07-09-2012, 02:38 AM
There will be a charity show on Thursday July 12th at Rinkai Sport Center in Osaka.
The porpose of this show is fundraising on renovation costs of Rinkai Sport Center.
Skaters to perform:
-Other younger skaters who train there
Rinkai Sport Center has an ice rink which is open for public, and at the same time, one of the FEW rinks available for competitive skaters based in Osaka area. Daisuke Takahashi and Nobunari Oda used to train there until they went onto college (=Kansai University DOES have its own ice rink for their students). Many other younger skaters still train there, such as Keiji Tanaka (2011 Worlds Jr. silver medalist) and Yukihiro Yoshida.
The center is very old so that needs an immediate earthquake-resistant renovation in accordance with the architectual standards law. Osaka prefecture, however, has been facing the huge financial deficit for years and no budget applicable they were mercilessly saying. Thus this center has been threatened to close down since spring 2008.
Back in spring 2008, all those concerned and its skaters including Dai conducted a campaign to collect signatures up to 138,000 and hosted a charity show in order to make a petition to temporarily postpone Osaka's decision to close down the center and it worked so far.
The cost for renovation is estimated 300 million yen (=approx. US$ 3.75 millions). The Governor of Osaka Mr. Matsui recently suggested "One coin (500 yen=approx. $6) fundraising campaign", and promised that Osaka may reconsider the decision and be ready to bear the half of the renovation costs (150 million) if the center can get supports from many people through this campaign to prove that the continuance of the center IS everyone's interests and desires.
As of today, the center has collected 4,723,204 yen (=a little over US$59 thousands) from 3,891 people, thanks to their goodwill!
It seems still a long way to reach the goal, but as Laozi the great philosopher of ancient China says "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!"
Here is the link for this campaign:
http://rinkai.rocket3.net/details1.html ->you will find Fumie and Dai if you scroll down the page.
Though I can't bear train tickets nor time for a round-trip to Osaka myself, (besides, charity show tickets are already sold out ) I will go to the nearest bank to remit my small donation on Thursday again, instead.
Hope someone who's going to the charity show will report for us later!
Last edited by deedee1; 07-09-2012 at 02:57 AM.
07-09-2012, 07:49 AM
07-09-2012, 05:00 PM
Trixie Schuba's biggest fan!
Does Prince Hotel still sponsor skaters? I know they had once sponsored Yukari Nakano.
Originally Posted by let`s talk
07-10-2012, 09:23 PM
07-11-2012, 12:53 AM
07-11-2012, 10:54 AM
^Thanks deedee. Dai is so intense in this Tango and he stays in character until the last beat of the music, love it.
Dai has been working incredibly hard on improving his spins the past 2 seasons and his hard work shows.
07-12-2012, 10:18 PM
Here is a short vid clip on the charity show Thursday night :
Originally Posted by deedee1
(Daisuke performed to his EX version of Roxanne)
Fyi, the Rinkai Sport Center is one of the few ice rinks available for competitive skaters, not only figure skating but also ice hockey and short track, based in Osaka area for their day-to-day training. But the cneter is 40 years old and needs an earthquake-resistant renovation by 2015. And if it falis to do so, the center is in danger of close down...
This is the second charity show for fundraising prepared by its skaters along with several top skaters who actively support this project such as Daisuke Takahashi (he used to train there until 2005) and Fumie Suguri. (The first one was held in summer 2008.)
According to a couple of articles from newspaper and TV news this morning, there came about 450 people including about 50 honored guests; who mostly are members of city of Osaka's council and of other cities' council within Osaka prefecture, for this charity show.
And skaters to have taken part in this time were about 200(!), who use this rink on a daily basis for training; including Keiji Tanaka and other local figure skaters who compete at Regionals/Nationals level, skaters of short track and ice hockey, plus lots of kid skaters. Daisuke Takahashi, Akiko Suzuki, Kanako Murakami and Fumie Suguri also got to perform last night.
After the charity show, skaters stood in line holding the collection boxes at the exit, saw all the guests off with smiles and thanked them for coming. The amount for fundraising from last night summed up around 3.5 million yen (= US$43.7 thousands), and they collected about 8.5 million yen (= US$106 thousands) in total so far.
The renovation cost is estimated approx. 300 million yen (about US$3.75 millions). When Daisuke and several others visited Mr. Matsui, the Governer of Osaka for a petition in mid May, the governer mentioned about the possibility that Osaka prefecture and the Rinkai Sport Center can bear the half of each regarding the renovation cost. If that is the case, they still NEED to raise 150 million yen at least by 2015 in order to prevent the ice rink from its close down. And they are hoping to meet their fundraising target for 2012 which is 50 million yen (= US$62.5 thousands) by the end of December, they say.
Comments by skaters after the show:
"Skaters need an ice rink to begin with...Without any ice rinks, we can not do anything for our training. I decided to join this project in order to help to bring up new generations of this sport."
"I have a personal connection to this rink, too, because I skated here at the junior regional competiton a couple of years ago. When I joined this kind of charity show before, I learned that it's important to show my support with my own action."
"(Now I can train at my college rink since 2005, but) I used to train at this rink for two years when my previous rink (=before Rinkai) had to close down due to financial problem. I was so grateful back then when Rinkai accepted me and other skaters and allowed us to skate here.
It was the first and second of my college years which was when I struggled badly both mentally and technically. This rink is filled with my, say, a couple of sweet memories and lots of bitter memories. And without those bitter days, I am probably not the same as I am now."
"Rinkai is one of the very few ice rinks available for copmetitive skaters. We need Rinkai for the sake of those skaters who have no other place but this one to train. If this rink is to close down, skaters are to lose their training base, have to be scattered somewhere else and may end up giving up this sport.
Our sincere wish is the continuance of the rink. I would like to do whatever I can do to help, but I would appreciate you a lot if you could also support this project. We need each and every goodwill, however small it may be, from you."
"The rink in Kyoto has closed down a couple years ago. There are three rinks available in Osaka area now; Moriguchi, Rinkai and Kansei University's. But my college rink sets its own regulations; such as fixed number of skaters to train at a time. Thus practically there are only two rinks available, I would say. We can not let this rink close down for the sake of these skaters. Some of the coaches here helped me a great deal when I was a teenager. Two younger skaters from my home town Okayama now train here, too. But all of them train here everyday with, say, literally fear of losing their traning base. I would like them to train without such concerns and to concenrate on their skating, only."
Last edited by deedee1; 07-12-2012 at 10:28 PM.
07-13-2012, 06:07 AM
What a spin! And that tango is sublime. Thanks so much for sharing these with us. Suzuki looks really good also in the intro, doesn't she.
Originally Posted by deedee1
07-15-2012, 09:39 AM
07-15-2012, 10:09 AM
I didn't notice that, Deedee. Thanks for pointing it out. How lovely to realize that he's been working so hard, and that he's still improving. Go, Daisuke! I'm telling you, when he comes to America, we're not giving him back.
07-15-2012, 10:51 AM
07-15-2012, 05:42 PM
Seriously...I hope that whatever Dai finds over here will help him continue to grow and thrive, so that he's at his absolute best this season and the next. It will be our honor to play any part in his career.
07-17-2012, 03:03 AM
07-17-2012, 04:27 AM
On Saturday at PIW I asked him who his choreographer will be. He said he doesn't know yet.
07-17-2012, 08:45 PM
Be patient! We will know that by October 6 (@JO), and by November 2 (@CoC) for his SP at the latest. So, let me see, it is only the matter of ...............76 days' wait. Not so long, isn't it?
Rinkai Sport Center has updated their site and summed up fundraising upon the charity show on July 12th.
As of today, the center collected almost 8.23 million yen (approx. US$102 thousands) from 4,838 people.
Again, a BIG 'thank you' to all skaters, their parents, coaches, feds people and guest skaters who joined this project! And to those who contributed to this project (including deedee)!
Still a long way towards this year's target 50 million yen, but remember "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!"