“ăȘæŠ€èĄ“ăźé•ă„ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‹ïŒŸ

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?

ïŒ”ć›žăČă­ă‚ŠïŒˆïŒ”ć›žè»ąïŒ‰ăŸă§ăŻă€ćƒ•ăŻè»žă‚’ć€§ćˆ‡ă«ă™ă‚‹ăźă§ă€éĄ”ă‚„ă€ć…ˆèĄŒă™ă‚‹ćłè‚©ăŻć‹•ă‹ă•ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ç€ćœ°ă™ă‚‹ăŸă‚ă«ăŻć›žè»ąè»žăŒć€§äș‹ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ćčŒć°‘æœŸă‹ă‚‰ăă†çż’ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă‚‚ïŒ”ć›žćŠă«ăȘăŁăŸăšăă«ă€è»žă‚’ć€§äș‹ă«ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹æš‡ăŒăȘかったんですよ。è‡Șćˆ†ăźè€ç©șæ™‚é–“ăźăȘかに4.5ć›žă‚’ć…„ă‚Œă‚‹ăźă«ă€ăăźćŻ†ćșŠă‚’è€ƒăˆă‚‹ăšă€ă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚‚æ™‚é–“ăŒè¶łă‚ŠăȘă„ă€‚ïŒ”ć›žăČă­ă‚ŠăŸă§ăŻă€è·łă‚“ă ă‚ăšăŸăšè»žă‚’äœœăŁăŠă€ăă‚Œă‹ă‚‰ăČă­ă‚ŠăŻă˜ă‚ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă™ăŒă€4.5曞べăȘă‚‹ăšè»žă‚’äœœă‚‹æ™‚é–“ă‚‚æœ°ă•ăȘă„ăšé–“ă«ćˆă‚ăȘă„ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă©ă†ă‚„ăŁăŸă‹ăšă„ă†ăšă€è·łă‚“ă çžŹé–“ă‹ă‚‰ă€ć…ˆèĄŒă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ă»ă†ăźćłè‚©ă§æ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚ŠăČă­ă‚Šă‚’ă‹ă‘ăŠă€éĄ”ă‚‚ïŒˆć›žè»ąæ–čć‘ă«ïŒ‰ć‹•ă‹ă—ăĄă‚ƒăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚

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 couldn’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. 

――ćčŒć°‘æœŸă‹ă‚‰çż’ăŁăŠăăŸæ–čæł•ă‚’ć€‰ăˆă‚‹ăźăŻă€ç™șæƒłăźè»ąæ›ă§ă‚‚ă‚ă‚Šă€ć‹‡æ°—ă‚‚ćż…èŠă§ă™ă­ă€‚

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

ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ăă†ă§ă™ă€‚ćƒ•ăŻă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ă«æŒ‘æˆŠă—ăŠă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘやりæ–čă§ć€±æ•—ă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚æœ€ćˆăŻă€ŒïŒ”ć›žăŸă‚ăŁăŸæœ€ćŸŒă«ăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚čćŠć›žè»ąă™ă‚‹ă€ăšă„ă†ă‚„ă‚Šæ–čă§ă€è‰Żă„è»žă«ć…„ă‚ŒăŸăšăă«ïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚ă†ăšă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ăŒă€ă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚‚ć›žè»ąăŒé–“ă«ćˆă‚ăȘくど着朰でæšȘă«è»ąăŒăŁăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆă§ă„ă†ă‚čăƒ†ăƒƒăƒ—ă‚ąă‚Šăƒˆă‚’ă—ăŠă—ăŸă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ăă‚Œă§ă€èžăżćˆ‡ă‚ŠăšćŒæ™‚ă«ăŸă‚ă‚Šć§‹ă‚ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ć›žè»ąăźă‹ă‘æ–čă«ć€‰ăˆăŠăżăŸăšăă«ă€ćˆă‚ăŠç«‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ä»ŠăŸă§æŸ“ăżă€ă„ăŠăăŸæ„ŸèŠšă©ăŠă‚Šă«ă€ă‚ăĄă‚ƒăăĄă‚ƒè‰Żă„èčŽă‚ŠăŒć…„ăŁăŸăšă‹ă€è‰Żă„è»žăŒć–ă‚ŒăŸă€ăšæ„Ÿă˜ă‚‹ăšăă»ă©ă€æ–°ăŸăȘæŠ€ăŻă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè‡Ș戆ぼăȘă‹ă§ă€Œăƒ€ăƒă‚€ă€ăšæ€ă†ăă‚‰ă„ć€‰ăȘæ„ŸèŠšăźăšăă«ă€æ–°ă—ă„æŠ€ăŒæˆćŠŸă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚

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. 

â€•â€•ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ăŻă€Œăƒ€ăƒă‚€ă€æ„ŸèŠšă ăŁăŸăźă§ă™ă‹ïŒˆçŹ‘ïŒ‰ă€‚

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

ă—ă‹ă‚‚ïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă‚’æˆćŠŸă—ăŸăźăŻă€ăŸă é«˜æ Ąç”Ÿă§ç­‹ćŠ›ăŒăȘăă€ćź™èż”ă‚Šăźé«˜ă•ăŒăȘă„æ™‚æœŸă§ă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€é«˜ă•ăšă‹è€ç©șæ™‚é–“ă‚’ćą—ă‚„ă—ăŸăźă§ăŻăȘăă€ă©ă“ăŸă§ć›žè»ąăźćŻ†ćșŠă‚’æżƒăă—ăŠă„ăă‹ă€ăšă„ă†è€ƒăˆæ–čă§æˆćŠŸă—ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“é«˜ă•ă‚’ć‡șしどいかăȘă„ăšæˆćŠŸă—ăȘă„æŠ€ă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăšăŻæ€ă„ăŸă™ăŒă€é«˜ă•ă‚„è€ç©șæ™‚é–“ă§ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ă‚’æ±‚ă‚ăȘくども、やりæ–čがあるăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚

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. 

ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠăČă­ă‚Šă€ăźäž–ç•Œăšă€ŒïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă€ăŒçč‹ăŒă‚‹ćŻèƒœæ€§ă«ă€ă„ăŠăŠèžăă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸăšçŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźć ŽćˆăŻććŻŸć›žă‚ŠăȘăźă§ă€ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ăăšă„ă†ă“ăšă§ă™ă­ă€‚

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, doesn’t he?

äœ“æ“ăšăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąăŻć‰æăŒé•ă†ăźă§ă€ă‚ăăŸă§ă‚‚çŽ äșșăźç›źç·šă‹ă‚‰ăźè©±ă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă„ăŸă™ăŒă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ă§ă‚ă‚Œă°ă€ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ćłæ‰‹ă§ć›žè»ąă‚’æ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚Šă‹ă‘ă‚‹ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§ă™ă€‚ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻă€èžăżćˆ‡ă‚‹ăšăă«ć·Šè‚©ăŻé–‹ă‹ăšă€ć‰æ–čă«æŒŻă‚ŠäžŠă’ăŸćłæ‰‹ă«ć‘ă‹ăŁăŠè·łă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ćłè¶łă‚’æŒŻă‚ŠäžŠă’ăŸçžŹé–“ă«ă€ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă‹ăȘă„ă‚ˆă†ă«ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§ć›žè»ąè»žă‚’ćłćŽă«äżăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă“ă‚Œă ăšćłæ‰‹ă ă‘ă§ć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ăŒă€ă§ă‚‚ăă“ă§ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ăă“ă‹ă‚‰ć›žè»ąă‚’ç”Ÿă‚€ă“ăšă§ă€é€šćžžä»„äžŠăźć›žè»ąćŠ›ăŒćŸ—ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŸă™ă€‚

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.

â€•â€•ć·Šè‚©ă‹ă‚‰ć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŸă‚‰ă€ćłćŽăźć›žè»ąè»žă«ç§»ă‚ŒăȘă„ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žă§ă™ăŒă€ă„ă‹ăŒă§ă—ă‚‡ă†ïŒŸ

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? 

ć·Šè‚©ăŻæœ€ćˆă ă‘äœżăˆă°ă„ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚æœ€ćˆă«é–‹ă„ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ć›žè»ąăźćŒ·ă•ă‚’ç”ŸăŸă›ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€è·łăłă‚ăŒăŁăŠă‹ă‚‰é–‹ă„ăŠă„ă‚‹æ™‚é–“ă‚’ăă‚ă‚ăŠçŸ­ăăȘă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ă€ă™ăă«ćłè‚©ăŒć·Šè‚©ă«èżœă„ä»˜ăăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă€‚æœ€ćˆă‹ă‚‰ćłă«è»žă‚’äœœă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă€ć·Šè‚©ă§ć›žè»ąă‚’è”·ă“ă—ăŸă€ăă“ăźć›žè»ąè»žă«ćłè‚©ăŒć…„ăŁăŠèĄŒăăšă„ă†ă‚„ă‚Šæ–čです。

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 you’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.

â€•â€•ćŒ·ă„ć›žè»ąăŒç”ŸăŸă‚Œă‚‹ă‚€ăƒĄăƒŒă‚žăŻćˆ†ă‹ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚è»žăźäœœă‚Šæ–čがかăȘă‚Šć€‰ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă­ă€‚

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

ćƒ•ăźć ŽćˆăŻă€ă€ŒïŒ”ć›žćŠă€ăźăšăăŻă€Œè»žă‚’äœœă‚Šă«ă„ăă€ăšă„ă†è€ƒăˆæ–čではăȘăă€ă€ŒăăźăšăäœœăŁăŸè»žă‚’ă€ç€ćœ°ă§ç›Žă™ă€ăšă„ă†æ„Ÿă˜ă§ă—ăŸă€‚ç©ș䞭にć‡șăŸă‚ăšăŻă‚‚ă†è«Šă‚ăĄă‚ƒă†ă€‚ç©șäž­ă§ă€Œè»žăŒă“ăŁăĄă«æ›ČăŒăŁăŠă‚‹ă€ăšæ„Ÿă˜ć–ăŁăŠăŠă‘ă°ă€ç€ćœ°ăźăšăă«ă©ăźè„šă‚’ă©ăŁăĄă«ć‡șすかæ±șă‚ăŠă€ćŻŸćżœă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ç©șäž­ă§è»žă‚’äœœăŁăŸă‚Šă€ç›Žă—ăŸă‚Šă™ă‚‹ăšă€ïŒ”ć›žćŠăŸă‚ă‚‹ć›žè»ąé€ŸćșŠă‚’æ‹…äżă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă§ă—ăŸ

In my case, when doing the “4.5”, my way of thinking was not ‘create an axis first’ but rather ‘fix the axis I created at the time at the point of landing’. After I’m in the air, I’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. 

â€•â€•äœ“æ“ăŻäžĄè¶łç€ćœ°ă§ă™ăŒă€ă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăŻç‰‡è¶łç€æ°·ăȘăźă§ă€ç€æ°·ă§ç›Žă™é›Łă—ă•ă‚‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚

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

çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźć ŽćˆăŻă€è‚Ąé–ąçŻ€ăźäœżă„æ–čăŒăšăŠă‚‚äžŠæ‰‹ă„ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ćčłæ˜Œäș”èŒȘぼフăƒȘăƒŒă€æœ€ćŸŒăźïŒ“ć›žè»ąăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ă‚’ă€ă‹ăȘă‚Šé ­ăŒäž‹ăŒăŁăŠă„ă‚‹çŠ¶æ…‹ă§ă‚‚ç‰‡è¶łă§ç€æ°·ă—ăŠă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚ă‚“ăȘăšăŁă•ăźćŻŸćżœăŻă€ä»–ăźéžæ‰‹ă«ă§ăăȘă„ă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźćŒ·ăżă§ă™ă€‚ă§ă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€Œç€æ°·ă—ăŸçžŹé–“ă«ă‚ă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ćč…ćșƒă„é™ă‚Šæ–čă§ă€çžŹæ™‚ă«ćŻŸćżœă§ăă‚‹ă‚“ă ă€ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹è‡Șèș«ăŒćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚Œă°ă€è»žă«ă“ă ă‚ă‚‹ć‰Čćˆă‚’ć°‘ă—æž›ă‚‰ă›ă‚‹ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă€Œè»žă‚’äœœă‚‰ăȘăă‚ƒă€ăšă°ă‹ă‚Šæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă€ć›žè»ąă‚’ă‹ă‘ă‚‹ăźăŒé…ăăȘăŁăŸă‚Šă€èžăżćˆ‡ă‚Šă§ćŠ›ă‚’ć…„ă‚Œă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘă‹ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ă•ăŸă–ăŸăȘćœ±éŸżăŒć‡șăŠăă‚‹ă€‚ă‚„ăŻă‚Šæ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚Šè·łă‚“ă§ă€æ€ă„ćˆ‡ă‚Šć›žă—ăŠăŠă„ăŠă€ç€æ°·ăźçžŹé–“ăźă©ă‚Œă ă‘è»žă‚’æˆ»ă›ă‚‹ă‹ă€ăšè€ƒăˆăŸă‚‰ă€é•ă†ăƒăƒ©ăƒłă‚čăŒèŠ‹ă€ă‹ă‚‹ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘă€ăšă€‚ćœŒăȘă‚‰ă°ă€ăăźćŻŸćżœèƒœćŠ›ăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‹ă‚‰ă€‚

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 touchdown’, 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 it’s Hanyu, he definitely has the ability to respond that way. 

â€•â€•ç†è«–çš„ă«ăŻćŻèƒœăȘæ°—ăŒă—ăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźă‚»ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒŒăšé•ă„ă™ăŽăŠă€é©šăăźă‚ąă‚€ăƒ‡ă‚ąă§ă™ă€‚

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. 

ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă§ć·Šè‚©ă‚’é–‹ă„ăŠăŻă„ă‘ăȘă„ăźăšćŒă˜ă§ă€äœ“æ“ăźăČă­ă‚Šă‚‚ă€ć­äŸ›ă«æ•™ăˆă‚‹ăȘă‚‰ă€Œè‚©ăŻé–‹ă‹ăȘă„ă€ăšæ•™ăˆăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚ŒăŻäž€èˆŹçš„ă«ă‚„ăŁăĄă‚ƒă„ă‘ăȘă„ă“ăšă§ă‚ăŁăŠă€ă‚„ă‚ă†ăšă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźăŻæ™źé€šă§ăŻăȘă„ă“ăšă€‚æ™źé€šă§ăŻăȘă„æŠ€èĄ“ă‚’äœżă‚ăȘă„ăšă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻăŠăă‚‰ăă§ăăŸă›ă‚“ă€‚æ•™ç§‘æ›žé€šă‚Šăźè·łăłæ–čだから、みăȘさんがトăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚’ă§ăăŠă„ă‚‹ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻă€çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăŻæ–°ăŸăȘæ•™ç§‘æ›žă‚’æ›žă‹ăȘければăȘらăȘă„ă—ă€æ›žă‘ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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 can’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. 

â€•â€•æ™źé€šă§ăŻăȘă„æŠ€èĄ“ă€‚çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăȘă‚‰â€œæ™źé€šâ€ăźæŠ‚ćż”ă‚’ă†ăĄă‚„ă¶ă‚‹ćŠ›ăŒă‚ă‚‹ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€‚

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

ăŸă èȘ°ă‚‚ă‚„ăŁăŸă“ăšăźăȘă„æŠ€ăȘたで、どんăȘă‚„ă‚Šă‹ăŸă‚‚æ­Łè§Łă§ă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ăƒąăƒŽă‚ŽăƒˆăŻă‚‚ăŁăšç°Ąć˜ăȘă“ăšă€‚ă™ă§ă«çš†ăŒă‚„ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹æŠ€ăŻă€ćŻ©ćˆ€ăźć…ˆç”Ÿæ–čも戆かっどいるぼで、ある繋ćșŠă€Œć„œăŸă‚Œă‚‹ćźŸæ–œă€ăšă„ă†ăźăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă‚‚æ–°ă—ă„æŠ€ăŻă€ă‚„ăŁăŸæœŹäșșăŒæ­Łè§Łă§ă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰çŸœç”Ÿéžæ‰‹ăźă‚„ăŁăŸćźŸæ–œăŒă€ïŒ”ć›žè»ąă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźæ­Łè§Łă€ăšăȘă‚ŠăŸă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚èȘ°ă‚‚ćˆ°é”ă—ăŸă“ăšăźăȘă„äž–ç•ŒăžăźæŒ‘æˆŠă§ă™ă€‚ćżœæŽă—ăŠă„ăŸă™ïŒ

It’s a skill no one has done before, so any method is the correct answer. Therefore it’s an even more simple principle. For techniques everyone can already do, judges/referees also understand it so, in a sense, they have a ‘preferred’ 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 – 20211227

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 27 December 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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

Part 1

 ――äș”èŒȘ3é€ŁèŠ‡ă‚’æ±șæ„ă—ăŸăźăŻă„ă€ă ăŁăŸă‹

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

 「3é€ŁèŠ‡ă‚’æ±șæ„ă—ăŸăźăŻă€ă“ăźă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăƒŒă‚’éžè€ƒć§”ć“ĄäŒšăŒç”‚ă‚ăŁăŠă€ä»ŁèĄšă«éžă‚“ă§ă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăƒŒă‚’ă„ăŸă ă„ăŠă€ă§ă€èš˜è€…äŒšèŠ‹ă«èĄŒăăŁăŠă„ă†ăšă“ă‚ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ăăźă€ă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăƒŒă«è…•ă‚’é€šă—ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€Žă‚ă‚ă€ă“ă‚ŒăŒă‚ȘăƒȘンピックだăȘ』っど。でも、è‡Șćˆ†ăŻă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Š2é€ŁèŠ‡ăŁăŠă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‚’æ—ąă«æŒăŁăŠă„ăŠă€ăă‚Œă‚’ć€±ă†ă“ăšăŻçąșă‹ă«æ€–ă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚èȠけるçąș率ぼæ–čが間違いăȘくćčłæ˜Œă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚Żă‚ˆă‚Šé«˜ă„ăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă—ă€ä»Šăźăšă“ă‚ăŻă€‚ăŸă ă€ă“ăźăƒŠăƒ‹ăƒ›ăƒŒăƒ ă‚’ç€ăŸæ™‚ă«ă€ă“ă‚ŒăŻć‹ăĄă«ă„ăă‚“ă ăȘă€ć‹ăĄă«ă„ă‹ăȘきゃいけăȘいんだăȘっど、ăȘă‚“ă‹ă€ă‚ă‚‰ăŸă‚ăŠæ€ă‚ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ă„ăŸă‚ˆă†ă«æ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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 “Ah, this is the Olympics.” 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 “I’m going for the win, I have to win.”

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

ă€€ă€€â€•â€•ć€§è°·çż”ćčłăźæŽ»èșăŻă©ă†èŠ‹ăŠă„るか

Q: Have you been following Shohei Ohtani’s activities? 

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

ă€€ă€Œæ­Łç›Žă€ăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźć…šç››æœŸăŁăŠ23æ­łă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€24æ­łăă‚‰ă„ăŒć…šç››æœŸăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă§æ€ă‚ă‚ŒăŠă„ăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šé‡Žçƒăšă‹èŠ‹ă‚‹ăšă€ă‚‚ăŁăšäœ•ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€30æ­łä»Łăźă€30ä»Łć‰ćŠăźæ–čăŒæœŹćœ“ă«è„‚ăŒäč—ăŁăŠă„ăŠă„ă„æ™‚æœŸă ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†è©±ă‚’èžă„ăŸă‚Šă ăšă‹ă€‚ćźŸéš›ă«è‡Ș戆ぼ搌ćčŽä»Łă§ă„ă„ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€ćźŒć…šă«ă€ćźŒć…šă«ćŒćčŽä»Łăźéžæ‰‹ăŒă‚ă‚ă‚„ăŁăŠä»ŠăŸă§ćČ侊、侀ç•Șć€šćˆ†ă„ă„ć‡șæ„ăźçŠ¶æ…‹ă‚’äżăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă‚’èŠ‹ăŸă‚Šă€ăŸăŸæ‰‹èĄ“ćŸŒă§æœŹćœ“ă«ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ć‰äșșæœȘ戰ぼこべをè‡Șćˆ†ă§ćˆ‡ă‚Šé–‹ă„ăŠă‚„ăŁăŠă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă‚’èŠ‹ăŸă‚Šă€æœŹćœ“ă«ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ă€ć‹‡æ°—ă„ă‘ă‚‰ă‚ŒăŠă€ćƒ•ă‚‚ăŸă èŠ‹ăŹäž–ç•Œă‹ă‚‚ă—ă‚ŒăȘいですけど、4ć›žè»ąćŠăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă«ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€äž€äșșă§æŒ‘ăżç¶šă‘ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€æœŹćœ“ă«ć‹‡æ°—ă‚’ă‚‚ă‚‰ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Y: To be honest, it’s kind of thought that in figure skating, a skater’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.

 ――è‡Șćˆ†ă§æă„ăŠă„ăŸ4ć›žè»ąćŠæˆćŠŸăžăźă‚čă‚±ă‚žăƒ„ăƒŒăƒ«ăŻ

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

ă€€ă€Œæ­Łç›Žă€ćčłæ˜ŒăźćŸŒă€æŹĄăźă‚·ăƒŒă‚șăƒłă§é™ă‚Šă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ăšæ€ăŁăŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă”ă”ă”ă”ăŁă€‚ăă‚Œăă‚‰ă„ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă«ăŻè‡ȘäżĄăŒă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă—ă€4ć›žè»ąćŠăšă„ă†ă‚‚ăźăŒă€ăă‚“ăȘに性怉ăȘもただっおいうごうにè‡ȘèŠšăŻă—ăŠăȘă‹ăŁăŸă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šæ€Șæˆ‘ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€ă„ă‚ă‚“ăȘこべがあっど、ăȘかăȘか4ć›žè»ąćŠă«é›†äž­ă§ăăȘă„æ™‚ăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚é›†äž­ă—ăŠă‚„ă‚Œă°ă‚„ă‚‹ă»ă©ă€æ€Șæˆ‘ăŒćžžă«ă€ăăŸăšă†ă€‚ăă—ăŠă€é›†äž­ă—ăŠă‚„ă‚Œă°ă‚„ă‚‹ă»ă©ă€4ć›žè»ąä»„é™ć›žă‚‹ă“ăšăŒă©ă‚Œă ă‘ć€§ć€‰ă‹ăšă„ă†ă“ăšă‚’ă€ăȘă‚“ă‹ă‚ă‚‰ăŸă‚ăŠç—›æ„Ÿă—ăŸă€ă“ăź4ćčŽé–“ă ăŁăŸă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăšă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŠă€‚ăŸă‚ćźŸéš›ă€ä»Šă€4ć›žè»ąćŠć›žă—ă«ă„ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă‘ă‚Œă©ă‚‚ă€ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠè»žăŒć–ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŸăźă‚‚æœŹćœ“ă«ă“ă“æœ€èż‘ăźè©±ăȘăźă§ă€æœŹćœ“ć€§ć€‰ă ăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Y: To be honest, after Pyeongchang [Olympics], I thought I’d be able to land it in the following season. Hahaha. That’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 couldn’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 I’ve realized how hard it is to rotate more than a quad. I think that’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.

 ――4ć›žè»ąćŠăŻäž€æ—„äœ•æœŹăŸă§ăšæ±șめどいるぼか

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

ă€€ă€Œă‚ïœžă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ć…·äœ“çš„ăȘæœŹæ•°ă§æ±șめどるわけではăȘă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăăźăšăăźäœ“èȘżæŹĄçŹŹă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠăŻă€ăŸă‚4ć›žè»ąćŠă˜ă‚ƒăȘăăŠă„ă„ăžăŁăŠă„ă†æ—„ă‚‚ă€ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăăź4ć›žè»ąćŠăźăŸă‚ă«ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă©ă†ă„ă†ă”ă†ă«ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăă†ă„ăŁăŸéąă§ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăŻä»Šæ—„ăŻäœ•æœŹă«ă—ă‚ˆă†ăšă‹ă€ă‚ăšăŻ4ć›žè»ąćŠă˜ă‚ƒăȘくども、4ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă§ćŒă˜ă‚ˆă†ăȘæ„ŸèŠšă‚’äœ•ă‹ă€ă‹ă‚ă‚‹ă‚‚ăźăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‚“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚4ć›žè»ąă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’ăƒˆăƒȘăƒ—ăƒ«ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăźćŸŒă«äœ•ć›žæŒŸă‚“ă§ă„ă“ă†ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšăŻè€ƒăˆăŠăŸă™ă­ă€

Y: Ah, well, it’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 it’s ok to not do any quad Axels. Still, [on those days] I’d think about how I should practice the triple Axel for the sake of the quad Axel. Then I’d think about how many triple Axels I should jump that day, or if there’s something that can give me the same feeling with a quad jump, even if it’s not the quad Axel, then I’d think about how many quad jumps I should put in after the triple Axel.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

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Q: What do you think about the power of words?

ă€€ă€ŒăŻă„ă€‚ăˆïœžă€ćƒ•è‡Șèș«ăšăŁăšă“ă“ăŸă§ç«¶æŠ€ă‚’ă‚„ăŁăŠăăŠă€æœ‰èš€ćźŸèĄŒăŒç”¶ćŻŸă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠăăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăŸă‚ă€ă‚ă‚‹æ„ć‘łă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźèš€è‘‰ăŒéŽ–ă ăŁăŸă‚Šă€ăƒ—ăƒŹăƒƒă‚·ăƒŁăƒŒă ăŁăŸă‚ŠăŻă™ă‚‹ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă‚ă‚‹ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ćƒ•ăŻç”¶ćŻŸă«ăă‚Œă‚’é”æˆă—ăŸă„ăŁăŠăšăŁăšæ€ă„ç¶šă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ă‚ă‘ă§ă‚ăŁăŠă€‚è«Šă‚ăȘă„ă§ă‚„ă‚Œă‚‹ăźăŻă€ăă†ă„ă†èš€è‘‰ăŸăĄăźăŠă‹ă’ăȘぼかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

Y: Uhm, I’ve been competing for a long time until now, and I’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 it’s probably thanks to such words that I can accomplish so much without giving up.

ă€€â€•â€•èš€è‘‰ă«ă™ă‚‹ă“ăšă§è‡Șćˆ†ăŒć‹‡æ°—ă„ă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹éąă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăźă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œćƒ•ăźć Žćˆă€ć‹‡æ°—ă„ă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹ăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă€æ•Žç†ăŒă§ăă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†æ–čăŒèż‘ă„ă§ă™ă€‚è‡Șćˆ†ăźæ°—æŒăĄă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒè€ƒăˆăŠă„ă‚‹ăƒ—ăƒ©ăƒłă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăŸăŸă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒä»Šă©ă†ă„ă†æ„ŸèŠšă§ă‚žăƒŁăƒłăƒ—ă‚’ă—ăŸăźă‹ăšă‹ă€ăă†ă„ăŁăŸă“ăšă‚’ćŁ°ă«ć‡șă™ă“ăšă«ă‚ˆăŁăŠă€äœ•ă‹æ•Žç†ă•ă‚ŒăŠă€ă„ă„ç”æžœăŒć‡șăŠăă‚‹ă“ăšăŒć€šă„ă§ă™ă€

Y: In my case, rather than giving me encouragement, it’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. 

ă€€â€•â€•ă©ă†ă—ăŠă‚žăƒŁăƒŒă‚žăƒŒă‚’ç€ăŸæ™‚ă«3é€ŁèŠ‡ăžćˆ‡ă‚Šæ›żă‚ăŁăŸăźă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăŸă‚æ˜šæ—„ăźäŒšèŠ‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€ć›Čăżă§ă‚‚è©±ă•ă›ăŠă„ăŸă ăăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€ă‚„ăŁă±æ‚”ă—ă‹ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăăźă€ă€Žqă€ăă‚‰ă„ăŸă§ăźă€ă€Žqă€ćˆ€ćźšăă‚‰ă„ăŸă§ăźăšă“ă‚ă«ă„ăŁăŠă€ă‚„ăŁă±è·łăčăȘă‹ăŁăŸăŁăŠă„ă†ă€‚äœ•ă‹ăă“ă§ç”‚ă‚ă‚‰ă›ăŠă—ăŸă†ă“ăšăžăźæ€–ă•ă ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ăŸăŸă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ăăźă€è‡Șćˆ†ăŒè·łăčă‚‹ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠăă ă•ă‚‹æ–čăžăźäœ•ă‹ă€èŁćˆ‡ă‚ŠăżăŸă„ăȘæ„Ÿă˜ă«æ€ăŁăŠă—ăŸăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăă‚ŒăŒă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚æžœăŸă—ăŠè‡Ș戆がやらăȘきゃいけăȘいこべăȘăźă‹ăŁăŠèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă‚ă‹ă‚“ăȘいんですけど。でも、やらăȘきゃいけăȘă„ă‹ă©ă†ă‹ă‚ă‹ă‚“ăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ă§ă‚‚ă€ăă‚ŒăŒă§ăă‚‹ăŁăŠèš€ăŁăŠăă ă•ă‚‹æ–čăŒă„ă‚‰ăŁă—ă‚ƒă‚‹ă‚“ă ăŁăŸă‚‰ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ćƒ•ăŻè«Šă‚ăšă«ă‚„ă‚‰ăȘいべ、それはみăȘă•ă‚“ăžăźèŁćˆ‡ă‚Šă«ăȘăŁăŠă—ăŸă†ăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ăˆăŸăźă§ă€‚ăŸă‚ć…šæ—„æœŹă«èĄŒăă«ă‚ăŸăŁăŠă€ă“ă“ă§ă‚„ă‚ă‚‰ă‚ŒăȘいăȘっど。挗äșŹă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŸă§èŠšæ‚Ÿă‚’æŒăŁăŠă‚„ă‚‹ă€ă‚‚ă‚Šă§ă‚„ă‚“ăȘきゃいけăȘいăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă”ă†ă«æ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă§ă€ăŸăŸäœ•ă‹ă€ăăźă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŁăŠă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă€ç™șèĄšäŒšă˜ă‚ƒăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€ă‚„ăŁă±ć‹ăŸăȘきゃいけăȘă„ć Žæ‰€ăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ćƒ•ă«ăšăŁăŠăŻă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Š2é€ŁèŠ‡ă—ăŠă‚‹ă“ăšă‚‚ă‚ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚2é€ŁèŠ‡ăŻç”¶ćŻŸć€±ă„ăŸăăȘă„ă—ă€ă ă‹ă‚‰ă“ăă€ăŸăŸćŒ·ăæ±șæ„ă‚’æŒăŁăŠă€ç”¶ćŻŸă«ć‹ăĄăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€

Y: Yes
well, as I’ve said in yesterday’s conference – it was an [on-the-spot] interview in a box though – I’m frustrated. I spoke about it being close to ‘q’ or around the point where it could be called ‘q’ but I couldn’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 I’m somehow betraying those who said that I could jump it. I don’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 I’d be betraying them somehow if I gave up and didn’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.

ă€€â€•â€•ä»ŠăźăŸăŸă§ăŻć‹ăŠăȘă„ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă€ă©ă†ă—ăŸă‚‰ć‹ăŠă‚‹ă‹

Q: You said that you can’t win as you are now, so how will you be able to win?

ă€€ă€ŒăŸă‚ă€ć˜çŽ”ă«ă‚ă‚Œă«4ć›žè»ąćŠă‚’ă—ăŁă‹ă‚ŠGOEăƒ—ăƒ©ă‚čă§ă€ă‘ă‚‰ă‚Œă‚‹æ§‹æˆă«ă—ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŻăŁăă‚Šèš€ăŁăŠă€4ć›žè»ąćŠăšăƒ«ăƒƒăƒ„ăšă‹ă€ăƒ«ăƒŒăƒ—ăšă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†æ§‹æˆăŻçŸćźŸçš„ă§ăŻăȘă„ăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă€‚ă§ă€ăŸăŸă€ă“ăŁă‹ă‚‰1ă‚«æœˆăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă—ă‹ăȘă„çŠ¶æłăźäž­ă§ă€ă‚„ă‚Œă‚‹ă“ăšăŻć€šćˆ†ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ăă‚‰ă„ă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚‚ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠăăŠă€‚ă‚ăšăŻă‚·ăƒ§ăƒŒăƒˆă«é–ąă—ăŠă‚‚ă€ăŸă ćźŒç’§ăȘべころではăȘă„ăźă§ă€ăŸăŁăŸăă€‚ă‚”ăƒ«ă‚łăƒŒăă‚‰ă„ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€è‰Żă‹ăŁăŸăȘăšæ€ăˆă‚‹ăźăŻă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăă‚Œä»„ć€–ă€ă‚‚ăŁăšç‚čæ•°ă«ă€ăȘăŒă‚Šăă‚‹ă‹ă©ă†ă‹ă‚ă‹ă‚“ăȘă„ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€ăŸă ă€è©°ă‚ăŠè©°ă‚ăŠç·Žçż’ă—ăŸă„ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŠăŸă™ă€

Y: Well, to put it simply, I want a competitive layout where I’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 aren’t perfect. [I want them to be as perfect as] the Salchow was, to the point where I can think ‘that was good’. So apart from [the Salchow] – though I don’t know whether I’ll be able to earn more points – I want to train nonstop. 

ă€€â€•â€•äœ“ăźèĄ°ăˆă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ă‚‹ăšèš€ăŁăŠă„ăŸăŒă€ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ă†ăŸăăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«èŠ‹ăˆă‚‹

Q: You’ve spoken about your body deteriorating [with age] but it looks as though it’s getting better and better.

 「あぼ、ăȘんか、そうですね24æ­łă€5æ­łăă‚‰ă„ăźăšăă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€‚ă‚ăźă€ă™ă”ăæˆé•·ăŒæ­ąăŸăŁăŸăȘăŁăŠæ€ăŁăŸæ™‚æœŸăšă€ă‚ăźăƒ•ăƒȘăƒŒăŒé€šă›ăȘくăȘったăȘăŁăŠă„ă†æ™‚æœŸăšç”æ§‹ă‚ăŁăŸă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ăŠăŁă—ă‚ƒă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ćƒ•ć€šćˆ†ă€ä»Šă€äž€ç•Șă†ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€é–“é•ă„ăȘăă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻć€šćˆ†ăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°æ–čæł•ăŒè‡Ș戆でçąșç«‹ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘった。è‡Șćˆ†ă§ăƒ—ăƒ©ăƒłăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘăŁăŸă€‚ăă—ăŠă€çŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠă«ăšăŁăŠăźăƒ•ă‚Łă‚źăƒ„ă‚ąă‚čă‚±ăƒŒăƒˆăźăƒˆăƒŹăƒŒăƒ‹ăƒłă‚°ăŒă©ă†ă„ă†ă‚‚ăźă‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ă“ăšăŒçąșç«‹ă•ă‚ŒăŠă€ăă‚Œă‚’ćźŸèĄŒă§ăă‚‹ă‚ˆă†ă«ăȘったぼが侀ç•Șć€§ăă„ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘăšæ€ă„ăŸă™ă€

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, I’m probably at my best now. Without doubt. It’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. 

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

 ―2ćčŽć‰ăźGPăƒ•ă‚Ąă‚€ăƒŠăƒ«ă§ç†æƒłăźçŸœç”Ÿç”ćŒŠăŻ9æ­łăšè©±ă—ăŠă„ăŸă€‚ăă‚ŒăŻć€‰ă‚ă‚‰ăȘいか。そういう無é‚Ș気ăȘè‡Ș信がăȘいべ4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ç«‹ăĄć‘ă‹ăˆăȘいぼか

Q: You said at the GPF two years ago that your ideal ‘Yuzuru Hanyu’ 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?

 「あぼ頃ぼè‡Șćˆ†ăźćŒ·ă„ăšă“ă‚ăŻă€ć‹ăŠă‚‹ăšă“ă‚ă§ă™ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€‚4ć›žè»ąćŠă«ćŻŸă—ăŠă€ă˜ă‚ƒă‚ă€ă‚ăźé ƒăźè‡Șćˆ†ăźæ°—æŒăĄăźă‚ąăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒŒăƒăŒćŠčăă‹ăšèš€ă‚ă‚ŒăŸă‚‰ă€ăă†ă§ăŻăȘいかăȘăŁăŠă„ă†ă€‚ă‚ăźé ƒăźäœ•ă‚„ăŁăŠă‚‚ć‹ăŠă‚‹ăżăŸă„ăȘè‡Ș信が、あぼ、ăȘă‚“ăŠèš€ăˆă°ă„ă„ă‚“ă ă‚ă†ă€‚ć‹ă€ă“ăšă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻă€äž€ç•Șćż…èŠăȘんじゃăȘいかăȘăšæ€ă†ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ăŸă ă€ăă†ă„ă†éąšăȘè‡ȘäżĄă‚’æŒăŠă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†ăźăŻă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă€ă‚ăźæ™‚ăȘă‚Šă«ć‡„ăç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăŸă‹ă‚‰ăȘんですよね。èȘ°ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚èȘ°ă‚ˆă‚Šă‚‚ă†ăŸă„ăŁăŠæ€ă„ăȘăŒă‚‰ă€ç·Žçż’ă§ăăŸă—ăŸă—ă€‚ăă†ă„ă†ăźăŒă€ă‚ȘăƒȘăƒłăƒ”ăƒƒă‚ŻăŁăŠă‚‚ăŁăšă‚‚ăŁăšćż…èŠă«ăȘă‚‹ć Žæ‰€ăȘăźă§ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“ă€ă‚ąă‚Żă‚»ăƒ«ă‚‚ć«ă‚ăŠă—ăŁă‹ă‚Šç·Žçż’ă—ăŠă„ăăŸă„ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă§ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šă‚ăźæ™‚ăźè‡Ș戆が侀ç•ȘćŒ·ă„ăȘっどいうか。侀ç•Șâ€ŠćŒ·ă„ăŁăŠèš€ă„æ–čăŒă•ăŁăăźè©±ăšăĄă‚‡ăŁăšă”ăŁăĄă‚ƒă«ăȘăŁăŠă‚ąăƒŹă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚æŠ€èĄ“çš„ă«ăŻä»ŠăŒé–“é•ă„ăȘく侀ç•ȘćŒ·ă„ă§ă™ă€‚ăŸă ă€çČŸç„žçš„ă«ăŻă‚ăźé ƒăŒäž€ç•ȘćŒ·ăăŠă€èŒă„ăŠă„ă‚‹ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăˆă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ă‚ăźæ™‚ăźè‡Șćˆ†ă‚’ć€§ćˆ‡ă«ă—ăŸă„ăȘăšăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€

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 it
 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.

 ―4ć›žè»ąćŠăźă‚ąăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒŒăƒăŒăĄă‚‡ăŁăšé•ă†ăšă„ă†ăźăŻ

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

 「è‡ȘäżĄăŒă‚ă‚Œă°è·łăčるもぼじゃăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‚ˆă­ă€‚ă”ă”ă”ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šç„Ąé‚Șæ°—ă«ăŒă‚€ă—ă‚ƒă‚‰ă«ă‚„ăŁăŠè·łăčるゾャンプじゃăȘいăȘっどいうこべを、こぼ4ćčŽé–“ăšăŁăšă¶ăĄćœ“ăŸă‚ŠăȘăŒă‚‰è€ƒăˆăŠăăŸă“ăšăȘăźă§ă€‚ă ă‹ă‚‰ă€ă©ă‚Œă ă‘ç·»ćŻ†ă«èšˆçź—ă§ăă‚‹ă‹ă€‚ă©ă‚Œă ă‘ç·»ćŻ†ă«æˆŠç•„ă‚’ç«‹ăŠăŠèšˆçź—ă‚’ă—ăŠă€ăăź4ć›žè»ąćŠăšă„ă†æˆćŠŸă‚’ă€ă‹ăżć–ă‚Œă‚‹ă‹ăŒć€§äș‹ă ăšæ€ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăăźç‚čに閹しおは、今たæ–čが間違いăȘăă†ăŸă„ă§ă™ă€

Y: It’s not a jump that you can do based on mere confidence. Hehehe. The fact it’s not a jump that you can just naively and recklessly force yourself into jumping is something that I’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].

ă€€â€•â€•æ˜šćčŽăŻäœ“é‡ă‚’ćą—ă‚„ă—ăŠă„ăŸă€‚ä»ŠćčŽăŻæž›ă‚‰ă—ăŠă„ă‚‹ăźă‹ă€äœ“ăźă‚ąăƒ—ăƒ­ăƒŒăƒăŻ

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

ă€€ă€Œă„ă‚„ă€æž›ă‚‰ă™ă€ă‚‚ă‚ŠăŻăȘă‹ăŁăŸăšă„ă†ă‹ă€ćą—ă‚„ă™ă€ă‚‚ă‚Šă‚‚ăȘかったべいうか。そうですね、ăȘă‚“ă‹äž­é€”ćŠç«ŻăȘべころăȘă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă€‚ăˆăŁăšă€æ­Łç›Žă€è‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻă‚‚ă†ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšæž›ă‚‰ă›ăŸă‹ăȘăšæ€ăŁăŠć…šæ—„æœŹă«ć…„ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă€‚ă‚‚ă†ăĄă‚‡ăŁăšè»œăăŠă‚‚ă„ă„ă‚“ă˜ă‚ƒăȘいかăȘă€‚ăŸă ă€ćŽ»ćčŽăźäœ“é‡ă‹ă‚‰æŻ”ăčăŠăżăŸă‚‰ă€ăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ć…šæ—„æœŹă«é–ąă—ăŠăŻ2キロぐらい。あ、2ă‚­ăƒ­ăŸă§ă„ă‹ăȘいかăȘ。1ă‚­ăƒ­ăă‚‰ă„ă§ă™ă‹ă­ă€æž›ăŁăŠăŸă™ă—ă€‚äž–ç•Œéžæ‰‹æš©ăšć›œćˆ„ăšæŻ”ăčお3ă‚­ăƒ­ä»„äžŠæž›ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ă©ăŁăĄăŒă„ă„ă‹ćˆ†ă‹ă‚‰ăȘă„ă‚“ă§ă™ă‘ă©ă­ă€‚ăŸă ă€ă©ă‚ŒăŒæ­Łè§Łă‹ăŻćˆ†ă‹ăŁăŠă„ăȘいです」

No, I didn’t intend to slim down but I also didn’t plan to put on weight. You could say I’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 year’s weight, yes, if we talk about [the time of] Japanese Nationals, it’s about 2kg. Ah, maybe not 2kg, maybe 1kg lighter. I’m about 3kg lighter than I was at the World Championships [2021] and World Team Trophy. I’m not sure which one is better. It’s just that I haven’t figured out which is best. 

ă€€â€•â€•é•·ă‚‰ăä»™ć°ă§èȘżæ•Žă—ăŠăăŸă€‚æ•…éƒ·ă§éŽă”ă—ăŸæ„Ÿæƒłă€‚ă‚±ă‚ŹăźăšăăŻäœ•ăŒćżƒăźæ”Żăˆă ăŁăŸă‹

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? 

ă€€ă€Œă†ăƒŒă‚“ă€‚ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šä»Šă€ćŸŒçŽ‰ă«ă„ăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă€è©Šćˆă§é ćŸă«èĄŒăă“ăšăŻć€šă€…ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ä»™ć°ăźç”ș䞊みっおè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă«ćžžă«æź‹ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ç”șäžŠăżă§ă€‚ă‚‚ăĄă‚ă‚“éƒœćž‚é–‹ç™șăŒă‚ăŁăŸă‚Šăšă‹ă—ăŠă€ă©ă‚“ă©ă‚“ć€‰ă‚ăŁăŠă„ăăšă“ă‚ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă™ă‘ă©ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚Šăă“ă«æ‡ă‹ă—ă•ăŒă‚ă‚‹ă ă‘ă§ă‚‚ă€ă‚„ăŁă±ă‚ŠćżƒăŒăƒ›ăƒƒăšă™ă‚‹ăšă„ă†ă‹ă€‚ć‡„ăæž©ă‹ă„æ°—æŒăĄă«ăȘă‚ŒăŠă„ăŸă™ă€‚ăˆăƒŒăŁăšă€‚ăŸă‚ă€ă‚±ă‚Źăźæ™‚æœŸăšă‹ć€§ć€‰ăȘこべももちろん、もちろんè‡Ș戆ぼäșșç”Ÿăźäž­ă«ăŻă€ć€§ćŠăŒă‚±ă‚Źă§è‹Šă—ă‚“ă ă‚Šăšă‹ă€‚ć€§ćŠăŒăƒȘンクăȘくăȘăŁăŠç·Žçż’ă§ăăȘくăȘăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăšă‹ă€‚æœŹćœ“ă«ăă†ă„ă†è‹Šă—ăżăŒăŸăă•ă‚“ă‚ă‚ŠăŸă—ăŸă‘ă©ă€‚ă§ă‚‚ă€ă†ă‚“ă€‚ăȘă‚“ă‹ă“ă†ă‚„ăŁăŠä»Šç”ŸăăŠă„ăŠă€ăżăȘさんぼ才でしゃăčっど、èȘ°ă‹ăźć‰ă§æŒ”æŠ€ă‚’ă—ăŠă€ă©ăŁă‹ăźèȘ°ă‹ăŒè‡Șćˆ†ăźæŒ”æŠ€ă‚’èŠ‹ăŠäœ•ă‹ă‚’æ„Ÿă˜ć–ăŁăŠäž‹ă•ăŁăŠă„ă‚‹ăŁăŠă„ă†çžŹé–“ăŒæœŹćœ“ă«çŽ æ•”ă ăȘăŁăŠæ€ăˆă‚‹ăźă§ă€‚ăăźă“ăšăźćčžă›ă‚’ćžžă«æ„Ÿă˜ăŠă„ăŸă‚‰ă„ă„ăȘっど、ăȘんかè‡Șćˆ†ăźäž­ă§ăŻæ€ăŁăŠă„ăŸă™ă€ä»Šă€

Y: Well, I’ve been in Saitama and I have also gone to many places for competitions, but in the end, Sendai’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. I’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. I’ve truly been through that kind of pain multiple times. But
hm. 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, I’d like to always feel the happiness that stems from those things. 

ă€€â€•â€•ä»ŠćŸŒă‚‚ä»™ć°ă§èȘżæ•Žă™ă‚‹ăźă‹

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

ă€€ă€Œăă†ă§ă™ă­ă€ä»™ć°ă§é ‘ćŒ”ă‚ŠăŸă™ă€‚ăŸă¶ă‚“ă€‚ăŸă¶ă‚“ïŒŸïŒˆçŹ‘ă„ïŒ‰ă€

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

ă€€â€•â€•ć–æăŒç”‚äș†

(End of the interview)

ă€€ă€Œă™ă„ăŸă›ă‚“ă€ă‚ă‚ŠăŒăšă†ă”ă–ă„ăŸă—ăŸă€‚ăŸăŸă‚ˆă‚ă—ăăŠéĄ˜ă„ă—ăŸă™ă€ăżăȘさん」

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