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    Thanks alot let's talk and ostile17 for the inofrmation. Wow, so many show appearances this off season again.

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    You shoot, Let's talk!

    Quote Originally Posted by ostile17 View Post
    Seems this one has been removed from YT, here is another one with English substitles.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFDF8d66_Eg

    Quite a good interview!
    Loved his answer around 3:00-4:00; Asked about the current situation of Japanese Men discipline with such depth, Dai feels very happy as the eldest one of them, but really hard/tough for him, too, as one of competitors to go head to head and fight for Olympic spots come Nats in December. I always like how he expresses his feelings/opinions without being arrogant himself and/or without saying negative things re other skaters.

    From 4:05~ What are you doing, Dai??? at 4:12, you look a bit 'Oyaji-kusai~~~'!

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    Thank you deedee for posting the interview with the English subtitles and thanks to the up-loader for the translation..

    Great video montage of Dai's step sequences, he is the best!

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    Watching TV nonchalantly, I have encounterd with a Japanese piano duo 'Les Freres' who are brothers. They started learning classical piano as small kids and moved to Luxemburg at age 15 to study it further, but eventually became interested in being more creative on composing and playing piano music as 'Quatre-Mains' style (French words, meaning play one piano with four hands).
    http://lesfreres.jp/english/profile.shtml

    What is very unique is their style and way of thinking. When this duo got started their professional career, they visited a lot of 'kindergartens'. That was also the times when they were still unsure and less confident of themselves; if the direction they were heading to was the right choice to make, if their style ever got 'accepted' and make any success, filled with many if if if...But once the brother started playing it for these kids, and saw kids' eyes soon grew brighter; some clapping along with the music, some dancing, some jumping up & down with laughter, they finally came to believe they made the right decision. It was these kids at kindergarten who taught this duo that good music is good music after all; when people listen to music and feel comfortable with it, it just shows, regardless of whatever genre the music is or who plays it.

    Les Freres & kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-cCCa2MAaY

    As of today, even after this duo has made a remarkable success, they still pay visits to kindergarten. Even more unique is they invite/welcome all kids including 'babies' to their concerts, because it was these innocent kids who encouraged the duo to keep on going for what they believe, and more importantly, kids are simply the future not only for music world but everything in the world.

    And their way how they see kids and music reminds me of Daisuke a lot. Dai mentioned a number of times in the past that he loves teaching/instructing kids skaters; not only because it helps to spread popularity of the sport and to raise next generations in the long run, but also by watching these kids enjoy skating, it reminds him of his earlier days when he purely enjoyed 'skating' (=no jumps, no spins, but all skating in skating boots and moving around ice) and gives him powers, joy for skating once again, motivation and even inspiration.

    Kids and top skaters at skating lesson held during WTT:
    http://www.tocho-i.metro.tokyo.jp/t-...22_figure.html

    In this regard, if his team is interested in using something very original/unique, not the ordinary/regular/familiar music skated to death already, and is interested again in some sort of colaboration with Japanese music/musicians for the upcoming Olympic season, like Vancouver in 2010, it will be great for picking up music from this duo for his SP, I thought.
    Here is the one I would pick up from Les Freres music.
    Eagle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd4NtgqwjkU

    This would suit Dai's skating style; power, intensity, coolness, darkness and passion. I thnik his postures and lines on ice has much improved thanks to his ballet excercise, so I would love if he can skate with modern balletic falvour. And who the choreographer is?...Kenji Miyamoto, of course!

    Or, if you want something cute, uplifting and more jazzy, how about this, Kenji?
    BoogieWoogie Depot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Xkzn2RPpw
    Or, Six Mains Boogie, with Oe Senri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81fq8Ps_QqU

    I have a question. Is it allowed to pick up music from live concerts for competitive programs? If so, would be great I think, because all these clapping, whristling and yaying throughout the music can be included and it will create a lively atmosphere as if a competitive ice rink were a live concert!

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    Random noises in a program have never been forbidden-this year we have had clapping, bird song & Scott Moir's roar. Last season, there were airplane sounds in Zhiganshina & Gaszi's program, and clock sounds in various programs, so I don't see why live concerts couldn't be used. In dance, of course, anything with a clear beat is OK. In the other disciplines, understandable words are forbidden, but even that rule will likely be overturned soon.

    I like that Eagle track!
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    Thanks, doris! As always, your in-depth knowledge & wisdom in FS is a ray of light in the dark for me!

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    Daisuke will be featured in CNN World Sport "Human to Hero" soon. Shooting is under way, though the On-Air date has not fxed yet.
    Link to the program:
    http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/human-to-hero/

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    Slide shows
    -Dai at practices in 2012-13 season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOZYozwQ9YM

    I love Dai in a simple black tight practice outfit.
    Though he is not tall or huge in real life, he looks very fit and masculine. good amount of muscle and does not look 'too slender' which we often see from figure skaters. (For that matter he sometimes complains that he is a bit 'too heavy' for his height as a figure skater due to his muscle...) Only complaint from his fans is his slim waist for a man, almost criminal to some women in the world me included.

    -Dai, Utako sensei & his Team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFvqXtreO6o

    The three priceless moments for me:
    The first one (same as the last one), Utako sensei looking straight into his eyes, is right before his Free performance at 2010 Nats when Dai after placing 4th in SP was in danger losing his spot for 2011 Worlds...
    The second one at 0:12 is April 5th 2009; Dai stood on ice for the first time since his awful knee injury and surgery in Oct 2008.
    The third one at 5:08, she hugging him after Free at 2010 Vancouver

    Thank you so much, Utako sensei and everyone in his team for 'always being with Daisuke' on his good days and bad days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Daisuke will be featured in CNN World Sport "Human to Hero" soon. Shooting is under way, though the On-Air date has not fxed yet.
    Link to the program:
    http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/human-to-hero/
    Deedee1, on the website it says
    Human to Hero next meets Daisuke Takahashi, a figure skater from Japan.
    I've assumed it will be next week's episode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostile17 View Post
    Deedee1, on the website it says

    I've assumed it will be next week's episode?
    Thanks a lot, ostile. Yes yes, seems so!
    Up next: Skating star
    Human to Hero next meets Daisuke Takahashi, a figure skater from Japan.
    The 27-year-old wanted to be a gymnast as a child, but there was an ice rink near his home -- and he has gone on to become Asia's first male world champion.
    Takahashi says he loves to perform for an audience and is hoping to improve on his 2010 Olympic bronze at Sochi 2014.

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    Dai will be skating to the live music of Fumiya Fujii at the AOI show.

    http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/201...050011-n1.html

    Google will translate the article.

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    Documentary aired on May 12th.

    -Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUZOtFtnm_I ->you will see 11yo Dai from 8:50
    -Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gZxCTasD3k

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    Thanks deedee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    from 8:48, Dai's message to younger athletes who dream of competing at the Games

    "Everything that happens to you along the way has a meaning, regardless if you're aware of it or not. It's all up to you how meaningful it can be or just meaningless it shall be. And don't rush yourself. One step at a time.
    I believe there is nothing meaningless that happens to someone, though it may appear plain meaningless (to the person at first or to someone else), and I would rather see such a things is 'necessary' on its way to progress (as an athlete/person). Looking back my path so far, I did things which at first appeared meaningless. I made many mistakes, too. But if you are afraid of making a mistake and hesitate going for it, it may stop you from progressing. That's how I, at least, have progressed as a skater all these years. Mistakes that I made in the past helped what I am today. I have never been scolded for making a mistake by my coach. <in a small voice...well, it said so, clearly on her face a couple of times, though...(laugh).> Haste makes waste in the end. We sometimes need a roundabout route in life."

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