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  1. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Travel tip: if you walk from the subway station (Yaotome station) to Ice Rink Sendai and use Google Maps for guidance, it will probably take you on a roundabout route that is supposed to be faster, but isn't lol It is indeed shorter, but because it doesn't know where the entrance is, it will lead you to the back of the rink. So you still have to go around to the front and so the difference melts away. It will tell you to turn right after you cross the river and then take you on some smaller streets. My advice, instead, is to go straight ahead until you encounter a bigger street (it's a two way, 4 lane street, with buses and so on; you'll notice easily that it's bigger), then turn right and walk straight until you find it. It's hard to miss the whole sports complex to be honest, but for extra help, it's after 7eleven on the right lol (I've only been there twice, but for some reason the whole path is imprinted in my memory so well I could probably guide you in my sleep!)
  2. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    There was an exhibition there in April, when the parade took place, too. I stopped by, though not on the day of the Parade, but a couple of days later. It's actually a really small place, on a commercial street sort of around downtown Sendai - pretty close to the JR station; IIRC, I walked from there to the JR station, despite the rain on that day. The pictures were really nice, though! And even just that big poster outside is more than worth it! lol So beautiful... Also, if in Sendai, do go to Ice Rink Sendai. The gallery there is also free entrance and it's really nice. I got super emotional there, especially as the Pandalion video from this year was playing on repeat on a big screen TV there. And of course, if you can skate, you can go in properly, too. I can't so the gallery was it for me lol
  3. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    There was actually a few of us satellites who were interviewed by Yle as well, but I actually don't remember them asking us for our names, just where we were from, so maybe that's why they didn't use that footage lol (Not that I particularly wanted to see myself on TV, but that was actually part of a super fun period before the Gala, and a memento of it would have been nice lol) I'll definitely watch it more properly when I get home. Thank you very much for uploading!
  4. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    As someone who lived through the Great Disappearance of Megaupload some years back, I never take chances and always save everything. Also, content has always disappeared from youtube over time, though I guess now it seems more like a campaign. People often say that once something is online, it will never disappear, but that's not really true. Things disappear all the time, for various reasons, so the safest thing is always to save. I'm always amazed when people don't do that (although net speed is an issue; I sometimes have real issues saving from dailymotion and it can take forever and only works if I'm not otherwise using the laptop). Sadly, I haven't had much time to save stuff lately, but generally, given how anonymous these accounts usually are, they'll be back. Possibly not for long, but they'll most likely be back, under different usernames, until they get found out again. And if not on YT, or at least not until things calm down again, then on other platforms.
  5. KatjaThera

    Team Spain

    Javi has said that if he competes, he competes to win. Given that Spanish Nationals are in between a series of ROI shows, there's no way he'd be competition ready there. He'd probably still win, but I doubt he'd want to win like that. Also, given that he's only going to Euros, he might feel like it's time to make room for a new Spanish National Champion to represent Spain at Worlds. (It'd definitely be a lot less impressive if a distant vice-champion represented them because the champion retired.) As for Euros, he will probably head to Toronto after New Year's. I suspect his programs could be ready, because David and Sandra have been part of the ROI crew and they actually went to Spain about a week before the shows started, IIRC. So it's quite likely they've had time to work on that. Additionally, Jeff was also there, for good measure, in case. I believe Prometo wasn't confirmed as an SP, but it was said it'd be either that or something like it. If nothing changes until Euros - unlikely, though - his greatest rivals will possibly be Michal and Sergei... Battle of the Uncles? (though I still have hopes that seeing them so competitive might make him have some doubts about retiring Though if he knows Yuzu's doing well, then surely he knows about them, too) For now, I choose to believe Javi, that he wants to win and will actually do things in that direction, i.e. go to Toronto and train hard for those few weeks. Maybe by then Yuzu will be ready to start training properly, too, and they'll push each other again, one last time... I do worry about Javi's motivation. He's the greatest sweetheart ever, but he does have a reputation of losing motivation unless challenged and it's been so long since he was last challenged. He might think now that three weeks is enough, but I'm not sure it will be. He might think it's fine to do shows, because they keep him in shape, and train by himself in Spain, to stay close to his family and girlfriend, but training by oneself is so very different to training with a coach, especially in a competitive environment. But like I said, I'll choose to believe him that he is motivated and wants to win... It's all I can do...
  6. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Since we're back to discussing the injury and the state of Yuzu's ankle and what Yuzu should do from now on, here's my two cents, that some people might see as negative, but I believe is in line with what we know about Yuzu's personality. Under spoiler, though, just in case.
  7. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    As these bits from the new Team Brian book make it online, I'm going to say just this: this book is the first time I ever cried while reading a non-fiction book. And more than once...
  8. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Well, videos don't get taken down just because people like to mess with fans. They get taken down because of copyright laws and because uploading them is against those laws. If you made a website that hosted videos, especially publicly, easily accessible, that would would only serve to draw the attention of the same entities that claim copyrights to the website as a whole and get whoever is hosting it in trouble with them. (And if we're talking Japanese media, pictures and magazine articles and so on are also copyrighted and technically, sharing them is illegal.) A website just with information and maybe online pictures with credit might be left alone, but if you draw in the attention of TV media, you risk getting into more trouble than it's worth, IMO. (I also think it'd be easier to go after a website than SNS accounts of video sharing platforms, because a website needs to be registered and generally you can find the real person behind it fairly easily.) So, while I have been in favor of a website for Yuzu to compile all pertinent Yuzu information since before the Planet was created, when it comes to videos, video sharing websites are still the best bet. Anything else can lead to trouble.
  9. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    That reminds me when some people expressed concern that Origin layout with 4Lo and 3Lo was a zayak risk. All I could think of was: "This is Yuzu, he won't zayak. He thinks too much to make a mistake like that. If he pops the 4Lo, he'll replace the 3Lo with something else." He did zayak once, a long time ago, but never again since then, I think.
  10. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Actually, I've seen a lot of other fandom hubs promote the video and say how great it is. I just generally tend to believe opinions here more, because the people here generally seem more analytic and less willing to accept any coverage of Yuzu (actually, a lot of the Yuzu fans who aren't as fluent in English, very often seem more willing to accept any coverage of Yuzu as positive). Admittedly, I don't spend as much time on twitter, so I can't say what goes on there, but twitter is really huge, so it's probably hard to see all sides anyway. And like I said, I haven't watched the video - though I might, later, just to have a better basis to comment - but do they cover all sides of fandom? Sure, every fandom has the less positive aspects, but are all aspects shown? Both the positive and the less positive? If they cover everything objectively, I might be ok with it. If however it's superficial and only cover the surface, then that's not proper journalism in my book. Like I said, I can't say, personally. That said, when media presents the less positive aspects of fandom and uses those to represent the whole fandom, then yes, it's only natural fans would be upset. It's the same kind of generalization that the world generally hates. Like all blondes are dumb, all male figure skaters are gay, all Yuzu fans are crazed fangirls who are into him for his looks (not saying that's what they claimed, but it's a common narrative). I have been interviewed by NYT and absolutely nothing I said that had substance was published, while they wrote this grand article about how popular Yuzu is and twisted it into being all about obsessive fans, some of which were more into his looks than anything else. I have also been interviewed by Nikkan Sports and the only thing they published was also a passing comment I made about him, that can be interpreted as being about his looks, that was an answer to a question I was asked. So, yes, media has an agenda, no matter where it comes from and fans know it and of course, if the portrayal doesn't feel accurate to them, they will be mad.
  11. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Oh, was that CBC? I remember that, I just did not remember it was on CBC. IIRC, that instance was them showing a Chinese fans in a Seimei costume crying and claiming she was crying because Yuzu lost to Nathan. When in fact, she was just crying because she was very emotional to have seen Seimei in real life. I cried in Helsinki a lot and I cried at ACI and I saw many fans crying during the podium ceremony at CoR this year and showing them is fine. The problem is when you don't bother finding out why they're crying and just write an assumption as if it's a fact, especially when it's not exactly a positive one. I wouldn't mind my crying face being shown on TV (in fact I recently had the chance to tell David that HYK in Helsinki made me cry a lot and he seemed really happy about it, so the artists behind the performances that move people to tears really appreciate it). But I would very much mind if someone claimed I was crying because Yuzu wasn't clean or whatever. If they said: "Aww look how much fans feel his performance and how emotionally touched they are!" that'd be fine to me. And you keep talking about covering up or glossing over reality and I have no idea what you're talking about because I don't think anyone here wants to cover up anything? We all freely admit there are good things and bad things about the fandom and Yuzu is not perfect and we criticize him just as much as we love him.
  12. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I admit I haven't watched the video yet, for two reasons. One is the comments on it that put me off, the other is that very often the portrayal of Yuzu fans is very cringeworthy, regardless of who's doing it. As a consequence, I actually don't get why CBC did a news bit on them. You're right they didn't have to and at least from what I heard, it has little to do with his skating, so what's the point? Though I will maybe revise that opinion if I watch the video. I believe an article or video on why Yuzu is so loved would be great, but you'd pretty much have to go into his whole life story to fully grasp that. And also to cover all types of fans. Because there are both those who are inspired by him as a person, impressed by hims as a skater, and indeed, some who are mostly into his looks. (As a side note, in Helsinki, an older Japanese fan asked me what made me like Yuzu. After I told her I loved how graceful he was and how he flowed on the ice, and then that I also admired how strong he is as a person, even though he's younger than me, she asked me what about his looks. I laughed and said that's just bonus. At that point, she took my hand and said "As a Japanese fan of Yuzu, thank you." Made me wonder how many fans she heard gushing over his looks. And also really touched me. By the way, the whole exchange was in English. If Japanese fans want to speak to me in English, I do it, unless it seems like they'd be more comfortable in Japanese.) Although I'm sure you didn't mean it to be so, I do however think that assuming some foreign fans hate on CBC because their English isn't good enough to understand what is being said/written is a tad patronizing. You don't have to be a native speaker of English to have very good comprehension and I'm sure there are many fans who expressed a negative view of this video in particular - because I personally can't remember another time when CBC was attacked; that's usually NBC more - who are fluent in English and understand rather well what is said. As for CBC not having enough money, resources or staff, that's, of course, unfortunate and kudos to them for apparently doing a great job otherwise, but that's no excuse for bad research - if what other fans have said about this video being poorly researched is true. If you can't do it properly, especially if you pride yourself to be an objective news company, then don't do it at all, especially if you don't have to. I've worked very briefly as non-profit media, with no money and only myself as staff and I wanted to write articles on topics I was interested in and believed others would be, too, but when I realized that, for various reasons, I could not do proper research, I gave up. Because I'd rather not write anything than do it based on incomplete or possibly incorrect research. On the other hand, I do agree that sometimes, some Yuzu fans can be a little oversensitive, but I honestly can't remember CBC ever being attacked for anything else. Most people appreciate their commentary and coverage, as far as I can remember. As for Yuzu being in Japan, personally I think that should be indicative that GPF is off. It'd be pretty stupid to have him fly to Japan for diagnosis then send him back to Canada for GPF, when he could have gone straight to Canada. Especially if he stays for treatment. Although I suspect it might likely be more about just diagnosis, probably so he can fully understand it, too. However, the treatment for all of his really bad injuries he always received in Canada. I doubt he has to wait like the average Joe at the door of his local doctor. From what I remember, it's been said that in Canada sports medicine is very well developed and I'm sure Brian and TCC have a lot of great contacts in that field to ensure that Yuzu can get the best treatment available. That may or may not be at the same level as in Japan, however on ice recovery would be very hard to do in Japan - I'd really rather he doesn't do rehab by himself at midnight at Ice Rink Sendai and for that reason alone he's better off in Canada. So, for me, the longer he stays in Japan, the more it means he has to stay off the ice. I'd also prefer he was away from any kind of pressure that he might get in Japan, be it from media or JSF - whether it's to compete or to withdraw. In Canada there is no pressure whatsoever. Yes, it would suck to be away from his family on his birthday and it sucks for his mother, but... I don't know. I guess they'll set their own priorities.
  13. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I think it's important to remember that they say it's not as bad as last year. And indeed, everything that happened points towards it not being as bad as last year. Yes, it's really awful and depressing that this keeps happening to him, but he can deal with it. If anyone can, it's him. Now, I was thinking how a lot of people wondered why he still skated the free despite the injury when he doesn't really need to - and the contrast to last year, when he withdrew from NHK after the injury, despite that event also being really important to him, being at home - but also about him saying that he did consider focusing on GPF and Nationals, but that he really wanted to do a good performance in Russia, even if it meant maybe having to give up on those. All this let me to the conclusion that, despite all our joking, this season he really is skating for himself. When forced to choose, he chose to focus more on the events that mean the most to him, instead of the more prestigious ones. (Well, withdrawing from CoR would have meant GPF, but he could have taken it even easier than he did. Not many people challenge three quads on a busted ankle.) I believe Worlds might also be important to him, so, again, if he has to choose, he'll probably choose to focus on that. But, both because it's still some time away and because it's actually still not as important as Olys last year, I don't think he'll be as intense about it as last year. And that's because at this point, I believe it's more important for him to be able to perform at the best of his abilities - and not just the best he can do under circumstances like injuries - than it is to win this or that title. Though it depends on the titles, of course. Only he knows what's most important to himself, but it seems he is staying true to his decision to essentially do what he wants. What this means is that if GPF is really important to him, he'll gun for it, even if it means not waiting to heal properly. If Worlds is the most important for him, he'll do everything he can in order to heal and get back into shape by then. If Nationals is important, he'll focus on that. If neither is as important as healing properly and being able to perform at 100% - and maybe continue training 4A - then he'll just focus on healing, no matter how long it takes. I believe he is now in a place where these are entirely his choices and nobody can force him into anything but what he wants to do. Whether or not it makes sense to us. Because of that, I'm happy he went and skated in the free, even if he will have some regrets about it not being the kind of performance he wanted to do. Because it was important to him. And whatever he'll choose to do next will be the same. So, personally, I'm ready to support him no matter what he decides, regardless of my own wishes.
  14. KatjaThera

    General Yuzuru Chat

    I still don't really get how people could jump to such conclusions... Also, even the JSF statement isn't a decision. The decision is Yuzu's and his alone. JSF are only saying that if he withdraws, he'll most likely still make the Worlds team and that they would prefer he focus on that, instead of GPF or Nationals, which aren't that important. The decision to go or withdraw from both of those, however, is Yuzu's. Or it'd better be...
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