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  1. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat

    More from the amazing fanyu calligrapher, 紅鳳 (Koho) at kohoshodo.


    軸 is "Jiku" in Japanese, meaning axis (e.g., of a jump or a spin) as well as "core" (as in the Pilates core).  Echo Cheng has interpreted it as an axle of the wheel of life.


    In the tweet below, Kohoshodo asks: 

    "Oh Hanyu-senshu! Why do Kanji characters fit you so perfectly?  It is just too amazing!"  


    Kanji in the photos, from top left, clockwise: 夢 Yume -Dream; 舞 Mai -Dance; 躍進 Yakushin - Breakthrough;  魂 Tamashii - soul.


    The character 躍 in Yakushin also means to dance (躍る‐ おどる Odoru) in a special way, implying dancing with jumps and dynamism.  The kanji also appears in the word that means "dynamic".  The multi-dimensional aspects of kanji aesthetics are captured by this calligrapher. 






  2. ISU burn in hell
    [2019] Japanese Nationals (18-22.12) - Practice, Fluff & All the In-betweens
    21 minutes ago, memae said:


    Holy goodness, what a photo. It's like an action movie still. There should be something exploding in the background.


    You mean like this? :darklordyuzu:




    source (my own made from):

  3. Axel paper
    General Yuzuru Chat

    I bet my salary that Yuzu has read this paper already   :LOL:


    Biomechanics of the Axel Paulsen Figure Skating Jump

    by A. Mazurkiewicz et al., 13 Aug 2018



    EDIT: Here's a very interesting result from this paper


    " It can be assumed that decreasing the ankle joint angle in the pre-take-off phase was the most essential for achieving more rotations in the Axel jump. This substantial change in ankle flexion caused greater stress on the blade before the take-off, which caused a reduction in vertical velocity and made the take-off angle more vertical. This caused the jump to become longer and higher, and, in the end, helped the skater to perform more rotations in the air. "


    I'm curious, if Yuzu uses research results like this for his 4A practice? I'm pretty sure he does :tumblr_inline_ncmifaymmi1rpglid:




    I scrolled a bit through the list of books and journals of our university library and there are soooo many papers specifically about figure skating. My search list with the key words "sport science figure skating" has 71928 entries! There are countless articles about measurement tools, biomechanics of different elements, nutrition and training methods and sooo many other interesting research topics. If I have the time, I really want to read some of them. They sound super interesting :10636614:

  4. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat

    Japanese media has always loved rivalries. I'm sure there were rivalries even before Yuzu, but there was Yuzu vs Daisuke, Yuzu vs Tatsuki, Yuzu vs Javi, and so on. Of course it's now Yuzu vs Nathan. Another great example is WTT. Everyone goes there just for kicks and they have fun and fool around, but in Japan, the media is all about "Japan vs the World!!! Will they win?" and acting like it's an actual Team Championship.


    On top of that, Japanese culture frowns upon praising one's own people. Many Japanese parents will praise other kids, but when it comes to their own, they'll majorly downplay them. I think that has started to change with new generations of parents who fall into the overprotective side, but I think largely, praising your own kid is too much like bragging and that's frowned upon. Humility is an essential part of Japanese culture and one we generally admire, but it does have this downside: on a large scale, Japanese athletes, musicians etc. will always be downplayed by Japanese media in comparison to their foreign counterparts.


    That said, it's actually kind of amazing that Japanese media, for a while did accept the "Yuzuru Hanyu, absolute champion" narrative, though I suspect some people might have been shocked when Yuzu used the term himself. I can imagine that to some it might have felt uncomfortable, somewhat, so they might feel relieved that he now has a rival again.


    I don't think that means they don't appreciate their athletes. They genuinely love and appreciate them, and if they triumph over their rivals, it's like it makes them even more successful. But beyond that, culturally, they need to keep it low.


    Also, I don't know what media had that headline, but generally broadcasters do promote Rika vs whichever Russian Lady she's up against and such narratives, as well. Admittedly, less so for Satoko or Kaori, as Japanese media seems to have set their heart on Rika now. At least as far as I've seen.


    That said, their priorities are weird at times, while at the same time, they enjoy the entertainment aspect. The whole Masaru stuff is fun and cute, so they go for it, because they know general audiences will like it, too. I have no real idea why they didn't broadcast Skate Canada live, though... That was really weird of TV Asahi

  5. Elvis Stojko interview with Skate Canada
    General Yuzuru Chat

    Elvis Stojko refers to Yuzuru in discussing "Warrior vs Performer" in an interview with PJKwong, at 12'30".  Thank you PJ and Elvis!


    "Hanyu has the perfect balance. He goes out there as the Warrior, and then performs. And does not have the Performer attitude first. If you have the Performer attitude first, you will get destroyed in competition, hands down. I've seen it all the time." - Elvis




  6. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat

    awwwwww, coach Zuzu


  7. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat


    BlueFlame for Yuzu put up a subtitled version of Yuzu's visit at the skating rink in Hokkaido! :heartpound:


    I totally started bawling when Yuzu put his Olympic gold medal around Mami-sensei's neck. It was so touching and emotional.


    It’s wonderful how Yuzu’s so supportive of other people. And he always remembers those people who have supported him and shows them his gratitude. :tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:

  8. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat


    The Every version is also on YouTube! :loveshower:

    Off to more Sakura Fairy gazing, frolicking in the sakura dream world and crying. :tumblr_inline_n0o1ffBcXo1qid2nw:

  9. FaOI Toyama 2019
    Fantasy on Ice 2019 in TOYAMA

    HD sources for those who want to KEEP THEM ALLLLLL


    I realised that the version that I managed to download is only 720p, so I did some mp3 extraction + putting the audio back to the 1080p version and stitched them together for a HD Yuzu cut of Toyama...



  10. Yuzu middle school TV interview
    General Yuzuru Chat

    Subbed a rare teenage mushroom clip that I found on Youtube ; u ; 



  11. Fantasy on Ice 2019 in TOYAMA
    Fantasy on Ice 2019 in TOYAMA

    Wasn’t there someone today who said something about Yuzu and a katana ? This one popped up in my timeline on Twitter a few minutes ago 


  12. FaOI Kobe press
    Fantasy on Ice 2019 in TOYAMA

    English subs thank the uploader.

  13. All that skate 2019
    All That Skate 2019



    Full Show - Day 1


    Opening/Yuna's introduction/Movement:







    Yuna Kim:




    Gipsy Nocturne (Yuna Kim's Dark Eyes + Papadakis/Cizeron, James/Cipres, Javier Fernandez):





    Javier Fernandez:

















    Shoma Uno:






    Nathan Chen:






    Thunder (Javi, Shoma, Nathan, Junehyoung):





    Eunsoo Lim:












    Yelim Kim:





    Soyoun Park:





    Haein Lee:





    Dabin Choi:










  14. FaOI Makuhari opening(?) group number
    Fantasy on Ice 2019 in MAKUHARI

    Youtube link!



  15. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat

    8:11 side by side Ina Bauer.  I think FaOI Sendai will be very special.


  16. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat
    11 minutes ago, Paskud said:

    Painters, ballet dancers, musicians. HIS POWER!! USA media is shaking.


    Don't forget famous American actors! John Cameron Mitchell and Jim Parsons are Yuzu fanboys. :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw:



  17. Yuzu's monument unveiling speech
    General Yuzuru Chat


  18. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat


  19. End of Heisei Era commentary
    General Yuzuru Chat

    English translation of Yuzu's congratulatory words on the Heisei Era to the Emperor





  20. General Yuzuru Chat
    General Yuzuru Chat

    We are finally back! :party2: Yaaay!!! Thanks for the efforts, admins!!! :tumblr_inline_mi7tcqZmot1qdlkyg:

    This is one sakura fairy for you!!! OMG! I didn't saw this pic before! So close!!! :13877886:

    source: 🌸ぱんな(´・ω・`) 🦄@twitter.com

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