[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu โ€“ S-PARK Japanese Nationals Free Skate Commentary โ€“ 201227

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[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu – Japanese Nationals 2020 Top 3 Mens Singles Press Conference – 201226

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Combined Sponichi Interview

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

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ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงๅ„ชๅ‹ใ—ใŸ14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใŒ26ๆ—ฅใ€็”ทๅญใƒกใƒ€ใƒชใ‚นใƒˆไผš่ฆ‹็ต‚ไบ†ๅพŒใซๅ„็คพใฎๅˆๅŒใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใซๅฟœใ˜ใ€่ƒธใซ็ง˜ใ‚ใŸๆ€ใ„ใ‚’่ชžใ‚Šๅฐฝใใ—ใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎใใฎๅพŒใฎใ“ใจใฏ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใ€ใพใ‚ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆใฏไธ€็•ชๅคงใใชใ“ใจใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใพใšใฏไฝ“ใ‚’ๅ‹•ใ‹ใ›ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไธ€็•ชใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใฎ่กๆ’ƒใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใฎๅ‡„ใใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ‚ณใƒณใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒณใƒˆใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ไฝ“ใ‚’ใคใใฃใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๆ‡ธใ‘ใฆใฎใ€ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ—ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไฝ•ใฆ่จ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่ฉฆๅˆๅฏ„ใ‚Šใฎไฝ“ใฅใใ‚Šใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ไปŠใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใพใŸๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใŸใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šๆฌก็ฌฌใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›ใ‚‚ๅ›žๅพฉใ—ๆฌก็ฌฌใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใŸใ‚ใฎไฝ“ใฅใใ‚Šใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใŒใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใพใ ใงใใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใฎไปŠใฎใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅนปๆƒณใจใ€ๆ—ฉใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝ“ใจใฎใ‚ฎใƒฃใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚’ๅŸ‹ใ‚ใฆใคใค.ใ€‚ใงใ€ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‹ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ‹ใชใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใ‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใŒ้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ•ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‹ใฉใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใพใ ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใŒใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชๅซใ‚ใฆใฉใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใไธ–ใฎไธญใฎ็Šถๆณใ‚’่ฆ‹ใชใŒใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ๆœ€ๅคง้™ใฎๅŠชๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไปŠใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ™ใ€‚ใใฎๅ…ˆใฏใพใ ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ณใƒผใƒใจไธ€็ท’ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใชใ„้›ฃใ—ใ•ใ‚„ๅคงๅˆ‡ใ•ใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใ ใ‘ใงใฏๅฎข่ฆณ่ฆ–ใ—ใใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„้ƒจๅˆ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏ็ตถๅฏพใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅ–‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒๆ–ฐ่žใ ใจใ‹ใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚นใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช่จ˜ไบ‹ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใจใ„ใ†ๅช’ไฝ“ใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใฎๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ“ใ†่จ€ใฃใฆใŠใ‘ใฐ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใ€ใ‚ใ‚่จ€ใฃใฆใŠใ‘ใฐ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใใ‚ŒใจๅŒใ˜ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†1ไบบใงใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใŸใฃใฆๅฎข่ฆณ่ฆ–ใงใใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„่ฆ–็‚นใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ไปฅๅค–ใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎ่ฆ–็‚นใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ณใƒผใƒใฃใฆๅ‡„ใ„ๅคงไบ‹ใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใจใ€‚้€†ใซ่จ€ใ†ใจใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใฉใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็ตŒ้จ“ๅ€คใŒ่ฑŠๅฏŒใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ไป–ใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็ตŒ้จ“ๅ€คใŒ่ฑŠๅฏŒใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅฎข่ฆณ่ฆ–ใŒใ—ใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆ…‹ใฎๆ™‚ใซ่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ๆ‚ชใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใชใŠใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ณใƒผใƒใŒใ„ใชใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใใฎ็ตŒ้จ“ใ‚’็”Ÿใ‹ใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใŒใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆœฌ็•ชใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใจใ“ใ“ใพใงๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใซใคใชใŒใฃใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไบˆๅฎšๆง‹ๆˆใซใคใ„ใฆใ€‚ใ“ใ‚ŒใพใงใฏๅพŒๅŠใซใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚’้‡ใญใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฏ่‹ฅๅนฒๅ‰ๅ€’ใ—ใ€‚ใใฎ็‹™ใ„ใฏใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ—4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใฎๆง‹ๆˆใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚4Aๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใชใ‚‰1็™บ็›ฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚’ๅ‰ๅŠใซไปŠๅ›žๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸ็†็”ฑใฏใ“ใฃใกใฎๆ–นใŒ็ขบ็Ž‡ใŒ่‰ฏใ„ใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€็ฐกๅ˜ใซ่จ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใˆใฐใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใฎๆง‹ๆˆใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใ‚‹ๅ‰ใฏใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใƒซใƒผใƒ—่ทณในใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ไธ€ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ€‚ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ™ใ‚‰่ทณในใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ—ใ€ใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚ฎใƒชใฟใŸใ„ใช็Šถๆณใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ๅพŒๅŠใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’็ชใฃ่พผใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๆ™‚ๆœŸใ‚’็ตŒใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใใฎ1ๅ€‹ใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚’ๅ‰ใซๅ€’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใพใš็ตŒ็ทฏใจใ—ใฆใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใใฎๆตใ‚Œใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใฆๆฎตใ€…ใƒซใƒผใƒ—่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅฎ‰ๅฎšใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅฎ‰ๅฎšใ—ใฆใใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๆง‹ๆˆใซใƒซใƒผใƒ—ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ€‚ๅพŒๅŠใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—2ๆœฌใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใซใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚ใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใใฎ้ ƒใšใฃใจใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ่‡ชไฝ“ใฎๅ…จไฝ“ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใซใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€ๅ‰ๅŠใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸๆ–นใŒ่ฆ‹ใŸ็›ฎใŒ่‰ฏใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใพใ‚ไธ€็•ชๅคงใใช่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใฎ่ฆๅ› ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใใ“ใฎ็ดใฎ้Ÿณใ‹ใ‚‰ๅง‹ใพใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ็››ใ‚ŠไธŠใŒใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ่ทณใ‚“ใงใ€ใใฎใ‚ใจใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใซใ„ใใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ๆœ€ๅˆใ‚ใใ“ใฏใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๅ˜็™บใ€ใƒซใƒผใƒ—ๅ˜็™บใ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใใฏใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ๅ˜็™บใ€ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใƒซใƒƒใƒ„ๅ˜็™บใฃใฆ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚‚ใฃใจ้ขจใŒ่ˆžใ„ไธŠใŒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฎ้ŸณใŒไฝ•ใจใชใๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจใ—ใฆใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใใ“ใซใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใจไธกๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆŒ™ใ’ใ‚‹ใƒ€ใƒ–ใƒซใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‹ใ‚‰ใใฎใพใพใฎๅ‹ขใ„ใงใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใซใ„ใใฎใŒไธ€็•ช่กจ็พใจใ—ใฆใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใŒไปŠๅ›žๅ‰ๅŠใซๆŒใฃใฆใใŸ็†็”ฑใงใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใŒ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚็พๆ™‚็‚นใงใฎไฝ็ฝฎใฅใ‘ใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็Ž‡็›ดใซ่จ€ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ†ใจใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆฑไบฌไบ”่ผชใงใใฆใ„ใชใ„ไปŠใฎ็Šถๆณใฎไธญใงใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใŒใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ๅƒ•ๅ€‹ไบบใฎๆ€ใ„ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๅ†ฌใฎไบ”่ผชใฎใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๅƒ•ๅ€‹ไบบใฎๆ„่ฆ‹ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚นใƒใƒณใ‚ตใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ—ใ€ใ‚ณใƒžใƒผใ‚ทใƒฃใƒซใจใ‹ใ€ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซๅ›ฝใ‚’ๆŒ™ใ’ใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆใชใฎใงใ€ใใ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใŠ้‡‘ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ“ใๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใซ็Ÿฅใ‚‰ใชใ„ไธ–็•ŒใŒใใ“ใซใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ‚Œใซ้–ขไธŽใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ็ซถๆŠ€ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใฎ1ไบบใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚’่จ€ใˆใฐใ€ใใ“ใฏใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใฎ็ฅญๅ…ธใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏ็ซถๆŠ€ใฎๆœ€็ต‚็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใฆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐไบ”่ผชใ‚’้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใŸใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ“ใซๅ‡บใฆๅ„ชๅ‹ใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎ่ƒŒๆ™ฏใซๆฑไบฌไบ”่ผชใ™ใ‚‰้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ•ใ‚Œใชใ„็พๅฎŸใŒไปŠใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ๅปถๆœŸใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซใฉใ†ใชใ‚‹ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใจใˆใฐใ€ใƒฏใ‚ฏใƒใƒณใ‚’ๅผทๅˆถ็š„ใซๆ‰“ใŸใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„็Šถๆณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚่ฆณๅฎขๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใงใใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๅŽๆ”ฏใฎๅ…ผใญๅˆใ„ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซไบ”่ผชใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒ้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ•ใ‚Œใ‚‹ในใใชใฎใ‹ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ–นใ€…ใŒใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ„่ฆ‹ใ‚’ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงๅƒ•ๅ€‹ไบบใจใ—ใฆใฏๆœ€็ต‚็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ‚ใ‚‹ไบ”่ผชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใƒชใƒŸใƒƒใ‚ฟใƒผใŒใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒๅ‡บใ‚‹ๅ‡บใชใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใพใง็พๅฝน็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹็ถšใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€‚ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ€ใใ“ใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ‚ทใƒฃใƒƒใƒˆใƒ€ใ‚ฆใƒณใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒๅผทใ„ใงใ™ใ€

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Q: The Beijing 2022 Olympics are getting closer. Whatโ€™s your position on it at the moment?

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

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Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไบบ็”Ÿใฎๆœ€็ต‚็›ฎๆจ™ใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใซใ‹ใ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ€่ฉฆๅˆใง้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚่ฉฆๅˆใงใ€‚ใใ“ใฏไฝ•ๅบฆใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆœ€็ต‚็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ€้•ทใ„ๆœŸ้–“ใ€1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎ้›ฃใ—ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ€ใใ“ใพใงใŸใฉใ‚Š็€ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ๅคข็‰ฉ่ชžใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจใ‹ใพใงใ‚ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใจใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใใ‚Œใ‚’ๆœ€็ต‚็›ฎๆจ™ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‚ใชใใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฟƒใซๅ˜˜ใคใ‹ใชใ„ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ใใ“ใพใงใŸใฉใ‚Š็€ใ‹ใชใ„ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆไปŠใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹็†็”ฑใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€‚ใ“ใฎ็คพไผšใฎไธญใงใ€ใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„็†็”ฑใ‚’ๆŠผใ—้€šใ—ใฆใพใงใ€ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ•ใ›ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†็†็”ฑใŒใชใใชใฃใกใ‚ƒใ†ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ ใŒใ‚‰ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใจใฆใ‚‚้™บใ—ใ„ๅฃใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใ€ไปŠ็ชใ้€ฒใ‚“ใงใ„ใฆใ€‚ใใ“ใธใฎใƒใƒผใƒ‰ใƒซใฏใ™ใ”ใ้ซ˜ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ“ใซไฝ•ใ‹ๆ‰‹ใ™ใ‚ŠใŒไฝ•ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„้ซ˜ใ„ๅฃใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅนปๆƒณใฎใพใพใซใ—ใŸใใชใ„ใ€‚็ตถๅฏพใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ‰‹ใงใคใ‹ใฟๅ–ใฃใฆใ€ใใฎๅ…ˆใฎๅฃใŒใชใ„ๅฃใฎๅ…ˆใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ„ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใŒใ€ไปŠใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹็†็”ฑใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็พๅœจใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎ็Šถๆณใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ่ทณในใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚๏ผˆ1ๅบฆใ‚‚๏ผŸ๏ผ‰ใฏใ„ใ€

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

A: I havenโ€™t (successfully) jumped it.

Q: Not even once?

A: Yes.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใฎ็ŠถๆณใŒไธŠๅ‘ใ‘ใฐใ€ใพใŸๆ‹ ็‚นใฎๆตทๅค–ใธ่กŒใใŸใ„ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ไธ–ใฎไธญใฉใ†ใชใ‚‹ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใŒๆญฃ็›ดใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็ขบไฟกใจใ—ใฆใ€ไปŠๅ›ž่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใฏ้–“้•ใฃใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚็”Ÿใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจใƒ™ใƒ†ใƒฉใƒณใ‚‰ใ—ใใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’็ฉใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใŸใฎใฏใ€้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใง็ตๆžœใจใ—ใฆ่กจใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใจ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—่พผใฟใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปข4ๆœฌใฎใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎใŸใ‚ใซไฝœใฃใฆใใŸใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‚’ไปŠๅบฆ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใŸใ‚ใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใฃใฆ่€ƒใˆใŸใจใใฎ็ตถๅฏพๅœŸๅฐใซใชใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ†ใพใใคใใฃใฆใ„ใใ“ใจใ ใ‘ใŒไปŠ่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใซๅธฐใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹้–ขไฟ‚ใชใใ€ใจใซใ‹ใ็ตถๅฏพใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝ“ใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆŠ€่ก“้ขใ€ไฝ“ๅŠ›้ขใฎๅ‘ไธŠใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏไธ€็•ช่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใŸใถใ‚“ใ‚ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ“ใฎ1ๅนด้–“ใง่ฉฆ่กŒ้Œฏ่ชคใ—ใŸไธŠใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ†ใพใไฝฟใฃใฆใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ ใ‚ใ†ใŒใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใ ใ‚ใ†ใŒใ€ใพใš4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠๅ›žใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใฃใฆ้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆŠ€่ก“็š„ใชๅ‘ไธŠใ‚’ใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’็ฉใ‚“ใงใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใงๅคงไธˆๅคซใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸ็ญ”ใˆใซใชใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‹๏ผŸใ€

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

A: Well, to be honest, I donโ€™t know how the world will be. However, to confirm, I donโ€™t think the training Iโ€™ve done thus far has been wrong. Um, in the end since I was able to apply the various things I have experienced thus far, and finally like a โ€œveteranโ€, I was able to accumulate the [efforts of] various training, and without doubt as this was reflected in the results of this competition, I think I can finally say I did my best. And so, the training plan of a four-quad free program including a quad loop from this time will become a strong foundation for the sake of the quad Axel later. I think for now, making that go well should be the only thing I think about. Regardless of whether that will happen upon returning to Toronto or in Japan, and improving my body, my senses, and my technical and physical fitness is definitely something I think I know best. In any case, in the last one year I have gone through a lot of trial and error. Thatโ€™s why, to utilize [what I learned from] that, whether itโ€™s in Japan or in Canada, first I want to put in the work in training to improve the technical aspects needed to rotate and land a quad Axel. Is this okay? Did that answer the question?

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅคงๅญฆใ‚’ๅ’ๆฅญใ—ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ไปฅๅค–ใงใฎใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠ็ฆใงใฉใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅฎถๆ—ใจ้Žใ”ใ™ๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ™ใ”ใๅข—ใˆใพใ—ใŸใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใซ่กŒใฃใฆใ€ๅฎถๆ—ๅ…จๅ“กใŒใใ‚ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๅฎถๆ—ใจไธ€็ท’ใซ้Žใ”ใ—ใฆใ€‚ๅˆฅใซๅ›ฃใ‚‰ใ‚“ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๆฅฝใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จณใงใชใใ€ไธ€็ท’ใซใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅฎถๆ—ๅ…จๅ“กใซใ‚ตใƒใƒผใƒˆใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใŸใฎใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ‚‚่ฒก็”ฃใซใชใ‚‹ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅพŒใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅค–ๅ‡บใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไปฅๅค–ใซไฝ•ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไปฅๅค–ใซไฝ•ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅคงใ’ใ•ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไปฅๅค–ใซๅค–ๅ‡บใฏไธ€ๅˆ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใซใ„ใ‚‹ใจใใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใซ้›†ไธญใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจไฝ•ใงใ—ใŸใฃใ‘๏ผŸใ‚ใฃใ€ๅคงๅญฆใ€‚ใŠใ‹ใ’ใ•ใพใงๅคงๅญฆๅ’ๆฅญใงใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚่ซ–ๆ–‡ใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ„ใšใ‚Œ็™บ่กจใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ—ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ“ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใš่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใ†ใ‚‹้™ใ‚Šใง็ ”็ฉถใ‚’ใ—ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฎไปŠใฎๅ…ˆใปใฉ่จ€ใฃใŸใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใคใชใŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚ŠใƒซใƒผใƒซใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ€ใ—ใชใใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ—่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไปŠๅพŒใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšๆบ€่ถณใงใใ‚‹ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€็พๅฝนใ‚’้€€ใ„ใฆใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใซใชใฃใฆใ€ๆŒ‡ๅฐŽ่€…ใซใชใฃใฆใ€‚ใฃใฆใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“้€ฒใ‚“ใงใ„ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใใฎๆŠ€่ก“ใŒๅฟ…่ฆใ ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใฃใกใฎ้“ใ‚‚ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใƒˆใƒƒใƒ—ใฎ็ซถๆŠ€่€…ใจใ—ใฆใ€ๅˆ‡ใ‚Š้–‹ใๆๆ–™ใซใชใ‚Œใฐใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

*T/N: Yuzuru is referring to his graduation thesis in which he explored the topic of 3D motion capture technology being applied to figure skating, and he stated his hope that in the future there could be AI-based scoring incorporating new technology. He talked about his thesis and thoughts on his university career in his recent article featured in Waseda Universityโ€™s Campus Now magazine; translation can be found here.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-FS Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

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

็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใŒ่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏ215ใƒป83็‚นใ‚’ใƒžใƒผใ‚ฏใ—ใ€ๅˆ่จˆ319ใƒป36็‚นใง5ๅนดใถใ‚Š5ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌไธ€ใซ่ผใ„ใŸใ€‚ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๅพŒใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ธใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใฎใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผใงใฎใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใฏไปฅไธ‹ใฎ้€šใ‚Šใ€‚

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—4ๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆญฃ็›ดใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใจใ€ใพใ‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€ใ‚นใƒ”ใƒณไธๅฏงใซๅ›žใ‚ŒใŸใ‚“ใง่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: (After the performance)

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๅฎข่ฆณ่ฆ–ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šไฟกใ˜ใฆใ€ไฝ“ใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’ไฟกใ˜ใฆใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Šใใ‚ŒใŸใฎใฏๅคงใใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†ใƒ—ใƒญใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅˆๆˆฆใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใงใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅŠ›ใŒๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ™ใŽใฆใ„ใŸ้ƒจๅˆ†ใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใใ‚Œใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒ็Ž‡็›ดใชๆ„Ÿๆƒณใงใ™ใ€

Q: Your thoughts on your performance just then?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใงใฏ้ซ˜ใ„ๅŠ ็‚นใŒใคใ„ใŸ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใพใšใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใงใพใ‚ใ€ๆตใ‚Œใ‚’ๅ‡บใ™ใฎใฃใฆใ™ใ”ใ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆตใ‚Œใ‚’ๆฎบใ•ใชใ„ใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ„ใซๅŠ ็‚นใŒไป˜ใใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ่ทณในใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใ‚‚ไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ™ใ”ใๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใˆใ‚‹็‚นใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใจใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใ่‡ชไฟกใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใงใ™ใ—ใ€้•ทๅนดไธ€็ท’ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŸใกใชใ‚“ใงใ€่‡ชไฟกใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ‚„ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

*T/N: Here, his language sort of personifies his jumps as people/things whoโ€™ve been โ€˜doingโ€™ skating together with him so weโ€™ve tried to express that feeling through the translation

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฉใ‚“ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’

ใ€€ใ€Œใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใฎ่ƒŒๆ™ฏใซใฏใ€ไธŠๆ‰่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใŒใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅฅฝใใ ใ—ใ€้—˜ใ†ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฎไธญใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ‡„ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€้›†ไธญใฎไป•ๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใฎๅˆบๆฟ€ใฏใ™ใ”ใใพใ‚ใ€ใŸใพใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใ€ใใฎใ€้—˜ใฃใฆใ‚‚ๅ‹ใฆใชใใชใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใ€่‹ฆใ—ใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‹ฆๆ‚ฉใซ้ง†ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ๅƒ•ใŒ1ไฝใซใชใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงใ€่ชฐใ‹ใŒ2ไฝใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€3ไฝใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็Š ็‰ฒใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใซใ‹่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใฎ้—˜ใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฎไพกๅ€ค่ฆณใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใซๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠใ€ใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใ€้—˜ใ‚ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎไธญใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ—ใŸ่ŠฏใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€้—˜ใ†ใ€ๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ่ŠฏใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒ่ฆ‹ใˆใŸใ‚‰่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

*T/N: Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for his free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga genre (historical) drama called โ€œHeaven and Earthโ€ about Kenshin. In an earlier comment, Yuzuru pointed out that he resonates with Kenshinโ€™s overall view of battle/competition as always having come with a cost, or a โ€œsacrifice.โ€ Earlier comment was translated here.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ€ใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ไธ–็•ŒใŒๆ—ฉใๅนณ็ฉใŒๆˆปใฃใฆใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๅนณ็ฉใชๆšฎใ‚‰ใ—ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไปŠใฎ็Ž‡็›ดใชๆ€ใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Q: Looking ahead to the World Championships

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 2

็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใŒ่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏ215ใƒป83็‚นใ‚’ใƒžใƒผใ‚ฏใ—ใ€ๅˆ่จˆ319ใƒป36็‚นใง5ๅนดใถใ‚Š5ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌไธ€ใซ่ผใ„ใŸใ€‚ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๅพŒใ€ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใงใฎๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€€โ€•SPใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

ใ€€ใ€ŒๅŽปๅนดใ€ใ ใ„ใถๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใƒชใƒ™ใƒณใ‚ธใงใใฆ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏๅฐ‘ใชใ‹ใ‚‰ใšใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆณใฎไธญใงใ‚ณใƒผใƒใ‚’ๅ‘ผใถใฎใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ‚ณใƒผใƒใŸใกใซใ‚‚ๆ‚ชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใ—1ไบบใงใงใใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ไธ–ใฎไธญ็š„ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่ƒธๅผตใฃใฆ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ณใƒผใƒใ‚’ๅ‘ผใถในใใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆฑบๆ–ญใ—ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ“ใฎ็Šถๆณใงใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใงใใŸใฎใฏใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ€‚ใใ‚Œใจใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€1ไบบใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใจใฏใ„ใˆใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆ”ฏใˆใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸๆ–นใ€…ใŒใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใฎๆ–นใ€…ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ‚’็”ณใ—ไธŠใ’ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•1ไบบใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฎ้›ฃใ—ใ•ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€ŒใŸใจใˆใฐใ€ๅ‰ใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใซๅฎ‡้‡Ž้ธๆ‰‹ใŒ1ไบบใงใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใ‚’้—˜ใฃใŸ่ฉฆๅˆใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใงใฏใ‚ณใƒผใƒใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใƒˆใƒฉใƒ–ใƒซใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฏ1ไบบใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใงใ€ใ†ใพใใ„ใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†็ตŒ้จ“ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ ใ‘้•ทใ„ๆœŸ้–“ใ€1ไบบใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏ็›ธๅฝ“ใ€่ฟทใ„ใ‚‚ๆ‚ฉใฟใ‚‚ใ™ใ”ใๅข—ใˆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€1ไบบใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใฏใ„ใˆใ€ใฉใ“ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใงใ€ใชใซใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใงใคใชใŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆใ€1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใ‚‚้ ใใ‹ใ‚‰ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆ–‡็ซ ใจใ‹่จ€่‘‰ใจใ‹ใงใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒใ‚คใ‚นใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใ€้€†ใซใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ™ใ”ใ้ ใใ‹ใ‚‰ๅŠ›ใ‚’้€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸๆ–นใ€…ใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใพใšใฏใใ“ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใงใ™ใ€

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใฎๅŽ็ฉซใ€ๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใ€ใพใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใ„ๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ๆ›ฒใ‚’่žใ‘ใฐๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใฏใ™ใ”ใๅ…ฅใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ๆŒฏใ‚Šใฎ1ใค1ใคใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ›ใชใ„ใจใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไธ€้€ฃใฎๆตใ‚Œใจใ—ใฆไผใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒไผใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅˆๆˆฆใ ใฃใŸใจใฏใ„ใˆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไผใˆใŸใ„ใ“ใจใจใ‹ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใง่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ„ใ“ใจใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ้€”ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ๅฐ‘ใ—ใฏ่ฆ‹ใ›ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 3

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใงไผใˆใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ“ใจ

ใ€€ใ€Œ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ๅŽปๅนดใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใงๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใฎใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆˆ้•ทใ—ใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“้—˜ใˆใชใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ€ใ„ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใฆใ€‚้—˜ใ†ใฎ็–ฒใ‚ŒใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ไธ€็žฌใ€‚่พžใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใŸใถใ‚“ใ„ใคใงใ‚‚ใงใใ‚‹ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๆœ›ใ‚“ใงใ„ใชใ„ไบบใ‚‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸ้—˜ใ„ใฎไธญใงใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎไธญใงๅพ—ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹้”ๆˆๆ„Ÿใจใ‹ใ€่ฉฆๅˆใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใงใใ‚‹ใ€ไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹่‹ฆใ—ใฟใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅฅฝใใชใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ€ไธŠๆ‰่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใฎ่ฉฑใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๅฝผใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€้—˜ใ„ใธใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ“ใซใฏ็พŽๅญฆใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ่ฆๅˆถ ็Š ็‰ฒ*ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใธใฎ่‘›่—คใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‹ใ‚‰ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๅ‡บๅฎถใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ‚Ÿใ‚Šใฎๅขƒๅœฐใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใพใงใ„ใฃใŸใ€ไธŠๆ‰่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใฎไพกๅ€ค่ฆณใจใ‹ใจใ‹ใจใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใฎไผผใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ•ใ›ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

*appears to be a typo, meant to be ็Š ็‰ฒ

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

A: For me, something happened at last yearโ€™s Japanese Nationals and also the Grand Prix Finals. I felt like I wasnโ€™t really growing, that I was slowly becoming unable to fight, those sort of thoughts were in my head. For a moment, I thought that I had become tired of competing, and I could probably give up at any point, though I think there are probably many people supporting me who donโ€™t want that to happen. But within that fight, I realised once again that I love the feeling of accomplishment you get in a competition, the feeling of being able to do things, overcoming things, the suffering of being able to overcome hardships, etc, those feelings that exist because of competitions. Also, bringing up Uesugi Kenshin*, well, things like his perspective on battle, within that there was (a sense of) aesthetics you could say. Also, he had conflict with the fact (there were always) sacrifices that resulted from fighting, and so I think ultimately he ended up becoming a monk. So in that way, like reaching a state of enlightenment or understanding, I think maybe something like Lord Kenshinโ€™s sense of values is kind of similar (to mine). I tried to skate while linking these kinds of things together with my performance.

*t/n: Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for Yuzuruโ€™s free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga genre (historical) drama called โ€œHeaven and Earthโ€ that is about Kenshinโ€™s life. Kenshin was educated at a temple for some time in his youth and for the rest of his life was regarded as an honorable warrior, known for his religious devotion to the Buddhist god of war, Bishamonten. In an earlier comment, Yuzuru pointed out that he resonates with Kenshinโ€™s overall view of battle/competition as always having come with a cost, or a โ€œsacrifice.โ€ Earlier comment was translated here: https://twitter.com/shinjistarxx/status/1342787528550723585

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใฎใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Š

ใ€€ใ€Œๅ…จ้ƒจใงใ™ใ€‚ใธใธใธใธใธใธใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œ1ใคๆฌ ใ‘ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฏใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฏใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใ€ใ“ใ“5ใ€6ๅนดใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ็‰นใซใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ—ใฆๆˆใ‚Š็ซ‹ใŸใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๅŠ›ใชใใ‚ทใƒผใƒ ใƒฌใ‚นใซ่ทณในใŸใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ไธ€็•ช่กจ็พใจใ—ใฆๅฎŒๆˆใงใใŸ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: What are the key details youโ€™re mindful of in your choreography?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้€ฃ็ถšๆ€งใฏๅคงไบ‹ใชๆŸฑใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฟใŸใ„ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่’ๅ‰Šใ‚Šใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงโ€œใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—่ทณในใŸใœใ€ใ‚„ใฃใป๏ฝžใ„โ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹โ€œใ†ใ‡๏ฝžใ„โ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚นใƒžใƒผใƒˆใซใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใƒญใƒ“ใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚นใƒžใƒผใƒˆใซใ€ใ‚คใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚นใฎใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฏใชใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆใ„ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€‚ๅ›ฝใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจไฝ™่ฃ•ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฏใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใพใ ่กจ็พใงใใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฏๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจไฝ™่ฃ•ใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใ„ใ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใฎๅ็œ็‚นใงใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅนดใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๅงฟใซ

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใซใ‹ใใ€ไปŠๅ›ž1ไบบใง้•ทใ„้–“ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ—ใฆใใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“่ชฒ้กŒใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆๅฎŒ็’งใ ใฃใŸใชใจ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚็‰นใซใใ‚‡ใ†ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ™ใ”ใๅฎ‰ๅฟƒใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๅฎ‰ๅฟƒใ—ใฆใ€ใพใŸใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใ‚‚ๅฎ‰ๅฟƒใ—ใฆ่ฆ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ๆœฌๆฅใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใฎใ‚„ใ‚Šๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏ้–“้•ใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ€‚ไปŠใฎไฝ“ใซๅˆใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใฎไป•ๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆˆ้•ทใฎไป•ๆ–นใŒใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใพใŸใ•ใ‚‰ใซใƒ–ใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฅใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ€ใพใŸใ‚‚ใฃใจ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซๆŒ‘ใฟใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใ‚‚ใชใ้Žใ”ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 4

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใƒ‹ใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฅใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ•ฐ็ง’ใ€ไฝ•ใŒ่ฆ‹ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€‚็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ‚ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€้—˜ใ„ๆŠœใ‘ใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ€ใใ“ใซใ‚นใฃใฆ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ๅˆฅใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚€ใ—ใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ้•ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€

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

A: What was it? It wasnโ€™t as though I was thinking about anything in particular. Itโ€™s just…how do I put thisโ€ฆ I felt like I had received a huge amount of various kinds of energies, and it was like I had finally come out of this battle, so I stood there afterwards – that sort of feeling. It wasnโ€™t really like I was looking at something but rather, it felt like I was watching from a different place. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใฎๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใซ่พผใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ–ใฃใใ‚Šใจใ—ใŸใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹็”ฒๅ†‘ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ€‚๏ผˆ่บซๆŒฏใ‚Šๆ‰‹ๆŒฏใ‚Šใ‚’ใพใ˜ใˆ๏ผ‰ใชใ‚“ใ‹้ŽงใŒใ“ใ“ใซๅˆใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๅ…œใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚ใฎใ€โ€œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจโ€ใฃใฆโ€œใจโ€ใง็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅคงๆฒณใƒ‰ใƒฉใƒžใฎใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒˆใƒซใ‚’ใใฎใพใพไฝฟใ‚ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€ๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ไบบ๏ผˆใ˜ใ‚“๏ผ‰ใ€ไบบ๏ผˆใฒใจ๏ผ‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎใ€๏ผˆ่บซๆŒฏใ‚Šๆ‰‹ๆŒฏใ‚Šใ‚’ใพใ˜ใˆ๏ผ‰ใ“ใ“ใฃใฆใŸใถใ‚“ๅคฉใจๅœฐใฎ้–“ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใงใ€ใใ“ใซใ‚ชใƒฌใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใžใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฏๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

*T/N: Referring to the title of his program, ๅคฉใจๅœฐใจ (โ€œHeaven and Earth, andโ€), which is taken from a 1960s taiga (historical) drama of the same name.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใฏ็ต็ถใฎ้Ÿณใ‚’ใ†ใพใไฝฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚ๆœ€ๅˆใฎ็ต็ถใฏใใฎใพใ‚“ใพใ€ๆ›ฒใใฎใพใ‚“ใพใงใ‚ใฃใŸ็ต็ถใชใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๆ›ฒใฎๆตใ‚Œใจใ—ใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹้—˜ใ„ใซใ„ใใžใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๆฑบๆ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใŸใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๆฑบๆ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใŸใ€้—˜ใ„ใซ่กŒใใŸใ‚ใฎๆบ–ๅ‚™ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฎๆฑบๆ„ใซๆบ€ใกใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใซใ‚คใƒŠใƒใ‚ฆใ‚ขใƒผ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅพŒใฎใ‚นใƒ”ใƒณใ‚„ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใฎ็ต็ถใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚ใใ“ใฏใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹้Ÿณใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎ็ต็ถใฎ้Ÿณใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ๆŒใฃใฆใใฆใ€้•ใ†ๆ›ฒใจ้‡ใญใฆใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒŠใƒซใชใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ‚ใใ“ใฏใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ณใƒฌใ‚ชใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚‚ใ†้—˜ใ„ใŸใใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฎˆใ‚‰ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฃใฆๆ„ๅ‘ณใง้—˜ใ„ใคใคใ€ใงใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใ€่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใŒๅ‡บๅฎถใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅŠ็”Ÿใ‚’ๆ€ใ„ๆใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใงใ€ใใ“ใซ็ต็ถใ‚’้‡ใญใฆใฟใพใ—ใŸใ€ใ€‚

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ดใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ขจใชใ‚ˆใ‚Šๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ขจใซๆŒใฃใฆ่กŒใใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใใ“ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏไฟก็Ž„ๅ…ฌใจ้—˜ใฃใŸๅพŒใซใ€ๅทไธญๅณถใง้—˜ใฃใŸๅพŒใซใ€้œงใซๅŒ…ใพใ‚Œใฆ้›ขใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚Œใซใชใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใจๅ‘ใๅˆใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใ‚“ใงใ€‚็ดใฎ้Ÿณใจใ‹ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใจๅ‘ใๅˆใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้ผ“ๅ‹•ใŒ้ณดใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใจใ‹ใ€่ก€ใŒๆตใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚นใฃใจๆฎบๆฐ—ใŒ่ฝใกใฆใ„ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ้ธๆ›ฒ่‡ชไฝ“ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚้ธๆ›ฒใ€็ทจ้›†ใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณไฝœใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€้Ÿณ่‡ชไฝ“ใซใ‚‚ใ™ใ”ใ„่พผใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ้Ÿณๆฅฝๅฎถใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใจๅˆใ‚ใ›ใŸไธŠใงใฎใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€ใ€‚

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใฏ็ซถๆŠ€ไบบ็”Ÿใซใฉใ‚“ใชๆ„ๅ‘ณใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹

ใ€Œใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€่ฉฆๅˆใŒๅง‹ใพใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ“ใจใŒๅ…จใฆใ‹ใชใจใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใฎๆœ›ใฟใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€ใ™ใ”ใๅ€‹ไบบ็š„ใชๆ„่ฆ‹ใชใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’่ฒซใ„ใฆใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†่‘›่—คใŒไปŠใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅ€‹ไบบ็š„ใซใ‚‚ใ—ใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใ“ใซๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใฆใŠใ‹ใชใ„ใจใ€ไปŠๅพŒใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใŒใ™ใ”ใใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎไปŠใฎใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠ็ฆใจใ„ใ†ๆš—ใ„ไธ–ใฎไธญใงใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใคใ‹ใฟๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ๅ…‰ใซๅฏพใ—ใฆๆ‰‹ใ‚’ไผธใฐใ—ใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ—ใŸใ€ใ€‚

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

A: I think what I said when the competition first started was everything. Should I call it my own desire, um, itโ€™s a very personal opinion, so even now Iโ€™m still conflicted whether I can stick with that. Itโ€™s very personal, and if the World Championships happen, if I donโ€™t get closer to it in advance a bit, I have the impression that itโ€™d become difficult later. So, um, it felt like reaching for the light that I want to grasp for in the dark world that is the current COVID19 pandemic.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้•ท้‡Žใงใƒชใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ„ใ„ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใคใคใ‚‚ใ€้€†ใซใ„ใ„ใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅฃŠใ—ใฆใ—ใพใ‚ใชใ„ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ€–ใ•ใจใ€ใใ‚Œใซใจใ‚‰ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ—ใพใ‚ใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ๆ€–ใ•ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใพใง็ซถๆŠ€ไบบ็”Ÿ้•ทใ็ถšใ‘ใฆใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใจๆŠ€่ก“็š„ใซใจใ‹ๆŠ€่ก“ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใƒ†ใƒ‹ใ‚นใฎใƒ•ใ‚งใƒ‡ใƒฉใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๅฐๅนณใ•ใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใใฎๅฏพไบบใฎใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใงใƒกใƒณใ‚ฟใƒซใ‚’ไฝฟใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€็ตŒ้จ“ใ‚’ไฝฟใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎๅ‡„ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆไฝฟใ„ใฅใ‚‰ใ„ใชใฃใฆๆญฃ็›ดๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใƒ™ใƒ†ใƒฉใƒณใซใชใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใ†ใพใใ„ใ‹ใ›ใชใ„ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจใใ‚ŒใŒ็”Ÿใ‹ใ›ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไปŠๅ›žใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใงใ—ใŸใ€

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

A: Of course, even though I have a good impression [of the venue], on the contrary, exactly because I have a good impression of it, I was afraid of breaking that, and feared that I would be caught up in it. Iโ€™ve had a long competitive career until now, finally. Rather than the techniques or the technical level, itโ€™s so cool to be able to use your mentality, or your experiences in interpersonal sports like Federer in tennis and of course, Kodaira in [speed] skating. I honestly think itโ€™s hard to make use of those things in figure skating. Even when Iโ€™ve become a veteran, I canโ€™t utilize them well. But Iโ€™ve finally been able to make it work at this competition.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-SP Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

Translation: @shinjistarxx and @tsukihoshi14
Proofreading: @axelsandwich

็”ทๅญใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ๏ผˆSP๏ผ‰ใŒ่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏ103ใƒป53็‚นใง้ฆ–ไฝใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใจใชใฃใŸใ€‚ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๅพŒใ€ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณๅ–ๆใงSPใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใŸใ€‚

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใฎ่กฃ่ฃ…ใซใคใ„ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Š่จ€ใˆใŸใ“ใจใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฏใฃใคใฝใใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใƒญใƒ“ใƒผใƒปใ‚ฆใ‚ฃใƒชใ‚ขใƒ ใ‚นใ•ใ‚“ใฎๆ›ฒใชใ‚“ใงใ€ใใฎๆ–นใฎใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Šๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ›ฒใธใฎๆ€ใ„

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใฎ้ธๆ›ฒใฏใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใƒปใƒใƒˆใƒซใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ‚„ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ€‚ๆœ€ๅˆใ€ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใ‚’ๆŽขใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใใฎใ€ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ†ใพใๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ไฝ•ๆ›ฒใ‹ใ€2ใ€3ๆ›ฒๆธกใ•ใ‚ŒใŸไธญใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ—ใฃใใ‚Šใใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใชใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚นใ ใจใ‹ไธ–ใฎไธญใฎ็Šถๆณใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ˜Žใ‚‹ใ„ๆ›ฒใฎๆ–นใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชใคใ‚‰ใ„ไธญใงใ‚‚ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใงใ‚‚ๆ˜Žใ‚‹ใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใช่ฉฑ้กŒใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ใชใ€ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: Your thoughts on the music?

A: In the beginning, itโ€™s Jeffrey Buttle who picked the music. At first, I was looking for a piano piece, but, well, Jeffrey-san wasnโ€™t really able to decide on something either. So, even after going over 2-3 choices, in the end, there wasnโ€™t one that really just came to me. And in the midst of seeing the news and the current state of the world, I think ultimately a kind of light-hearted piece [would be better], uhm, since everyone is watching me skate even during these tough times, I thought maybe something of a cheerful theme (would be good).

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

ใ€Œใพใšใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๅ›žๅพฉใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๅคงไบ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ„ใ„็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€็‚นๆ•ฐๅ‡บใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใš้™ใ‚Šใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงๅ…จ้ƒจใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠใจใพใŸๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใพใจใพใฃใŸๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

โ€•โ€•ๆป‘ใ‚Š็ต‚ใˆใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๆญฃ็›ดใ„ใฃใฆใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚€ใ“ใจใฏใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€็‚นๆ•ฐ็š„ใซใฏใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใจใฏ่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅ†…ๅฎนใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ€ไฟฎๆญฃใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใจใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒไปŠใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒณใงใ™ใ€

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

A: Well, to be honest, I think I was able to enjoy it, but looking at the score, I canโ€™t say that it was a good performance, therefore, my current thought is that I would like to revise it while doing my best to prepare for tomorrow.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฎๆป‘ใ‚Šใง่ชฒ้กŒใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใƒ†ใ‚ฏใƒ‹ใ‚ซใƒซๅ…จ็„ถไผธใฐใ—ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใพใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฃใฆๅ‡บๆฅๆ „ใˆๅ–ใฃใฆใƒŠใƒณใƒœใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใคใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏ่ชฒ้กŒใ€

Q: What were the problems in todayโ€™s skating?

A: For the time being itโ€™s that I didnโ€™t push to maximize the technical (aspects) at all. Also, well, I think my jumps are (usually) high-earning in GOE. I think itโ€™s an issue that I wasnโ€™t able to properly obtain that.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไผšๅ ดๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ—ใŸ็žฌ้–“ใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใ„ใˆใฐใ€ๅฃฐ่žใ“ใˆใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‚Šใ€‚้€†ใซใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒไปŠใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ–ฐใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ‹ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„่กฃ่ฃ…ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‹ใ‘ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸๅฃฐๆดใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅฟƒใฎไธญใงๅ†็”Ÿใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅฟœๆดใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๆญขใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ๅฟœๆดใฎๅ—ใ‘ๆญขใ‚ๆ–นใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: What were your feelings upon entering the venue?

A: Now that you mention it, it felt like I couldnโ€™t really hear any voices. On the contrary somehow, the cheers that everyone gave for todayโ€™s new program and when they saw the new costume felt like they were resonating inside my heart. It was like I received that support in a new way. 

Part 2

โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปข2ๆœฌใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฎๅ‡บๆฅใจใ—ใฆใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ‚“ใงใ€50๏ผ…ใฏใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใพใ‚็‚นๆ•ฐใ€ๅฎŸ้š›็ดฐใ‹ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใ‚‚่จ€ใˆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใŸใ ใ€ๅ‡บๆฅๆ „ใˆใจใ—ใฆใฏ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใฎไป•ๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใฎ้…ๅˆ†ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใงๅทฅๅคซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซไปŠใ€ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

A: Well, Iโ€™ve landed them, so you could say 50% I guessโ€ฆ However, about the scores, I havenโ€™t seen the details actually so I canโ€™t say anything. But in terms of GOE, it wasnโ€™t good so, uhm, Iโ€™m thinking itโ€™d be great if I can figure out things such as how to upgrade it a little bit more, how to allocate time in the 6-minute warmup, etc.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไน…ใ€…ใฎใƒญใƒƒใ‚ฏใƒŠใƒณใƒใƒผ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆญ“ๅฃฐใŒ่žใ“ใˆใชใ„ใฎใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆฎ‹ๅฟตใงใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใฏใ€ใƒใƒƒใƒˆใจใ‹ใง่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใฏใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ๅฃฐใ‚’ไธŠใ’ใฆๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใชใ‚“ใจใชใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใซใคใ„ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œ่ฉณ็ดฐใ‚’่จ€ใ†ใจใ€ใพใšใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใซใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใŒ้€ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใใฆใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใฎๅ ดๆ‰€่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅๅฏพใซใชใฃใฆใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏ้Ÿณใฎๅ–ใ‚Šๆ–นใจใ‹ๆ‰‹ใฎๆŒฏใ‚Šใฎไป•ๆ–นใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใปใจใ‚“ใฉใ€ใ‚ขใƒฌใƒณใ‚ธใŒๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒๅคšใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ไธ€ๅฟœใ“ใฎใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒŸใƒณใ‚ฐใงใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่จ€ใฃใจใ„ใฆใ€ใงใ€ใใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใชใใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใชใใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใŒใ€ใใฎใ€่ธŠใฃใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅ…ƒใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒŸใƒณใ‚ฐใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ“ใ†ใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่žใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅ…จ็„ถ่ฟ”ไบ‹ใŒๆฅใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใง๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ€ใฏใ„ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใฆ่ฉฆ่กŒ้Œฏ่ชคใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: Could you tell us about the choreography?

A: To speak in detail, first, I was sent the stepwork. Well, the placement of the steps themselves were in reverse.* Also, things like the incorporation of the music and hand movements, well, thereโ€™s a lot that mostly I arranged. And, regarding the jumps too, I conveyed the overall timing I wanted to do for them, and then, there were also the [parts] Jeff arranged. So I wanted to ask various things about how all of that would fit in if it went with my original timing, but I didnโ€™t get a reply at all (laughs), so yes, I choreographed it by myself while going through trial and error.

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ ใ‚ใฃใŸ็‚นใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹โ€œๆŠผใ—ๅผ•ใโ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅŠ ใˆใ‚ˆใ†ใจใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใปใ‚“ใจใซใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใปใ‚“ใจใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจ่ฆ‹ใฉใ“ใ‚ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ‹ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใฎๅ…ผใญๅˆใ„ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€ๅ‘ผๅธใŒใงใใ‚‹ๅ ดๆ‰€ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ไน—ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†่Šธ่ก“ๆ€งใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆŒฏใ‚Šใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ„ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ˜”ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ขใƒฌใƒณใ‚ธใ€ๅผ•ใฃๅผตใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไปฃๅ่ฉžใซใชใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€ใƒใ‚คใƒฉใ‚คใƒˆใซใชใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ใพใ‚ๅผ•ใฃๅผตใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใฎ้Ÿณใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆŒฏใ‚Šใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใ„ๅคงไบ‹ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals First Practice Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

Original article published 24 December 2020

Translation & proofreading:ย @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx

ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏ25ๆ—ฅใ€้•ท้‡Žๅธ‚ใƒ“ใƒƒใ‚ฐใƒใƒƒใƒˆใง้–‹ๅน•ใ™ใ‚‹ใ€‚24ๆ—ฅใฏไผšๅ ดใงๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใŒ่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€็”ทๅญใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใŒ่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆ–ฐๅž‹ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒซใ‚นใฎๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใงใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒช๏ผˆGP๏ผ‰ใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บใ‚’ๆฌ ๅ ดใ—ใŸ็พฝ็”Ÿใซใจใฃใฆใ€ไปŠๅคงไผšใฏไปŠๅญฃๅˆๆˆฆใจใชใ‚‹ใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใ€ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใงๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใŸใ€‚

The Japanese National Championships will start from 25 December at Naganoโ€™s Big Hat. Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Gold Medallist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) attended the public practice at the venue on the 24th. For Hanyu, who had withdrawn from the Grand Prix series due to the effects of COVID-19, this competition will be his first this season. After the practice, he was interviewed online. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ‡บๅ ดใซ่‡ณใฃใŸ็ตŒ็ทฏใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใซ่ค‡ๆ•ฐใฎไบบๆ•ฐใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใซไน—ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’ใคใ‹ใ‚ใฆใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ใพใŸๆ–ฐ้ฎฎใงใ€‚ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€ไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใฎใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซๆฅฝใ—ใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: How was your feeling after the public practice, and the thoughts behind deciding to compete at the Japanese National Championships?

A: It’s been awhile since I’ve practised on a rink with so many people so there were certain senses/feelings [of being on the ice with them] that I didn’t quite grasp but in a sense, it was a fresh feeling and for me, truly something that I havenโ€™t had in awhile so it was fun as well.

ใ€€โ€•GPใฏๆฌ ๅ ดใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ‡บๅ ดใธใฎ็ตŒ็ทฏใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๅˆฅใซ่€ƒใˆใฏๅค‰ๅŒ–ใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใˆใฐใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ๅ€‹ไบบใฎ่€ƒใˆใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใชใ‚‹ในใใ€ใใฎใ€ๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใซใคใชใŒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใช่กŒๅ‹•ใฏใ—ใŸใใชใ„ใ€ใจใ€‚ใงใ€็พ็Šถใ€ไปŠใ“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใคใ‚Œใฆใ€ใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€็ฌฌ3ๆณขใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚†ใ‚‹็ฌฌ3ๆณขใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆณขใŒๆฅใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใฎไธญใงใ€ๅƒ•ใŒๅ‡บใฆใ„ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่‘›่—คใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ€ๅ››ๅคง้™ธใŒใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใšใฏไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎ้ธ่€ƒไผšใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’ๅฟ…้ ˆใจใ—ใฆๅ‡บใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใฎๅธŒๆœ›ใ‚’ไฝ•ใจใ‹ใคใชใใŸใ‚ใซใ€ๅ‡บใ•ใ›ใŸใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ€

Q: You withdrew from the Grand Prix series. What was the thought process behind deciding to compete at the Japanese National Championships?

A: Well, my thinking hasnโ€™t really changed. If I were to speak frankly, if it were based on my own personal considerations, where possible, I did not want to participate in activities that could be connected to spreading the virus [COVID-19]. And right now, throughout all of Japan, well, within what they are calling the third wave of the virus that is coming at us quickly, I was conflicted about whether it was okay for me to compete. However, when considering the World Championships – since the Four Continents has been cancelled – it was absolutely necessary to compete here firstly to qualify for the World Championships, so I feel the decision to compete is for the sake of tying it with my own hopes. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠ็ฆใฎ็ทด็ฟ’็Šถๆณใ€ๆ—ฅใ€…ใฎ้Žใ”ใ—ๆ–นใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅ1ไบบใงใ€ใ‚ณใƒผใƒใชใ—ใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ฑใ‚ขใจใ‹ใ‚‚้›ฃใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚‹ในใๅฎถๆ—ไปฅๅค–ใจใฏใ€ใปใผๆŽฅ่งฆใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅค–ใซๅ‡บใฆ่กŒใใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใพใฃใŸใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใซ้›†ไธญใงใใ‚‹็’ฐๅขƒใงใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ„ใ„็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใงใใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: How were your training conditions during the pandemic, and how did you pass the days?

A: Well, everyday Iโ€™m alone and practicing without a coach. Also, yes, stuff like aftercare* was difficult too. As much as possible, Iโ€™m not in contact with anyone aside from my family. I really did not go out at all. But even so, for me, it was an environment where I could focus on my skating, and I think maybe I was able to get in some good practice.

*T/N: Likely he means aftercare like massages and treatment after exercising etc.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•1ไบบใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฎ้›ฃใ—ใ•ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ๆ‚ฉใฟๅง‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใฉใ†ใ—ใฆใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่ฒ ใฎใ‚นใƒ‘ใ‚คใƒฉใƒซใซๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ†ใพใใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ™ใ‚‹่ก“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€1ไบบใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๆทฑใๅˆ†ๆžใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅค–็š„่ฆๅ› ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅŽŸๅ› ใฎไธญใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซ่ชฟๅญใŒๆ‚ชใใชใฃใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่ชฟๅญใŒ่‰ฏใใชใฃใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’็ตŒ้จ“ใ™ใ‚‹ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆฉŸไผšใซใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: What are the difficulties of practicing alone?

A: It seems if I start worrying about something, I find it easy to enter into a spiral of negative (thoughts). But, since I was alone, I was able to deeply analyze things such as techniques on how to control it when I fall into it. Also, it was a good opportunity to experience how my condition gets worse, or my condition improves, not subject to external factors but originating from myself.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅญฃใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ่ฆ‹ใฉใ“ใ‚ใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ๆง‹ๆˆใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขใฏใฏใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใจใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ€ใงใ€ๅพŒๅŠใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚’2ๆœฌใ„ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฏๅ‰ๅŠใซ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใจ4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ€3ๅ›ž่ปขใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใฎใ‚ณใƒณใƒ“ใƒใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ€๏ผŒๅพŒๅŠใซใ‚ซใ‚ฆใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒˆใƒชใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‹ไบˆๅฎšใงใ™ใ€

Q: What are the highlights of your programs this season, and the jump layouts? 

A: With regards to the free program, the quads are loop and Salchow, and in the later half I plan to put two quad toeloops. In the short program, in the first half itโ€™s the 4S and 4T-3T combination. In the second half I plan to do a back counter 3A.

ใ€€โ€•่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใ“ใจ

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ‚‡ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใŸใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€้กŒๆใจใชใ‚‹ใ‚นใƒˆใƒผใƒชใƒผใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไผใˆใŸใ„ใ‚นใƒˆใƒผใƒชใƒผใจใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใซ็ธ›ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใšใซใ€ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซใ€่ฆ‹ใฆ้ ‚ใ„ใŸๆ–นใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใใฎๆ–นใ€…ใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹่ƒŒๆ™ฏใซ่จดใˆใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใใ‚‡ใ†ใพใ ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใใ‚Œใ“ใไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใไธŠใŒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€

Q: What would you like to express [in your programs]?

A: In terms of the FS I skated today, of course there is a theme to the story and a story I want to convey, but I truly would like for it to speak to the feelings of the people watching it, or something within themselves, without it being restricted [by my own interpretation]. In regards to the SP, I havenโ€™t skated it yet today but…um, letโ€™s see. If it can make people feel like raising their arms in the air, I would be happy.