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  1. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    I found three video clips about Sota in GS Sota thread and added my translations. There are parts not very clear as Sota mumbled. I listened to these unclear parts many times and tried my best to interpret what he said. https://twitter.com/japaneseperson/status/1053552421396336640?s=19 Sota Yamamoto entered the local Chukyo University in April this year. He is 18 years old and will compete at the Grand Prix series the first time. The road to this event was never smooth. He stood on the podium of junior international competitions alongside Shoma Uno and would become one of the next generation leading skaters. With not only a triple axel but also a quad jump under his belt, he was on his way to be a top level skater. However he fell when landing triple axel jump. “I heard my bone breaking sound in the right ankle.” He broke his right ankle again during practice two years ago when he was moving up to seniors, and underwent three surgeries. "I had to put up with … pain… Honestly I felt stuck." He had to withdraw from the Grand Prix series where he was going to make a senior debut. He could not even be on ice. Still he kept a passion in his heart. “I could not get rid of the desire that I wanted to skate so much, to skate again. I think this desire has been helping me work hard." https://twitter.com/japaneseperson/status/1053553235934425088?s=19 And last year after a year and a half, he returned to the rink in competition. Relishing the joy of skating he made a comeback. What he is working on now is building a body to prevent injury from recurring--strengthening the lower body and improving the overall skating qualify. “My skating changes as well and in that sense everything is going in the right direction.” The first competition of this season is starting. "I thought that I had to raise the difficulty level a little by little, so I felt that first of all I had to overcome a challenge of the triple axel." He was determined to do a triple axel, the cause of the fracture, for the first time after he returned to competition. "These days I’m telling myself I shouldn’t be afraid or I would be ashamed of myself." https://twitter.com/japaneseperson/status/1053555823513751554?s=19 For senior top skaters it is now nothing special to land a triple axel jump. More than anything he should not be defeated by his old self. He landed it for the first time in three seasons and received positive GOE too. He saw a sign of a comeback by overcoming fear. “I finally feel that I took a step forward. I think I should get better so that I could win over myself.” Between busy training he came to a driving school. "I think I have to be more independent. I don’t think about skating while driving and I’m taking it easy." At the age of 18 he is moving on fast to make a comeback. He is heading to the Grand Prix series that he could not go two years ago. "I think my skating at the beginning of the season is a little bit off, so I will be happy if I can deliver good performances that I’m satisfied with.”
  2. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Excerpt of Chunichi Sports Article dated Sept. 29, 2018 in this blog. here Translation The injured area with three bolts still inside has not completely healed. He cannot practice jumping on a day when he feels like something is a little off with his ankle. Even so, by this summer he got his five types of triple jumps back, and in August he landed successfully the triple axel which had caused the bone fracture before. "I did not feel like I conquered it, but I was relieved," he said getting rid of the nightmare of that day. He plans to challenge the quad toe loop jump which was successful until injury. He knows that with his current composition he cannot compete against world’s top level skaters such as Uno senpai. At the age of 18, with high skating skills and expressiveness which are praised by many, he is looking at the Beijing Olympics in four years. "I think I still have time. I want to do the best performances in the upcoming competitions where I have to achieve good results," he said.
  3. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    This blog has a few snippets of a new Sota interview dated Aug. 20, 2018 for Figure Skate Life magazine published on Oct. 10, 2018. The ellipsis (…) indicates the part the blogger left out. Thank you @surimi for giving me the link to read and translate. https://ameblo.jp/kmn-psn/entry-12411618469.html ■ Looking Back Last Season - Looking back the last season now, what are your thoughts? ... At first I had a lot of feeling of hesitation, but gradually it went away and I feel now it’s the season I enjoyed.... - Does that mean that you hesitated because you were still not at the level (you are comfortable with)? That is true and also the fact that I have been alone for such a long time, I mean there were many times when I was by myself so I felt uneasy being with other people. I was wondering how to interact with others (laugh). Feeling that way I wondered how to go about competing. These were my thoughts and feelings that made me hesitant a little. ■ Change in This Season (excerpt) - Has there been a change in your mindset? ... I feel like my mindset this year is back to the one I felt 2 or 3 years ago ... I feel I can do more and more. - In a good way? In a good way (laugh). I think I am facing competitions and practice with that kind of thought. - After you got your jumps back are you absorbed in jumps? Umm, huhu, that's right (laugh). Since I started practicing the axel jumps, the jump practice time has increased. - When did you start practicing axel jumps? Well, maybe around July. I started off with practicing the double axel jump and I had been doing that jump nearly 100 times during the period. ■ Asian Open (excerpt) - How was the competition under new rules? It had not sunk in yet until I did my short program and I skated as before without thinking much, and then I realized that this was so different. When I did free program I kept these (new rules) in my mind.... - What kind of jump is the ideal one that gets +5? After all, considering the past trend so far, I would say Hanyu senshu. It is amazing to see him jump with your own eyes, isn’t it? - The distance of his axel jump. Ridiculously big (laugh) ■Short Program - "Air on the G String" I think it is a very beautiful program. I was moved when I saw you skate to it at Nagano show. No, no, no, it's a beautiful program if I skate to it properly, but if I underperform, this program really gets me into a serious trouble (laugh). - Do you watch the videos of your skating? I do. I watched the one (in Nagano) where I fell on the jump in an extremely embarrassing way (laugh).... - How about the videos of the competition? I have not watched it yet. Hehehe - You’re laughing. You do not have time to watch it yet? No, I thought it was so terrible and not worth watching (laugh). - Lol. How did you work on choreography? ... Even now I record the video of my skating during each practice. I’m trying to polish my program thinking “I should be able to make this move more beautiful" and such every time I practice with the music. But it is quite difficult.... ■Free Program ■ Music Selection (excerpt) - Did you select the music after you watched the drama? I did not watch the drama, I went through YouTube and found the song and I bought an album ... I’m not very familiar with currently popular artists. I only listen to odd songs (laugh). - Odd songs? (laugh). Because I really loved Pokemon it’s my hobby these days to listen to these theme songs thinking nostalgic (laugh).... ■ Costume Change (excerpt) - What kind of image did you give to the designer? What kind of things did I tell her? Oh, I asked her to add flowing ruffles to the one for the short program ... I'm thinking about how to make my program look more beautiful. ■ Off-Ice and Campus Life (excerpts) - I heard you took difficult classes in the previous interview. Hahaha, yes, I do not miss any of my classes. I go to college diligently but ... the test results do not reflect my efforts. ■ Message to fans Thank you for always supporting me. The Asian Open is over, and I was able to compete keeping in mind the joyful feeling of last season and deep appreciation to my fans.
  4. Rainbow

    Junior Skaters of 2018/19 season

    I heard that Shun Sato moved to Saitama from Sendai due to his father's job transfer. That's why he competes at Kanto Regionals representing Saitama Sakae Middle School. Probably it doesn't make any difference whether Shun belongs to Tohoku or Kanto federation as long as he is outside Naogya or Kansai.
  5. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Please go ahead. Apologies for my imperfect English.
  6. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Sota’s red outfit story is on page 6 of Episode 1 (Page 181 of this thread) After Sota was asked what he would spend his money on if he were given 100 million yen, he mentioned spending little by little such as buying clothes. Then they talked about the recent incident when Sota was wearing a red outfit for choreography group session. Although Kenji thought Sota looked really cool in it Sota took it off right away saying he didn’t like wearing clothes that attract people’s attention. He said 「なんか目立つから嫌なんで」I didn’t like it (the color/that outfit) because it made me stand out. Kenji was amused and teased Sota by reminding him that Kenji had actually made a specific request to him to come wearing something red so that he could easily spot Sota among a bunch of skaters. We can assume that he does not like to be conspicuous and prefers to wear quiet colors. About スタイルいい人 (person with good style), this is one of the Japanese phrases that has a completely different meaning from the original English. In Japanese ‘good style person’ means ‘person of pleasing proportions and/or having shapely body’—it has nothing to do with good fashion sense. Please feel free to ask me questions whenever you are confused about any Japanese words and phrases. When Japanese is translated into English sometimes things become confusing. What’s more, my English is not proficient and I will be happy to clear any confusion in my translations.
  7. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    When searching the information about Sota on the internet I came across this blog. Has it been shared already? https://ameblo.jp/kmn-psn/entry-12366673639.html It has a video clip of broadcasted by a local station. Sota's segment is from 1min 5sec to 8min 5sec. Warning: Sota's ankle with surgery scar is shown briefly.
  8. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Page 5 (last page) Goal K: Last of all tell me what your goal is. S: This season is starting and I want to bring up my performance to a higher level. I do believe that I won’t be able to achieve good results unless I improve my spins, skating, interpretation, jumps and everything else. I would like to do the best I can while giving a careful attention to details. K: Good Luck. We are all rooting for you! S: Thank you very much. I’ll do my best. K: Here you are a gift to you from this program (giving him a custom design [KENJI’s room] shopping bag. S: Thank you very much. K: Try putting it on your shoulder? That looks really good on you. Go to the events with it from now. S: Yes (laugh). K: You said yes. (laugh) S: It is helpful. I appreciate it very much. K: It helps you. I’m glad to hear that. I’m happy that I can be helpful (laugh). Today’s guest was Sota Yamamoto. Thank you for today. S: Thank you very much. Sota after the Interview “I had previously talked a lot with him about skating during choreography sessions before. This time he asked me many personal questions and I am glad I got to talk about various things. I have never talked so much with KENJI sensei before, and I really had fun with him in that room.” THE END
  9. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Page 4 K: So you had time to kill (laugh). S: Killing my time? I don’t remember very well. K: Actually different people do different things. Some people take a very hot shower while some others soak in the lukewarm bath for 30 minutes—to energize body and stimulate blood circulation and things like that. So you continue to do this routine? S: Yes I do - before competition. K: What will you do if you don’t get hot water when you’re overseas? S: I won’t have a choice but to give up (laugh). K: You’ll give up. I see (laugh). Measurement by KENJI K: Since you’re the first guest of this season I want you to see me do this because I’ve become very flexible. Figure skaters need to be flexible and me too, as a choreographer.... Can you measure how much I can bend forward? (giving Sota a ruler) S: Yes. K: Here I go! (bends forward on a stand while cheating with bent knees) S: (noticing Kenji is cheating) Wow! I was surprised! I thought you were incredibly flexible! K: Hahaha (doing this time correctly) S: Let’s see. About negative 0.3cm. K: 0.3cm! Yay! I broke my records. Look! I made positive 2cm the last time. Right now I made 0.3cm. Yeah, that’s how we do! S: Well, then the bigger the minus number the better. K: Yeah, you’ve got it. The best one so far made 31. You hear me 31. Kana Muramoto made negative 31cm. Among men one (Kazuki Tomono) hit negative 18cm. (Sota bend forward) Wow…. Negative 31cm! Flexible! S: Hehehe K: Isn’t this crazy? You may be able to go down even further if you take off your shoes. S: Well (starting to take off his shoes) K: You must have bent your knees! S: What?! K: You did bend your knees, didn’t you! I didn’t check your knees. S: No (laugh) K: Please go ahead. S: Yes (bend forward again). K: You reached further down from 30cm by about 2cm! You made about negative 32cm. Incredible! (applauded by the staff) *past skaters’ scores* Sota Yamamoto -32cm Kaori Sakamoto -23cm Kana Muramoto -31cm Kazuki Tomono -18cm Mai Mihara -29cm Chris Reed -15cm Wakaba Higuchi -28cm Aru Tateno -10.5cm Rikako Fukase -25cm KENJI -0.3cm
  10. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    Page 3 Strong / Weak Elements K: What are your strong elements? S: Nothing special. On rare occasions some people tell me that I am an all-round skater. K: You are pretty good at spins though. S: But when I think of other skaters who are better at spins than I am, it makes me feel that I am not a good spinner. So, perhaps I don’t have any specific strength. K: So you say “I can do everything.”? S: Hmmmm…I wish I could say that (laugh). K: How about the weaknesses? S: I have never been good at interpretation. These days I am consciously working hard to improve it. When I started out I was not good at all. K: You are better now. S: Right now when I give it my best shot, I get to be so-so. K: For real, you are doing just fine. Okay then. Who do you look up to? Do you have any idol skaters? S: There are so many great skaters. When I watch them being cool or skate with great techniques I want to take in their qualities. There are so many good examples to follow by watching. It’s Hanyu senshu--lately I’m telling people it’s Hanyu senshu, so he is one of my role models. K: He is amazing-People’s Honor Award and all. S: Yes, amazing. Preferred TV Camera Angle S: When FS competition is televised and you see camerawork on TV. Did you ever think “If I were the cameraman I would place the camera here,” or “I want to watch this event from this angle.”? S: At the last Japan Nationals where I was in I watched some scenes looking down on an angle showing a large part of the audience, and I though these scenes were beautiful. K: I see. You want to be on camera from a distance and from above? S: It’s not that I want to be viewed like that. In these scenes I could see the ambience of the arena and the mood of the audience so I felt these scenes were beautiful. K: Oh, now I see. Everybody has different preference. Some people told me before that they wanted the TV cameras placed right besides Judges’ eyes. They thought it would be interesting to know what part of the skater in performance the judges are watching. S: Oh, I see. It makes sense. K: We can see “That judge is not watching the performance!” or “Now he’s looking down at his coffee cup!” It won’t happen anyway (laugh). I see they worry about what these judges are watching though. Routine before Competition K: What is your routine before competition such as particular behavior to bring luck? S: I take a hot shower one hour before I leave for competition. K: Morning practice or official practice? So after you come back to the hotel from practice and before you leave for competition? S: That’s right. I don’t take a shower before practice. K: You take a shower one hour before competition. What happens then? S: I feel warm (laugh). K: You feel warm? You should do warm-ups instead. Warm-ups (laugh). Do you take a shower instead of warm-ups? S: No, actually I did well at one competition and that was the first time I took a shower before going out to compete. Since then I make it a habit. K: What made you decide to take a shower at that time? Did you sweat a lot? S: Let me see… Why did I do that? … Perhaps, after a practice it’s a long wait (laugh)
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    Team Japan

    Page 2 Inside the Bag K: I know it’ s sudden, but can you show me what you have in your bag? It’s heavy. S: Yes, nothing unusual. This is my training outfits. I had a practice today. My wallet,seets to wipe my sweat off my body, and a charger. K: (looking at an animal charm attached to a USB cable) What is this? It’s kind of cute. S: Yes, someone gave it to me. It’s from a fan. Then, a headphone, an earphone, a smartphone. K: Then, can I see your headphone? Oh, this is a good quality one. S: Yes, Bluetooth ready headphone. Bluetooth headphones have to be recharged, but this one comes with a connection cord so I can use it even when the battery is dead. K: I have one similar to this one. Huh? Didn’t you say that you lost your headphone? S: No, earphone. I lost an earphone. K: I see. Then, what is this in this earphone case? S: There used to be a brand earphone that came with the same brand case. But I lost it so I now have a different brand earphone in it (laugh). K: This is just an ordinary one (laugh). You are not particular about earphone? S: Well, when I buy an earphone I tested out many earphones at the shop, and decide on the one I like. K: I see. What do you listen to with your earphone or headphone? S: What do I listen to? Umm... Something other than music… K: Rakugo (Japanese traditional comic storytelling)? (laugh) S: No(laugh). I use one of these when I watch Youtube and other videos. K: Oh, not the music. You watch video clips. What are your favorite genres when you listen to music? S: The way I listen to music is always odd (laugh). K: You listen to weird music only? S: Let me see…It’s not like that I listen to particular artists’ music. I like to listen to a variety of music which I may be able to skate to. K: Ummm. I got it. I got it. S: Ah? Really? K: Yes. Then, what are your favorite items among all of these? S: I have many things that my fans gave me. (touching the sweat wiping sheets) I don’t buy these things. K: You were surprised like, “What the heck is this for?” S: Now that I have these sheets I find them pretty useful to me. I can wipe off my sweat right away. This is a gift I was given. This is also a gift. This is a gift too…. K: You cherish the gifts you received? S: Yes, I do. K: Very well. It is thoughtful of you.
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    Team Japan

    Episode 3 of Sota Yamamoto Interview https://www.jsports.co.jp/press/article/N2018092510125406.html Video is uploaded to dailymotion Page 1 SP [Air on the G string] for This Season K: How are your SP and LP programs this season? S: The type of music used for SP is very different from the one for LP, and also different from last season. To me they are new kind. Especially, this is my first experience skating to that type of SP music. I feel challenged but I am pushing myself to improve my skating to a higher level to be able to skate beautifully and carefully. My SP music is [Air on the G string]. K: Why did you pick [Air on the G string]? S: I chose this music after spending a lot of time myself and going over my mother’s suggestions as well in the selection process. When the first time I listened to it as a music piece I thought “This music is difficult to skate to because it does not have a climax.” But after being choreographed to it I realized that there are many parts where I could go for beautiful expression. I cannot rely on the power of the music because it is not dramatic, so I need to make every movement and skating really beautiful to make my performance appealing. This is the point I keep in mind in skating. K: When the music is reaching the climax the audience star clapping their hands and you get excited, but this music is sort of flat. Therefore, I want you to do the performance that captivates your audience. S: Yes. K: It’s not a dramatic piece that reaches a climax exciting the audience, but I choreographed it so that the audience would be enthralled by it. Let’s refine it some more and make it better. I think you did it very beautifully the last time. S: Thank you. I understand. FP [Nobunaga Concerto] for this Season K: What about your FP? S: My FP is [Nobunaga Concerto]. The last half is the main part and I really love the cut. I asked (Kenji) sensei to work on the last half with it. I left the first half cut to sensei. K: You picked that music because you love warriors in the Sengoku period in the first place? S: No, having searched all over I was simply moved by this music. Main Point of This Season K: Is there anything you pay attention to in SP and FP? S: There is a big difference between the tones of SP and FP music. Melody is different from each other. I keep telling myself to work hard to present varied interpretations and skating between the two programs. K: Well, I see you change the way you push forward and also your foot placements depending on which music you skate to. I think they are quite different. S: Yes. K: Is there any particular move in SP that left you a strong impression?--a move that you really want the audience to see? S: Ummm… K: Nothing at all!? (laugh) S: It’s the other way round. There are so many beautiful moves and poses (laugh) K: I do have one. When I choreographed the program I thought that move was very beautiful, and I can see the image in my mind right away (laugh). S: Towards the end of the step sequence, the music ascends subtly and I make a pose that looks like praying. K: Oh, that one. S: Well, it is near the ending and one of the dramatic high points. It is just my subjective opinion though. K: Me too! It is not the only one though. But that’s the one most impressive. Can you do it now? S: Ahh?! (standing up) Umm..I should be doing Ina Bauer to do that move…. K: No, it’s Spread Eagles (laugh) S: Spread Eagle, hmm. Like…this…? K: Wow! Then, what about impressive FP move? S: Oh?!(sitting down) Let me think about it. K: You must have one (laugh) S: Ummm… Memorable move … K: In my opinion it is this? (gesture of drawing a sward off sheath) S: Ah, that was the first one popped up in my mind. K: Then you should have said that (laugh). S: (standing up) The music has Japanese flair and the choreography has many movements that suggest using a sword such as sward-drawing move in step sequence. I think that move is cool.
  13. Rainbow

    Team Japan

    This portion is the beginning of the Episode 1 before Sota and Kenji meet and talk. Kenji speaking on TV camera Nagano hosted the Winter Olympics 20 years ago. I came to see the games as an audience with the tickets I bought. I might add that I was excited that I was even wearing suits. Well, today’s guest is (showing his portrait of Sota). How do you think of it? I personally think it resembles him. (staff: What is the main point of the portrait?) The point I paid attention to is his eyes that seem to look afar. I really feel all the time that his eyes look into the far distance--like they look into tomorrow. The profound look on his eyes is one of his characteristics. (staff: What is your impression of him?) My impression of him is—he is very quiet and he only says はい (t/n: はいcan mean “yes” or “I see.”) to me. That’s my image of him. Although I explain things to him in choreography sessions, we don’t usually chat. This time I want to ask him various questions—questions such as what he does in daily life and about college life. I want to ask him a lot of questions other than skating. Then, off I go. (showing off his portrait of Sota) Sota on camera The first time I met Kenji sensei was at the training camp, and I thought he was a little scary. But when I was a high school freshman I asked him to choreograph my programs and since then he has been nice to me and I think he is cool. (staff: What’s like to be when you meet him usually?) Well, I only get to greet him when I meet him. Sometimes he pokes fun at me (in a good way) when he passes by me and I enjoy his teasing because it makes me feel relaxed.
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    Team Japan

    As @surimi pointed out there were some missing translations. I'm adding the translation of what was previously omitted in the transcript of Episode 2. Next time I work on the transcript I'll compare it with the video clip first to make sure my translation covers the entire conversation. Here's the translation to be added to page 1 & 2 of Episode 2. *after the question about the occupation of his choice once reborn at the beginning of the 1st page* K: Next question. Q: What is your favorite sport? S: Well, Skating comes to mind first. K: Oh, you love skating. S: Yes I love it. K: Of course. Of course you do. But I didn’t think about it. I sort of thought that you would give me something usual such as baseball. What do you love in skating? (laugh). ETA: Please also note the corrections I made on page 5, Episode 2. S: Ummm…What inspired me to skate is it is cool and fun, so I continue skating. Ummm…in what way? Well, actually when I see figure skating footage I get fascinated because it is really amazing and cool. K: Hmm, amazing, cool. Uh oh? Is it only me? Expecting something other than skating? (laugh). Weird. S: I am sorry (laugh). K: No, you are totally cool. *Next question is what he would be doing 10 year later.* *After they talked about Shohei Otani at the end of page 1* S: Kenji sensei is more kakkoii. K: Don’t be silly. Otani, the pitcher Shohei Otani. Do you want to play baseball? Let’s play baseball next time. S: Thank you, but I’m not good at it. K: Next question. Q : What era do you want to go with a Time Machine. S: Ummm..When I was little I used to say “I love dinosaurs” (laugh). I want to go back to that era. K: Jurassic period? S: Hehehe K: Cretaceous period? S: Yes. K: Really? S: Yes, I wish I could see live dinosaurs with my own eyes. K: I tell you what, me too. Yaay! (high five) (laugh) Oh, yeah. Good. Next time I will buy you a dinosaur souvenir, dinosaur model like the one they sell at freeway rest area. I hope you will be looking forward to it. S: Thank you very much. *moves on to the question of what he looks for in a girl on page 2* ETA: Please note the corrections I made on page 5, Episode 2, too.
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    Team Japan

    Please feel free to share my translations anytime because I joined the forum to share the info. I know some other bilingual members can do superb translations, while my English is limited. I did the translations this time because even I can beat online translation tools which tend to give confusing results. I would be happy if I could be of any help. About the missing bits, you are right. Thank you for pointing it out. Your understanding of these segments is accurate. I'll give you the more detailed (word for word) translations tomorrow. Also, I'm planning to translate the short segment in episode 1 before the interview -- the part where Kenji was talking about Sota and subsequently Sota talking about Kenji.
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