Yukkey@Makit.TeamJAPAN on YouTube posted a lot of beautiful Team Japan videos, many of them rare.
2002 Japanese Nationals - Ladies' Event Retrospective
2002 Japanese Nationals - Ladies' Event Medal Ceremony
2005 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Alexei Yagudin
2005 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - The 2006 Olympics representatives + Opening Theme
2006 Japanese Nationals - The 2007 Worlds representatives
2006 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Opening
2006 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Finale
2007 Japanese Nationals - Men's Event Medal Ceremony
2007 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Opening
2007 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Finale
2008 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Opening
2008 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Finale
2009 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - The 2010 Olympics representatives opening number
2011 Japanese Nationals - Exhibition Gala - Opening & Yuzuru's speech
2007 Dreams On Ice backstage
2008 Dreams On Ice backstage
Many thanks to the uploader!
I think I could be a fan of Kana Muramoto/Hiroichi Noguchi once they improve more. They're already pretty good for a team that's been together 4 months.
And it's good that Japan has a decent ice dance team with two Japanese people so they can go to the 2018 Olympics. Now Chris Reed can finally retire.
And speaking of POTO, maybe some of you already know but there was a skater named Ryo Shibata whom they called "the Japanese Johnny Weir" and he was the Junior National Champion in 2002, won 2 other JGPs but didn't have any success in the senior circuit so he retired in 2010. The only decent video I could find of him was POTO with lyrics from an exhibition gala. His Biellmann spin was pretty good.
And a few photos
I've seen Ryo Shibata before & was really impressed with his flexibility. Probably the only other male skater that can compare is Shawn Sawyer. I think he and Yuzuru might have similar tastes in costumes too. Nicovideo has some videos of him at Japanese competitions. From what I remember, he had a pretty bad fall in every one of them. Jumping was not his strong suit...but definitely a skater with some really nice qualities.
^ Ah, I figured Nicovideo must've had some videos. Thank you for sharing!
As for POTO party, may I add one more performance by Noriyuki Kanzaki, please? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV_OnIICQGs
This was from the Nats in 2006-07 season, which was his last competitive season and Noriyuki had his skate of his life there! Just look at how all the audience got excited by his fabulous performance. Also how excited and proud his coaches, Mie Hamada and Yamato Tamura (now Satoko's coaches) were. Priceless moments. You will also find little Shoma at 6:35!
by the way, I'm going to add this one, great performance by Yamato Tamura.
I like his hairstyle as well as the SP
I didn't know where to talk about this, so I am doing it here. I had already watched the first event in the Junior Grand Prix in France and seen both Rin Nitaya and Miyu Nakashio. I am glad that Rin Nitaya got second and she did skate with considerable passion and artistry and the jumps she landed were quite good, though I hope she can skate cleaner next time. Rin seems a bit more sophisticated and her flexibility is a bit better, but I actually liked Miyu Nakashio's program a little more, probably because it was almost totally clean, except for one two footed landing, and I could tell from the expression on her face that she did too. So, I felt bad for her today when I noticed that she lost out on bronze to Amber Glenn, who made more mistakes, by less than 1/2 a point, even though Miyu beat her in the long by almost 2 points. What do the rest of you think? I hope she is able to get over this heartbreaking result and skates even better next time.