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  1. Eclair

    Team China

    I heard the words at Helsinki. He said: It's not my place to answer. BIG big difference to 'it's not my decision to make' which he didn't say. Good to know about the Century Star rink
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    Team China

    Like I said, I'm not sure he has any severe problems with the fed. They certainly weren't delighted, when he refused to go to Orser, but before that the 'fed'-people really liked him and also joked with him, so maybe their relationship is just a little cool at the moment, but nothing serious. Or maybe not.
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    Team China

    Actually, someone at Helsinki after the SP asked, if he is going to train overseas in the future and he replied: This is not my place to answer that. = no comment He didn't said anything about whose decision it was.
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    Team China

    I don't understand everything either, but there is the national team = Team China. This one is headed by Shen/Zhao and is the 'normal' team good skaters are part of. Sui/Han, Yu/Zhang, Peng/Jin, Boyang, Zijun, Xiangning Li, Han Yan, Liu/Wang all were part of Team China. At the start of this season, another team got funding: Team Beijing. According to this tweet, this one is headed by Pang/Tong: According to the press release, the goal of this team is to give funding and training opportunities to their skaters even though the national team don't allow them/ don't want to fund them. They also may be considered for spots for the next olympics. This is totally new, as before, you had to be part of the national team to compete internationally. Seeing, how a lot of skaters, who were excluded from the national team are part of team Pang/Tong (Han yan gets funded there, Zijun did some coaching work there I think, Wang/Wang refused to split, therefore weren't included in the national team), I think this group is more to give them a chance to train and compete again. At the start of this season, Boyang was announced to be part of Team China (national team under Shen/Zhao). I know that after the coach-fiasco he switched rinks. I always assumed, that he just went back to his hometown rink where he trained before the Olympic season, but apparently this is only half-correct. I haven't heard of any news that claim that he got excluded by the national team, so I'm surprised to read that he supposedly now is with Team beijing. A fan told me, that his visa wasn't declined, but that the reason it took so long, was because Shen Xue (who is in charge of visa applications) didn't send out the visa to get approved. So it was her mistake, whether there was any ill-intention, I do not know and have no ground to speculate.
  5. thank goodness Icenetwork doesn't exist anymore, I couldn't take another article à la 'Nathan favorite to win GPF as Yuzuru Hanyu's physical condition is questionable' the way they did it pre-olympics. I haven't seen the b-esp commentary yet, but they are usually not the fastest on catching up news so I give them some slack (but of course they didn't fail to mention that they are sure Shoma has some injuries when he skated subpar at NHK) Yuzuru is now in his twenties and he has always been very involved (to say the least ^^) in decision-making about his skating, so I do think he knows best (by now) when to push and when to rest. Especially since he didn't fall on his head and his cognitive abilities were not impacted.
  6. I can't wait to see the GOE and PCS Andreeva gives Alina today. I do remember that I noticed Andreeva's judging to be suspicious multiple times, but don't ask me when that was. We'll know more by tonight ^^
  7. The bias judging panel is with the ladies. Andreeva is listed there..
  8. Eclair

    Japanese cuisine

    okay, if you don't like fish in general, I guess sushi is not for you then but for me, some good sushi (not the all-you can eat ones or even worse the self-made ones ), is one of the yummiest food I know what are your favourite dishes then?
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    Japanese cuisine

    Did you like smoked salmon on top of your bread when weren't vegan? Because if you did, then I can assure you that you'd have loved sushi I eat mostly vegetarian (exceptions are made on Christmas or when I'm being invited) but sushi and fish dishes are the only 'meats' that I miss the most and still eat about twice a month ...
  10. So I was looking for a good matcha tea and discovered, that there is no real 'Japanese food' thread here, so I thought I would open one. What are your favorite Japanese dishes and snacks? Drinks? What would like to to try once? Mine are: - Sushi! (that's a given) LOOOOOOVE good sushi! - and I also like Okonomyaki - sometimes I enjoy taro mochi's, but it's very sweet so I can't eat much of it at once - and I have started drinking matcha tea pretty often, although sometimes I allow myself a glass of calpis then and now What I want to try some day: - Takoyaki - Some authentic chicken or salmon teriyaki what about you?
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    Random Thought Theater

    Hello everyone, I already posted this in another thread, because I couldn't find the cooking thread, but are there any Japanese people here who can recommend a good matcha tea brand? I know there is culinary, premium and ceremonial grade and I'm looking for: - a good ceremonial grade matcha tea - a good non-ceremonial grade matcha tea I can drink every day I was looking at amazon today and there are just so many misleading offers, like 'ceremonial-matcha' that is not ceremonial grade, or 'ceremonial grade' that is produced in china etc. etc. I heard Kyoto is a good place for matcha? What kind of matcha tea brands are popular and secure in Japan? Thanks a lot!
  12. Eclair

    Japanese study group

    ah ok, then I'll post it there thanks!
  13. Eclair

    Japanese study group

    Hello everyone, I don't know if this is the right thread for it, but are there any Japanese people here who can recommend a good matcha tea brand? I know there is culinary, premium and ceremonial grade and I'm looking for: - a good ceremonial grade matcha tea - a good non-ceremonial grade matcha tea I can drink every day I was looking at amazon today and there are just so many misleading offers, like 'ceremonial-matcha' that is not ceremonial grade, or 'ceremonial grade' that is produced in china etc. etc. I heard Kyoto is a good place for matcha? What kind of matcha tea brands are popular and secure in Japan? Thanks a lot!
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