[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu Post-SP Interview, World Team Trophy – 210415

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 15 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

Translation: @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx 
Proofreading: @yuzueco

็”ทๅญSPใงไปŠๅญฃ่‡ชๅทฑใƒ™ใ‚นใƒˆใฎ107ใƒป12็‚นใ‚’ใƒžใƒผใ‚ฏใ—ใ€2ไฝใ ใฃใŸ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏๆผ”ๆŠ€ๅพŒใ€ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใงๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใŸใ€‚

Yuzuru Hanyu, attending his first WTT after sitting out of the last competition, secured second place with a seasonโ€™s best of 107.12, and afterwards participated in an online interview.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅฟœๆดๅธญใซVใ‚ตใ‚คใƒณใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใฎใ‚ขใƒŠใ‚ฆใƒณใ‚นใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ‚ใพใ‚Š่žใๆฐ—ใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅฎ‡้‡Ž้ธๆ‰‹ใฎ็‚นๆ•ฐใŒใ‚ใพใ‚Š่‰ฏใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚่žใ“ใˆใฆใฆใ€‚็ทŠๅผตใ—ใพใ—ใŸใŒใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ€ๅฝผใฏใƒŸใ‚นใฃใกใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅฝผใฎๅŠ›ใจใ‹้ญ‚ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•You did a peace sign to the supporting teammate area [after your performance]

Yuzuru: Um, well, the announcements are all happening in Japanese, so internally I wasnโ€™t going to listen to them. Ah, but I ended up hearing that [teammate Shoma] Unoโ€™s score wasnโ€™t that good. I was nervous, and although he made some mistakes, I think that I was able to feel some sort of spirit or power from him which let me do my best.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจใฏ้•ใ†SPใฎๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใพใ‚Šๆฐ—ใซใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไธ€็•ช่ฒข็Œฎใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๅ…ฅใ‚Š่พผใ‚“ใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒšใƒผใ‚นใงใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใฏใปใ‚“ใจใซๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๆœ€ๅพŒใพใงใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅฎ‡้‡Ž้ธๆ‰‹ใจใจใ‚‚ใซๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ€Ÿใ‚Šใฆๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใชใจใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Was it a different start to the SP than usual?

Y: I was trying not to worry about it too much. I think that what I can do to contribute the most right now is to properly get into my performance and do it at my own pace. However, today, until the very end, I think I was able to skate by kind of borrowing some energy from alongside [Shoma] Uno.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้ †ไฝใ‚‚็ขบๅฎšใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฏใ‚„ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚„ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Š้ †ไฝใจใ‹ๆฐ—ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใšใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ“ใจใจใ—ใฆใ€ใใฎใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ ็ซถๆŠ€ใชใ—ใจใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ“ใจใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ‰ๅŠใฎใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใจใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ๅˆใ‚ใฆใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใง่ฉฆๅˆใงใใ‚Œใ„ใซๆฑบใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใฎใงใ€ๆˆ้•ทใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใˆใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•You also secured 2nd place [after the SP]

Y: Hmm~ Well, I think I did what I could. Iโ€™m not paying too much mind to the placements. But um, as for myself, not regarding the team competition aspect, it was the first time I was able to land a nice (quad) Salchow and (quad) toe loop [4T3T combination] jump in the first half of this program in competition, so I feel like Iโ€™ve made progress.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€‚ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใฎๆ‚”ใ—ใ•ใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใฏๅฐ‘ใชใ‹ใ‚‰ใšใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใƒชใƒ™ใƒณใ‚ธใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ๅฐ‘ใชใ‹ใ‚‰ใšใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚่ชใ‚ใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใƒ—ใƒฉใ‚นใ‚ขใƒซใƒ•ใ‚กใ€ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆˆ้•ทใ—ใŸใชใจๆ€ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What are your thoughts heading into the free program?

Y: Ummโ€ฆ well, I do have a considerable amount of what you could call feelings of frustration or the desire to redeem myself from the World Championships. I want to acknowledge those feelings and then on top of that, would like to concentrate properly on delivering a performance like I did today where I can really feel that Iโ€™ve grown.

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Part 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–ใฎๅ‰ใซๅœฐ้œ‡ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€‚ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€‚ใพใš3ๆœˆใฎๅœฐ้œ‡ใ‚‚ใใ†ใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€2ๆœˆใฏใ‚‚ใฃใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚‚ใฃใจๆบใ‚Œใฆใ€‚ๆฃšใฎ็‰ฉใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šๆฃš่‡ชไฝ“ใฏใ™ใ”ใใšใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚้ฃŸๅ™จใŒๅฃŠใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใช่ขซๅฎณใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅนธใ„ใซใ‚‚ใ‚ฑใ‚ฌใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸ็ช“ใ‚ฌใƒฉใ‚นใŒ็ ดๆใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๅปบ็‰ฉ่‡ชไฝ“ใ€ใพใ‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ใƒ’ใƒ“ใจใ‹ๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฎถ่‡ชไฝ“ใฏใ€ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใชๆฑๆ—ฅๆœฌๅคง้œ‡็ฝใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ“ใจใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏไป™ๅฐใฎๆ–นใฏใƒ’ใƒ“ๅ‰ฒใ‚Œใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€3ใƒป11ใฎๆ™‚ใซ่ขซๅฎณใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใฆใ„ใŸๅฃใŒใพใŸๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใŸใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใซ3ใƒป11ใฎๆ™‚ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅ‚ท่ทกใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ‚ๅนธใ„ใซใ‚‚ๆฐท่‡ชไฝ“ใŒๅฃŠใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๅ†ทๅดๅ™จใŒๅฃŠใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏไป™ๅฐใ•ใ‚“ใฎ็‰นๅˆฅใช้…ๆ…ฎใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€ใ™ใใซใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€1ๆ—ฅใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎๆฌกใฎๆ—ฅใ‹ใ‚‰็‰นๅˆฅใซ่ฃœไฟฎๅทฅไบ‹ใ‚’ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใงใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใ ใ‘ๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใ“ใจใŒใงใใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€•There was an earthquake not too long ago [in Sendai], how did it affect you?

Y: Hm. Firstly there was the earthquake that happened in March, but the earthquake in February affected where I was living more. The things on our shelves and the shelves themselves were shaking really badly and well, tableware broke and there was damage like that around the house. But, fortunately, there werenโ€™t injuries or damaged windows, or damage to the building itself โ€•though I suppose there may have been some cracksโ€• and there wasnโ€™t anything as severe as the 3/11 disaster. But Ice Rink Sendai did experience cracks [in the building] and the wall that had been damaged in the 3/11 disaster collapsed once again. There was damage everywhere, just like from 3/11. Fortunately the ice wasnโ€™t broken, nor was the cooling system. Thanks to the special efforts and consideration of Ice Rink Sendai โ€•though it wasnโ€™t immediately as they couldnโ€™t do it in a day and it was while repairs were going onโ€• I was able to skate just a little from the following day onwards.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงไฝ•ใ‹ๆฎ‹ใ™ใ“ใจใŒใงใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ไธ€็•ชๅคงใใ‹ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‚นใƒใƒณใ‚ตใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใงใ‚ใ‚‹ANAใ•ใ‚“ใฎใƒ•ใƒฉใ‚คใƒˆใซใ€ใˆใฃใจใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฆใ‚งใƒผใƒ‡ใƒณใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซๅธฐใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใปใ‚“ใจใซ่ชฐใ‚‚ไน—ใฃใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€‚็ฉบๆธฏใซ่กŒใฃใฆใ‚‚ใปใ‚“ใจ็œŸใฃๆš—ใงใ€‚ๆตทๅค–ใฎไบบใซใฏใ‚ดใƒผใ‚นใƒˆใ‚ฟใ‚ฆใƒณใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ˆใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎ็ฉบๆธฏใฎ็Šถๆณใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ๆœฌๆฅใฏใ‚ฒใƒผใƒˆใงใ‚ใฃใŸใฏใšใฎไน—ใ‚Šๅฃใ ใฃใŸใฏใšใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ€ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹็—…้™ขใฎๅ—ไป˜ใฟใŸใใชใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸ็Šถๆณใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใฏ่‡ช็ฒ›ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใ™ใ”ใๅคงๅˆ‡ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ‚’ๅบƒใ’ใชใ„ใ“ใจใจใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใใฎๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ‚’ๅบƒใ’ใ‚‹ไบบใฎ็งปๅ‹•ใฎใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใชใฃใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใฏๆฃ„ๆจฉใ—ใŸใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€ไปŠใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ๆŒใกใคใคใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†่ทใฎๆ™ฎ้€šใฎใ‚ใ‚Šๆ–นใŒใชใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใ€ใพใŸใฏใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†็Šถๆณใฎไธญใง่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€…ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅคงไผšใ‚’้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ—ใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใ‚Šใ€้‹ๅ–ถใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใฏใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใฎๆ–นใ€…ใ€่จ˜่€…ใฎๆ–นใ€…ๅซใ‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใ‚’็—›ๆ„Ÿใ—ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ€ใใฎใŠไป•ไบ‹ใจใ„ใ†ๅ ดใซๅƒ•ใŒ่บซใ‚’ๅฏ„ใ›ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€ๅŠ›ใซใชใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€็ฉบๆธฏใงๆกˆๅ†…ใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸใ€ใŠไธ–่ฉฑใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใŸANAใฎๆ–นใŒใ€ŒใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใจใฏ่จ€ใˆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ€ใจใฏ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ€Œใปใ‚“ใจใซๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใจใ€Œๅƒ•ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงๅŠ›ใŒใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใพใ—ใŸใ€ใจใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ ่ค‡้›‘ใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ไธกๆ–นใจใ‚‚ๆŒใฃใŸไธŠใงๅ‡บใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆไปŠๅ›žใฏๆฑบๆ„ใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚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€

โ€•What was the motivation for making you think that you could leave behind something with your programs this time?

Y: Um, the most impactful thing for me was that when I was returning to Japan from Sweden on my sponsored ANA flight, there was really no one on board. The airport was also completely dark. I saw this state of the airport, and itโ€™s what people overseas would be calling a โ€œghost town.โ€ What was supposed to be a boarding gate had been turned into something like a… hospital reception area. When I saw these circumstances, I thought that it was really important for me to refrain from spreading the virus myself. I also strongly felt that I must not become a reason for others moving [travelling] and possibly spreading the virus, [and because of that] I sat out the Grand Prix series [last fall]. Of course I still hold those feelings, but I am also fully aware that there are those who have lost their usual means of work, those who are suffering during these circumstances, and of course, how difficult it is for those involved to organize and run a competition like this, which includes TV staff and reporters who came here. I thought that by bringing myself to this venue that [people depend on for] work, I could um, maybe help in someway. Also, the ANA staff who guided me at the airport and took care of me, I had said they couldnโ€™t say congratulations to me, but rather they said things like โ€œI really received courage [from you],โ€ and that they felt empowered from my performances. Although of course I still have complicated feelings, it was based upon weighing these [conflicting stances] that I made my decision to appear [at WTT]. Thank you very much. I look forward to speaking again tomorrow.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu’s Pre-World Team Trophy Media – 210414

Photo by Sponichi

All articles originally published 14 April 2021

Part 1 | Part 2

Translation & proofreading:ย @yuzueco, @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxxย 

ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎไธ–็•Œๅ›ฝๅˆฅๅฏพๆŠ—ๆˆฆใฎ้–‹ๅน•ใ‚’15ๆ—ฅใซๆŽงใˆใ€17ๅนดๅคงไผšไปฅๆฅ2ๅคงไผšใถใ‚Šใซๅ‡บๅ ดใ™ใ‚‹็”ทๅญใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใŒ14ๆ—ฅใ€ๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’ใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใ€ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใงๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใŸใ€‚

Figure skating World Team Trophy (2021) will begin on April 15th, and Menโ€™s skater Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) finished his first official practice on the 14th, and then answered online interview questions.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅˆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใฎๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใƒผใจโ€ฆใ€‚ใˆใƒผใ€14ๆ—ฅ้–“ใฎ้š”้›ขใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆใ€ใกใ‚‡ใ†ใฉไปŠๆ—ฅใ‚„ใฃใจ้š”้›ขใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ใจใ—ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจ้š”้›ขๆœŸ้–“ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใŸไธŠใงๆฅใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ไปŠๆ—ฅใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซ็€ใ„ใŸใฐใ‹ใ‚Šใงใพใ‚่‹ฅๅนฒใ€่ถณใŒใƒ•ใƒฏใƒ•ใƒฏใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใ„ใ„่ชฟๆ•ดใŒใงใใŸใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•How do you feel after ending your first practice today?

Yuzuru: Hmm, umโ€ฆ my 14-day quarantine period ended, since it finally just ended today, so, well, I came here upon properly carrying out my responsibility to finish the isolation period. So because of that, I really just arrived here today, so I think to a certain extent thereโ€™s some parts where my legs are a little unsteady, but, taking that into account, I think I was able to adjust well [in todayโ€™s practice].

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ›ฝๅˆฅใฏใฉใ‚“ใชไฝ็ฝฎใฅใ‘ใงใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†ๅคงไผšใซใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใƒผใจใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ“ใฎๅคง้˜ชใจใ„ใ†ๅœฐใŒไปŠใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏๅƒ•ใ‚‚้‡ใ€…ใ‚ใ‹ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ไธ–็•Œไธญใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใตใ‚‹ใ•ใจใงใ‚ใ‚‹ๅฎฎๅŸŽใ€ไป™ๅฐใ‚‚ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่ค‡้›‘ใชๆ€ใ„ใงใ„ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ไปŠใ“ใ“ใซใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Š่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’่พž้€€ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใฏ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๆฑบๆ–ญใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช็ตŒ้จ“ใ‚’่ธใพใˆใŸไธŠใงใ€ไปŠใ€ๅƒ•ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ“ใ“ใซ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใ“ใซๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆฎ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎใ€่ชฐใ‹ใฎไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎๅธŒๆœ›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ๅฟƒใŒๅ‹•ใ็žฌ้–“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ1็ง’ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ€‚1็ง’ใซๆบ€ใŸใชใ„็žฌ้–“ใงใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰่ชฐใ‹ใฎไธญใซๆฎ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ในใใ ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ“ใ“ใซใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ‡„ใโ€ฆไฝ•ใ‹้›ฃใ—ใ„ๅ•้กŒใง่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ใ†ใพใๅ‡บใ™ใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅคงๅค‰ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใช็Šถๆณใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้œ‡็ฝใฎๆ™‚ใจๅŒใ˜ใงใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใใ‚Œใžใ‚Œ้•ใ†ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚’ๅ‡„ใไปŠใ€็—›ๆ„Ÿใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŠไป•ไบ‹ใฎๆ–นใงๅคงๅค‰ใ ใจๆ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆ–นใ€ใใ—ใฆใ€ๅŒป็™‚ๅพ“ไบ‹่€…ใฎๆ–นใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆ™ฎ้€šไปฅไธŠใฎ็–ฒๅŠดใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็ฒพ็ฅž็š„ใช่‹ฆ็—›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚

ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใฟใŸใ„ใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่‡ช็ฒ›ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๅนณๆฐ—ใ ใจใ„ใ†ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚่‡ช็ฒ›ใ—ใฆ็–ฒใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใ‚‚ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚ทใƒใƒฅใ‚จใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๆฎ‹ใ™ใ“ใจใŒ็ตถๅฏพใงใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๆฎ‹ใ—ใŸใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใฎๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎๅ›ฝๅˆฅๅฏพๆŠ—ๆˆฆใจใ„ใ†ๅ ดๆ‰€ใ‚’ใŠๅ€Ÿใ‚Šใ—ใฆใ€ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆๆฎ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What kind of meaning does the World Team Trophy [this year] have for you, and what kind of competition do you want to make of it?

Y: Hmm. Of course, I am gravely aware that the Osaka area is currently in a bad situation [regarding COVID]. And, I understand that the whole world, including Japan, and my hometown Miyagi, Sendai too, are all in a difficult state as well, so I am here right now with conflicting feelings. That is, the decision of whether I should withdraw from the competition, or should participate, and upon taking into account various opinions, what I can do right now is to stand here, and to leave behind a performance, that can be some sort of hope for someone, or move their heart in some sort of way, really, even if itโ€™s just for one second. It doesnโ€™t even have to be a [whole] second. I think Iโ€™m here to put out a performance that can remain with people in some sort of way. Itโ€™sโ€ฆ really hard to respond to a difficult problem like this in words. However, the difficult circumstances are ultimately the same as during the 3.11 disaster, in that I am painfully aware that for everyone itโ€™s different. There are people who are [facing] difficulties related to work, and I think also there are medical staff who are (experiencing) extraordinary fatigue, even suffering mentally, and various other things. There are those like us who are fine and able to diligently practice self-restraint but on the other hand, there are also many people who are tired of living under such restrictions.There are really a lot of different situations. But, I think I can definitely leave something behind through my performance [in these circumstances], or rather, I want to do so. I want to take the opportunity of being at this World Team Trophy to leave some sort of meaning through my programs.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•2ๅคงไผšใถใ‚Šใซใƒใƒผใƒ ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒ‘ใƒณใจใ—ใฆๆˆฆใ†ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใšใฏๆœ€ๅคง้™ใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ ใซ่ฒข็Œฎใ™ใ‚‹ใŸใ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฎ่ฉฆๅˆไปฅไธŠใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚’ๅพ‹ใ—ใฆใ€ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ๅ‡„ใใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใงใ‚‚ไฝ•ใ‹ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ไฝ•ใ‹ๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ใไธŠใŒใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Itโ€™s been two World Team Trophy competitions since you last represented team Japan [at WTT 2017]

Y: First of all, I want to properly focus on my performance so as to contribute to the team as much as I can, and I want to control myself even more so than for a normal competition and put out a good performance. Also, regarding the short [program], I think it’s a program that can be enjoyed in some way, even in the current [state of] the world. Even if it’s just a little bit, I want to skate it with the hope that there’s something that can lift our spirits.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏใฉใ†ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ“ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใ‚ธใƒฅใƒผใƒซใงใ•ใ™ใŒใซใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซๆŒ‘ใ‚€ใฎใฏ็„ก็†ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ่ฉฆๅˆใจใ—ใฆใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€ๆ™ฎ้€šใฎ่ฉฆๅˆไปฅไธŠใซใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆ„ๆฐ—่พผใฟใ‚’ๅผทใๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกๅ„ชๅ…ˆใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใฟใ‚“ใชใฎๅŠ›ใซใชใ‚Œใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใพใšใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What will you do about the quad Axel?

Y: Well, I feel that in the first place, with this schedule [in the past few weeks], as expected it might be impossible to try challenging the [quad] Axel. As for the actual competition, as I said before, I am very eager to put out a good performance, even more so than for a normal [non-team] competition. So, rather than prioritizing my own feelings, I first and foremost want to do a performance that will be of help to everyone else [on the team]. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•่‘›่—คใ‚’ๆŒใกใชใŒใ‚‰ๅ‡บๅ ดใ—ใŸไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅธฐใ‚Šใซใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅ‡„ใ็ฉบๆธฏใŒใ‚ฌใƒฉใƒณใจใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใใ“ใงๆคœๆŸปใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ…ฅๅ›ฝใฎใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชๆ‰‹็ถšใใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‚Šใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆœ€ไธญใซใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€็ตๆžœใซใคใ„ใฆใ€ŽใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€ใจใฏ่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฉใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€Žๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆๅ‹‡ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใจใ‹ใ€ใ€Žใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰้ ‘ๅผตใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๅฃฐใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ“ใจใŒใ€ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†ใธใฎใ”่ค’็พŽใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ๅ ฑ้…ฌใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆผ”ๆŠ€ใŒใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅƒ•ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฏๆฏŽๅ›žๆฏŽๅ›žใ€ๅ…จ็„ถ้•ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆใ€ใพใŸ้•ใฃใŸๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใพใŸไปŠๅ›žใฏไปŠๅ›žใชใ‚‰ใงใฏใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What did you feel after finishing World Championships [last month], as you had a lot of conflict within you when participating?

Y: Hmm, well on the way home, the airport was really empty. I actually received a [health] inspection there, and had to do the various procedures for entering the country. While I was doing those things, I didn’t really get told “Congratulations,” about my results [at World Championships], but, rather, I was told things like “I received courage from watching your performance,” and also “I can do my best [too],” and the fact I received those words are, for me, more than anything, the prize, or reward [this time]. Somehow, in doing those kinds of performances, it really holds a totally different meaning for me each and every time, and so I skate with different feelings too. So, even if it’s only a little bit, I want to skate my performance this time as its own unique thing.

Photo by Sponichi

PART 2

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ดใƒซใƒ•ใฎๆพๅฑฑ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒๅ„ชๅ‹ใ—ใŸใ€ๅฟซๆŒ™ใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎๅˆบๆฟ€ใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€ŒๅฎŸใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ็”Ÿใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆœๆ—ฉใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ็”Ÿใง่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๆœ€ๅพŒใฎๅˆถ่ฆ‡ใ—ใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใกใจใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€9ใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅ่ฆ‹ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆๅฟœๆดใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ไป™ๅฐใฎๆ–นใง่กจๅฝฐใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅฎฎๅŸŽใง่กจๅฝฐใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซใŠไผšใ„ใ—ใŸใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใจใ—ใฆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซไป™ๅฐๅธ‚ๆฐ‘ใจใ—ใฆๅฎฎๅŸŽ็œŒๆฐ‘ใจใ—ใฆๅ‡„ใๅ‡„ใ่ช‡ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚ดใƒซใƒ•็•Œใงๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใงใƒžใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใ‚บใ‚’ๅˆถ่ฆ‡ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใฉใ‚Œใ ใ‘ๅคงๅค‰ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ™ใ”ใใ™ใ”ใๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ใงใ™ใญใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใงใฏใชใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚ดใƒซใƒ•็•Œใซใปใ‚“ใจใซๆพๅฑฑ่‹ฑๆจนใ•ใ‚“ใจใ„ใ†ๆ–นใŒใ„ใŸใจใ„ใ†่จผใ‚’ๆฎ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚“ใ ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Following the victory of golfer Hideki Matsuyama, did you draw any motivation from his brilliant feat?*

Y: To tell you the truth I actually watched a bit of it live. It was very early in the morning but I watched a little of the live broadcast. I wasnโ€™t able to quite catch the final moment he prevailed but for about 9 holes**, I watched and cheered him on every day. Actually, as someone from Sendai, Iโ€™ve met him before when we were being acknowledged as representatives of Sendai and of Miyagi. Not as Yuzuru Hanyu but as a fellow Sendai resident and Miyagi local, Iโ€™m really, really proud. I really, really understand how difficult of a feat it must be to conquer the Masters as a Japanese person in the golfing world. More than words like โ€˜congratulationsโ€™ or โ€˜thatโ€™s amazing,โ€™ I feel like he has truly made his mark as โ€œHideki Matsuyamaโ€ in the Japanese golfing world. 

*Hideki Matsuyama recently became the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship โ€“ the 2021 Masters Tournament

**The Masters tournament happens over 4 days with 18 holes played per day, so Yuzu watched about half the competition (not 100% clear if he did so every day of the tournament or only on the last day). Despite struggling on the last day, Matsuyama held onto his lead to prevail.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ซถๆณณใฎๆฑ ๆฑŸ้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚‚ๅพฉๆดปใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œๅƒ•ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใฏๆฏ”ในใ‚‚ใฎใซใชใ‚‰ใชใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ไป–ใฎ้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใ‚‚ๅŠชๅŠ›ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใฆใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ไบบใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๆ™‚ใซ็ตๆง‹้‡ใ„ๆปๆŒซใ—ใฆใ„ใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸๆœŸ้–“ใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ๆฑ ๆฑŸ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎใ€ŽๅŠชๅŠ›ใฏๅ ฑใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใชใ€ใจใ„ใ†่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’่žใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚„ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ—ใฆใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใ ใ‘ใŒๅŠชๅŠ›ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ”นใ‚ใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆฑ ๆฑŸ้ธๆ‰‹ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸ่‹ฆ็—›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆ‚ฒใ—ใฟใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ–ชๅคฑๆ„Ÿใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸๆ—ฅใ€…ใฏ็ตถๅฏพใซๅŠชๅŠ›ใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซใคใชใŒใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใœใฒ่‡ชไฟกใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซๆŒ‘ใ‚“ใงๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏ็ตŒ้จ“ใ—ใŸ่บซใ‹ใ‚‰่จ€ใ‚ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ‰ใใ†ใซใ™ใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€

The swimmer [Rikako] Ikee also made a competitive comeback

Y: I think someone like me really canโ€™t be compared to the difficulty she experienced*. Of course, there may also be people who think that other athletes also gave their all but weren’t rewarded. I had many periods during the Pyeongchang Olympic season where I couldnโ€™t practice due to the severe injury I had, but when I heard Ikee-senshuu say that โ€˜hard work and effort will be rewardedโ€™, I felt once again that hard work doesn’t only come from practice and training. It was precisely because of Ikeeโ€™s circumstances – the pain she experienced, the sadness and that sense of loss, that I think she fought with all her might to get through those days. I would like her to have faith in herself in her challenge at the Olympics. Please permit me to say that, as someone who has experienced the Olympics. Apologies for saying so in such a commanding way. 

*Rikako Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019 and has recently qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after receiving treatment. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้š”้›ขๆœŸ้–“ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใฉใ‚“ใช็Šถๆณใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใซใšใฃใจใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใŸใ ๅพ€ๅพฉใ™ใ‚‹ๆฏŽๆ—ฅใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใจใ€่‡ชๅฎถ็”จ่ปŠใงใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใซ่กŒใฃใฆใ€ใงใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใพใŸ่‡ชๅฎถ็”จ่ปŠใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒ›ใƒ†ใƒซใซใจใ„ใ†็”Ÿๆดปใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใˆใฃใจ๏ฝžใ€ๅๅˆ†ใช็ทด็ฟ’ใŒใงใใŸใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใ€ใใ†ใงใฏใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆœฌ้Ÿณใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใ‚‹ๆŽช็ฝฎใ‚’ใจใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ“ใจใฏใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸ้…ๆ…ฎใฎไธŠใงๅƒ•ใฏไปŠใ€ๆป‘ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๅƒ•ใฎๅฝนๅ‰ฒใ‚’ใ“ใ“ใงๆžœใŸใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

What was the practice situation like during the quarantine period?

Y: Well, I was in the hotel the entire time. Basically I went back and forth between the hotel and rink every day. Though I suppose that isnโ€™t too different from what I usually do. Umโ€ฆ I basically lived by going via a private car from the hotel to the rink, and then after practice going via private car from the rink back to the hotel. Um. If you asked if that was sufficient practice, I would have to truthfully say it wasnโ€™t, but I am truly grateful they took the steps to be able to allow us to do practice in that way, and Iโ€™m skating right now because of the attention paid to those arrangements, so I would like to properly carry out my duty here. Thank you very much. 

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu โ€“ World Championships 2021 ‘Day After’ Interview โ€“ 210328

๏ผœไธ–็•Œใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ข็ฌฌ4ๆ—ฅ๏ผž็”ทๅญใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆๆ’ฎๅฝฑใƒปๅฐๆตท้€”ใ€€่‰ฏๅนน๏ผ‰
Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

All articles originally published 28 March 2021

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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

PART ONE

โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใงใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใ‚’ๅดฉใ—ใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€ๅ–˜ๆฏใŒๅ‡บใŸใจใ„ใ†ๅ ฑ้“ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใŒ

ใ€€ใ€Œๅ–˜ๆฏใฎ็™บไฝœ่‡ชไฝ“ใฏใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๅพŒใซใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŸใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ†ใใ‚‰ใ„ใง็‰นใซใพใ‚ไผšๅ ดๅ…ฅใ‚ŠใŒ้…ใใชใฃใŸ็†็”ฑใจใ‹ใงใฏใชใ„ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ—ใŸใƒˆใƒฉใƒ–ใƒซใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใค็ถšใ„ใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ6ๅˆ†้–“็ทด็ฟ’ใงใฏๅฝฑ้Ÿฟๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใปใ‚“ใฎใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใฎใปใ“ใ‚ใณใŒๅ…จ้ƒจใซใคใชใŒใฃใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงๅŽŸๅ› ใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ—ใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‹ใจใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใ„ๅคงใใชใƒŸใ‚นใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใ€็‚นๆ•ฐใปใฉๅคงใใชใƒŸใ‚นใงใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚1ใคใšใคใปใ‚“ใฎใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคใšใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใชใฎใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰้ †ไฝใ ใจใ‹ใ€็‚นๆ•ฐใ ใจใ‹ใใ‚ŒไปฅไธŠใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ‚„ใ‚Šใใ‚ŒใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

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

Yuzuru: I think I felt the asthma attack itself a little bit after the free skate. But, after it ended, I thought it was a bit painful, but well, I wasnโ€™t late to coming to the rink for that reason in particular. Itโ€™s rather, there were a few small troubles that kept stacking up. Well, in the 6 minute warm-up, I didnโ€™t feel any effects from that, but ultimately, I think all those small things ended up making everything fall apart. In my mind, Iโ€™m certain of the cause. Having said that, if asked whether that was what led to that huge mistake [in the free program], I donโ€™t think it was as big of a miss as it was in terms of the miss in the score. Itโ€™s just within myself, one by one, little by little, everything started to come apart. Thatโ€™s why, even more so than things like the placements and scores was the feeling within myself that I had properly completed the program.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใ‚’็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹็พๅฝนใ‚„ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ‚„ใ‚ใชใ„ใจใ‹ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใใฎใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซ่ทณในใชใ„ใจๆบ€่ถณใงใใชใ„ใฎใงไธ€็”Ÿใ€ใธใธใธใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใใฎใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ไธ€ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ€ใ‚ใ‚ๅนดใ ใชใจใ‹ไฝ“ๅ‹•ใ‹ใชใใชใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ€ใ†ๆ—ฅใ€…ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ไปŠใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใพใ ใพใ ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ€ๆˆ้•ทใงใใ‚‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใใฎใ€ใใ‚Œ่‡ชไฝ“ใŒๅฎŒๅ…จใซ็ตๆžœใ ใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๅ ดๅˆใฏ้ŽๅŽปใฎๆ „ๅ…‰ใจใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆฏ”่ผƒใ•ใ‚Œใ‚„ใ™ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€้ŽๅŽปใฎๆ „ๅ…‰ใจๆฏ”่ผƒใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ใพใ ไฟใฆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็ขบๅฎŸใซใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€็ขบๅฎŸใซๅนณๆ˜Œใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๆ™‚ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ€ใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ญใƒฏใƒผใƒซใƒ‰ใฎๆ™‚ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚็ตถๅฏพใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹้™็•Œใ ใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎ้™็•Œใ ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ†ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ‚’ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ›ฝๅˆฅใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใพใ‚ๅ›ฝๅˆฅใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจไปŠ้ ญใ‹ใ‚‰ๅค–ใ—ใŸ็Šถๆ…‹ใงๅ–‹ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ‚ชใƒ•ใฎ็Šถๆณใฎไธญใงใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใใ“ใจใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใงใ€ใ‚ใ‚่ทณในใชใ„ใชใจใ‹็ตถๆœ›ๆ„Ÿใ‚’ใพใŸๅ‘ณใ‚ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใฆใ„ใใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ ฑ้…ฌไธŽใˆใฆใ‚ใ’ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’่‰ฒใ€…่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ไปŠใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ็Ÿฅ่ญ˜ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€็ตŒ้จ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆดปใ‹ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ไน—ใ‚Š่ถŠใˆใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€

— What are your feelings aiming towards the Beijing Olympics?

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

PART TWO

โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅพŒใฎๆ‹ ็‚นใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใ€่ฉฆๅˆใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใจๅธฐใฃใฆใ€ใใฎๅพŒใซใƒกใƒผใƒซใŒๆฅใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใพใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ€ๆŽ›ใ‘ๅˆใฃใฆใฟใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใงใใ‚‹ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ็ขบๅฎšใชใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใงใฏใชใ„ใ€‚ใ‘ใฉใ€ใพใ‚ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณใŸใกใฏใ„ใคใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚ฏใƒชใ‚ฑใƒƒใƒˆใงๆ•™ใˆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚’ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ—ใ€ๆ—ฉใไธ€็ท’ใซๆป‘ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰่‰ฏใ„ใญใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจใฏ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใพใ ็ขบๅฎšใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใซๅธฐใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่จ€ใ„ๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่‡ชๅˆ†1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใงๅพ—ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ€ใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ1ไบบใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใพใŸไปŠ4Aใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Š1ไบบใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆฎต้šŽใงใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๅˆ†ใ‹ใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ไพ‹ใˆใฐ่ค‡ๆ•ฐไบบๆ•ฐใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸๅ ดๅˆใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ใ†ใจใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ณใƒผใ‚นไธŠใซ่ชฐใ‹ใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๆฐ—ใŒๆ•ฃใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใŸใถใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใพใŸใฏใ€ๆฐทใฎใ‚ณใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใฎใŒ1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅ ดๅˆใ€ใพใฃใŸใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซ้›†ไธญใ—ใฆใงใใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใฏๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹็ทด็ฟ’ใฃใฆใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ™ใ”ใ็‹ฌ็‰นใงใ€‚้ †็•ชใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅ„ชๅ…ˆ้ †ไฝใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ไพ‹ใˆใฐ่ฉฆๅˆใฎๅ‰ใฎไบบใฏใ„ใฃใฑใ„ๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‘ใฉใ€่ฉฆๅˆใŒใพใ ใชใ„ไบบใฏใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจใ‹ใฃใฆใƒซใƒผใƒซใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใพใฃใŸใใชใ„็ทด็ฟ’ใŒ็ถšใ„ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Š่‡ช็”ฑๅบฆใŒ้ซ˜ใใ€ใพใŸ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ—ใŸใ„็ทด็ฟ’ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใซๆฒฟใฃใŸ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’ใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ใฉใ†ใจใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใจใ€ใ‚ใจใฏไฝ“ใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ™ใญใ€‚้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ„ใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ใ—ใฐใ‚‰ใใฎ้–“ใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Š้•ทใ„้–“ใ€ใƒˆใƒญใƒณใƒˆใงใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใซ่ฆ‹ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใˆใฆใ‚‚ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ฌใ‚ฟใŒๆฅใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ็ขบใ‹ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใงใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‹ใชใ‚Š่ถณใ ใฃใŸใ‚Š่…ฐใ ใฃใŸใ‚Š้ฆ–ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใซ่ฒ ๆ‹…ใฏใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใ‚‚ๅคฉ็งคใซใ‹ใ‘ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ๆฑบใ‚ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไธ€ๆฆ‚ใซใ‚‚ใ†ๅธฐใ‚Šใพใ™ใจใ‹ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ„ใพใ™ใจใ‹ใฏใ€ไปŠ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What about your training base going forward?

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

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

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ใ€€ใ€Œ็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‚‚ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ใฏใฃใใ‚Š่จ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ†ใจใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒใ‚งใƒณ้ธๆ‰‹ใฏ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใฎ5ใ‚ฏใƒฏใƒ‰ใ‚’ใ—ใ‹ใ‚‚้ซ˜้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ‚ฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒ†ใ‚ฃใƒผใงๅ…จใฆๆฑบใ‚ใใฃใฆใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใฎใฏไธฆๅคงๆŠตใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑๅฝผใฎๅŠชๅŠ›ใฎ่ณœใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ไปŠๅ›ž่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไธ€็•ชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ€‚ใงใ€2้€ฑ้–“ใ€้š”้›ขๆœŸ้–“ใŒใพใŸๅธฐใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎๆœŸ้–“ไธญใพใงๅซใ‚ใฆใ“ใฎไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ‚’ๅฅๅบทใง็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ€‚ไฝ•ใ—ใ‚ไปŠๆ•…้ƒทใŒ็ตๆง‹ใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใชใ“ใจใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒๅบƒใ’ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ€ๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅผทใใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใšใฏใใ“ใŒ็ฌฌไธ€็›ฎๆจ™ใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šใ€ๅฏพใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใฟใŸใ„ใชใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚„ใ™ใ„ๆง‹้€ ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ๅฏพ่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ๅฏพใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒซใ‚นใฟใŸใ„ใชใจใ“ใ‚ใŒไปŠๅ›žใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šๆฐ—ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šไธ€็•ช่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใ€ใƒ›ใƒƒใจใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š3ๆž ใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ็Ž‹่€…ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใฎๆž ใซ่ฒข็Œฎใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ไฝฟๅ‘ฝๆ„Ÿใฏๅผทใใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‡บใŸใฎใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅผทใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใพใšใฏใใ‚Œใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ฒข็Œฎใ—ใฆใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌ็”ทๅญใฎ3ๆž ใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Šใใ‚ŒใŸใ“ใจใฏๅคงใใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Š่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใพใ›ใ‚“ใงใ—ใŸใ€

โ€•Your thoughts on Chenโ€™s Free Skate?

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

PART THREE

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ“่ชฟใฏใฉใ†ใ‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€Œไฝ“่ชฟใ€ๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€ๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใƒ†ใƒฌใƒ“ใฎ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ๅฟƒ้…ใ—ใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไฝ“่ชฟใฏๅ…จ็„ถๅ•้กŒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€

โ€•How is your physical condition?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’่ฟฝๆฑ‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใไธญใงๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€้€†ใซ่จ€ใ†ใจใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ‚‰่พžใ‚ใกใ‚ƒใ†ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ใฏใฏใ€‚ใƒ‰็›ด็ƒใซ่žใใพใ™ใญ๏ผใ‚ใƒผใ€ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๆฑบใ‚ใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใฉใ†ๆฑบใพใฃใŸใ‹ใซใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็ดๅพ—ใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใงใใฆใ„ใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ๅ‡„ใ„้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ๅ‡„ใ„ใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใ‚ซใ‚นใ—ใฆใ€็›ฎๆจ™ใจใ—ใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ€็ตๅฑ€ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฟƒใŒๆบ€่ถณใงใใ‚‹ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใŸใถใ‚“ๆ นๆœฌใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€4A่ทณใ‚“ใ ใจใ—ใฆๆบ€่ถณใงใใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๅ†…ๅฎนใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‹ใ—ใŸใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅ…ˆใปใฉใฎๅ–ๆใฎๆ™‚ใซใ‚‚่จ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚็ขบๅฎŸใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใ€‚ใตใตใ€‚ๆ™ฎ้€šใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ไพ‹ใˆใฐใ€ใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ญใฎใƒฏใƒผใƒซใƒ‰ใฎๆ™‚ใจๆง‹ๆˆๆฏ”ในใฆใฟใŸใ‚‰ใ€็ขบใ‹ใซ1ๆœฌใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ๅฐ‘ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅพŒๅŠใซใ‚ตใƒซใ‚ณใƒผใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใƒˆใƒผใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใƒŽใƒผใƒŸใ‚นใงใใ‚‹็ขบ็Ž‡ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๅดฉใ‚ŒใชใใชใฃใŸๅผทใ•ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใ‚ˆใ‚ŠไธŠใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏ็‹™ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ้ ƒใฏใพใ ๅถ็„ถใงใ€‚ใ‚พใƒผใƒณใซๅ…ฅใฃใฆใใŸใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซใชใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠใฏ็‹™ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใฆใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ†ใพใใชใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ๅฎŸใฏใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไปŠ็ตๆžœๅ‡บใฆใชใใฆ่พ›ใ„ใชใจใ‹ใ€่‹ฆใ—ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€็‚นๆ•ฐใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅ‡บใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŸใกใ ใŸใฃใŸใ—ใ€ๅ‡บใชใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚็‚นๆ•ฐไปฅไธŠใซใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใฏ้–“้•ใฃใฆใชใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่งฆใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใ™ใ”ใ„้™็•Œใ ใ‹ใ‚‰่พžใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆ„Ÿ่งฆใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅญฃใฎๆผ”็›ฎใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ•ใฃใใƒ•ใ‚ธใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ–ๆใฎๆ™‚ใซ่จ€ใฃใกใ‚ƒใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ้ ญใฎไธญใงใฏใ€ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚4Aใฏใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใคใใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใพใ ็ขบๅฎšใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ€Žๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใฏใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅ…จ็„ถใพใ ไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ่ฉฆๅˆ็ฉใ‚ใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใŸใกใจใ€‚ใ‚‚ใฃใจใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ่‰ฏใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใŸใ„ใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๅ…ฅใฃใŸใ‚‰ๅ…จ็„ถใ€ๅฐ่ฑกใŒๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚ใ“ใฎๅญใ‚’ๅฎŒๆˆใ•ใ›ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Your programs for next season?

Y: I said this in Fuji TVโ€™s interview earlier but in any case, this is just in my mind but I do want to put the 4A in โ€˜Ten to Chi toโ€™. Well, I created this program with that desire. Therefore – though I havenโ€™t completely decided yet – I feel that I want to skate โ€˜Ten to Chi toโ€™. After all, Iโ€™ve barely had any competitions this season. I want to show more of the good parts of this program. And I think once the 4A is added, its impression will completely change. Itโ€™s for those reasons, I want to perfect this little one.*

*T/N: Yuzu is metaphorically referring to โ€˜Ten to Chi toโ€™ as though itโ€™s a child. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฏ1ๆ—ฅใฉใ‚Œใใ‚‰ใ„ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚ใฉใฎ็จ‹ๅบฆใพใงใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€8ๅˆ†ใฎ1ๅ›žใ‚Œใฐ็ซ‹ใฆใพใ™ใญใ€้–“้•ใ„ใชใใ€‚ใƒฉใƒณใƒ‡ใ‚ฃใƒณใ‚ฐใงใใพใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ“ใพใง่กŒใใพใงใซใ€ใ‹ใชใ‚Šไฝ“ใ‚’้…ทไฝฟใ—ใฆใ„ใฆใ€็—›ใ‚€้ƒจๅˆ†ใ ใจใ‹ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅ‡บใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใƒ€ใƒกใƒผใ‚ธใฏ็ขบๅฎŸใซๆบœใพใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใ€ไฝ•ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใˆใƒผ๏ผˆไปฅๅ‰ใฎ่ณชๅ•ใง๏ผ‰ใ„ใคใพใงใซ๏ผˆไปŠๅคงไผšใฎใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๆ–ญๅฟตใ‚’๏ผ‰ๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹๏ผŸใฟใŸใ„ใชใ“ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€3ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใงใ™ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใŸใ‚„ใคใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใฏใƒชใƒŸใƒƒใƒˆใฏ2ๆœˆใฎ็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใงใซ้™ใ‚Šใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใฆใ€‚2ๆœˆใพใงใซ้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ‚‰ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€1ๆœฌใงใ‚‚้™ใ‚ŠใŸใ‚‰ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใจๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚2ๆœˆใพใงใซ้™ใ‚Šใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใใฆใ€ใงใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใงๅปถ้•ทใ—ใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ“ใ‚‰ใธใ‚“ใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆญปใฌๆฐ—ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใปใ‹ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—่ทณใ‚“ใงใชใ„ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ—ใ‹ใ‚„ใฃใฆใชใ„ใ€ใจใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚2ๆ™‚้–“ใถใฃ็ถšใ‘ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใšใฃใจใงใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚2ๆ™‚้–“ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใฐใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚‚็ตๆง‹ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅนณๅ‡ใ—ใฆ45ๅˆ†ใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚ไปŠๅคงๅค‰ใฟใŸใ„ใชใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€

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

Y: Um, if I can just rotate about โ…› more, I can get it, without doubt. I can land it. So until I can get there, I have been pushing my body and there have been points of pain that are appearing little by little. The damage is definitely accumulating. And then you asked how long I was training it? Letโ€™s see…butโ€ฆ there was a question before [in a past interview] about when I decided to abandon plans for the quad Axel in this competition, and I said three days. Truthfully, I had thought to myself that the limit was that I had to land it by the end of February or I couldnโ€™t put it in. If I landed it by February, I decided I would add it; if I landed even just one, I decided I would put it in the program. But, I couldnโ€™t land it by the end of February, and so I extended the deadline until now. Around that time, I was indeed working like hell. I didnโ€™t jump any of the other jumps, just the Axel. For two hours on end. Of course, I wasnโ€™t jumping the 4A the entire time, but there were indeed quite a few two hour sessions where I only jumped Axels. I think on average about 45 minutes. Thank you very much. Itโ€™s been a tough day for everyone. Thank you. I ask for your support again.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu โ€“ World Championships 2021 Post-FS Interviews โ€“ 210327

Post-FS video interview

Translation + transcript of interview

โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใพใ™ใ‹

ใ„ใ‚„ใƒผใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ…จ้ƒจๆณขใซใ†ใพใไน—ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ€ๅ…จไฝ“ใจใ—ใฆใ†ใพใใ„ใฃใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ€ใพใ‚ๅคงใใช่ปขๅ€’ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงไธ€็•ช็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใใฎๅ‡บๆฅๆ „ใˆใฎๆ–นใงใฏใพใฃใŸใ็‚นๆ•ฐใฏๅ–ใ‚Œใฆใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใŸใ ใ‚ใฎใƒผๅ…จไฝ“้€šใ—ใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผ็ดฐใ‹ใ„ใƒŸใ‚นใงๅ…จใฆๆŠ‘ใˆใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผ่‡ชๅŠ›ใŒไธŠใŒใฃใŸใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€•Could you please offer some thoughts on your free program performance?

Yuzuru: Ah, well, I kind of wasnโ€™t able to get into the flow of things. However, um, as a whole it didnโ€™t go well, but, um, I wasnโ€™t able to get what I wanted the most at all, which was a (high) GOE. However, throughout the whole thing, I was able to manage everything as smaller mistakes, and I think maybe my ability to do that has improved.

โ€•ไธ–็•Œใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฏๅˆใ‚ใฆใฎๆŠซ้œฒใจใชใ‚‹ใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ€ใ„ใ‚’่พผใ‚ใฆๆป‘ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‹ใ€‚

ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๆ™‚ใจๅŒใ˜ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅ†…ๅดใจใ€ใ‚ใจๅ‘จใ‚Šใฎ็ฉบๆฐ—ใซๅง”ใญใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€•This was your first time revealing โ€œHeaven and Earth andโ€ to the world (an international competition). What kind of feelings did you put into the skate today?

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

โ€•ใใ—ใฆไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซ็•ฐไพ‹ใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใง็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใŒ1ไบบใงๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ‚’็ถšใ‘ใ‚‹ใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ๆ™‚ๆœŸใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใฎๅคงไผšใฏ็„ก่ฆณๅฎขใงใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใจใฏ้•ใ†ใใ‚“ใชๅคงไผšใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใฃใŸไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ‹

ใพใๆญฃ็›ดๆ‚”ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใญใ€ใŸใ ใ‚ใฎใƒผๅŽ็ฉซใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹่ฉฆๅˆใ ใฃใŸใจใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ไธญใงใฏไปŠๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใฏใ‚ใฎใƒผไปŠใ™ใๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚โ€ฆใพใŸๆฌกใฎๆฉŸไผšใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠใพใŸใใ“ใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซไปŠๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

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

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

โ€•ๆฅฝใ—ใฟใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆไปŠใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏ่ฉฆๅˆๆ•ฐใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅฐ‘ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ—ๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใฏไธ–็•Œใฎ็ŠถๆณใŒๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚่‰ฏใใชใฃใฆ่ฉฆๅˆๆ•ฐใ‚‚ใพใŸใŸใใ•ใ‚“่ฆ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‹ใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใฎๆ–นใ€ใใ—ใฆ4ๅ›žใฆใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใธใฎๆœŸๅพ…ๆ„Ÿใ‚’้ซ˜ใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใƒ•ใ‚กใƒณใฎๆ–นใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใๅคšใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใŒใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใธๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎใƒ“ใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใ‚‚ไปŠ่ฉฑใ›ใ‚‹็ฏ„ๅ›ฒใงๆ•™ใˆใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

ใพใใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใคใ‚‚ใ‚Šใงใ™ใ€‚ใพใ็€ๆฐทใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ไปŠใพใงใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงไธ€็•ชใ‚„ใฃใจ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‰ใ—ใใชใฃใฆใใŸใ‚‚ใฎใŒ็ตๆง‹ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ๆฅใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใจใ€ๅพŒใฏใพใƒผใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใƒปใƒปใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚„ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šไฝ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’้…ทไฝฟใ—ใชใใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใƒผใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ‚ฑใ‚ขใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆ€ชๆˆ‘ใ‚‚ใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ้€ฒๅŒ–ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‘ใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆ้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚

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

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

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article published 27 March 2021.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใฃใฆใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„็–ฒใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒไธ€ๅ€‹ใšใคๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใชใ‚‹ในใ่ปขๅ€’ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ€ใพใ‚้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŒใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซ1ใค1ใคใ€ๅ…จ็„ถ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใ‚‰ใ—ใใชใ„ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒ็ถšใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€ใปใ‚“ใจใซๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

What are your thoughts, looking back on your performance?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฌกใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎ่ชฒ้กŒใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใ‚“ใจใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšๆฌกใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใŒใฉใ†ใชใ‚‹ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆ™‚้–“ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Œใฐ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ๆ—ฉใ็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใ€ใพใšใฏ็€ๆฐทใ•ใ›ใฆใ€ๅฎŒๆˆๅบฆใ‚’ไธŠใ’ใฆใ€่ฉฆๅˆใซ็ต„ใฟ่พผใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ€ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไปŠใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใงใ™ใ€

Whatโ€™s your goal for the next competition?

Hm, for now we donโ€™t know what will happen at the next competition but, um, if there is time to do so Iโ€™d like to quickly practice my quad Axel – firstly land it, increase its degree of perfection and get it ready for competition – thatโ€™s my goal for now. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฎ3ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใŸๅฝฑ้ŸฟใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€‚4ๅ›ž่ปขใƒซใƒผใƒ—ใ€ๆœ€ๅˆใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใŒๅดฉใ‚ŒใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ๅ…จไฝ“็š„ใซๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใŒๆ‚ชใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ใƒ‘ใ‚ฟใƒผใƒณใฏๅ‡บใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ไธ€ๆฐ—ใซใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใŸใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚ใใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ•ใฃใ่จ€ใฃใŸใƒใƒฉใƒณใ‚นใŒใฉใ‚“ใฉใ‚“ๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆ…‹ใฎไธญใงใ€ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ†ใพใใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅนณ่กกๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ๆœ€ๅพŒใพใง่ปธใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ†ใพใๅ–ใ‚Šๅˆ‡ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šๅคงใใชๅ•้กŒใ ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใชใใฆใ€ใปใ‚“ใฎใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ ใ‘ใชใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใง้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใงๆณจๆ„ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใงใใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

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

Yes, the overall feeling wasnโ€™t bad. There wasnโ€™t really a trend or pattern like this in practice but wellโ€ฆ it felt like there was an instance where the balance within me collapsed all of a sudden. In terms of the Axel, there is the factor of the quad Axel there but mm, more than that it was more like what I just said about being in a state where that balance was crumbling very quickly. Umโ€ฆ you could say it was my own sense of equilibrium or balance; it felt like I wasnโ€™t able to grasp the axis of the jumps properly the entire time. However, I donโ€™t think this is a huge problem, it was just feeling out of balance bit by bit so, well, I think I was able to do the things I had worked hard on in training and the things I was watching out for during practice.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Championships 2021 Post-SP Interview – 210326

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article Part 1 published 26 March 2021.
Original article Part 2 published 26 March 2021.

PART 1

็”ทๅญSPใง14ๅนดใ‚ฝใƒใ€18ๅนดๅนณๆ˜Œใจไบ”่ผช้€ฃ่ฆ‡ใฎ็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆANA๏ผ‰ใฏใ€106ใƒป98็‚นใ‚’ใƒžใƒผใ‚ฏใ—ใฆ้ฆ–ไฝ็™บ้€ฒใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณใฎใƒใƒผใƒใƒฃใƒซใƒŸใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใ‚พใƒผใƒณใงๅ ฑ้“้™ฃใซๅฏพๅฟœใ—ใŸใ€‚

Sochi 2014 & Pyeongchang 2018 Gold Medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (ANA) came in first in the Menโ€™s Short Program with a score of 106.98. He answered interview questions from the media online in a virtual reportersโ€™ mixed zone.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚„ใฃใฑใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ๅ–ใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆ›ฒใŒๆŒใคใ‚จใƒŠใ‚ธใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่…•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ไฝ“ๅ…จไฝ“ใซ่กŒใๆธกใ‚‰ใ›ใฆ่กจ็พใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ้ญ…ๅŠ›ใ‹ใชใฃใฆใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใพใŸใ€ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘1ใค1ใคใซใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใŠๅฎขใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ„ใชใ„ใฎใงใชใ‹ใชใ‹ใ‚ณใƒใ‚ฏใƒˆใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€1ใค1ใคใซใŠๅฎขใ•ใ‚“ใจใคใชใŒใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆŒฏใ‚ŠใŒๅคšใใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ใพใŸใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ้ญ…ๅŠ›ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What is something you wanted to express specifically with this piece of music?

Yuzuru: I think the appeal of the program is that Iโ€™m really feeling the music and expressing the energy within the music with my arms, my skating and jumps and throughout my whole body. Also, looking back on each element, the absence of the audience this time meant that it was difficult to make that connection but there are a lot of movements in the choreography that tries to speak to the audience so I think thatโ€™s also a key appeal for this program. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅคงไผšๅ‰ใฎใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณๅ–ๆใงใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ“ใกใ‚‰ใซๆฅใŸใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€‚ใพใ ใใฎๆ€ใ„ใฏๆฎ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏๆŒใก่พผใ‚“ใงใ“ใ“ใซๆฅใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ™‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ˜ใ‚ƒใ‚ๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใ‚“ใพใ‚Šๅค‰ใ‚ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ใ‚‚ใ—ใชใใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆ•…้ƒทใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไฝใ‚“ใงใ„ใ‚‹ใ€ใใฎใ€ไป™ๅฐใจใ‹ๅฎฎๅŸŽใงใฏใ€ไปŠใ™ใ”ใๆ„ŸๆŸ“่€…ใŒๅข—ใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹็Šถๆณใชใฎใงใ™ใ”ใ„ๅฟƒ้…ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ“ใ“ใฎ็พๅœฐใซๆฅใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใซใฏใใ‚‡ใ†ใฟใŸใ„ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใŒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ‚ธใƒงใƒณใจใ‹ใงใ‚‚ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๅƒ•ใŒใ“ใฎไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใ€ใ“ใฎๅœฐใงๆป‘ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ„ใ ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใŒ่ฆ‹ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ™ใ”ใใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ—ใŸใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใ“ใ“ใงๆป‘ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใ‚’ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซใ‚‚ๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•In the pre-competition online interview, you said you had a lot of thoughts in your mind before you came here. Are those thoughts still lingering in your mind?

Y: Umโ€ฆ hmm. Well, I think I came here still carrying those feelings. Ah…if asked whether theyโ€™ve changed since Japanese Nationals [in December], I feel as if not much has changed. In fact, well, perhaps itโ€™s because itโ€™s my hometown, but Iโ€™m extremely worried about the number of [COVID19] infections going up a lot where I live in the Sendai & Miyagi area. However, after all, Iโ€™ve come here to the competition site and I skated and put out a performance like that today, and then thereโ€™s the free, and if I can perform in the exhibition too, I want to try and find some sort of meaning in the fact I skated here, at this World Championships. Of course, I would be very happy if everyone watching can feel something and I want to make it so as well, but, in the end I think Iโ€™m going to do my best and aim for performances where I can feel some sort of meaning in the fact that Iโ€™m skating, so to speak.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅพŒใ€ใ“ใ“ใพใง1ไบบใง็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ€‚ๅคงๅค‰ใชๆ€ใ„ใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ€ใใ‚Œใจใ‚‚ๆ…ฃใ‚ŒใฆใใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใพใšใ€ใพใŸๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใชใฟใซๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๅ‰ใชใฟใซใธใ“ใ‚“ใ ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸ่ชฟๅญใฎๆณขใŒใตใ‚๏ฝžใฃใฆๅดฉใ‚Œใฆใ„ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็›ฎๆจ™ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚‚ใฎใซๅฑŠใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€็ตๆง‹ใคใ‚‰ใ„ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฅใ‚‹็›ดๅ‰ใซใ‚‚ใพใŸใ€2ๆœˆใซใ‚‚ๅœฐ้œ‡ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‘ใฃใ“ใ†ๅฎถใฎไธญใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚ฐใƒใƒฃใ‚ฐใƒใƒฃใซใชใฃใฆใฏใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎไธŠใงใฎใคใ‚‰ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ๅฅๅบทใงใ“ใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ“ใฎ็พๅœฐใซๆฅใ‚‰ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ…ƒๆฐ—ใซใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆป‘ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎๆ—ฅใ€…ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎไปŠใชใฎใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•After the Japanese Nationals, you have been practising alone until now. Did you think it was difficult or have you become used to it?

Hm, well there were times I felt down, like before Japanese Nationals, then there were the ups and downs of my condition and I could not reach the goal I was aiming towards, so it was indeed tough Also, right before I came to Stockholm, and also back in February too, there were earthquakes; [the February one] which messed up the inside of my house, so on top of those feelings there were some painful moments associated with that. That being said, I was able to come here in good health and also skate this program well. It was a hard time I think, but I am where I am now because of those days. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆœ€ใ‚‚ใธใ“ใ‚“ใ ใฎใฏไฝ•ใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็ตๆง‹ใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’็ตๆง‹ใ€ๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚่ทณใณใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใŒไธ€็•ชใคใ‚‰ใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚ŒใฎใŠใ‹ใ’ใง็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใŒใคใ„ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใพใŸใ€ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใฎๆ–นๆณ•ใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ€ใพใŸๆ–ฐใŸใซ่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ‰ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚นใƒ†ใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•What were the things you were most let down by?

It was the quad Axel. I did indeed put a lot of effort into the quad Axel. I think the most painful thing was not being able to decisively land the jump.* But in any case, itโ€™s because of that [training] that I gained a lot of muscle strength and new ways of thinking about my training methods. Well, in some sense, I think Iโ€™ve leveled up from before Japanese Nationals. 

*T/N: Itโ€™s unclear here by โ€˜decisively landโ€™ (่ทณใณใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸ) whether Yuzuru means he was unable to land the jump at all or not land the jump to the standards of his other jumps etc. In order to not make assumptions, we want to note this part is open to interpretation.

PART 2

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito, Sponichi

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ™จๆขฐไฝ“ๆ“ใ‚„้™ธไธŠใฎ็†่ซ–ใ‚‚ๅ–ใ‚Šๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚„็”ŸใใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใšใ„ใถใ‚“ๅ‰ใฎ่ฉฑใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ไฝ“ๆ“ใฎๅ†…ๆ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏ็™ฝไบ•ใ•ใ‚“ใจใŠ่ฉฑใ—ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใŸใพใซใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใฎๅ›ž่ปขใฎไป•ๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ‚่€ƒใซใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใ‚’่žใ„ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใพใ‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€ๅ†…ๆ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใŒH้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๆฑบใ‚ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚‚ๅˆบๆฟ€ใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใฎใงใ€‚ไฝ•ใจใชใๅ†…ๆ‘ใ•ใ‚“ใฎใƒ‰ใ‚ญใƒฅใƒกใƒณใƒˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใ‚ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใชใฎใ‹ใชใจใ‹ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆไปŠใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใจใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šใฎๅคงใใชๅฃใชใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆๅ›ž่ปขๆ•ฐใ‚’ๅข—ใ‚„ใ—ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใˆใƒผใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ้ซ˜ใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆปž็ฉบๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ไผธใฐใ—ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใ‚’่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€้™ธไธŠใงใฎใ‚ฆใ‚จใ‚คใƒˆใจใ‹ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใฉใ†ใ‚„ใฃใฆ้™ธไธŠใฎๅŠ›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใพใŸใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒใƒ†ใƒณใ‚ทใƒฃใƒซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซใคใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่€ƒใˆใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€•You said before that youโ€™ve incorporated thought from artistic gymnastics and athletics, but how does it link to your performances?

Y: That was from quite a while ago. When I had the chance to speak with gymnasts [Kouhei] Uchimura and [Kenzo] Shirai, they told me they sometimes use the way of rotating in figure skating as references. This time, I was also inspired by the fact Uchimura-san had succeeded at H difficulty level skills*. I found myself watching Uchimura-san’s documentaries, and wondering what kind of feelings he was going through. The quad Axel is quite a big barrier for me now, so I had been thinking about how to increase the number of revolutions, the height of jumps, and the time in the air. Also, though I donโ€™t do any weight training off-ice, Iโ€™ve thought about various things like how to get the most out of my strength on land and my own potential.

*T/N: Referring to the highest difficulty level of skills in artistic gymnastics

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใใ‚ŒใŒ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝ“ใซใชใ˜ใ‚“ใ ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใ่ฟ‘ใฅใ„ใฆใใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ‚‚ใ—ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใฎใŠใ‹ใ’ใงใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒๅฎ‰ๅฎšใ—ใฆใใŸใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎ่‡ชไฟกใซใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Do you feel that the new things you have incorporated became familiar to your body?

I feel like I’m really getting closer to perfecting my quad axel. I’m glad, because it helped me to stabilize many things, and it also helped me gain confidence.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใง็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใŒใคใ„ใฆใใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ€‚ไปŠใฏไฝ“ใ‚’ใฉใ†้›ใˆใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ‚ฆใ‚จใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ†ใกใซใ ใ‚“ใ ใ‚“ๅฟ…่ฆใช็ญ‹่‚‰ใŒใคใ„ใฆใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใช้ ๅฟƒๅŠ›ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๆ…ฃๆ€งใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Š่พผใ‚€ใŸใ‚ใฎ็ญ‹่‚‰ใŒใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใคใ„ใฆใใŸใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•You said before that in doing practice for the quad axel, you gained some muscle. How are you building up your body now?

Y: Itโ€™s not like Iโ€™m doing weight training, but more like while I was doing [quad axel practice], gradually I gained some muscle along the way. I think I gained some muscle in order (for my body) to deal with things like centrifugal force and inertia.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆ็ญ‹่‚‰ใ‚’้›ใˆใฆใ„ใ‚‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€ไฝ•ใ‹็‰นๅˆฅใซ็ญ‹ๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ‘ไธŠใ•ใ›ใ‚‹ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใƒ‹ใƒณใ‚ฐใฏใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚‹ใซใ‚ใŸใฃใฆๆœ€ๅˆใฎ้ ƒใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Š็ญ‹่‚‰็—›ใจใ‹ใ‚’ไผดใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚‚ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚‚ใชใใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใƒ•ใƒชใƒผ้€šใ—ใฆใ€ไป–ใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚‚ๅ‡„ใใƒชใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚นใ—ใฆ่ทณในใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใชใฃใŸใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Are you building up your muscle through practices?

Y: Yes, but Iโ€™m not doing any special training to increase my muscular strength. However, when I first started working on the quad axel I had quite a lot of muscle pain. Thatโ€™s since gone away. In fact, even in my free & short (programs), for my other jumps, Iโ€™ve been able to jump them a lot more effortlessly.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ“้‡ใŒๅข—ใˆใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œไฝ“้‡ใฏๅข—ใˆใฆใพใ™ใ€

โ€•Did you gain weight?

Y: I did gain weight.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไฝ•ใ‚ญใƒญใจ่žใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‹๏ผŸ

ใ€€ใ€ŒๅซŒใงใ™๏ผใตใตใตใตใตโ€ฆ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€

โ€•May we ask how many kilos?

Y: No (I donโ€™t want to!) *laughs*

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใฎๅคงๆฒณใƒ‰ใƒฉใƒžใ€Œๅคฉใจๅœฐใจใ€ใงๅ‡บๆผ”ใ—ใŸ็Ÿณๅ‚ๆตฉไบŒใ•ใ‚“ใŒใ‚จใƒผใƒซใ‚’้€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใจใ„ใ†ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใฏๆ–‡็Œฎใ‚„ๅทป็‰ฉใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใงใ—ใ‹ๅฎŸ้š›ใซใฏ่ฆ‹ใŸใ“ใจใŒใชใ„ๆ–นใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็Ÿณๅ‚ๆตฉไบŒใ•ใ‚“ใฎไธญใซใ‚‚่ฌ™ไฟกใฎ้ญ‚ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅฟƒใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๅฟƒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Š้ญ‚ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ไฝ•ใ‹่ฌ™ไฟกๅ…ฌใŒ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใŸ้ขจๆ™ฏใ ใจใ‹่จ˜ๆ†ถใ ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ใงใ‚‚ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใงใใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•The actor Ishizaka Kouji who appeared in the taiga* drama โ€œHeaven and Earth,โ€ that your free program is based on, sent you a supportive message [recently].

Y: Aside from writing and scrolls [paintings], we actually donโ€™t know what Lord Kenshin* looked like. But, I think within Ishizaka Kouji-san, thereโ€™s a bit of something like Lord Kenshinโ€™s soul, or heart. For myself too, I would like it if I could feel and then skate with some of that same heart and soul, or perhaps something like the scenery and memories that Lord Kenshin saw too.

*T/N:  Referring to 16th century/medieval Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin who ruled over part of northern Japan. The music for Yuzuruโ€™s free program this time is taken from a 1969 taiga (historical) drama called โ€œHeaven and Earthโ€ that is about Kenshinโ€™s life.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ‰ไธฆใซใธใ“ใ‚“ใ ๆ™‚ๆœŸใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใŒใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใฉใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใ“ใ“ใพใงๆˆปใ—ใฆใใŸใฎใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‚‚ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใฏใชใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใญใ€‚ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‹ใญโ€ฆใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’็››ใ‚Š่ฟ”ใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใจใ‹้€™ใ„ใคใใฐใฃใฆใ‚„ใฃใฆใใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใซ่ฟ‘ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใจใ—ใฆใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใ‚’ใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใซๅ…ฅใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ€‚ใ‹ใชใ‚Šใ‚ฎใƒชใ‚ฎใƒชใพใง็ฒ˜ใฃใฆ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๆฎ‹ๅฟตใ ใฃใŸใชใจใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ•ใ‚‰ใซ้Ž้…ทใชๆˆฆใ„ใฎๅ ดใชใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใ‚‚็ทด็ฟ’ไธญใ€ไธๅฎ‰ใŒ่ฅฒใฃใฆใใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚ใฎ่‹ฆใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸๆ—ฅใ€…ใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใฎไปŠๆ—ฅใฎๅ‡บๆฅใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใพใŸใ€ไปŠใฎใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใธใฎ่€ƒใˆๆ–นใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅคงไบ‹ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใ‚ˆใ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใŸใญใฃใฆ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใพใŸ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅ๏ผŸๆ˜ŽๅพŒๆ—ฅใ‹ใ€‚ๆ˜ŽๅพŒๆ—ฅใ€็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€•You said that there was a period of time where you were feeling quite down, like before Japanese Nationals, but this time around, what motivated you to get back to this point?

Y: There wasnโ€™t really anything motivating me in particular. Hm, what was itโ€ฆ Well, itโ€™s like my feelings have been rejuvenated and itโ€™s close to feeling like Iโ€™ve crawled my way back to this point. My real feelings were that I wanted to put in the quad axel at this competition. I even squeezed in practice for it until the very last minute. And so in the end, Iโ€™m a little disappointed at the fact I couldnโ€™t put it in. Also, itโ€™s a much harsher fight this time compared to Japanese Nationals. So in that sense I was overcome with worry even during practices, and because of things like that I think it was tough. However, I think I was able to do what I did today because there were those difficult days. Also, Iโ€™m working on thinking about how to keep myself up*, thinking about jumps, thinking about skating, so I want to keep those things close to me, and tomorrow, I want to aim for a performance where I can say โ€œI did my bestโ€ to myself afterwards. Tomorrow? Oh, itโ€™s the day after tomorrow. Yes, I want to aim for that [kind of performance] day after tomorrow.

*T/N: Unclear what kind of โ€œupโ€ he means, whether mentally, physically, etc.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปŠๅ›žใ€ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใชใ„ๆฑบๆ–ญใฏใ„ใคใ‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€‚ใˆใฃใจโ€ฆๅ‡บ็™บใฎ3ๆ—ฅๅ‰ใใ‚‰ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใŸๆ˜ŽๅพŒๆ—ฅใ‚‚ใ‚ˆใ‚ใ—ใใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚Thankใ€€youใ€€soใ€€much๏ผใ€

โ€•When did you decide not to include the (quad) axel this time?

Y: Uhโ€ฆ umโ€ฆ around 3 days before I left [for the competition]. Yes. Thank you. Iโ€™ll see you again the day after tomorrow. [in English] Thank you so much!

[ENG TRANSLATION] World Championships 2021 – Sponichi Practice Interview

Photo by Kogaito, Sponichi

Original article Part 1 published 23 March 2021.
Original article Part 2 published 23 March 2021.

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

ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉ๏ผˆใ‚นใƒˆใƒƒใ‚ฏใƒ›ใƒซใƒ ๏ผ‰ใฎ็”ทๅญๅ…ฌๅผ็ทด็ฟ’2ๅ›ž็›ฎใŒ22ๆ—ฅ๏ผˆๆ—ฅๆœฌๆ™‚้–“23ๆ—ฅ๏ผ‰ใซใ‚ตใƒ–ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใง่กŒใ‚ใ‚Œใ€4ๅนดใถใ‚Š3ๅบฆ็›ฎใฎๅ„ชๅ‹ใ‚’็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆ๏ผˆ26๏ผANA๏ผ‰ใŒ็™ปๅ ดใ—ใŸใ€‚

21ๆ—ฅใซๅˆฐ็€ใ€‚็ฟŒ22ๆ—ฅใฎๆ˜ผใซใƒกใ‚คใƒณใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใง่กŒใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸ็ทด็ฟ’ใซใฏๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ›ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใŒใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฆใ‚งใƒผใƒ‡ใƒณๅ…ฅๅ›ฝๅพŒๅˆใ‚ใฆๆฐทใฎไธŠใง่ชฟๆ•ดใ—ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ๅพŒใฏใ‚ชใƒณใƒฉใ‚คใƒณๅ–ๆใซๅฟœใ˜ใ€็พๅœฐใ‹ใคไปŠๅนดๅˆใฎ่‚‰ๅฃฐใ‚’ๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ€‚

ไธ€ๅ•ไธ€็ญ”ใฏไปฅไธ‹ใฎ้€šใ‚Šใ€‚

The second menโ€™s practice for the World Figure Skating Championships (Stockholm) was held on March 22nd in the subrink, and Yuzuru Hanyu, who is aiming for his 3rd worlds victory after 4 years, took part. He arrived in Stockholm on the 21st, and did not appear for the first practice held in the main rink on the next day on the 22nd, but later got on the ice for the first time since arriving in Sweden. After practice, he participated in an online interview session.

The question and answer session is as follows.

โ€•็‰นๅˆฅใชใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚ๆฑบๆˆฆใฎ็›ดๅ‰ใ€ๅฟƒใซๅฎฟใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใฏใ€‚

ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ๅ‰ฒใจๆทกใ€…ใจใ—ใฆใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ๅ‡บใ‚‹ใพใง่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ“ใ“ใฎใ€็พๅœฐใซๆฅใฆๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใซใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ๆ„ๅ‘ณใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใฏใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”Itโ€™s been an unusual season. What are your pre-competition thoughts?

Yuzu: Iโ€™m kind of rather matter-of-fact about it. Before coming here, I had a lot of thoughts, but, now that Iโ€™m here at the competition venue and will be skating, I want to make some sort of meaning out of it.

๏ผใ‚ตใƒ–ใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใงใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใŸใ€‚ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎๆ„Ÿ่งฆใชใฉใฏ

ใพใ‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฅใ‚‹ๆ™‚ใซๅฎŸใฏๅœฐ้œ‡ใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ๅ‡บใ‚ˆใ†ใจใ™ใ‚‹็›ดๅ‰ใซ๏ผˆ20ๆ—ฅ๏ผ‰ใ€‚ๆœฌๆฅใฏๆ–ฐๅนน็ทšใงๆฅใ‚‹ไบˆๅฎšใ ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ๆ–ฐๅนน็ทšใŒไฝฟใˆใชใใชใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ—ใฆใ€้ฃ›่กŒๆฉŸใ‚’ๅค‰ใˆใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจๅคงๅค‰ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚็ทด็ฟ’ใƒ—ใƒฉใƒณใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ‚บใƒฌใฆใ‚‹ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ“ใฃใกใฎๆฐทใจใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅฏพ่ฉฑใงใใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใงๆœ€ๅพŒใ€็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”You finished practice at the practice rink today. How were your jumps and whatnot?

Y: Well, um, when I was travelling here [from Japan], right before I came there was an earthquake [March 20th]. I was planning to use the shinkansen [bullet train] but I ended up not being able to, and so I had to change flights and it was a bit rough. In terms of my practice plan, I think Iโ€™m a little bit behind, but I was able to acclimatise to the ice today and I think I ended practice with an overall good feeling.

โ€•ๅพŒๅŠใฏ4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใฎ่ชฟๅญใŒไธŠใŒใฃใฆใ„ใŸ

ๆœ€ๅˆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ€ใพใ‚ๆฐ—ๅˆใŒๅ…ฅใ‚Š้ŽใŽใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใคใ‚‚ใฎ็ฉบๅ›žใ‚ŠใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒไธ€็žฌใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ“ใจใ‚’ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ณใƒณใƒˆใƒญใƒผใƒซใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไปŠๅ›žใ€ใƒ–ใƒฉใ‚คใ‚ขใƒณ๏ผˆใƒปใ‚ชใƒผใ‚ตใƒผ๏ผ‰ใ‚‚ใƒˆใƒฌใƒผใ‚ทใƒผ๏ผˆใƒปใ‚ฆใ‚ฃใƒซใ‚ฝใƒณใฎไธกใ‚ณใƒผใƒ๏ผ‰ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š่ฉฑใ‚’่žใใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒšใƒผใ‚นใ‚‚ๅฎˆใ‚ŠใชใŒใ‚‰ใ‚„ใ‚ŒใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”The quads in the second half of practice today seemed to be looking better.

Y: At first I think I was maybe a little too overenthusiastic. Something like the usual idleness for a second. So after that I tried controlling (adjusting) myself. Of course, this time, Brian [Orser] and Tracy [Wilson] are here too, so I think I was able to talk to them and work on keeping my pace.

โ€•ใ‚ณใƒผใƒ้™ฃใจใฏไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใ ใฃใŸใŒใ€‚

ใ„ใ‚„ใ€็‰นใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ไน…ใ—ใถใ‚Šใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’่ฉฑใ—ใŸใจใ‹ใงใฏใชใใ€ๆทกใ€…ใจ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใ“ใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ€ŒไปŠๆ—ฅใ€ไฝ•ใ™ใ‚‹๏ผŸใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใตใตใตใ€‚ใ€Œๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ“ใ†ใ—ใ‚ˆใ†ใ€ใจใ‹่ฉฑใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

โ€”Itโ€™s been a while since you had a competition with your coaches (here). 

Y: Well, itโ€™s not like we talked about anything in particular just because itโ€™s been a while, rather, I was able to go about doing my things calmly. Also, uhm, we talked about things like โ€œWhat will you do today [in practice]?โ€ [laughs] and โ€œLetโ€™s do this at tomorrowโ€™s practiceโ€, etc.

๏ผใ‚ณใƒผใƒ้™ฃใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฎ้•ใ„ใฏ

ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใŒๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ™‚ใซใฏใ‚ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใฐใงใ‚ตใƒใƒผใƒˆใ—ใฆใใ‚Œใ‚‹ไบบใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

โ€”How are your feelings different when your coaches are here with you (for the competition)?

Y: During the time of Japanese Nationals [in December] there was a lot I had to do on my own. So (in contrast to that time), ultimately, Iโ€™m grateful to have people to support me by my side.

๏ผใƒใƒ–ใƒซ็’ฐๅขƒใฎๅคงไผšใ€‚ใ‚นใƒˆใƒฌใ‚น็ญ‰ใฏ

ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใพใ‚็‰นใซใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏไฝ•ใ‚‚ๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใƒžใ‚นใ‚ฏใ—ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใชใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏๅธธใซไบบใจใฎ่ท้›ขๆ„Ÿใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ๆ‰‹ๆŒ‡ใฎๆถˆๆฏ’ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใใ†ใ„ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏใ‹ใชใ‚Šๆณจๆ„ใฏใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏใ€่ฉฆๅˆใฎๆ™‚ใฏใ„ใคใ‚‚ใ“ใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ‚„ใฃใฆใฏใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚็‰นใซๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ๅฝฑ้Ÿฟใฏใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใ‹ใ€ไฝ•ใ‚‚ๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‹ใชใ€‚

โ€”This competition is being held in a โ€œbubble environmentโ€. Do you feel any stress?

Y: Hm. Well, not particularly. I could say for me, nothing has changed perhaps. Things like, having to wear a mask and whatnot. And also to keep an increased distance from people. Iโ€™m definitely cautious and doing things like sanitizing my hands, but, for me, I always do these things during a competition. So I think thereโ€™s not much of an effect on me; or rather, instead of effect, itโ€™s like nothing has really changed.

๏ผ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‹ใ‚‰3ใ‚ซๆœˆใ€‚ไธŠ็ฉใฟใฏ

ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚โ€ฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ—ใŸใ„ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใ†ใƒผใ‚“โ€ฆใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฟใŸใ„ใซใ€ใจใ‹ใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏ็‰นใซใชใใ€ใ“ใ“ใฏใ“ใ“ใงใ€‚ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใ—ใฆใใŸใ“ใจใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅ‡บใ›ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใ“ใฃใกๆฅใฆๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใŒใ™ใ”ใๆ•ดใฃใฆใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใคๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’ๆ•ดใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ไฝ“ใ‚’ๆ•ดใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใตใ†ใซๆ€ใฃใฆใพใ™ใ€‚็ด ็›ดใชๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏใใ“ใ‹ใชใ‚ใจใ€‚ไฝ•ใ‹ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใ‚’ใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใ€ใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ—ใŸใ„ใ€ใจใ‹ใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใฏใ€ไปŠใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚

โ€”Itโ€™s been three months since your wonderful (performances) at Japanese Nationals. Anything you want to improve on?

Y: Yesโ€ฆ well, of course I want to put out a good performance. Hmโ€ฆ Rather than thinking about it in terms of โ€œlike Japanese Nationalsโ€, Iโ€™d rather think of this competition as a different one on its own. I think itโ€™s good if I can properly put out everything Iโ€™ve been practicing thus far, and also, my senses are not very well-adjusted coming here, so Iโ€™d like to gradually adjust my senses and my body in order to produce a good performance. Those are my honest feelings. For now I donโ€™t have any specific thing like โ€œI want to do this,โ€ or โ€œI want to do that,โ€ or โ€œI want to do this kind of performance.โ€

ใ€€โ€•ๅฏพใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใƒปใƒใ‚งใƒณใ‚„็Ž‹่€…ใ‚’ๅ–ใ‚Šๆˆปใ™ๅคงไผšใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅŒ—ไบฌไบ”่ผชใฎๆž ๅ–ใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใƒ•ใ‚ฉใƒผใ‚ซใ‚นใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ€‚

ใพใ‚ๆž ๅ–ใ‚Šใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏๆœ€ๅคง้™ใ€่ฒข็Œฎใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฏไปŠใฎใจใ“ใ‚ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใ™ใ‹ใญใ€ใ“ใฎๅคงไผšใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏใ€ใจใซใ‹ใใพใ‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ€ๆฏŽๆ—ฅ1ใคใšใค้‡ใญใฆใ„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ‡ใƒผใ‚ทใƒงใƒณใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใซ่‰ฏใใชใฃใฆใ„ใฃใฆใใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐใชใ‚ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

โ€”What is your focus for this competition? Is it securing the spots for the Beijing Olympics or rather to take the crown back from Nathan Chen?

Y: Well, regarding securing the spots, Iโ€™d like to contribute as much as I can. Other than that, um, for this competition, thatโ€™s my only stance for now. Other than that, Iโ€™d like to build upon my efforts accumulated day to day and work towards putting together the good performance that Iโ€™m aiming for, just like building up a gradient.

PART TWO

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โ€•ใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณใƒปใƒใ‚งใƒณใซใคใ„ใฆใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œ็Ž‡็›ดใซๅฝผใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใ€ๅ‡„ใ„ใใฎโ€ฆใ€‚ๆ–ฐๅž‹ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใ‚ฆใ‚คใƒซใ‚นใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใฎๅฏพ็ญ–ใ ใจใ‹่€ƒใˆๆ–นใŒๅ‡„ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใชใ€ใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใชใ€ใจๅฐŠๆ•ฌใฟใŸใ„ใชใ‚‚ใฎใŒใ‚ใฃใฆใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅฝผใฟใŸใ„ใซๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๆฐ—ใ‚’ใคใ‘ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ๆœฌๆฅใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใจใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ้•ใ†ใ‚ˆใ†ใชๅฝขใงไปŠๅ›ž่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๆณจๆ„ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆณจๆ„ใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซ่‰ฏใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใงใใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”Any thoughts on Nathen Chen?

Y: Frankly speaking, I have a sort of great respect for him, because of his very clear and proper stance on COVID-19 measures. Of course, I also want to be as cautious as he is, since this competition is being held in a different format from a usual one. Anyway, of course, I have to take care of my own performance too. I’ll pay attention to the parts I need to pay attention to, and in the end, I hope to give a good performance.

ใ€€โ€•ๅฏพๆฑบใจใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใฏไปŠใฏๆ„่ญ˜ใฏใชใ„

ใ€€ใ€Œใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใพใ‚็ตๆžœๅ‡บใฆใ‹ใ‚‰่€ƒใˆใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใจใ€‚ใ‚ใจใฏไปŠๅ›žใฏ็ตๆžœใ€็ตๆžœใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆใŒใ‚ใพใ‚Šใชใใฆใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใ็„กไบ‹ใซใ€ไฝ•ใฎไธๅฎ‰ใ‚‚ใชใๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅธฐใฃใฆใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๅฅๅบทใช็Šถๆ…‹ใงใ“ใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใ„ใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”So are you not currently thinking of it as a battle (with Nathan)?

Y: Yes. Well, I feel like I should think about it after I get the results. And this time, I’m not really thinking about โ€œresults.โ€ For the time being, Iโ€™m just thinking about returning to Japan safely without any worries, and I hope I can end this competition in good health.

ใ€€โ€•ไธ–็•ŒไธญใŒใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠ็ฆใฎ็Šถๆ…‹ใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใ€‚ใจใซใ‹ใไปŠใฏ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ“ใจใŒใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€‚ใ†ใƒผใ‚“ใจใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žๆป‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ทใƒงใƒผใƒˆใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€‚ใพใ‚้€ฒใ‚ใ‚Œใฐใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šโ€ฆใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ„๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ‚จใ‚ญใ‚ทใƒ“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใƒ•ใƒ•ใƒ•ใ€‚ใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใ€3ใคใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆป‘ใ‚ŠใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ใใฎ3ใคใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‹ๅƒ•ใชใ‚Šใฎใ“ใฎไธ–ใฎไธญใซๅฏพใ—ใฆใƒกใƒƒใ‚ปใƒผใ‚ธใฎใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใซใ‚‚ใงใใŸใ‚‰ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ‚Œใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Š็ดๅพ—ใงใใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใฎใŒๅคงๅ‰ๆใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠไปŠใฎ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไฝ“ใจไผš่ฉฑใ—ใชใŒใ‚‰ๆ•ดใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใฏใ€ใใ“ใพใงใŸใฉใ‚Š็€ใ„ใฆใ“ใ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซไฝ•ใ‹ไผใ‚ใ‚‹ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใพใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚ŠไปŠใ‚„ใ‚‹ในใใ“ใจใŸใกใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใจใ„ใ†ๆ€ใ„ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”The world is currently in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic.

Y: Hmmm. In any case, I think what I am capable of doing is, well, um, I guess to skate the short program. Well…if I can advance on, then I guess the free program too… [laughs]. And then if thereโ€™s a chance, then the exhibition program as well. [laughs]. So, for now, I’d like to skate well in all three programs. I would like to be able to give a message to the world from these three programs, but more importantly, I think the prerequisite is to perform in a way that I can be satisfied with.

So, I have to make sure that I stay in touch with my body and maintain it well, and in the end, I think that it is only when I get to that point that my performance will be able to convey something to everyone. I’d like to do what I need to do now to get to that point.

ใ€€โ€•้œ‡็ฝใ‹ใ‚‰10ๅนดใ€‚ๅ…ˆๆ—ฅๅœฐ้œ‡ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๆ€ใ†ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ—ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใซไฝ•ใŒใงใใ‚‹ใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ†ใจใ„ใ†่€ƒใˆใ‚‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใงใ‚‚โ€ฆใใ†ใงใ™ใญใ€้œ‡็ฝใฎๆ™‚ใซๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ‚ณใƒกใƒณใƒˆใŒๅ…จใฆใ‹ใชใจๅƒ•ใฎไธญใงใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ€‚ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใ—ใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚่‹ฆใ—ใ„ๆ™‚ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€‚ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸๆ™‚ๆœŸใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅƒ•ใฏใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใ“ใจใงใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ๅคงๅค‰ใ ใฃใŸใชใจใ‹ๆ€ใ†ใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅพฉ่ˆˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šไฝ•ใ ใ‚ใ†โ€ฆใ€‚ใใฎไบบใฎไบบ็”Ÿใจใ‹ๅ‘ฝใŒใใ“ใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑ็„ก็†ใ‚„ใ‚Šใงใ‚‚ใ‚„ใ‚‰ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€้—˜ใ‚ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ“ใจใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ ใ‚ใ†ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’่€ƒใˆใฆใฏใ„ใฆใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใจใ—ใฆใฏใ‚ฝใƒใฎ่จ˜่€…ไผš่ฆ‹ใฎๆ™‚ใซ่จ€ใฃใŸใ“ใจใจใ‚ใพใ‚Šๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใงใ€็›ดๆŽฅใ€็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใซไฝ•ใ‹ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใใ“ใฏๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใฎ้–“ใฎๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฟใŸใ„ใซใ€ใพใŸใฏใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌๅพŒใซไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‡บใ‚‹ใชใ‚‰ใ€ใจ่จ€ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใฟใŸใ„ใซใ€‚ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใฎๅญใŸใกใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ€ใชใซใ‹โ€ฆใ€‚10ๅนดใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใจใ‹ใงใชใใฆใ€‚ใ“ใฎๆ™‚ๆœŸใฎใ“ใฎๅญใŸใกใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใฎใƒกใƒƒใ‚ปใƒผใ‚ธใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใฎๅฟƒใŒๅ‹•ใใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใ‚Œใฐใ„ใ„ใชใจใฏๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

โ€”Itโ€™s been 10 years since the 3/11 disaster and the other day there was an earthquake (in Japan) as well. 

Y: Yes, it has. Thereโ€™s a lot to think about. And of course for me, I thought about what I am capable of doing right now. But, yes, I think the comment I put out recently* is everything I have to say. There were various difficult times for me, such as when I tried to challenge the axel jump. There were times when it was difficult, but it was about skating for me. As for the reconstruction efforts, well, how to put it. I’ve been thinking that there are many things people have to do and fight for, even if they have to force themselves to do it, because people’s lives and livelihoods are there. Well, my feelings may not be so different from what I said at the press conference in Sochi [at the 2014 Olympics]. I’m just skating, I’m not doing anything for the people in the devastated area directly, so I guess that hasn’t changed. However, just like last time at Japanese Nationals recently, or, like when I said that if there was a World Championships after that, I hope that through these programs, these little ones* of mineโ€ฆ not simply because itโ€™s the 10 year mark [of 3.11], but through these little ones, I hope I can send some sort of message, or for it to touch othersโ€™ hearts in some way.

T/N: *The statement he is referring to was released to Japanese media on March 11th, 2021 to commemorate the exact day of the 10th year since the 3/11 disaster. It can be found in full here: https://twitter.com/axelwithwings/status/1369891570825056256 

**He literally uses the word โ€œchildโ€ or โ€œkidโ€ here but is metaphorically referring to his programs; Yuzuru has done this before in the past when talking about programs like Seimei and Ballade No. 1 as well.

ใ€€โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ๆง‹ๆˆใซ้–ขใ—ใฆๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎๅค‰ๆ›ด็‚นใฏใ€‚

ใ€€ใ€Œใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšไบˆๅฎšใจใ—ใฆใฏๅค‰ๆ›ดใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€

โ€”Regarding your program components, have you changed anything since Japanese Nationals?

Y: For the time being the plan is to not change anything. Ok, thank you.

[ENG SUB] Yuzuru Hanyu – World Team Selection Press Conference – 201227

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Transcript
src: Sponichi article published 27 December 2020

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปฃ่กจๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ—ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ‚’

ใ€€ใ€Œไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉไปฃ่กจใซ้ธใฐใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใงใ™ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎไปฃ่กจใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ็Ž‹่€…ใจใ—ใฆ่กŒใไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใจใ—ใฆใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไธ–ใฎไธญใฎๆƒ…ๅ‹ขใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใพใšๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใฎ1ไบบใจใ—ใฆใ€่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใง่กŒๅ‹•ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใใฎไธŠใงใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎๆž ใ‚‚ๆ‡ธใ‹ใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ…จๅŠ›ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฝนๅ‰ฒใ‚’ใพใฃใจใ†ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไปฃ่กจๅ…ฅใ‚Šใ—ใŸๆ„Ÿๆƒณใ‚’

Q: Your feelings on being chosen as a representative [to the World Championships]

ใ€Œไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉไปฃ่กจใซ้ธใฐใ‚Œใพใ—ใŸใ€็พฝ็”Ÿ็ตๅผฆใงใ™ใ€‚ไปŠๅ›žใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฎไปฃ่กจใจใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎ็Ž‹่€…ใจใ—ใฆ่กŒใไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซใชใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใฎใงใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใจใ—ใฆใ€ใพใšใฏใ€ใพใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ‚“ใชไธ–ใฎไธญใฎๆƒ…ๅ‹ขใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใพใšๆ—ฅๆœฌไปฃ่กจใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌไบบใฎ1ไบบใจใ—ใฆใ€่ƒธใ‚’ๅผตใฃใฆใใฎ่ฉฆๅˆใง่กŒๅ‹•ใงใใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใชใ€‚ใใฎไธŠใงใ„ใ„ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใ‚„ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŒ—ไบฌใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆใฎๆž ใ‚‚ๆ‡ธใ‹ใฃใฆใใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅ…จๅŠ›ใง่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅฝนๅ‰ฒใ‚’ใพใฃใจใ†ใ—ใŸใ„ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

A: (Introducing himself) I am Yuzuru Hanyu, who has been selected as a representative to the World Championships.ย This time, I am going to the World Championships as a representative who is also the Japanese National Champion,ย so โ€•while of course there is the current situation in the worldโ€•firstly as a Japanese person, I will take pride in that and work to be able to go to that competition.ย On top of that, I would like to properly deliver a good performance and of course heading towards the Beijing Olympics, to secure spots [for Japanโ€™s Olympic team],ย so, I want to put in my best effort to fulfill my role.ย 

โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฏๅˆใ‚ใฆๆตทๅค–ๅ‹ขใจ้—˜ใ†ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒฉใ‚คใƒใƒซใซใชใ‚Šใใ†ใช้ธๆ‰‹ใ€็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™้ †ไฝใฏ

Q: You will compete against foreign skaters at the World Championships for the first time in this season. Who are your potential rivals and what rank are you aiming for?

ใ€Œใฏใ„ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ไธ€็ท’ใซ้—˜ใฃใฆใฟใชใ„ใจๅฎŸ้š›ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๆญฃ็›ดใชใจใ“ใ‚ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŸบๆบ–ใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚ใ‚‹ไธ€ๅฎšใฎใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒซใƒผใƒซใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ‚ใ‚‹็จ‹ๅบฆใ€ๅŸบๆบ–ใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซ้—˜ใฃใฆใฟใชใ„ใจใใฎๅ ดใฎ็ฉบๆฐ—ๆ„Ÿใจใ‹ใ€ใใฎๅ ดใฎใƒชใƒณใ‚ฏใ€ใพใŸใฏ็‚นๆ•ฐใฎๅ‡บๆ–นใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๅŸบๆบ–ใŒใพใŸ้•ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใง ใพใ‚ใ€ใใฎๅ ดใซใ„ใชใ„ใจๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฏใ€ๅฎŸ้š›ใซๅ˜็ด”ใซๆฏ”่ผƒใฏใงใใชใ„ใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใˆ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆ„ๅ‘ณใงใŸใถใ‚“ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏๅ…ฌ่ช่จ˜้Œฒใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใ‚ใ‘ใงใ™ใ—

A: Yes, well, to be honest, we won’t really know until we compete together.ย Of course, there is a certain standard of figure skating rules,ย but the standard can change depending on the atmosphere, the ice rink, or the way the scores are calculated. If you don’t know what it is like to be there, you can’t simply compare.ย In that sense as well, the Japanese National Championship scores are probably not going into official (ISU) records.ย 

ใงใ€ไปŠๅ›žใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚ขใƒกใƒชใ‚ซใจใ‹ใ€ใพใ‚ใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใจใ‹ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใชใใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ไปŠๅ›žใฏใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใ‚ทใƒชใƒผใ‚บใฎ็‚นๆ•ฐใ‚’ISUใฏๅ…ฌ่ชใ—ใชใ„ใจ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅ˜็ด”ใซๆฏ”่ผƒใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒๅ‡บใ—ใŸใ“ใฎ318ใงใ—ใŸใฃใ‘ใ€5ใงใ—ใŸใฃใ‘ใ€8ใใ‚‰ใ„ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฑๅ…ฌ่ชใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใงใฏใชใ„ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ“ใ‚’ๅ˜็ด”ใซๆฏ”่ผƒใ—ใฆใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒไปŠใ€ๅ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใจใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใŒใ“ใฎ้ †ไฝใซใกใŸใ„ใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏไปŠใจใ‚Šใ‚ใˆใšใฏใชใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใƒใƒผใ‚ตใƒณ้ธๆ‰‹ใฎๅ‹•ๅ‘ใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ๆฐ—ใซใชใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใ‚„ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใ€ๅƒ•่‡ช่บซใŒใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚ขใƒƒใƒ—ใ—ใฆใ„ใใŸใ„ใ“ใจใฏใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š4ๅ›ž่ปขใ‚ขใ‚ฏใ‚ปใƒซใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ‚‚ใใ‚‚ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚’ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใซ้€ฒๅŒ–ใ•ใ›ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใ€ๆทฑใ‚ใฆใ„ใใฎใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใŒๅคงๅˆ‡ใชใ‚“ใงใพใšใฏใใ“ใŒไธ€็•ชๅคงไบ‹ใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

In this season, the Grand Prix series, Skate America, Skate Canada and many other competitions have been cancelled and the ISU has said that the scores of these Grand Prix series won’t count as official scores this time.ย So, I don’t think we can simply compare scores. The score 318 โ€•or was it 315, or was it 318?โ€• that I gained myself is not officially recognized either.ย I don’t feel that I’m winning or that I want to be in a certain position, simply by comparing scores, at least at the moment.ย Of course, I’m interested in Nathan’s progress.ย But what I’m going to do, what I want to improve, is not only that, but the quad Axel and also how to evolve and deepen this program itself,ย so, I think that’s the most important thing.

โ€•โ€•ๅˆๅ‡บๅ ดใฎ้ตๅฑฑใธใฎใ‚ขใƒ‰ใƒใ‚คใ‚นใฏ

Q: What is your advice to Kagiyama, who is competing for the first time in the World Championships?

ใฏใ„ใ€‚ใ•ใฃใใ‚ใฎใ€ๆฐ—ใซใชใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใ„ใพใ™ใ‹ใจใ‹ใ€ใฉใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใช้ †ไฝ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใŸใ„ใงใ™ใ‹ใฃใฆ่ณชๅ•ใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„ใชใ‚“ใ‹๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑใŒ๏ผ‰่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใซๅ˜˜ใคใ“ใ†ใจใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใ‚“ใงใ€‚๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑใฎๆ–นใ‚’ๆŒฏใ‚Š่ฟ”ใ‚Š๏ผ‰ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใฏใ„ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใฃใฆใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅฝผใฎๅผทใ•ใฏใใฎ่ฒ ใ‘ใ‚“ๆฐ—ใฎๅผทใ•ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ‘ไธŠๅฟƒใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ๅ‹ขใ„ใ ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใใ‚Œใ ใ‘ใงใฏๅ‹ใฆใชใ„ใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใ“ใŒไปŠใฎไธ€็•ชใฎๆญฆๅ™จใชใ‚“ใงใ€‚ใใ“ใฏๅคงไบ‹ใซๅคงไบ‹ใซ

A: Yes, earlier, when he was asked things like if there were any skaters he had his eye on or what kind of rank he wants to achieve, I could tell that he was really trying to lie about his feelings.ย (Turning to look back at Kagiyama) I think there is no need for that. I think that his strength is in his competitive spirit, his ambition, and his vigor.ย Of course, he might not be able to win with just that alone, but it is his most important weapon right now. I want him to treasure that.ย 

ๅƒ•ใŒไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉๅˆใ‚ใฆๅ‡บใฆใ€้Š…ใƒกใƒ€ใƒซๅ–ใ‚ŒใŸๆ™‚ใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใซใจใฃใฆใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใชๅˆ†ๅฒ็‚นใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅนดใจใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ใ€ใใฎใ‚ทใƒผใ‚บใƒณ่‡ชไฝ“ใŒใ™ใ”ใๅคงใใชๅˆ†ๅฒ็‚นใซใชใฃใŸใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใฏไธ€็”Ÿใ€ๅฟ˜ใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎใ‚จใƒใƒซใ‚ฎใƒƒใ‚ทใƒฅใ•ใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใซใ—ใ‹ใงใใชใ„ๅ‹ขใ„ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใงใ‚ใใ“ใฎ้ †ไฝใซ่กŒใ‘ใŸใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰๏ผˆ้ตๅฑฑใฏ๏ผ‰ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใงใ‚‚ๅ„ชๅ‹ใ—ใŸใ„ใฃใฆ่จ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใใ‚‰ใ„ใชใ‚“ใงใ€ใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใฏๅ˜˜ใคใ‹ใชใ„ใงๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใ—ใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใใฎๆฐ—ๆŒใกใ‚’่ƒธใซ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆๆฌฒใ—ใ„ใชใฃใฆๅƒ•ใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

The first time that I competed in the World Championships that I was able to get a bronze medal was, of course, a very big turning point for me. Although, that year, and that season itself was a very big turning point for me.ย ย I have never forgotten my performance at that time, and I think it was the energy and the vigor that I could only have had at that time, that helped me to reach that position.ย (Kagiyama) has even said that he wants to win the Japanese National Championships, so I hope he won’t lie to himself about those feelings, and I want him to do his best with those feelings in mind.

โ€•โ€•ใพใ ใพใ ใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใฎๅคงไผšใฏๅ…ˆ่กŒใใฎ่ฆ‹้€šใ—ใŒ็ซ‹ใฃใฆใ„ใชใ„ใŒใ€ใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ใŒๆŒใคๅŠ›ใ‚’ใฉใ†่€ƒใˆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ€ใใฎไธŠใงไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใฏใฉใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹๏ผŸ

Q: The future of sports competitions remains uncertain, but what do you think about the power of sports, and then on top of that, how do you want to perform at the World Championships?

ใ€Œใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ไปŠๅ›žใพใ‚ใ€ๅ…จ็ซถๆŠ€ใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸไธŠใงใ‚„ใฏใ‚Šใ€ๅ…จ้ธๆ‰‹ใงใใ‚‹้™ใ‚Šใฎๆ„ŸๆŸ“ๅฏพ็ญ–ใ‚’ใ—ใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใฎไธญใงใฏๆ–ฐๅž‹ใ‚ณใƒญใƒŠใซใ‹ใ‹ใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ€ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใ‚ไปŠใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ขใฎใ€ใˆใƒผใฃใจใƒŠใ‚ทใƒงใƒŠใƒซใ€ๅ…จใƒญใ‚ทใ‚ข้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใจใ‹ใ‚‚ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ—ใพใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใใฎไธญใงใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่‹ฆใ—ใ‚“ใงใ—ใพใฃใฆๅ‡บใ‚‰ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸๆ–นใจใ‹ใ€้€†ใซใใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ๅพฉๆดปใ—ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅญใจใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ„ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใจใ—ใฆใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠๅพŒ้บ็—‡ใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚ใ‚‹้™ใ‚Šใฏใ€ๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’ๅบƒใ’ใ‚‹่‹ฅใ„ไธ–ไปฃใซใ‚‚ใชใฃใฆใฏใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใฏๅƒ•ใŸใกใฎ่ฒฌไปปใ ใจใ™ใ”ใๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใชใฎใงใ€ๅƒ•ใŸใกใ‚ขใ‚นใƒชใƒผใƒˆใŒใพใšใฏๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใ—ใชใ„ใ€ใใ‚ŒใŒใชใซใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ไธ€็•ชใ ใจใ€‚

A: Of course, well, this time, although all competitions* are over, all skaters were doing as much as possible to prevent the spread of infection, but of course among skaters there were those who contracted COVID19, um, and went to Russiaโ€™s Nationals, or Russian National Championships but I think there are still many who suffered and were unable to go, and in turn others who contracted COVID19 and recovered and are doing their best to compete.ย However, as athletes, as long as there are after-effects [of the virus], we must not contract it, and we as the younger generation should not be the ones to spread it either. I really believe that it is our responsibility. So, I think the first and foremost thing is for us athletes not to get infected.ย 

*T/N: Unclear if he is referring to just JPN Nationals events alone or other countriesโ€™ nationals and GP series/overall competitions as well.

ใงใ€ไปŠๅ›žๅƒ•ใฏๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใ‚’ใ€ใพใ‚ๅƒ•ใŒใใฎ็ซ‹ๅ ดใ‹ใฏๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚‰ใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€็ทๆ‹ฌใ—ใฆ่€ƒใˆใฆใฟใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกไธ€ไบบไธ€ไบบใŒใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ‚ญใ‚นใ‚ขใƒณใƒ‰ใ‚ฏใƒฉใ‚คใงใ™ใใซใƒžใ‚นใ‚ฏใ‚’ใคใ‘ใฆ้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆๆ„ŸๆŸ“้˜ฒๆญขใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹้ธๆ‰‹ใŸใกใ‚‚ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ใใ†ใ„ใ†ๅงฟใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚้ ‘ๅผตใฃใฆ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ‚‚ๆฐ—ใ‚’ไป˜ใ‘ใฆใ„ใ“ใ†ใจใ‹ใ€ไปŠๅ›žไผšๅ ดใซๆฅใฆไธ‹ใ•ใฃใŸๆ–นใ€…ใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใ€ใšใฃใจๆ„ŸๆŸ“้˜ฒๆญขใซๅŠชใ‚ใฆใใ ใ•ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใŒ้žๅธธใซๅคšใ่ฆ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒไฝ•ใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚คใƒ™ใƒณใƒˆ้–‹ๅ‚ฌใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏใ€็ซถๆŠ€ไผšใ‚‚ๅซใ‚ใฆใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ‚จใƒณใ‚ฟใƒผใƒ†ใ‚คใƒกใƒณใƒˆใช้ƒจๅˆ†ใŒใ‹ใชใ‚Šๅคงใใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใฎใงใ€‚ใใ†ใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆใฏๆ„ŸๆŸ“ๆ‹กๅคงใฎใƒชใ‚นใ‚ฏใฏใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ‚ใ‚‹ใจใฏๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€ใŸใ ใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’่ฆ‹ใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‚’ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใ•ใ‚‰ใซๆ„ŸๆŸ“ใŒๆ‹กๅคงใ—ใชใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใซๆฐ—ใ‚’ไป˜ใ‘ใ‚ˆใ†ใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใใ ใ•ใ‚‹ๆ–นใŒใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ„ใ‚‰ใฃใ—ใ‚ƒใฃใŸใฎใŒใ€ๅƒ•ใฏๆœฌๅฝ“ใซใ‚ใฎใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใƒ•ใ‚ฃใ‚ฎใƒฅใ‚ขใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใŒ้–‹ๅ‚ฌใ•ใ‚Œใฆใ‚ˆใ‹ใฃใŸใชใจๆ€ใ†ใฎใจๅŒๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใŒใฉใ†ใชใ‚‹ใ‹ๅˆ†ใ‹ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ๅƒ•ใ‚‰ใ“ใฎใƒกใƒณใƒใƒผใงใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šใจใใฎๅงฟใ‚’ใ€ไธ–็•Œใซใ‚‚ใ€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใ‚‚่ฆ‹ใ›ใฆใ„ใ‹ใชใใ‚ƒใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใ‚“ใ ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€

I don’t know if I am in a position to say this, but when I think about the Japanese National Championships overall, I saw that each and every skater was wearing a mask immediately at the Kiss & Cry to prevent infection, and seeing that made me want to do my best to take care of myself in the future. I think the best thing about the event was that we could see things like that and also noticeably see that many people, including those who came to the venue, were making efforts to prevent infection.ย 

Well, of course, speaking of holding events, figure skating events, including competitions, are in a large part classified as entertainment.ย So, I think there is a risk of spreading the infection. However, there were many people who thought that we should take care of ourselves even more to prevent the spread of the disease, after watching this competition.ย I’m really glad that the Japanese National Figure Skating Championships was held for that reason, and at the same time, I don’t know what the World Championships will be like, but I think all the skaters here have to show the world and Japan what we can do.

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Combined Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Not even once?

A: Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-FS Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

Q: (After the performance)

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

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

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

Q: Your thoughts on your performance just then?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

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

Q: Looking ahead to the World Championships

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 2

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

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

ใ€€โ€•SPใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใฎใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Š

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้€ฃ็ถšๆ€งใฏๅคงไบ‹ใชๆŸฑใ‹

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅนดใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๅงฟใซ

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

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ดใฏใ€‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้•ท้‡Žใงใƒชใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ€‚

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-SP Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

Translation: @shinjistarxx and @tsukihoshi14
Proofreading: @axelsandwich

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใฎ่กฃ่ฃ…ใซใคใ„ใฆ

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ›ฒใธใฎๆ€ใ„

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

Q: Your thoughts on the music?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

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

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

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

โ€•โ€•ๆป‘ใ‚Š็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What were your feelings upon entering the venue?

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

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใซใคใ„ใฆ

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

Q: Could you tell us about the choreography?

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ ใ‚ใฃใŸ็‚นใฏ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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