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    Shuttling between Japan and Canada
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    Dressage (equestrian), caring for horses, dogs, Kabuki, mathematics, philosophy and Social Mindfulness
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  1. Wow, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the video. Yes, it's all the attention to details that makes the craft into art, in whatever medium we work with. Yuzu's programs have depth, and I think he is only just now beginning to find his voice (to mix up metaphors!).
  2. 一隅を照らす。これ則ち国宝なり。最澄. (ichi-guuwo terasu. koresunawachi kokuhounari. Saicho) "Shining a light in one corner. This is indeed a national treasure." A quote from the writings of the Buddhist monk Saicho. In Japan and across the world, we are mourning the passing of Dr. Nakamura who dedicated for more than 30 years of his life in Afghanistan - to serve the people and the community there. He was truly a hero a man of deep compassion and humility, who dedicated his life for the people of Afghanistan. His favorite saying was 一隅を照らす - which aptly describes the actions of this humble man, whose courageous efforts gave so much hope to the communities he served. His actions even brought back former fighers from the battlefield to take part in rebuilding the land and creating a new life for their children. He did not try to take part in big World Bank conferences to trumpet how much money he collected or how many wells he had dug. Instead he kept his head down and worked alongside the people, and through his modest actions he spread compassion and generosity in a community that had been devastated by decades of war and brutal violence. Taking care of the small things immediately around you and shining a tiny bit of light in the small corner of our world - this is how we can spread the circle of compassion. For me, Yuzu's greatest asset is not his amazing athleticism or artistic talent but his adherence to 一隅照: he has continued to pay attention to those immediately around him and give kindness and compassion no matter what he is going through, and as he is maturing these values appear to be growing stronger within him. Of course, he loves to be the centre of attention as a skater and a performer, but his acts of generosity are carried out behind the scenes, outside of the glare of media and fandom - even paying attention to the needs of the media when they badger him and showing no resentment or irritation but instead showing generosity by answering their questions with respect and care, even the unpleasant ones; or giving kind words to Alina after the galal, or by extending friendship to an autistic child in his class who was feeling ostracized by others... I was a very spoiled and egostistical child and he puts me to shame when I reflect on my own selfish actions. His actions motivate me to strive to be more understanding and compassionate towards the feelings of those around me, and not be swept in by the storm of hatred swirling around us in this tempestuous world. Dr. Nakamura was and will continue to be a great role model, truly a national treasure. I can only wish Yuzu to carry that light forward...
  3. My Iranian friend sent me this video which examines the camerawork and overall direction by Akira Kurosawa. The level of detailed attention to all the different aspects of movie-making - from movements of individuals and groups to the use of nature as an integral part of the composition. This reminded me of the pathway taken by Hanyu-senshu in continuing to refine every movement in his performance and embue it with emotional content through absolute technical control supporting his natural artistic flair. I found it particularly instructive to see the comparison of Kurosawa's filming technique with the scene from a recent Avengers film (don't know which - I don't watch them). Despite the megamillion production facility, the supposedly dramatic scene appears wooden and clumsy, with unimaginative camerawork showing no understanding of how to create emotional connection with the audience. A familiar feeling: fancy technique over artistry, masquerading as a masterpiece. @Henni147 Since you have been doing great video production - I would love to hear your views!
  4. It's by a famous Japanese artist from mid-Edo era named Ito Jakuchu 伊藤若冲 Title of the painting is Old Pine and White Phoenix 老松白鳳凰 I went to his exhibit in the National Museum in Ueno this summer and saw this amazing print - it was moving and inspiring! So it makes me wonder: 羽生選手はもう白鳥より白鳳凰に変身しようとしてるのかな? Is Hanyu-senshu in the process of transforming from a swan into a white Phoenix? The flame is burning brightly, intensely...
  5. Yes, we are all connected in this lifestream - and Yuzu's fragile brilliance helps to light up our links, our Kizuna 絆. Thank you for sharing with your husband!!
  6. Yes, let's spread the wave outwards! We will transform our energies into an emergent swarm of compassionate fanyu birdies who will rise as a Phoenix.
  7. This season, I see so much angst over the unfair scoring and judging, and frustrations over the way Nathan is being hailed as the winner for having "crushed" Hanyu. Of course, I share in these feelings expressed by many satellites on this forum. But I will be contrarian and say all this emotional churning this is a tempest in a teacup. Actually, after this GPF event I am now convinced more than ever before that Yuzu's best days are ahead and he is evolving into a truly iconic artist and performer for the ages. He has been a great athlete, but so far he has only skimmed the surface of the creative potential. And for this, I am gratefuly - yes, deeply and truly grateful - to Nathan Chen for being the source of Yuzu's motivation to keep pushing himself. Nathan is a great athlete and, thank goodness, also a very decent human-being with integrity, so that the competition with Yuzu will remain positive and respectful despite the efforts of the media and gossip-mongers to generate toxic counternarratives. For me, Nathan's performance is entertaining but passes quickly and does not offer much aesthetic interest or deep emotional connection (what was that performance with La Boheme?? Does he even know Charles Aznavour??? I find Kevin Aymoz to be memorable and moving, and when Mikhail Kolyada returns, he will be another memorable performer - if he can pull things together.) So while Nathan can gain scoring WRs, he remains a foil for the main protagonist who remains to be Yuzu. I am just thrilled to know that we are now in for another full Olympic cycle with Yuzu pushing and refining his artistry. I am sorry that some complain about "recycling", but every Yuzu performance is different and given the difficulty of his lay-outs it takes many different takes to reach a higher level of artistry. I watch each performance like watching dancers honing their choreography and gradually building in greater subtlety into their movements. I saw Yuzu live at Skate Canada in Kelowna - where his Origin performance was one of the best I have seen so far, with all the emotional commitments being translated into beautiful movements of head, arms and legs. Apart from the first 4Lo it was a seamless and expressive flow from the beginning to the end. This is what I am looking forward to seeing, with even more difficult technical elements. Yuzu is right in asking rhetorically: what is the point of putting in quad axel if he cannot put transitions in and out of it? Figure skating is not a jumping show. Yuzu will stay true to his commitment to that artistry and will push himself to the utmost to accomplish it. And when he stops competing and moves on to other activities, top skaters like Patrick Chan, Javi, and Nathan will look back and say "I was honored to have been part of that journey." (Patrick and Javi have already said something along those lines.) This is the great vision that Hanyu-senshu shared with me, and I am at peace. 羽生選手殿、心から感謝しております。
  8. I ignore the comments by T*L and would not want to give it more oxygen to spread negativity. They delight in their own little echo chamber of gossips and for years they have been promoting the fanfiction of rivalry between Borser and GB and vying for the lovely hand of prince charming. The moment I heard that Ghislain was going to be with Yuzu, I had no doubt this was the story these gossip-mongers were going to delight in exploiting. On this, I don't take any delight in being proven right. The most admirable aspect of TCC is the culture of collaboration, respect and teamwork established by Brian and Tracy. Brian runs the place like a team coordinator and team cheer leader and not like a jealous and dictatorial CEO. The notion of a single, charismatic and impossibly talented leader solving all the problems of the company is one of the most ridiculous lies spread by modern business schools (I've been through rounds of H*rv*rd B School Exec Training courses and had to unlearn many of those things later in my life - when I actually had to manage multi-cultural teams). In this way, TCC culture seems to be very much in alignment with that collaborative spirit that Yuzu has expressed (see my previous comment) in so many different ways, and yet seems to fall on deaf ears when it comes to those who are only listening to the sound of their own ego voice echoing in that empty chamber...
  9. I think this OP captures the way Yuzu sees figure skating community as a collaborative effort of all generations - the concept behind his Continues with Wings Ci: "Yuzuru’s vision of excellence is so generous. It’s not just ‘I will succeed’ but ‘let’s all make our mark together’. His personal dreams and ambitions are intertwined with motivating and empowering others, especially the next generation." Please read through the full thread.
  10. I think that is exactly what he has been doing with his life above and beyond skating, and that is why I find him so inspirational. If he were just a skater, I would not be so deeply moved... Remember after 3/11 he felt lost and without direction, but when he felt so many people from Tohoku appreciating his skating and taking strength from his performance, he realised how much he could give back through his efforts. He is continuing to absorb and learn from each adversity and finds a way to articulate that experience, not only through skating and competitions, but through the way he examines his own life and makes an effort to put them into words. His academic studies are also deepening his knowledge in this direction and he is using more refined and evolved expressions to share that knowledge (mostly in Japanese but getting better in English). I wish he would spend some time in a Zendera (Zen temple) back home - Zuiganji in Matsushima is beautiful, with 800 year-old cedar trees lining the entrance and giving the place such an aura of wisdom. Meditating deeply in such a place would help to release his mind (and brainwaves) from overthinking and enter into the zone more readily. His busy analytic mind in the frontal lobe seems often to interfere with the flow. Meditation would be a helpful means to manage that over-sized brain of his!
  11. "I have a dream"... Martin Luther King, Jr. I recently lost a very dear friend (under spoiler), and the emotional experience of going through GPF Torino was both excruciating and exhilarating. By chance I was reminded of the famous speech by Martin Luther King, Jr, and why it was so inspirational and uplifting: it came from a place of deep suffering, and yet it was not about blaming or rebuking the system for all the inequities, but it presented a vision for what the best of us aspire to be. He didn't say, "I have a plan" and lay out a ten-point strategy, but the vision he painted created a far more moving and lasting impression on us, and continues to resonate to this day. Something about the way Yuzu skated the Free Program captured the same spirit - a striving for beauty and emotional connection while at the same time challenging the limits of human athletic abilities, with so much conviction and abandon, and yet with care and control. Such maturity and yet with child-like innocence. Then the loving Notte Stellata brought the whole experience into a gentle, loving conclusion. His performances in Torino - all of them in total - struck a deep chord in me and brought solace to my aching heart. Thank you, Yuzu, for continuing to be such an inspiration and a comfort. I am eternally grateful...
  12. My steam keeps buffering. Must be hordes of people signing in to watch Yuzu!
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