[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-FS Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆผ”ๆŠ€ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

Q: (After the performance)

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

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

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

Q: Your thoughts on your performance just then?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

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

Q: Looking ahead to the World Championships

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 2

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

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

ใ€€โ€•SPใ€ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใฎใ“ใ ใ‚ใ‚Š

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้€ฃ็ถšๆ€งใฏๅคงไบ‹ใชๆŸฑใ‹

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆฅๅนดใฏใฉใ‚“ใชๅงฟใซ

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

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

Photo by Sponichi

Part 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ดใฏใ€‚

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•้•ท้‡Žใงใƒชใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒผใƒˆใ€‚

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals Post-SP Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

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

Translation: @shinjistarxx and @tsukihoshi14
Proofreading: @axelsandwich

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•SPใฎ่กฃ่ฃ…ใซใคใ„ใฆ

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆ›ฒใธใฎๆ€ใ„

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

Q: Your thoughts on the music?

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ•ใƒชใƒผใซๅ‘ใ‘ใฆ

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

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

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

โ€•โ€•ๆป‘ใ‚Š็ต‚ใˆใฆ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What were your feelings upon entering the venue?

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

Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ๆŒฏใ‚Šไป˜ใ‘ใซใคใ„ใฆ

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

Q: Could you tell us about the choreography?

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

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

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ“ใ ใ‚ใฃใŸ็‚นใฏ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] Japanese Nationals First Practice Sponichi Interview

Photo by Sponichi

Original article published 24 December 2020

Translation & proofreading:ย @axelsandwich & @shinjistarxx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: What are the difficulties of practicing alone?

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

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

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

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

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

ใ€€โ€•่กจ็พใ—ใŸใ„ใ“ใจ

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

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

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

[ENG TRANSLATION] 4CC 2020 Sponichi Interview

Photo by Yoshiki Kogaito (Sponichi)

Original article published 5 Feb 2020

Translation: @axelsandwich
Proofreading: @yuzueco

ใ€€โ€•โ€•็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚’็ต‚ใˆใฆ็Šถๆ…‹ใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใฏ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใงใ™ใ€‚ใ‚ใฎ๏ฝžใ€ใพใ ใคใ‹ใฟใใ‚Œใฆใ„ใชใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใ‚‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ‚ๅพใ€…ใซใคใ‹ใฟใใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใชใจใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Whatโ€™s your condition after practice?

A: Well, the feeling was good. Hm~ there are still parts that I havenโ€™t grasped but well, Iโ€™m hoping to grasp those little by little. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใ‚’ใŒใ‚“ใŒใ‚“ใ„ใ‹ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฎใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ๅˆๆ—ฅใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใพใ€ใ—ใฃใ‹ใ‚Šๆ„Ÿ่ฆšใ‚’็ขบใ‹ใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚ใพใ‚ใ€ใพใ ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆ่‡ชไฝ“ใ‚‚ใ—ใฃใใ‚Šใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใพใ ใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’1ใค1ใค็ขบใ‹ใ‚ใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€‚ใ“ใฎๆฐทใซใฏใ“ใ†ใ„ใ†้ขจใชใ‚ฟใƒƒใƒใง่กŒใ‘ใฐใ„ใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใฃใฆใ“ใจใ‚’ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆ่€ƒใˆใชใŒใ‚‰ใ€ใใ‚‡ใ†ใฎ็ทด็ฟ’ใฏๆป‘ใ‚‰ใ›ใฆใ„ใŸใ ใใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: You didnโ€™t jump very intensely?

A: Well, it was the first day of practice so well, I [did so] while properly confirming my senses/feeling [for the rink/competition]. Well, I donโ€™t think the skating itself has exactly come but I am confirming these one at a time. I skated todayโ€™s practice while thinking anew about the best way to get a feel for the ice.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใ€Œใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌ1็•ชใ€ใฏๆป‘ใฃใฆใ„ใฆๆฐ—ๆŒใกใŒใ„ใ„ใ‹

ใ€€ใ€Œใพใ‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใฏ่ฆ‹ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๆ–นใฎๆ„Ÿๆ€งใซไปปใ›ใ‚‹ใจใ—ใ‹่จ€ใ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใŒใชใ„ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ใใ‚‡ใ†ใ™ใ”ใ็ทŠๅผตใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆใ€ใพใ‚ใ€ๅนณๆ˜Œไปฅๆฅใ€ๅˆใ‚ใฆใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌ1็•ชใ‚’้€šใ™ใ“ใจใฏๅˆใ‚ใฆ็š†ใ•ใ‚“ใฎๅ‰ใงใ‚„ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€ใ™ใ”ใ„็ทŠๅผตใ—ใŸใจใจใ‚‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆใ“ใฎใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใ‚’ๆป‘ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†่ฆšๆ‚Ÿใ‚’ใ•ใ›ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใจใ„ใ†ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฏใ—ใพใ—ใŸใ€

Q: Was it a good feeling to skate to Ballade No. 1? 

A: Well, I can only say I will leave that to the impressions of people watching in the audience, but well, I was really nervous today. But I felt again…well, apart from Pyeongchang, it was my first time running through Ballade No. 1 in front of everyone so while being very nervous, I felt like I was once more preparing myself to skate to this program. 

ใ€€โ€•โ€•ใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ้ธๆŠžใฎ็†็”ฑใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใˆใฃใจใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ“ใฎ่ฉฑใ ใ‘ใงใ€ใŸใถใ‚“ใ“ใฎใ‚คใƒณใ‚ฟใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผ็ต‚ใ‚ใ‚‹ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใพใšใ€ใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒณใƒ—ใƒชใƒ•ใ‚กใ‚คใƒŠใƒซใ€ๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใจใ‚ใฃใฆใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใ‚’้›ฃใ—ใใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใซใจใฃใฆใ‚‚ๆฅฝใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ—ใ€ใใ‚Œใ‚’้”ๆˆใงใใŸๆ™‚ใฎๅ–œใณใฏ่จˆใ‚Š็Ÿฅใ‚Œใชใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใงใฏใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ—ใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใฏใ€ใŸใ ้›ฃใ—ใ„ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚

Q: What was your reason for changing the programs?

A: Um, I think just with this question, the interview will probably be over. Firstly, at the Grand Prix Final and Japanese Nationals, I think itโ€™s very fun to raise the difficulty [of my layouts], and the happiness at the moment of accomplishing them is immeasurable, but, wellโ€ฆ I think the skating Iโ€™m aspiring to is not just doing difficult things.

ใใฎใ€ใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒณใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ‚ชใƒˆใƒŠใƒซใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใฆใ„ใฆใ‚‚ใใ†ใชใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใ‚Œใฉใ‚‚ใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅ‘ผๅธใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใชใ€ใจใ€‚ใ‚ใฎใ€ใพใšๆŠ€่ก“็š„ใชใ“ใจใซ้–ขใ—ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š้ซ˜้›ฃๆ˜“ๅบฆใฎใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚Œใฐๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใปใฉใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใพใ ๅƒ•ใซใฏใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใฎ้ƒจๅˆ†ใŒใŠใ‚ใใ‹ใซใชใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใŸใ‚Šใจใ‹ใ€ๆ›ฒใ‹ใ‚‰1ๅ›ž้ ญใ‚’ๅค‰ใˆใฆใ€ๆ›ฒใ‚’1ๅ›žๅค–ใ—ใฆใ€ใใฎใ‚ธใƒฃใƒณใƒ—ใซใ‚ปใƒƒใƒˆใ—ใซใ„ใ‹ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ‘ใชใ„ใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚ŠๅซŒใ ใฃใŸใ€‚ใใ‚ŒใŒใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Š่€ใˆใใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใฃใฆใ„ใ†ใฎใŒๅคงใใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ใงใ€ใพใŸ้Ÿณๆฅฝใซ้–ขใ—ใฆ่จ€ใˆใฐใ€ใ“ใฎๆ›ฒใ‚’ใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒณใจใ‚ชใƒˆใƒŠใƒซใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ธๆŠžใ‚’ใ—ใŸๆ™‚ใฏใ‚ชใƒชใƒณใƒ”ใƒƒใ‚ฏใŒ็ต‚ใ‚ใฃใŸๅพŒใ ใฃใŸใฎใงใ€่‡ชๅˆ†่‡ช่บซใ€ใ™ใ”ใใตใ‚ใตใ‚ใ—ใŸๆฐ—ๆŒใกใงใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ—ใ€ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚ธใƒงใƒ‹ใƒผใ‚ฆใ‚ฃใ‚ขใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใจใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ทใ‚งใƒณใ‚ณใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่ƒŒไธญใ‚’ใšใฃใจ่ฟฝใ„ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅฐ‘ๅนดใฎใพใพใ„ใŸใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ—ใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‚ˆใ€ใ™ใ”ใใ€‚

I did Origin, did Otonal, but perhaps itโ€™s not something that fits my rhythm/pace. Firstly, when it comes to technical things, the more I put in difficult elements, the more I neglect the portions of my own skating, and something I hate is separating my mind from the music because I must do so to set up for jumps. A big [factor/reason for the change] was not being able to tolerate that. And also, in terms of music, I selected those pieces Origin and Otonal after the Olympics had finished, when I myself was in a very ambivalent/floating mood, feeling like I was constantly that young boy who was always chasing after Johnny Weir and Plushenko.

ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€็ขบใ‹ใซๅ…จๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎใ‚ชใƒˆใƒŠใƒซใฏ่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ—ใ€ใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ‚ซใƒŠใƒ€ใฎใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒณใ‚‚่‰ฏใ‹ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๆผ”ๆŠ€ใจใ—ใฆๅฎŒๆˆใงใใชใ„ใชใฃใฆใ„ใ†้ขจใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ—ใพใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ‚ใพใ‚Šใซใ‚‚็†ๆƒณใŒ้ซ˜ใ„ใŒใ‚†ใˆใซใ€‚ใงใ€ใใฎ็†ๆƒณใŒใŸใถใ‚“ๅƒ•ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆใ€ใƒ—ใƒซใ‚ทใ‚งใƒณใ‚ณใ•ใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ€ใ‚ธใƒงใƒ‹ใƒผใ•ใ‚“ใฎ่ƒŒไธญใŒใŸใถใ‚“็†ๆƒณใ ใฃใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ€ใใ†่€ƒใˆใŸๆ™‚ใซใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šใ€ๅƒ•ใฎใ‚นใ‚ฑใƒผใƒˆใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใฎใ‹ใชใจใ„ใ†ใ“ใจใ‚’ใ€ใƒกใƒ€ใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใƒปใ‚ชใƒณใƒปใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใฎSEIMEIใ‚’ใ‚„ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใซใ‚ใ‚‰ใŸใ‚ใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ€ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ใ€SEIMEIใ‚’ๆป‘ใฃใŸๆ™‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚ซใƒใƒผๆ›ฒใจใ‚ชใƒชใ‚ธใƒŠใƒซๆ›ฒใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใใฎใใ‚‰ใ„ใฎ้•ใ„ใ‚’ใชใ‚“ใ‹่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎไธญใงใ™ใ”ใๆ„Ÿใ˜ใฆใ€‚ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใซSEIMEIใ‚‚ใƒใƒฉใƒผใƒ‰็ฌฌ1็•ชใ‚‚ใ€ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใฏใชใ‚“ใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ไผ่ชฌใจใ—ใฆ่ชžใ‚Š็ถ™ใŒใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใช่จ˜้Œฒใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ๅญใŸใกใชใฎใงใ€ใงใใ‚Œใฐๅฏใ•ใ›ใฆใ‚ใ’ใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใใ‚Œใงใ‚‚ใ€ใƒกใƒ€ใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใƒปใ‚ชใƒณใƒปใ‚ขใ‚คใ‚นใฎๆ™‚ใซๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ€Ÿใ‚ŠใŸๆ™‚ใซใ€ใ‚ใฎๆ™‚ใฎ็ฒพ็ฅž็Šถๆ…‹ใ ใฃใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ‹ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚Œใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใ‚‚ใฎใ™ใ”ใ่‡ชๅˆ†ใงใ„ใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใฃใฆใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใ€ใ†ใ‚“ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ๅฐ‘ใ—ใ ใ‘ใ€ใ“ใฎๅญใŸใกใฎๅŠ›ใ‚’ๅ€Ÿใ‚Šใฆใ‚‚ใ„ใ„ใ‹ใชใฃใฆๆ€ใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€ใฏใ„ใ€

Therefore, I think itโ€™s indeed true that the Otonal at Japanese Nationals was good and Skate Canadaโ€™s Origin was good but, after all, I was thinking that I could not perfect them as my own performance. Because the ideal was that hard to reach. That โ€˜idealโ€™ was probably not me, but I think that of Plushenko-san and Johnny-sanโ€™s shadows*. Therefore, when I thought of it, this was not my skating and thought this once more when performing Seimei during Medallist on Ice. When I skated Seimei…well, itโ€™s not really about a cover and original song but I really felt a difference similar to that within myself. Truthfully, Seimei and Ballade No. 1 are kids who, as legend-like records** to be passed down, so if I had been able to, I wanted to let them sleep. But, even so, during Medallist on Ice, when I borrowed their power – and maybe it was because of my mentality at the time – I thought I was able to be myself to a staggering degree. So, yes, for a little while longer, I thought it was okay to borrow the power of these kids, yes.

*literally he says their โ€˜backsโ€™ were the ideal, essentially the โ€˜backsโ€™ who he was chasing after or their idealised image in his head, but Iโ€™ve taken the liberty to use a more common English expression. 

**he uses ใ—ใพใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ which is a suffix usually used to denote something thatโ€™s not ideal/good – here it’s attached to ่จ˜้Œฒใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆใ—ใพใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ – holding the records. Our interpretation is that he’s saying it’s almost a bad thing that they have those records because it gives these programs a particular weight because of their ‘legendary’ reputation that he doesn’t want to risk/harm by performing them again.

ใ€€โ€•โ€•4ๅ›ž่ปขๅŠใฎๅฎŒๆˆๅบฆใ€ไธ–็•Œ้ธๆ‰‹ๆจฉใงใฎๆŒ‘ๆˆฆใฏ

ใ€€ใ€Œใ†๏ฝžใ‚“ใ€ใพใ‚่ทณในใชใ‘ใ‚Œใฐใ‚„ใฃใฑใ‚Šๅ…ฅใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ“ใจใฏใงใใชใ„ใฎใงใ€ใพใ‚ใ€่ทณในใŸใ‚‰ใ‹ใชใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚“ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€็ทด็ฟ’ใฏ็ตๆง‹ใ€ใ“ใฎ1ใ‚ซๆœˆ้–“ใงใใŸใจใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใพใ ่ทณในใฆใชใ„ใงใ™ใ‘ใฉใ€ใงใ‚‚ใ€ใชใ‚“ใจใชใๅฝขใฏ่‰ฏใใชใฃใฆใใŸใ‹ใชใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€

Q: Whatโ€™s the degree of completion for your 4A, will you fight with it at the World Championships?

A: U~mโ€ฆ well, if I canโ€™t jump it then I cannot put it in, though I’ll do it if I can. I think I was indeed able to practice it during this month-long period. I havenโ€™t landed it, but somehow or another, I think its condition/shape has gotten better.