[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 For Hanyu, who had withdrawn from the Grand Prix series due to the effects of COVID-19, this competition will be his first this season.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.