-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
The 2011 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships has been held in Taipei City, Taiwan from February 15th, and I watched the men's short program this afternoon via a pay-TV that broadcasts the competition live on television. So, I can enjoy it without needless FujiTV-related stresses (see a previous post).
Men’s SP Top 6
1. Daisuke TAKAHASHI 83.49 2. Jeremy ABBOTT 76.73 3. Yuzuru HANYU 76.43
4. Adam RIPPON 72.71 5. Armin MAHBANOOZADEH 66.40 6. Takahiko KOZUKA 66.25
It seemed that Daisuke recovered from neck pain and is in good shape. I hope Hanyu and Armin will be able to give of their best in the free skate program.
Men’s FP and Ladies’ SP will be held tomorrow.
And now, for something different: last Sunday Fuji TV, one of the stupidest terrestrial stations in point of figure skating coverage, aired recorded a figure skating show, Japan Super Challenge 2011 held on January 7th in Nagoya, in which twelve skaters, including Mao Asada, Miki Ando, Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda, were divided into two teams to compete. The judges were guests and audience.
One of the guests was Tesuya Kumakawa (熊川哲也, a Japanese male ballet dancer who belonged to The Royal Ballet for 10 years.), and after Mao’s performance, Ballade No.1 by Chopin, he made remarks as follows.
From her performance, I felt she really loves skating and respects Chopin. She didn’t appeal to the audience but conversed with her figure skating. I was deeply touched by that her skating style.
He has such keen perception.
I like a style of performance, if not all, in which one skates to the crowd because it’s enjoyable. However, I’m greatly moved only by a skater in synchronization with music, not mere superficial acting by facial expressions and posing.