[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu SharePractice – 20220810

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 10 August 2022

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

Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

Q&As after the practice are as follows. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

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

What are your thoughts on your home rink in Sendai?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please give a message to the people of Miyagi.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To the children in Miyagi prefecture.

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

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

Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Post Exhibition Gala Interview – 20220220

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 20 February 2022

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

Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

Y: OK. Sure

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 8 February 2022

Part 1ย |ย Part 2

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

PART 1

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

Thank you for your time today.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใฏ

Q: What happened with the opening quad salchow?

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

Yuzuru: Um, I got caught in a hole.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใฏใพใฃใŸใฎใ‹

Q: Did you get stuck in it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

PART 2

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•2ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใซๅ…ฅใฃใŸ็†็”ฑใ‚’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article originally published 7 February 2022

Translation: @axelsandwich, @shinjistarxx
Proofreading: @tsukihoshi14

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

Q: Your first practice is over

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4AใฏๆˆๅŠŸใ—ใŸใฎใ‹

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ›ฃไฝ“ๆˆฆใฎๅˆบๆฟ€ใฏ

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

Q: What was motivating about the team competition?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

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

Q: Regarding the Short Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 27 December 2021

Part 1ย |ย Part 2 | Part 3

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

Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ–ๆใŒ็ต‚ไบ†

(End of the interview)

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

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

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

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 26 December 2021

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

Part 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: Please reflect on your free program.

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

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

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

Q: You challenged the 4A for the first time

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

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

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

Q: How good was the quad Axel this time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Post-SP Interview โ€“ 20211224

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 24 December 2021

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

PART 1

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆ

Q: Looking back on your performanceโ€ฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„๏ฝžใ€่€ใˆใŸใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€1ๅ€‹้žๅธธใซๅคงใใ่€ใˆใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎ4Aใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใ‚ไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ€ๅŽปๅนดใ€ๅŽปๅนด๏ผŸๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ๏ผŸๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจ้•ใฃใฆใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ“ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็‚นใŒใ‚ใใ“ใฎๅœŸๅฃ‡ๅ ดใง็”Ÿใใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใˆใ€ใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎ้žๅธธใซใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ•ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Ah well, there was one big jump (4T-3T) that I managed to eke out. But as Iโ€™ve been practising the 4A, and also the other jumpsโ€ฆ um, the World Championships last year – last year? Last season?? In contrast to last seasonโ€™s World Championships, I was able to properly practise all my other jumps so I think thatโ€™s probably what allowed me to pull off [the combo] last minute. However, uhm, regarding the Salchow and Axel, I think they were very well controlled jumps. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅญฃๅˆๆˆฆใงใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ‚‚ๅˆๆŠซ้œฒใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๅ‰ใฎๅฟƒๅขƒใฏ

Q: This was the first competition and first performance of your Short Program this season, what were your feelings prior to it? 

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ‚ใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใŒๅผ•ใฃใ‹ใ‹ใฃใกใ‚ƒใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€็ฉบๅ›žใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅฟƒ้…ใ ใฃใŸใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ“ใฎไผšๅ ดใงใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใฉ้ ญใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๅคฑๆ•—ใ—ใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†่จ˜ๆ†ถใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซๅŒใ˜ๅ ดๆ‰€ใ ใฃใŸใฎใง็ทŠๅผตใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใˆใƒผใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใŒๆฑบใพใฃใŸๆฎต้šŽใงๅฐ‘ใ—่ฝใก็€ใ„ใฆๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: To be honest, in the official practice, there were various things that happened like my edge getting stuck and me popping my jumps, so I was a little worried. I also had memories of failing the first Salchow jump at this venue, so I was nervous because I was in the exact same position. However, the moment I landed the first quadruple Salchow, I think I was perhaps able to calm down a little and complete my performance. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

Q: (What are your thoughts) heading into the free skate?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ™ใ‚‹ใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใคใ‘ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใˆใƒผๆ™ฎๆฎต้€šใ‚Šใ„ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ไฝ“ใฎๅ›žๅพฉใจใ€้›†ไธญๅŠ›ใ‚’้ซ˜ใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Of course, I intend to challenge the quad Axel, so firstly, um, for the official practice, I want to take care until the very end to avoid injuries, recover my body, keep up my concentration and do my best heading into the free skate so that I can get through it as usual.

ใ€€โ€•ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆผ”ใ˜ใŸๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏใ€‚ไบ”่ผชใงๅ‹ใคใŸใ‚ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‹

Q: What is your response after performing your program? Is it a program created for winning the Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆœ€ๅˆใ€ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใ•ใ‚“ใซใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใ‚’ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚‚ใคใใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช่ƒŒๆ™ฏใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใจใ€ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚็›ธ่ซ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใซใ‚‚ๅŠ ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ‚ณใƒฉใƒœใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงไฝœใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ๆœ€ๅคงใฎ้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๆง‹ๆˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ๅ‰ใซๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ฏใƒญใ‚นใŒ1ๅ€‹ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใปใจใ‚“ใฉใ‚ฏใƒญใ‚นใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใœใฒ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€่กจ็พใฎใปใ†ใ‚‚ใ€Žใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌไธ€็•ชใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ€ŽSEIMEIใ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไปฃ่กจใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใชใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎไพกๅ€คไปฅไธŠใซใ€ใพใ ๆด—็ทดใฏใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใช็‰ฉ่ชžใŒใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๆ›ฒใซไน—ใ›ใ‚‹ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅผทใใ‚ใ‚‹ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ๅ…จ้ƒจ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: At first, I asked Jeff to do the choreography for the program, but there were many things on my mind, like I wanted to do more, create more, do things in a certain way, so I consulted with Jeff, Brian, Tracy, then also had Shae join in, and the program was created through this collaboration.

Of course, I think the jumps are not of the utmost difficulty that I can do, but in terms of the program layout, there is only about one crossover before the jump, there almost isnโ€™t any crossovers in it. I certainly want those aspects to be seen, and even in terms of expression, it may not be as refined in value as my representative programs such as โ€œBallade No.1โ€ or โ€œSEIMEIโ€ yet,  but it is a program with a strong sense of a narrative woven into the music, so rather than only the jumps, I want to make it a program where everything in it can be seen.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใฎใ›ใ‚‹ๅผทใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ€‚ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: What is the strong feeling you put into the program? How did you construct the program?

ใ€€ใ€Œๆญฃ็›ดใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€‚ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใซใชใฃใฆใ€ๆธ…ๅกšใ•ใ‚“ใซใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใ‚’ใ‚ขใƒฌใƒณใ‚ธใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†ๆ™‚ใซ้›ป่ฉฑใงๆ‰“ใกๅˆใ‚ใ›ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎใจใใซไฝ•ใ‹ๅ…ทไฝ“็š„ใช็‰ฉ่ชžใŒใชใใฆใ€ใ™ใ”ใใƒ‘ใƒƒใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใซใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ€ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ“ใซๅˆ‡ใชใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็นŠ็ดฐใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใงใ™ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใŠไผใˆใ—ใฆไฝœใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: To be honest, I didn’t have strong feelings about it at first. When I asked Mr. Kiyozuka to arrange the piano for the piece, we had a phone meeting, but I didn’t have any specific storyline in mind at that time, so I conveyed to him that I wanted the piece to be overflowing with passion, yet also carrying some sorrow and subtlety, and had him arrange it for me.

ใ€€ใ€Œๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใจใ‹ใซใ‚‚ๅŠ ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใใฎไธญใงๆ€ใ„ๆใ‘ใŸใฎใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใŒๅ…จ็„ถ้€ฒๆ—ใŒใชใใฆ่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๆš—้—‡ใ‹ใ‚‰ๆœ€ๅˆใฏไฝ•ใ‹ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใŒ่‰ฒใ€…ใกใ‚‰ใคใ„ใฆใใฆใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่จ˜ๆ†ถใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆญฉใ‚“ใงใใŸ้“ใฎใ‚ŠใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ™ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€่›ใฎๅ…‰ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซใƒ‘ใฃใฆๅบƒใŒใฃใฆใใฆใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ‚นใƒ”ใƒณใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅพŒใ‹ใ‚‰ใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๅ…จ้ƒจใ‚จใƒใƒซใ‚ฎใƒผใซใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใŒใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‰ใซ็ชใ้€ฒใ‚“ใงใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฏไฝ•ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๆ„่ญ˜ใŒ้ฃ›ใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฎไธญใงไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ใคใ‹ใฟๅ–ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใช็‰ฉ่ชžใชใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚ธใ‚งใƒ•ใŒใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎๅŸบ็›คใ‚’ไฝœใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚คใŒใใ“ใซ็‰ฉ่ชžใ‚’ใ€ใ™ใ”ใๆƒ…็ท’ใ‚ใตใ‚Œใ‚‹็‰ฉ่ชžใ‚’ไป˜ใ‘ใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ–ฐใ—ใ„ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใจใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใ€

In the end, I asked Shae to join us, and what I was able to portray wasโ€ฆ um, it was a difficult time for me because I hadn’t made any progress with my [quad] Axel at all, so (in the process of creating the performance), various memories flickered from the darkness at first. Things like memories of everyone, and something akin to the path I had taken. They’re not memories that I recall [specifically], but they spread out like the glow of fireflies. After the first spin, I turn all of that into the energy to push forward with all my might. But at the end, the story is that, within the feeling of being in a daze or an out of body experience, there is something โ€” and even I don’t know what it is โ€” that Iโ€™ve caught in my grasp. Jeff created the foundation of this program, and Shae added the story, a very emotional one. And so I was able to skate it truly as a new program with a lot of emotions like I do at an exhibition gala.

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ใ€€โ€•โ€•4Aใ‚’็ฟ’ๅพ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใง็”Ÿใ‹ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ

Q: What did you discover while practising your 4A?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎไผš่ฆ‹ใ€ไผš่ฆ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ไผš่ฆ‹ใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€ๅ›ฒใฟใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใฎๆ™‚ใซใŠ่ฉฑใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใฎ่ปธใฎๅ–ใ‚Šๆ–นใฃใฆ้žๅธธใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏ้›ฃใ—ใใฆใ€‚็‰นใซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฃใฆๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ‹•ไฝœใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ‹•ไฝœใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใจใพใฃใŸใ้•ใฃใŸ่ปŒ้“ใง่ทณใถใฎใงใ€้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใใฎ็‚นใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใ“ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่ทณใณใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๅฎšใพใฃใฆใใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒๆญฃ่งฃใชใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ‹ใ€‚้€†ใซไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใงใใ‚Œใ„ใซ่ทณในใŸๆ™‚ใฏใ€ใ“ใ“ใซไน—ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„่ญ˜ใŒใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ใ€ใใ†ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใˆใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹้‡ใชใ‚Šๅˆใฃใฆใ€ใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ“ใ‚ŒใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: After all, ehhโ€ฆ in yesterdayโ€™s conference – is it okay to call it a conference? It was in a box, I guess, but I spoke about this then. Being able to grasp the axis is extremelyโ€ฆ Well, as expected, the quad Axel is difficult. In particular, the motion of rotating the Axel jump and the way you create the axis are different, plus youโ€™re jumping a completely different trajectory to other jumps, so itโ€™s really hard. About that pointโ€ฆum, precisely because I decided that I wanted to jump the Axel in a (particular) way, I thought maybe it would be right to apply that to the other jumps, too. Conversely, when I could do other jumps cleanly, I also consciously applied that (technique) to the Axel graduallyโ€ฆehh, how do I put it? I think they all accumulated on top of one another and slowly got better. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่ฉฆๅˆใธๅ‘ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅฟƒใ€ไฝ“ใฏใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใช้ ˜ๅŸŸใซ้”ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: When aiming for competition, what preparations did you make for your mentality and physique?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใ‚‹ใพใงใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ทใƒฅใƒŸใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€่ฉฆๅˆใจๅŒๆง˜ใซใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ1ๅ›žใ‚‚ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๅ‡„ใ็ทŠๅผตใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใพใ‚ๆœฌ็•ชใซใจใฃใฆใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใƒŸใ‚นใ€ใƒŸใ‚นใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใƒŸใ‚นใฎๅŽŸๅ› ใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใฎไป•ๆ–นใŒๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฏใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅˆๆˆฆใจใฏใ„ใˆใฉใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†่ฉฆๅˆๅŒๆง˜ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Well, before coming here, well, you could say that I did some simulations, meaning practice in the same manner as a competition, for the Short Program. I hadnโ€™t been able to skate the Short Program clean even once, so I was extremely nervous. But somehow, I guess [the clean skate] was saved for the actual competition. Still, itโ€™s because I kept making mistake after mistake that I could understand why I made them and how to practise. Well, truly, to talk about the first competitionโ€ฆI had already been practising like it was a competition, so I went into it thinking Iโ€™d probably be able to do it. Thank you very much. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€Œ็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใฎๅปถ้•ท็ทšไธŠใ€ใจ่ฉฑใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚SPใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใŸๅฎŸๆ„Ÿใฏ

Q: Regarding the Beijing (Olympics), you spoke of it being โ€œa continuation of your efforts thus far.โ€  What are your thoughts now after finishing the SP?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚„ใฃใฆใฟใชใ„ใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆๅ…จ้ƒจใŒ่ฉฆๅˆใชใฎใงใ€‚1ใค1ใคๅคงๅˆ‡ใซใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใพใšใฏใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€4Aใ‚’ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๆฑบใ‚ใใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใพใŸ1ใค1ใค็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใฎๅ…ˆใซๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅ‹ใกๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใตใ•ใ‚ใ—ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ™ใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Hm, yesโ€ฆ in any case, I donโ€™t know until I have finished the free skate. Also, there is tomorrowโ€™s practice as well, and practices make up the competition too, so I want to treat each [opportunity] seriously, and uhm, firstly, I want to keep practicing to properly land the 4A at this competition. And if the Beijing Olympics come after that, I want to do my best to do a worthy performance here at this competition in order to secure a spot. Excuse me, and thank you very much. I look forward to speaking to you after the free skate. Iโ€™ll do my best, thank you.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese Nationals Open Practice – Towards the success of the 4A: Without throwing away this dream and without giving up – 20211223

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All articles originally published 23 December 2021

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

PART 1

Towards the success of the 4A: โ€˜Without throwing away this dream and without giving up.โ€™

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ็€ๆฐท๏ผˆๅพŒใงๆœฌไบบใŒๅ›ž่ปขไธ่ถณใ€ไธก่ถณ็€ๆฐทใจ่ชฌๆ˜Ž๏ผ‰ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆใฏ

Q: You landed the 4A (Yuzuru himself later explained it was under-rotated and two-footed), what are your thoughts?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ„ใ‚„ใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใง่ปธไฝœใ‚ŠใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงไบ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใฏใใ‚“ใชใ‹ใ‘ใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใฏใ€ใ‚„ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ„ใคใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ใฎ10ๅ‰ฒใงใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๆฐทใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ‚’็ขบใ‹ใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€ใ“ใฎๆฐทใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ปธใ‚’ใคใใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ“ใจใ‚’่ฉฆใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Yuzuru (Y): Ah well, trulyโ€ฆ today, I think the most important thing for today was to stabilise my axis. I wasnโ€™t focusing too much on my rotations. Thereforeโ€ฆwell, I think I was able to do what I needed to do today. Well, it seems like I always say this, but that’s how I’m feeling today. Iโ€™m still not in the condition to give 100% on my rotations. Nevertheless, I was able to properly stabilise my axis on ice while confirming the feel of the ice today.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ‚Œใพใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใฉใ†ใ ใฃใŸใ‹

Q: How has the 4A been in practice until now?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฎ็€ๆฐทใซใชใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใจใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฏ่ปธใŒใ†ใพใใ„ใฃใŸใƒ‘ใ‚ฟใƒผใƒณใงใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ‚‚ใ†ไธ€ๅ€‹ใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’10ๅ‰ฒใงใ€ใพใ‚10ๅ‰ฒใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€11ๅ‰ฒใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚“ใชใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎๅŠ›ใงๅ›žใ—ใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ขใƒณใƒ€ใƒผใ€ใŽใ‚Š1/4่ถณใ‚“ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€ใ€Žqใ€ใŒใคใใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใ“ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใพใ ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆฎต้šŽใงใฏไธกๆ–นใจใ‚‚ไธก็ซ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: U~mโ€ฆ well, the times where I was able to land with that feeling [today] are when I could maintain a good axis. The other thing is that there are times when I rotate with a lot of power, putting 100%, well perhaps 110% of my power into the rotation, I felt like falling on Axels that were around the ‘q’ mark (1/4 underrotated). After all, thatโ€™s something [I havenโ€™t mastered]… balancing both of them (axis and power) in practice is still difficult as expected, yes. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏใ‚ฏใƒชใƒผใƒณใชๆˆๅŠŸใฏ

Q: The number of Axels youโ€™ve landed clean in practice isโ€ฆ

ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Uhm, none. Thatโ€™s right. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใธใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏ

Q: What are your thoughts towards the Beijing Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใใ†ใ€ใตใตใตใตใตใฃใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๆญฃ็›ด่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ไธ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎๆฎต้šŽใงใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใŒๆฑบใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใพใงใ€้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใ—ใ‹ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅฝขใจใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ฏใƒชใƒผใƒณใชๅˆคๅฎšใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€GOEใ‚‚ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใคใ‹ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ๅฝขใจใ—ใฆ4Aใซใฏใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ€Žใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ˆใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„๏ผŸใ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€4Aใซๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆ3ๅนดใ€ใพใ‚็‰นใซใ“ใ“ใฎ2ๅนด้–“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€ๅ‘ใๅˆใฃใฆใใŸไธญใงใ€ใ“ใฎใใ‚‰ใ„ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ€Žใ‚‚ใ†ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„๏ผŸใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใŽใ‚ŠใŽใ‚Šใพใง่ธใ‚“ๅผตใฃใฆ1ๆ™‚้–“ๅŠใใ‚‰ใ„ใšใฃใจใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’่ทณใ‚“ใ ไธŠใงใ€่ทณในใชใ‹ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ›ใฃใ‹ใใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใŸใฎใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใจใ€็–ฒใ‚ŒใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใจใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒใซใชใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅƒ•ใ ใ‘ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใ€่ทณใถใฎใฏๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚็ตๅฑ€ใ€่จ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใฎใ‚‚ๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ€ๅƒ•ใซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅ…จใ†ใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใŒใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•ใฎไฝฟๅ‘ฝใชใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: You seem happy fufufufufu. Um. Well. To be honest, the day before yesterday, I was [practising the 4A] thinking that if I couldnโ€™t land it, I would have to keep trying until the Olympics. The truth is, personally, Iโ€™ve thought that an Axel around this level should be okay. Well, in terms of the formโ€ฆ how do I put it? I donโ€™t think it will be called clean and it may not get a positive GOE, but in its form, it has become a 4A. So itโ€™s like โ€˜well, have you done your best?โ€™ Iโ€™ve been pursuing the 4A for 3 years already – well, Iโ€™ve focused on it especially for the last two years. Iโ€™ve really practised and faced it head-on, and itโ€™s gotten to this level. So I did feel like โ€˜isnโ€™t it already enough?โ€™. But in my last practice [before coming to JNats], I was just holding on, and jumping the Axel nonstop for one and a half hours. And when I couldnโ€™t do it, I was thinking โ€˜ah, Iโ€™ve come all this wayโ€™, โ€˜ah Iโ€™m tiredโ€™, and while really being all over the place in various waysโ€ฆ But, somehow, itโ€™s not just my jump alone. Well, the person jumping [the 4A] is me, and indeed I was the one who said [I would do it]. But everyoneโ€ฆif everyone is saying that itโ€™s only something that I can do, I thought of accomplishing it as a sort of mission.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹

Q: Is it okay to aim for the Olympics?

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใ‚“ใจใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใฃใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใงใ€ใ“ใ“ใง้™ใ‚Šใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ๆบ€่ถณใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏ่ซฆใ‚ใฆใฏใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใ“ใง้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚’ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใ‚’็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใ€ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใฏใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใชใ‚“ใงใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ๆฐ—ใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎๅพŒใฎๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๅฝ“ๆ—ฅใ ใจใ‹ใ€ๆœฌ็•ชใง้™ใ‚Šใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๆœ›ใฟใ‚’ๆจใฆใšใซใ€่ซฆใ‚ใšใซใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅปถ้•ท็ทšไธŠใซๅŒ—ไบฌใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่…นใ‚’ใใใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๆฅใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Um~ Well, I donโ€™t know. If I can land it here, maybe Iโ€™ll be satisfied. I havenโ€™t given up on the thought of landing it here. Therefore, today as well, I tried to accumulate what I could and needed to do today. Tomorrow is the Short Program so I donโ€™t have intentions of practising the Axel then. But in the practice the day after the SP, on the day of the FS, I may land it in my performance. Iโ€™d like to attempt it properly without throwing away this dream and without giving up. But Iโ€™ve come here accepting that the Beijing Olympics may be the extension to this journey. Yes.

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏไธก่ถณใงใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚่‹ฅๅนฒ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†่งฃ้‡ˆใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹

Q: Is it correct to say the last quad Axel you did was two-footed and slightly under-rotated? Are you going to do the quad Axel in your free program?

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ไธกๆ–นใจใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€็ญ”ใˆใฏใ€Žใฏใ„ใ€ใงใ™ใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๆ„Ÿ่งฆ็š„ใซ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ไธก่ถณใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰้™ใ‚Šใฆใใฆใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใพใ‚ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใฎ่ณชๅ•ใซใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๆ—ฅใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใงOKใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎๅ…ฅใ‚Šๆ–นใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ›ฒใŒ้•ใฃใฆใ€ๆๅ‡บใ—ใŸ้ŸณๆบใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใฃใฆใฆๅพŒๅŠ้€”ไธญใงใ‚„ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ๅ‰ๅŠใ‚ใฎๅ…ฅใ‚Šๆ–นใงใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฝขใซใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Yes. Um, the answer to both questions is โ€˜yes.โ€™ Uhm, the rotations seemed lacking to me as well. Well, I do feel that I landed it with both feet while creating a proper axis. But, as I said in reply to the question just now, today wasnโ€™t a day for me to work on rotation, personally. Thatโ€™s why I think (what I did today) was ok. Also, as for putting it into the free, well, today the music was a little off, and the music I submitted was the wrong one, so I gave up on it halfway through the later half. But, well, I think I want to do it with the Axel in the first half of the program.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๅ…ฅใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ€ใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒ‰ใ‚’่‹ฅๅนฒ่ฝใจใ—ใฆๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ€‚ใคใ‹ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ณใƒ„ใชใฉใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹

Q: Today, when you were going for the (quad) Axel, did you enter it by slowing down a little? Did you learn any sort of trick for it?

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€็ตๅฑ€ใ€่ปธๅ–ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚ๆ—ฉใใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆˆฆ็•ฅใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใŸใ ใ‚ฌใƒ ใ‚ทใƒฃใƒฉใซใถใ‚“ๅ›žใ—ใฆ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ€ๅŽปๅนดใฎใ†ใกใซ้™ใ‚Šใฆใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่ฉณใ—ใ่ฉฑใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ไผใ‚ใ‚Šใใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ„ๅ›ณใจใ—ใฆใฏใพใšใ€ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ่ปธใ‚’ไฝœใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ€่ปธใŒใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจๆ—ฉใไฝœใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใ€ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚‚ๆ—ฉใๅ›žใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‰ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใฏ่ฝใจใ—ใฆใพใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€


Y: Well, ultimately if you canโ€™t grasp the axis, the rotations wonโ€™t be fast either. Um, of course there are various strategies to it. Um, if it were as simple as going for the jump recklessly jumping and just rotating, well, maybe I could have landed it sometime last year. Iโ€™ve thought about a lot of things, and well, how to put it, even if I talk about it in detail, I donโ€™t think what I want to say will come across, so thereโ€™s not much I can say. But, my intention is to first make an axis. Then, if I can grasp the axis quickly and properly, then I can do the rotations quickly as well, so in that sense, itโ€™s more controlled now in speed compared to before (past 4A attempts).

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅณ่ถณ้ฆ–ใซไธๅฎ‰ใฏใชใ„๏ผŸ

Q: Are there no worries about your right ankle?

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€

Y: Yes, thatโ€™s correct.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใฏไฝ•ใซใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€้ธใ‚“ใ ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใ—ใŸ็Šถๆณใ‚„็ตŒ้Žใฏ

Q: What will you do for the SP, and why did you choose it? And what is the condition and progress on your injury?

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚‰่ฉฑใ›ใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€‚ใ‚ใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ‹ใ‚‰ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใฎ้ธๆ›ฒใฎ็†็”ฑใฏใ€ใพใšใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆ‚ฉใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’่ฆšใˆใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ‰ๅ›žใ€ๅ‰ใ€…ๅ›žใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๅ››ๅคง้™ธ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงๅ„ชๅ‹ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰ใซๆˆปใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใๆŽขใ—ใฆใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใง็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใฃใฝใ„่กจ็พใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใงใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„่กจ็พใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŒใฉใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใšใฃใจๆŽขใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่ฆ‹ใคใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใใฆใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ ใชใฃใฆๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒ่ธŠใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใชใ‹ใชใ‹่ฆ‹ใคใ‹ใ‚‰ใšใซใ€ใใฎใ†ใกใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ˜”ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€Žใƒญใƒณใƒ‰ใƒปใ‚ซใƒ—ใƒชใƒใ‚ชใƒผใ‚ฝใ€ใฃใฆๆ›ฒใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅ‡บใฆใใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ€Žใ“ใ‚Œๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใ€ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใฎใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใงๆป‘ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ˆใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸใ€ใใฎใ€ใŸใ ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใฎๆ™ฎ้€šใฎๆ—ขๅญ˜ใฎใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใฏใชใใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใŒใใฎใ€ๅ…ˆใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ๅฟƒใŒๆŠ˜ใ‚Œใฆใคใ‚‰ใ‹ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใซใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซ็”Ÿใใ‚‹ๆดปๅŠ›ใจๆป‘ใ‚‹ๆดปๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆธ…ๅกšใ•ใ‚“ใฎใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽใซใ—ใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‚ๆฐ—ๆŒใก่‰ฏใๆป‘ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๆฐ—ๆŒใก่‰ฏใใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๆธ…ๅกšใ•ใ‚“ใซ้ ผใ‚“ใงใ€ไฝœๆ›ฒใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ€‚ไฝœๆ›ฒใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€็ทจๆ›ฒใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒŠใƒซใฎใƒใƒผใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใ‚’ไฝœใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: Umโ€ฆ umโ€ฆ What should I start with? Ah, letโ€™s start with the short program. The reason I picked the shortโ€ฆ First, I was quite troubled thinking about it. Um, I myself donโ€™t even remember what exactly I said last time, or rather, it was the time before that, but like I said when I won 4CC [2020] and when I returned to Ballade No.1, I have been seriously searching for a piano piece. And so, I was looking for a piece while constantly thinking about what a short program with a โ€œYuzuru Hanyuโ€-like expression would be, and what would be something that only โ€œYuzuru Hanyuโ€ could convey. And, well, I couldnโ€™t really find anything for a while. I wasnโ€™t able to find something that I could say โ€œthatโ€™s it,โ€ something that would make my heart pound, and during that time, I came across โ€œRondo Capricciosoโ€, a song that I had wanted to try from way back. And so, I felt that if I wanted to skate to this, if I skated to the piano version, I thought it would perhaps become more โ€œme-like.โ€ But, instead of using the already existing regular piano version, I thought of how last season, during the time I was going through a really difficult period of being really down, skating with Mr. Kiyotsukaโ€™s* music really gave me the energy to live on and keep skating, and so I thought that if I did my program this time to Mr. Kiyotsukaโ€™s piano, maybe I would be able to skate it with better spirits as well, and I would perhaps be able to skate it with more of my emotion put into it. So I requested Mr. Kiyotsuka to compose the music this time. Not compose, but rather arrange. So Iโ€™m using an original version of the piece.

*T/N: Referring to pianist Shinya Kiyotsuka, the artist of โ€œHaru Yo Koi,โ€ to which Yuzuru did an exhibition program previously

ใ€€ใ€Œใงใ€่ถณ้ฆ–ใฏใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎใˆใƒผใ€้€šใ—็ทด็ฟ’ใ‹ใชใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎ้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใŸ้€šใ—็ทด็ฟ’ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใงใ€ใใฎใพใพๆฌกใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใซใ„ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใŒๆฐทใซ็ตกใพใฃใฆใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉใ€ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใ‚’็ ”็ฃจใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใŸใฐใฃใ‹ใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€ๆ„Ÿ่ฆš้•ใ†ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใŒใชใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใŒๆฐทใซใจใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆŠœใ‘ใ‚‹ใฏใšใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ ใ‘ใฉๆŠœใ‘ใชใใฆใ€ใƒใ‚ญใƒƒใฃใฆใ„ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€็›ดๆŽฅ็š„ใช่ฆๅ› ใฏใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ˜็ด”ใซๅ˜็™บใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ‚’่ทณใถใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๅ•้กŒใฏใชใใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€4Aใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใ‚ขใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใ€ใ‚จใƒƒใ‚ธใฎใƒกใƒณใƒ†ใƒŠใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจใ—ใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ‚“ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ€‚็ตๆžœ็š„ใซๆปๆŒซใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Y: And then, as for my ankle, umโ€ฆ it happened during the run-through of the free program. During the run-through, from the beginning of the free program, I attempted a 4A, and when I went straight into the next Salchow, um, the edge (of the skate blade) got stuck in the ice. And I had just had the edges sharpened, so I was skating while thinking that something felt wrong. Um, well, I thought it couldnโ€™t be helped, the edge really was caught in the ice, and I should have been able to pull it out but I couldnโ€™t, and my ankle cracked. So, the direct cause of my sprained ankle was the Salchow, and if I had been jumping just the Salchow alone, there would have been no problem. Ultimately, I think it was because I was practicing the 4A as well, and plus the fact I wasnโ€™t keeping up with maintenance of my edges properly. Um, something like that, and as a result I ended up getting a sprain.

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€็ตŒ้Žใฏใชใ‚“ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๆปๆŒซใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใ„ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ๅณ่ถณใฎๆปๆŒซใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏ็Ÿฅใ‚Šๅฐฝใใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆ—ฉใๆฒปใ›ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใฒใŸใ™ใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใคใคใ€ๅŠ ๅœงใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅŠ ๅœงใงใ€ใพใ‚ๆฒป็™‚ไฟƒ้€ฒใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ่ถ…้ŸณๆณขไฝฟใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ไฝŽๅ‘จๆณขไฝฟใฃใŸๅŠ ๅœงใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไป™ๅฐใงใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏ้™ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๆฒปใ—ใฆใ„ใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ™ใฟใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€้•ทใใชใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใ€

Y: Um, what should I say about the progress. Well, since I already know a lot about sprains of the right foot, so I was intently thinking of just how to heal it quickly, and so I did things like KAATSU* training, using it to give pressure (to the muscle) to promote healing, and I also used ultrasounds, and low frequency waves, just a variety of things, since well, what I can do (while in) Sendai by myself is limited. So by doing all that, I worked towards healing it. Yes. Thank you, and Iโ€™m sorry this became so long.

*T/N: We are not 100% sure what kind of training and treatments he is speaking about in this answer, but this one seems to refer to a training called โ€œkaatsuโ€ which uses training bands to put pressure & restrict blood flow as a form of physical therapy and to help speed up recovery.

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸ๏ฝžใ€ใพใŸๆœฌ็•ชใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

Y: Thank you~ Iโ€™ll see you again during the actual event.

ใ€€โ€ปใใฎๅพŒใฎไปฃ่กจ่€…ใซใ‚ˆใ‚‹็ขบ่ชไฝœๆฅญใง

 โ€ปThe following is obtained through his representative confirming

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌใฏ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ๆ˜Ž่จ€ใงใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹

Q: Is it a declaration that youโ€™re aiming for Beijing [Olympics]?

ใ€€ใ€Œ่…นใใใฃใŸใ€‚่ฆšๆ‚Ÿใฏใ—ใŸใ‚ˆใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ๆ˜Ž่จ€ใงใ€‚ใ†ใ‚“ใ€

Y: I have made up my mind. I feel Iโ€™m ready for it. And so, yes, itโ€™s a declaration that Iโ€™m aiming for it.

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

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 9 July 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 

Translation & proofreading: @shinjistarxx & @axelsandwich 

PART 1

ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใ€Œใƒ‰ใƒชใƒผใƒ ใƒปใ‚ชใƒณใƒปใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ€ใŒ9ๆ—ฅใ€ๆจชๆตœๅธ‚ใฎKOSEๆ–ฐๆจชๆตœใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚ปใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใง่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€็”ทๅญใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใŒ6ๅนดใถใ‚Šใซๅ‡บๆผ”ใ‚’ๆžœใŸใ—ใ€ใ€Œใƒžใ‚นใ‚ซใƒฌใ‚คใƒ‰ใ€ใ‚’ๆŠซ้œฒใ€‚ๆ–ฐใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ‚’ใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ•ใ›ใŸใ€‚ไปฅไธ‹ใฏใ€ไปฃ่กจๅ–ๆใซใ‚ˆใ‚‹ไธ€ๅ•ไธ€็ญ”ใ€‚

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•6ๅนดใถใ‚ŠใฎDOIๅ‡บๆผ”ใจใชใฃใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ๆ€ใ„ใŒๅผทใใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆ˜จๅนดใ€ใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใŒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใŸใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ˜จใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใŸใณใซๆ€ใฃใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใงไฝ•ใ‹่ชฐใ‹ใฎๅฝนใซ็ซ‹ใคใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎใŸใ‚ใซๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๅคšใใฎๅ ดๆ‰€ใงใ€ๆฉŸไผšใงๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใƒ‰ใƒชใƒผใƒ ใƒปใ‚ชใƒณใƒปใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใซๅ‡บใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

Yuzuru: Um, well, I strongly felt that I wanted to skate in front of everyone. Last year there werenโ€™t ice shows, and so I wanted to skate more in front of an audience. Also, last season when I participated in competitions, I thought that perhaps my performances could be useful for someone; that perhaps they could feel something from it. So with that in mind, I wanted to try for everyoneโ€™s sake. I want to take the opportunity to skate in as many places as possible, so I decided to participate in Dreams on Ice this time.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใƒ‘ใƒฏใƒผใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใใฎๅŠ›ใ‚’ใพใŸๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซๅค‰ใˆใฆใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซใพใŸ้•ใฃใŸๅฝขใงๆฉ่ฟ”ใ—ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠใฏๆ—ขใซ1ๅ…ฌๆผ”ใงใƒ˜ใƒˆใƒ˜ใƒˆใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎไฝ•ใ‹ใฎๆ„Ÿๆƒ…ใฎใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€• Did you actually receive power [through this?]

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœ€ๅคงใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใงใฏใ‚‹4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎ็Šถๆณใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใ“ใฎใƒ‰ใƒชใƒผใƒ ใƒปใ‚ชใƒณใƒปใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ€ๅƒ•ใฎไธญใงใฏไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใซ1ๆ—ฅ2ๅ…ฌๆผ”ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใงใ™ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šไฝ“ใ‚’ใคใใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใฎใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใซ็„ฆ็‚นใ‚’็ตžใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใ€‚ใใ“ใพใง4Aใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใงใใฆใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใ‚บใƒปใ‚ชใƒณใƒปใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ไฝ“ใฎใƒ€ใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ๆ˜จใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใŸไฝ“ใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ‚ใ‚Šใคใคใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฎๅŸบ็คŽใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€1ใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไฝœใ‚Š็›ดใ—ใฆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆไฝœใ‚Š็›ดใ™ไฝœๆฅญใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠใงใใŸใ‚‰ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใซใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆๆœฌๆ ผ็š„ใซ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

Y: Firstly, Dreams on Ice is the first ice show in awhile where Iโ€™ve had to do two performances in one day. I thought that I must prepare my body and focus on this ice show so I havenโ€™t been able to practise my quad Axel until now. After Stars on Ice, there was the toll that it took on my body, the need to take care of my body that had worked hard last season, there was practice on the foundations of the axel, and the need to do the work to properly rebuild my body for the quad Axel from square one; Iโ€™d like to start concretely practising for the season ahead from here on out.ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅญฃใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ€SPใฏๆฑบใพใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๆ›ฒใฏๆฑบใพใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ้Ÿณๆบใฏใงใใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใ ็™บ่กจใงใใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€

โ€• Regarding next seasonโ€™s programs, have you decided on your SP?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฏ็ถ™็ถšใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฏใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใ‚’็ถ™็ถšใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€• Will the free program [from last season] continue on?

Y: Yes, I am thinking I want to keep the free (program) โ€œTen to Chi toโ€.

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PART 2

โ€•โ€•2ๅญฃใถใ‚ŠใซGPใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บๅ‡บๅ ดใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใŸ็†็”ฑใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ่ฉฆๅˆใฎๆฉŸไผšใŒใชใ„ใจใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ‚‚ๆ„ๅ‘ณใŒใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚่ฉฆๅˆใงๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅผทใใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใใฎๆฉŸไผšใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๆŒใฆใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใ€ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บใซๅ‡บๅ ดใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ‡บๅ ดNHKๆฏใ€ใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ขๆฏใซๆฑบใพใฃใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€ŒNHKๆฏใŒๆฑบใพใฃใŸๆฎต้šŽใงใ€ๅฟ…็„ถ็š„ใซใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ขใซใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ไธญๅ›ฝใซใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉ3ไฝใฎไบบ้–“ใชใฎใงใ€ๆฑบๅฎšๆจฉใฏ็‰นใซใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€

โ€• You decided on NHK Trophy and Rostelecom Cup [for your GP competitions]

Y: When they decided I would compete at the NHK Trophy, I felt it would definitely be either Rostelecom Cup, Skate Canada or the Cup of China. I was 3rd at the World Championships so I didnโ€™t have any particular say in it. ย 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใธใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฟใŸใใ€็ตถๅฏพใซ้‡‘ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซ็ฒใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ็‰นใซใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅฟ…ใšไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใง4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใจใ„ใ†ๅผทใ„ๆ„ๅฟ—ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ€ใใฎๆ„ๅฟ—ใ‚’ใ€ๆฑบๆ„ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณๆŒ‘ใฟใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Once again, what are your thoughts on the Beijing Olympics?

Y: I donโ€™t particularly have the same feelings that I absolutely must get the gold medal like I did during the season of Pyeongchang (Olympics). However, I am very determined to definitely land the quad Axel this season. I will take up that challenge this season with that resolve and determination.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใฎๅ…ˆใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ้“ใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ฝใƒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใใ†ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใฟใŸใ„ใช็†ฑ้‡ใฏใชใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€• Is [the Beijing Olympics] something beyond that goal?

Y: If it happens to be part of the journey [towards the 4A]. Itโ€™s just…hm. Like I said before, I feel I donโ€™t have the same degree of passion or fervour that I did at the time of Sochi or Pyeongchang. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒžใ‚นใ‚ซใƒฌใ‚คใƒ‰ใ‚’ๆผ”ใ˜ใŸ็†็”ฑใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆผ”ใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆฉŸไผšใŒใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใจใฏ้•ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๅคงไบบใซใชใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจๅฎข่ฆณ็š„ใซๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๅข—ใˆใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๆผ”ใ˜ใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€• What is the reason you performed โ€œMasqueradeโ€ today?

Y: Well, I havenโ€™t had many chances to perform this program. But also, since that time [I first did the program], Iโ€™ve become more of an adult, and I think there is more I want to express, and given the current state of the world, there is more I think that can be objectively felt from the program, so with those thoughts in mind, I wanted to perform it again, so I chose this program.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ‹ ็‚นใฏๅ›ฝๅ†…ใชใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซใ‹ใˆใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใซใฏๅคงๅค‰ใชๆ‰‹็ถšใใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใจใ€‚ๅฏ่ƒฝใ‹ไธๅฏ่ƒฝใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใง็ขบ่จผใฏใชใ„ใฎใงๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ˜จใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฎ็ตŒ้จ“ใ‚’่ธใพใˆใฆๆ—ฅๆœฌใง1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ไปŠใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซๅธฐใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๆŒฏไป˜ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใƒชใƒขใƒผใƒˆใงใ€ใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€• Will your training base this season be in Japan?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฑไบฌไบ”่ผชใŒ็„ก่ฆณๅฎข้–‹ๅ‚ฌใจใชใฃใŸใŒใ€ใฉใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๅƒ•ใฏ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ็ซ‹ๅ ดใชใฎใงใ€‚ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใˆใฐใ€่ฆณๅฎขใŒโ€ฆ่ฆณๅฎขใฎๆ–นใ€…ใŒ็›ดๆŽฅๅฃฐๆดใ‚’้€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€่ถณใ‚’้‹ใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใซๅฃฐใ‚’ไธŠใ’ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏๅƒ•ใฏใงใใชใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ็ซ‹ๅ ดใ‹ใ‚‰่จ€ใ‚ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฏ้ธๆ‰‹ใซใจใฃใฆใฎๅคขใฎ่ˆžๅฐใงใ‚ใ‚Šใ€็ซถๆŠ€ใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใฏๆœ€ๅพŒใฎใ€ไธ€็•ชใปใ—ใ„ๅคขใฎ่ˆžๅฐใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใฎ่ˆžๅฐใงไธ€็”Ÿๆ‡ธๅ‘ฝใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚Šใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชๆ™‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชๆ™‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎใƒฌใƒผใ‚นใงใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชๆ™‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎๆ„Ÿๅ‹•ใŒ็”Ÿใพใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Exhibition Gala Interview, World Team Trophy โ€“ 210418

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 18 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Translation: @yuzueco & @axelsandwich 
Proofreading: @shinjistarxx

็”ทๅญใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใŒใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ทใƒงใƒณๅ‡บๆผ”ๅ‰ใซใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใŸใ€‚ไปŠๅญฃๆœ€ๅพŒใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใ€็ด„10ๅˆ†่ชžใฃใŸไธ€ๅ•ไธ€็ญ”ใฏไปฅไธ‹ใฎ้€šใ‚Šใ€‚

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

ใ€€ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅญฃใ€ๅพ—ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ€‚ไปŠๅญฃใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸ่ชฒ้กŒใฏใ€‚

ใ€Œใˆใฃใจโ€ฆๆŠฝ่ฑก็š„ใช่ฉฑใซใชใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ๅƒ•ใŒไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงๅˆใ‚ใฆ3ไฝใซใชใฃใŸๆ™‚ใฎๅนดใŒใ€ใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉใ‚‚ใ†9ๅนดใ‚‚ๅ‰ใฎใ“ใจใซใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใฎๆ™‚ๆ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใจๅŒใ˜ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ“ใจใ‚’10ๅนดใฎ็ฏ€็›ฎใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆๆ”นใ‚ใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€่‡ช็ฒ›ๆœŸ้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใฏ่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’่พž้€€ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€ใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚นใ‚„ๅ ฑ้“ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใฉใ‚Œใปใฉๅคงๅค‰ใชใฎใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใฏใ€ใใ‚Œใจใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅ‘ใๅˆใฃใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œใฎๆ–นใŒใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰้Žใ”ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰โ€ฆใ€‚ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใจไป˜ใๅˆใฃใฆใ„ใใซใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใงใใ‚Œใฐใ‚ผใƒญใซใชใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒไธ€็•ชใ ใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€้€ฒใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‹ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€็ซ‹ใกๅ‘ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใซโ€ฆใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ€ๅƒ•ใฎ4Aใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆœ€ๅคงใฎๅฏพ็ญ–ใ‚’็ทดใฃใฆใ„ใๅฟ…่ฆใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่ฉฑใŒใใฉใใชใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆใฃใจโ€ฆใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงใ€ใ“ใฎ้œ‡็ฝ10ๅนดใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ฟŽใˆใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใ‚’่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใ€‚ใฉใ‚Œใปใฉ่‹ฆใ—ใ„ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใ‚“ใช่‹ฆใ—ใ•ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใฏใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใปใ—ใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไบบใŒใฉใ‚Œใปใฉใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใใชใ„ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‚ใ†ใ€ใใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฃใฆใ€ไปŠใฎใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใฎ็Šถๆณใจๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๅƒ•ใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใ€้œ‡็ฝใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ‚‚ใ€้œ‡็ฝใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ‚‚ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹่‹ฅใใฆใ€‚่ขซ็ฝๅœฐไปฃ่กจใฏๅซŒใ ใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅŠ›ใง็ฒใฃใŸๆดพ้ฃใชใ‚“ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€่ขซ็ฝๅœฐไปฃ่กจใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใงใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ‹ใกๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใฃใฆๅผทใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒๅ‡„ใๅ‡บใฆใใฆใ€ๅฟœๆดใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ€ๅƒ•ใŒๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹็ซ‹ๅ ดใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆๅฟœๆดใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒใพใŸไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅ‡„ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€‚ๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๅ–ใ‚Š็•™ใ‚ใ‚‚ใชใ„่ฉฑใซใชใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚็ตๆžœใจใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‚ๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใจ่ฆ‹ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅญ˜ๅœจใ—ใฆใ„ใ„่จผใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Part 2

โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ—ใŸๆ„็พฉใ‚„ๆ‰‹ๅฟœใˆ

ใ€ŒใŠๅฎขใ•ใ‚“ๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใฏๅ…จใๆ€ใฃใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๆฎต้šŽใงไฝ“ใŒใใ‚“ใชใซ็–ฒใ‚Œใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚่ฉฆๅˆใฎๅ ดๆ‰€ใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซๆ„็พฉใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใพใŸ1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใงใ‚„ใฃใฑๅˆบๆฟ€ใŒๅฐ‘ใชใ„ไธญใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅˆบๆฟ€ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ๅ‡„ใ„ไธŠๆ‰‹ใช้ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ„ใ‚‹ไธญใงใ‚„ใฃใŸๆ–นใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚คใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใ‚‚ๅ›บใพใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใ‚„ใฃใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ๅ…จ็„ถใ€่‰ฏใ„ๆ™‚ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซๅ…จ็„ถใชใ‚‰ใชใใฆใ€้žๅธธใซๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจ่‰ฏใ„ใงใ™ใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏ๏ผๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏใ‚‚ใฃใจ่ฟ‘ใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใใกใ‚ƒๆ‚”ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€่‰ฏใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒๅ…จ็„ถใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ“ใฎๆ‚”ใ—ใ•ใ‚’ใƒใƒใซใ€่‹ฅใ„ๆ™‚ใฟใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใŒใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ƒใ‚‰ใ•ใ‚‚ๅ‚™ใˆใคใคใ€ๅ†ท้™ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ๅˆ†ๆžใ—ใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้™็•ŒใซๆŒ‘ใฟ็ถšใ‘ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What was the significance of practising your 4A in practice and your response? 

Yuzuru: I totally didnโ€™t expect the audience to be there. After the Free Skate, there was the fact my body wasnโ€™t that tired. I thought maybe it would be worthwhile to do it at the competition venue. The other reason is that I think Iโ€™ll be going back to training alone and I think itโ€™s easier to get a better mental picture jumping it when youโ€™re motivated by the presence of other really talented athletes. But when I actually tried it, the jump was nowhere near my best attempts so Iโ€™m really frustrated. I have better ones, really! Truthfully I think Iโ€™m closer [that that]. But um, to tell you the truth Iโ€™m really really frustrated because I couldnโ€™t do a good jump. So using that frustration as a springboard, though it looks like itโ€™ll be a tough period ahead, Iโ€™ll really make intense preparations and analyse various things with a cooler head, and I want to keep pushing past my limits. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’็ต‚็›คใงใƒ€ใƒ–ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใŒไธก่ถณ็€ๆฐทใซใชใ‚Šใ€Œใใ‚Œใงใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ˆใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ˜จๆ—ฅๆตฎใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒใ€‚ๅ…จ็„ถๅ›ž่ปขใŒ่ถณใ‚Šใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆ„Ÿ่งฆใฎๆ‚ชใ„4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚’ใšใฃใจ่ทณใ‚“ใงใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆœ€ๅพŒใƒ€ใƒ–ใƒซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใงใƒ‘ใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚ใŸใ‚Šใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใจๆฐทใ‚’ใคใ‹ใฟๅง‹ใ‚ใŸใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใจ้ซ˜ใ•ใŒๅ‡บใ›ๅง‹ใ‚ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงโ€œใใ‚Œใงๅ›žใ›ใ‚ˆโ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฑ้ซ˜ใใชใ‚‹ใจใ€ๅฎŒๅ…จใซไฝ“ใŒๆ‹’็ตถๅๅฟœใ‚’่ตทใ“ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏ้ซ˜ใ•ใจๅ›žใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฎไธก็ซ‹ใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Š้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใชใฎใงใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†็™บ่จ€ใซใคใชใŒใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€•During yesterdayโ€™s practice, when you two-footed the double Axel landing, you said, โ€˜Thatโ€™s good.โ€™

Y: From the beginning yesterday, my jumps didnโ€™t [feel as] light. The rotations were totally insufficient and I kept jumping 4As that felt off to me. When I popped it into a double Axel at the end, I thought I was finally starting to get a feel of the ice. Finally I was getting the height so I told myself, โ€˜now rotate itโ€™. After all, if it gets too high, your body instinctively tries to protect itself. Itโ€™s also a jump where itโ€™s indeed difficult to balance both the height and rotation, so that comment I made was tied to that [fact] as well. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅญฃใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฏใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใซใชใ‚‹ใŒใ€SPใฏใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใซๆˆปใ™ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใƒผใฃใจใ€‚็Ž‡็›ดใซ่จ€ใ†ใจ่€ƒใˆไธญใงใ™ใ€‚ใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ”ใ‚ขใƒŽๆ›ฒใซๆˆปใ—ใŸใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฏใ“ใฎ็Šถๆณใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ็”Ÿใใ‚‹ใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ€‚็Šถๆณใ ใ‹ใ‚‰็”Ÿใใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ไธญใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ“ใฎ็ŠถๆณใŒใฉใ†ใชใฃใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๅค‰ๅŒ–ใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‹ไธŠใงไฝ•ใ‚’่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰้ธใ‚“ใงใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Next season, your Free Skate Program will be โ€˜Ten to Chi to,โ€™ but will you return to a piano piece for your Short Program?

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito

Part 3

โ€•โ€•4Aใฏไฝ“ใซ่ฒ ๆ‹…ใŒใ‹ใ‹ใ‚‹ใŒใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซ่กŒใ‘ใชใ„ไธญใงใฉใ†ใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ‚ปใƒซใƒ•ใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ‚’ๅพนๅบ•ใ—ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๅŠ›ใ‚’ใใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆ–นใฏใ„ใฃใฑใ„ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๆƒ…ๅ ฑใฏใƒใƒƒใƒˆไธŠใซใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่ปขใŒใฃใฆใฏใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช็Ÿฅ่ญ˜ใจใ‹ใ‚‚่“„ใˆใฆใ€ๆœ€ๅคง้™ใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅญฃใฏใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใง่‡จใ‚€ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใงใ—ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚๏ผˆไป–ใฎใ“ใจใŒๆฐ—ใซใชใ‚‹ๆง˜ๅญใง๏ผ‰ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒ•โ€ฆใ€‚ใ™ใฟใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใงใ—ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ‚‚ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•โ€ฆใƒ€ใƒกใ ใ€‚ๆ„่ญ˜ใŒใใฃใกใ„ใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ€ไธ€็žฌโ€ฆใ€‚ใˆใƒผใฃใจใ€‚ใใฎๆ™‚ใฏใใฎๆ™‚ใง่€ƒใˆใพใ™ใ€‚ใ”ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ•ใ„๏ผใ€

โ€•What are your thoughts on the next season?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใฎๆ™‚ใฏใพใŸใ€ใŠ่ฉฑใ„ใŸใ ใๆฉŸไผšใ‚’่จญใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใŸใ„ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใพใŸใ€ใˆใƒผใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใŒๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸๆ™‚ใซใฏ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆ้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ใฒใญใ‚Šๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ€ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒไฝ•ใ‹โ€ฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใฏ่จ€่‘‰ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใฉใกใ‚‰ใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใง่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใฎใงใ€ใงใใ‚Œใฐใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใง่กจ็พใงใใ‚‹้“ใŒๅ–ใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใจๅฎถใฎๅพ€ๅพฉใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ๅฎถใงใฏใฉใ†้Žใ”ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใƒผใฃใจใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญโ€ฆใ€‚ๅฎถใซใ„ใ‚‹ๆ™‚้–“ใฏโ€ฆ่ตทใใฆใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•โ€ฆใ€‚ๆœ่ตทใใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใฃใจใ€‚ๆœ่ตทใใฆใ™ใๆŽƒ้™คใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ€‚ใงใ€ใ”้ฃฏใŒใงใใ‚‹ใพใงใซใ‚คใƒกใƒˆใƒฌใจใ‚Œใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใƒ ใƒใ‚งใƒƒใ‚ฏใจใ‹ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ—ใฆใ€‚ใ”้ฃฏใ‚’้ฃŸในใฆใ€ไฝ“ใ‚’ใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใฆใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’่กŒใฃใฆใ€ๅธฐใฃใฆใใฆใ€ใŠ้ขจๅ‘‚ๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใฆใ€ใ”้ฃฏ้ฃŸในใฆๅฏใ‚‹ใฟใŸใ„ใช็”Ÿๆดปใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฎถใงใฎๅจฏๆฅฝใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ฒใƒผใƒ ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ไปŠใƒขใƒณใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใซใƒใƒžใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚๏ผˆๅ‡บใŸใฐใ‹ใ‚Šใฎใ‚„ใค๏ผŸ๏ผ‰ใฏใ„ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„็ด™ใฃใฝใ„ใ“ใจ่จ€ใˆใŸใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•โ€ฆใ€

ใ€€ๅ–ๆใฏ็ต‚ไบ†ใ€‚ใ€Œใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What do you do for leisure while at home?

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

ใ€€(Interview over.)

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