05-31-2012, 06:28 AM
Deedee - I have enjoyed reading and learning about this remarkable woman and coach, I am sorry it is the end.
I appreciate and thank you for taking the time to translate and share with us.
05-31-2012, 06:42 AM
The last installment is just about the best, because it brings out both their personalities! I'm sorry it's the end of the article, but I'm sure I'll be going back and rereading, so the enjoyment will last. Thanks so much for all your work on this.
I agree with you about Mao, and like you I desperately hope that the Satos are her perfect coaches, as Nagamitsu is for Daisuke and Orser seems to have been for YuNa. Mao is such a treasure and a gift to skating, and I'd love to know that she's getting the most out of her experience as a skater. I love your description of her as cotton candy on the ice. It's true that lightness is one of her greatest characteristics. It's a trait that, even though I also love YuNa, I don't think YuNa has. Kim is smooth and powerful, but Mao seems to be in flight. Both of those ladies have faced unbelievable pressure in their skating careers, and they've done it with grace and effectiveness.
05-31-2012, 12:01 PM
There was a preamble before the interview that didn't enter the translation. There the author admires Dai's performanace at Worlds, how the audience cheered him and goes with the title in English "Heart and mind of gold." That was really something to see Dai not in just some sport magazine but in Numero. Among Cartier, LV, Dior, Gucci, Tasaki, etc., ads, as well as Kitano exhibition, Botanical sculpture, Chanel Classic revisited, Mizuma Art Gallery stuff and others. Dai there, in that avant-garde worlds of fashion, art and luxury, as a brand of fineness and sophistication. The Wiki claims that when they asked Elisabeth Djian why she created Numero, she commented, "I was bored with magazines that told me how to seduce a man. I wanted to create this magazine for an intelligent, smart woman who wants to read about art, design, music: not about stupidity – creams that take away wrinkles, you know, which is stupid." They chose Dai for a reason.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
05-31-2012, 12:23 PM
Wicked Yankee Girl
That's a lovely tribute, that he was in Numero.
05-31-2012, 12:30 PM
How wonderful, Let's Talk. I didn't know that magazine, but I'm impressed with the concept and the fact that they thought of Dai as someone who belongs in it. He sure does!
Heart and Mind of Gold. What a splendid title.
05-31-2012, 04:57 PM
Thank you! Dai is looking absolutely fabulous!
Originally Posted by let`s talk
05-31-2012, 05:16 PM
Originally Posted by Olympia
ITA, though I don't think anyone competing now has the "butterfly" lightness of being like Mao. She truly is a national treasure and her world wide fans are legion. I so hope this year finds the ice kind to her.
05-31-2012, 07:20 PM
06-11-2012, 11:31 PM
To those who misses him during this *quiet* off season.
Dai on FM radio:
-June 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJiopToP7DU
-June 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqSdPzJXQNM
Though it is all in Japanese, we can at least enjoy his sweet voice!
He is the guest of the month with 'Noz Inner Beauty' at J-WAVE, and three more takes to be scheduled on air.
06-12-2012, 06:33 AM
Here is a translated version of the interview. Thanks to the translator!
eta: Any news on Dai's programs with Lori? He said in a previous interview that he was scheduled to get his new programs in the beginning of June.
Last edited by demarinis5; 06-12-2012 at 06:43 AM.
06-13-2012, 09:16 AM
Part 1 imo was more interesting. This time the girl talks too much, and there's a lot of long silly flood in her questions that Dai had to answer.
Originally Posted by deedee1
About holidays he said the fs season is from September till March/ April, then they have a bunch of shows. This year he doesn't have any holiday plan (yet- LT). FS is a winter sport, so he often wants to go to places with summer feeling, like Okinawa or Hawaii. He doesn't want just to relax and do nothing on the resort. He wants to move, to go somewhere, either to restaurants, or movies, or shopping. He is a huge shopper and makes decision to buy or not to buy spontaneously, often without any plan or preparation (one more thing we have in common!- LT ). He sometimes shops with friends but usually he prefers to shop alone. Recently he bought three spring coats of the same model but in three different colors. In general he adores dark colors, black first of all. But he also likes other passionate colors, like red, orange, silver, gray, blue. But dark colors are still his favourite. He is the last child in the family of 4 boys, so he always had to wear his elder brothers' clothes, i.e. the clothes that weren't bought specially for him. When he grew up and got a chance to shop for himself, his shopping desire bumped! About his FS costumes he said that before his designer created his costumes but recently he is trying to design his costumes partly by himself, he wants his body to feel better and more comfortable in skating outfits. He drinks occasionally, for example when he goes to karaoke with friends. There he dances mostly, but sometimes sings too. He likes not bright songs only but also ballads. He always listens to music in practice, as well as at competitions, while waiting for his turn, in order not to hear the audience cheering for other skaters. He likes various types of music, like R&B, pop, J-pop, etc. Yeah, and he usually listens to it in the car.
06-16-2012, 02:27 AM
06-17-2012, 07:44 PM
What the crazy week it has been for all his fans!
I have never imagined or hoped they would work together again. However I have always wanted Dai and Nikolai would make peace at a certain point if circumstances allows. They can not forever avoid facing each other, can't they? For that matter I am relieved to know Nikolai has regreted how they parted ways four years ago, because my guess is Dai also felt the same way. To me it looked a sort of 'too much love turned into a far greater hatred' like situation. It was a bit uncharacteristic of himself that Nikolai even admitted that was his fault.
I am also relieved that he contacted Dai's manager first and (seemingly) apologized him in order to offer his intention to work with Dai again, because Nikolai heavily criticized the manager for their breakup in the past. In this regard, tons of my gratefulness and respect are to Mr. Ihara for his professionalism that he did not turn down Nikolai's offer and simply delivered it to Daisuke as-a-matter-of-factly.
I do not know whether or how much it will be beneficial for Dai to work again with Nikolai at this point of his career. Good news is Mrs. Nagamitsu remains as his primary coach and Takeshi Honda as his jump coach. As long as both felt they sort of had unfinished business with each other and as long as it's Dai's decision after long and careful deliberation, I am leaning toward this idea now. I am, after all, one of 'Dai'-hard fans who will be rooting for him no matter what.
My hope is still either Lori or someone else other than Nikolai will do choreos for the new season, so that Dai can experiment new things in this important pre Olympic season. And if Nikolai has to choreograph his competitive program in the Olympic season (it perhaps is hard to believe he would allow Dai again to go to other choregraphers, you know ), bottom line of my hope is Nikolai does choreo only one program, NOT two.
My sincere wish is that Dai inspires/pushes/demands Nikolai (and vice versa) to be more creative and innovative, and together they will succeed to expand the possibility of competitive figure skating in both technically and artistically for the sake of figure skating which has been, sad to say, losing its popularity over the years; just like they did with hip hop Swan Lake years ago.
These are my favorite Dai's programs by Nikolai:
To Daisuke Takahashi and Nikolai Morozov, good luck to you guys on the new chapter of your collaboration!
06-20-2012, 12:14 AM
Noz Inner Beauty take #3, June 16
Q) Who do you think are beautiful?
A) Difficult to answer in a word, because there are various ways to define 'beauty', you know... I exercise dancing, so dancers come to mind. Both male and female dancers. They do have beautiful bodies; beautiful lines of their bodies with solid muscles, especially on their back.
Q) Can you name a few in particular?
A) Tetsuya Kumakawa. Well, he is such a great ballet dancer that everybody knows. Another dancer who comes to mind is Yusuke Onuki. I have been to the theater recently to watch a musical "Romeo and Juliet", and he was there as 'dancer of the death'. His dance was so beautiful that made me moved to tears.
Q) How do you define 'beauty'?
A) Beauty itself comes from inside, I think. However hard we try to keep up our appearances (= to conceal own weaknesses), we can not cover them up forever; sooner or later we end up showing our own weaknesses.
There are things we do not like, or we have to face some awful experiences/times in our life. If we are beautiful enough inside of ourselves, we can take everything as it is, whether we like it or not.
Q) When was your first love?
A) At elementary school?...no, at kindergarten.
Q) Do you tell girls when you are in love?
A) No, most of the time no. Even though I normally do not tell them about it, it shows with my behavior I guess, so they know it. I am probably the kind of person who easily show feelings with its behavior.
Q) What is important for you when being in love?
A) To try to enjoy the moments and be happy all the time. I am 26 y.o. so I think I am still young, but I sometimes feel lazy or take it rather bothersome...(laugh) And...respect. Yes respect is important for me. I do not think I will fall in love with a girl unless I have some of respect in that girl as a person first.
Q) You are traveling around the world all the time. It must be hard to keep your relationship with your girl friend, I would imagine?
A) I tend to get involved too much when I am in love with someone, I would say recalling my past. So right now I try to keep some distance from such a situation. I do not go out to places where I may meet some girls. It's not a good idea for me (to get involved too much) if I want to fully prepare for the Olympics. I shall be in love with my skating for these two years until Sochi! (laugh)
Q) How about marriage? Have you ever thought about getting married?
Q) Do you have any idea until when you would like to marry?
A) Not really. Marry or not marry, if I have to make my choice, I probably would marry, but I just do not know when...I think I want my own children for sure, though.
Q) Who are close to your image of ideal men? Name a few if you have any.
A) Let me see...Takeshi Kaneshiro, Hiroshi Abe, and Yutaka Takenouchi come to mind. While they are all cool, quiet, matured and refined, they can also pay close attention to others and consider others' feelings very well. I would love being cool and quiet myself, but it's impossible for me to be quiet! I just keep talking on and on, far from my ideal image!
Q) You have lived in Kansai area for many years. It must be why you rather feel obliged to say something unique with humor, maybe.
06-20-2012, 06:54 AM
Thanks deedee. Well know we now a little about Dai's love life which according to him is non-existent at this time. He is in love with his skating only, but I think he
has a little crush on Meryl Davis. lol