Dai is on the cover of WFS. I think this photo is from Art on Ice. He had the
gray shirt on when he skated to Orion.
This one is for let's talk and other fans who miss Dai and his skating during this quiet off season:
The above montage was uploaded by one of his fans when Dai injured his knee in 2008-09 season. I remember this montage helped many of his fans, me included, to keep a positive attitude when nobody was certain whether his comeback was ever possible at that time.
There was another montage featured with the song "The Rose" by Bette Midler that consoled my soul back then. It was deleted unfortunately, though... Let me allow to write its lyrics because is so beautiful.
Some say love it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love it is a hunger
And endless aching need
I say love it is a flower
And you its only seed
It's the heart afraid of breakin'
That never learns to dance
It's the dream afraid of wakin'
That never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul afraid of dyin'
That never learns to live
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love
In the spring becomes the rose
Daisuke and his beautiful skating is 'The Rose' for me. Even without an Olympic medal or World title he won. Personally I don't care about another Olympic/World medal, to be honest. I am simply grateful for the fact that Dai and his team can fully prepare for this season without worrying about any injuries this time. And fans can wait for another season to begin in peace and look forward to seeing his skating again. What a difference compared to four years ago! But I, for one, shall be most grateful to skating god if He let Dai skate one more time on the Olympic ice, because that's what he wants and because its venue 'Russia' means a lot to him, his team and his fans.
Russia is the venue where 17y.o. Dai and Utako sensei lived for months and had to share a small cheap hotel room to learn the world top level of skating skills for him and to learn world top level of coaching skills for her. Russia is the venue where Takeshi, now his jump coach, got the unforgettable/unfortunate ankle injury when it most counted, had to withdraw from the Worlds 2005 after the preliminary round, and had to put all burden to young Dai to get Torino Olympic spot(s). And Russia is the homeland for the devoted coach NM and for the devoted fan LT who fell in love with Dai's skating. Just like many of us.
The next morning after his disappointing 5th finish at 2011 Moscow Worlds. When asked about his future by J-media who rather expected a retirement announcement from him, Dai answered instead: http://www.47news.jp/topics/sportsco...5/post_206.php
"I may not be able to end my competitive career with the best senario/results as I would hope for. At this point, I don't even know where the limit of my capability shall be. But I want to give it a try and see how far I can go from here. I may drop in the standings yet again, but I still want to fight it out with these fellow Japanese male skaters. I want to believe in potentials left in me."
The same day he and Utako sensei together re-visited the old ice rink and hotel in Moscow where they stayed in 2003, for the first time since then.
At the end of the above montage when asked about his dream, very young Dai answered shyly:
"Dream? My dream...? To get on the Olympic podium. That's my dream."
May an Angel be with Daisuke as he is heading into his 12th (and probably his final competitive) season on the senior circuit.
deedee, thank you for link, for song lyrics and for your beautiful words. You really moved me.
I agree with any single word you wrote. I started knowing Dai only at Vancouver Oly games, where he found a place in my heart and never left.
What I wish most for him in next season is fulfillment of all his wishes because he deserves it so much.
I only want seeing him skating at his highest level with calm and peaceful soul and with his gorgeous smile that comes from his heart.
I haven't visited here in awhile. Deedee, thanks for that lovely song, which is one of my favorites. It's such a beautiful tune as well as a wonderful thought, one of hope beyond where one could believe that a good outcome was possible.
Of course I hope for the OGM, but most of all I hope that Dai can do his very best and leaves everything out on the ice, short and long programs, when the music ends, and that his programs are ones that people talk about with admiration for years to come.
At the start of 2013-14 season, I would like to do some more translation, which I have longed to introduce you all here.
Source: SOUL Up Exhibition, published July 2011
-A couple of books/essay in Japanese on Daisuke were published in the past. SOUL Up Exhibition is one of such and its writer is Dai himself. At the very end of the book was the message from his long time coach Utako Nagamitsu to him that supposedly was written after 2011 Worlds, which was of course originally set at Tokyo in March, but moved to Moscow in April due to the earthquake disaster.
-Please be sure that due to nature of Japanese language (e.g. to avoid direct reference/expressions) I may add up some English words while translating, or, may change a bit in order to give you its general meaning or to sound clearer, instead of a word-for-word translation. Also, very likely it's going to be long translation due to my 'lack' in vocabulary (mind you everyone, 'vocabulary' should be always in singular form!, okay? )
-As usual, I will do it little by little and apology in advance for any mistakes on English words phrases and/or grammar I am to make.
We all are relieved to see such long and hard 2010-11 season was finally over, aren 't we? When this season started, you appeared more composed/self-possessed during competitions in a good way. At the same time, however, I felt a bit uneasy because you somehow did not get yourself fully into competitions where you have to go head to head with other skaters, and we did not see your enormous concentration, I thought, that we usually see from you once you arrive at ice rinks for competitions.
Moscow that we had never dreamed of going to compete, and an accident of a screw loosened out of your boot that we had never expected to happen...The (clearly worn-out) left boot of yours was a big concern for our team before we left for Moscow, actually, so that I suggested to bring a spare one just in case. But you made it clear to us that you wanted to skate with that pair of boots you had been skating with. I believe making such a decision on his/her own is very indispesable for an athlete and I saw your determination in this decision as a top athlete, thus my full endorsement are with you. Looking back now, we just have no way of knowing whether that spare one had ever been put on, even if we had brought a spare pair of boots to Moscow. But the blame is still on me as coach for the fact that the team failed to take all possible measures to help you to fully prepare for this important competition.