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19 minutes ago, rockstaryuzu said:

I wouldn't be too worried about this stupid interview question.

Me neither but I'm just angry that he has to spend his precious time for such a silly stuff instead of celebrating his awesome achievement and recovering before GPF.

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To be honest, when the arena went absolutely silent when his score came out I was shocked at the audience reaction. Considering one jumping pass was missing, which on a good day would've added 20 points to the tech score, it was actually pretty good. Yuzu seemed ok with his performance... and you could see he wasn't overly happy with the score, but I think the crowd reaction caught him by surprise as well. It would not surprise me at all if he felt that he let the crowd down, even without Jmedia bringing it up. I think that just made it more concrete in his mind that he let them down.

 

And adding: in no way do I think the audience was disappointed with him, just let me make that clear! I am not being critical of them at all. We all know how well loved he is and how nothing he does would make people be disappointed in HIM! I think it was just a reaction of wanting better scores for that program.

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6 hours ago, Paskud said:

I have no words. JMedia confirms one again that they are absolutely the worst.

Yes I agree with you. JMedia considered Yuzuru and other Japanese athletes just like a machine or a racing horse. They always talk about scores, why don't you break World Record, your competitors are better than you....They never say nice things about him. They don't know that other journalists and commentators (like Rod Black of TSN in Canada, the one on the broadcast of Skate Canada recently with Tracy Wilson) talk about Yuzuru with respect, admiration, love, rock star.

I think they took him for granted, no respect, no love. They say bad things about him, they go as far as writing about fake news, alternative truths.

It is too bad Yuzuru can not change nationality. He is proud of Japan, but not with their journalists.

We Canadians will adopt him anytime.

We are so proud that Yuzuru lives in Canada most of the time for training and competitions. He spent less time in Japan, so hopefully he is not so exposed to the bad mentality of JMedia.

I am sorry to have negative comments about JMedia.

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I was there at the arena and what I remember clearly is not a silence or a sigh but えーっ!(Eeh!?) from some fans the moment the score was announced. I was taken aback by the reaction and immediately worried that this was going to offend the judges (it was basically a boo and not the same as complaining afterwards), embarrass Yuzu and ruin the happy mood of the general audience. I don't know about others but that was why it took me a second to start applauding. Maybe the score was a few points lower than I expected but not outrageous enough for me to induce an involuntary boo, so I was dismayed by the reaction. I chose to forget about it for the sake of happiness Yuzu's performance had given me...until the stupid interviewer asked the misguided question to him! As one of the fans who was actually there, I am royally pissed right now. There is no way he misread the audience reaction because we cheered and applauded with all our might after his performance, but it upsets me to think the question, or the audience reaction for that matter, might have made him feel even slightly bad about his performance.

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1 hour ago, Vadrouille said:

Yes I agree with you. JMedia considered Yuzuru and other Japanese athletes just like a machine or a racing horse. They always talk about scores, why don't you break World Record, your competitors are better than you....They never say nice things about him. They don't know that other journalists and commentators (like Rod Black of TSN in Canada, the one on the broadcast of Skate Canada recently with Tracy Wilson) talk about Yuzuru with respect, admiration, love, rock star.

I think they took him for granted, no respect, no love. They say bad things about him, they go as far as writing about fake news, alternative truths.

It is too bad Yuzuru can not change nationality. He is proud of Japan, but not with their journalists.

We Canadians will adopt him anytime.

We are so proud that Yuzuru lives in Canada most of the time for training and competitions. He spent less time in Japan, so hopefully he is not so exposed to the bad mentality of JMedia.

I am sorry to have negative comments about JMedia.

 

I agree with you!  I am a Japanese national who recently moved to Canada and decided to activate my Canadian citizenship (I was born in Ottawa and hence was eligible for citizenship, but never acted on it until last year).  I chose Canada because I got tired of being ostracized for being "different" and for not fittng into the image of an obedient Japanese girl.  Japan has such an inferiority complex with respect to the "West", and it's a fairly common practice to put down our own nationals.  I grew up as a Japanese diplomat's daughter, and had to be reminded constantly that "we lost the war" and must put up with the American dominance and be humble, etc. blah blah blah.  So I went on to graduate from the "best" American universities, followed by 3 decades of top-level international career - and yet, I still had to put up with Japanese officials whispering behind my back "well, she's not really Japanese" (あんなの日本人じゃないよ!)instead of being proud that a Japanese "girl" (we are never "women"!) was able to make it in the tough world of international development.  So, yes, I am more than familiar with this Japanese tendency to kick their own in the face and be god-smacked by Westerners.  This interview on NHK brought back so many bitter memories from my own past that I would have rather not been reminded.  My apologies for this rant, but it helps to get this off my chest and recover from my own trauma. 

 

I am so grateful to Canada for offering a safe space to Yuzu as well as for an oddball Japanese like myself. Thank you, Canada for preserving a corner of humanity, compassion and kindness (I know you're not perfect but I am oh so so grateful).  And thank you to TCC for providing a safe-haven for our space lion (he's grown beyond a kitten stage)!

 

 

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Hace 5 horas, Greycat said:

Just popping into the thread out of my usual lurkdom - I assume fans are only planning to sing Happy Birthday after his performance if Yuzu is the last to skate?  If he's not last, singing Happy Birthday mid-competition could disturb the concentration of the next skater preparing to skate and I think Yuzu would really hate that as he is always very respectful of other skaters.

Cmon, the Happy Birthday song  lasts around 15 seconds. That's more or less how long it takes him to get up and bow after he finishes performing. It should not bother anyone. 

If the Pooh rain is allowed I don't see why this would be considered too distracting. 

 

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1 hour ago, ICeleste said:

Cmon, the Happy Birthday song  lasts around 15 seconds. That's more or less how long it takes him to get up and bow after he finishes performing. It should not bother anyone. 

If the Pooh rain is allowed I don't see why this would be considered too distracting. 

 

If you did it while they're waiting for the scores to be tabulated, you could probably get away with it. 

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35 minutes ago, rockstaryuzu said:

If you did it while they're waiting for the scores to be tabulated, you could probably get away with it. 

I think it’s not good to sing Happy Birthday even if you start right after throwing Poohs because the next skater will already be on the ice, skating around.  I remember Nam saying that he had to skate around the Poohs at SCI when the flower girls were still collecting.  So even though the performance of the next skater hasn’t started, it may still affect the next skater.  

 

Probably better to do it after the trophy ceremony?  If Yuzu wins gold (please!!) then he will be so giddy and extra happy, and if he loses then it may help cheer him up a bit (it will also show him that we love him no matter whether he wins or loses and that we are never disappointed in him :tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:)

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Hi, just de-lurking to say that I agree that singing Happy Birthday to him right after his skate (if he's not the last skater) might not be a good idea. If Nathan skates after him and Nathan loses, don't want to give Raf more ammo to complain and say that Nathan was distracted/intimidated by the singing.

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IMO, I don’t think Yuzu would want anything that separates him from the other competitors besides an incredible cheer for an incredible performance.  He’s never been an attention grabber during the competition and always courteous to other skaters. Even if he went last and *Bite my tongue* didn’t do well, he would still want the attention to be on the winner.

 

When they sang happy birthday even during practice last time, he was bashful.  But I loved that, and I think either end of practice or at victory ceremony is the right place and time to let him know that his fans love him.
 

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1 hour ago, holina said:

I think it’s not good to sing Happy Birthday even if you start right after throwing Poohs because the next skater will already be on the ice, skating around.  I remember Nam saying that he had to skate around the Poohs at SCI when the flower girls were still collecting.  So even though the performance of the next skater hasn’t started, it may still affect the next skater.  

 

Probably better to do it after the trophy ceremony?  If Yuzu wins gold (please!!) then he will be so giddy and extra happy, and if he loses then it may help cheer him up a bit (it will also show him that we love him no matter whether he wins or loses and that we are never disappointed in him :tumblr_inline_n18qr5lPWB1qid2nw:)

I think doing it after the trophy ceremony, if he doesn't win, is worse than if they do it after his skate, maybe during the replays. It would definitely embarrass Yuzu to 'steal' the attention from the winner. As for singing after his performance, I get it why the skater skating after him might be affected, but in a way, it's no different from fans screaming - which they do anyway - or chanting the skater's name - like they did for Javi at 2015 GPF. And it's Happy Birthday, it's a sweet, happy thing. I doubt anyone but someone extremely bitter would really mind it, especially if it's kept at a respectful level and stopped as soon as they go "The score is" or whatever. People like Raf will always find some fact to manipulate to their advantage, so I'm not sure we should worry that much about it. But the key is to be as respectful as possible. And if by some chance it looks like the next skater IS affected, fade it out and stop it. (Although honestly, it's a good lesson in handling pressure.)

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