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    First of all, so happy that someone started this. Two, what a wonderful time to be following the Japanese women!

    1) Your favorite lady in 2018
    Kaori Sakamoto - I love her personality (and hope she shows it more on the ice). I have to admit, I was on the Marin Honda train when they were both juniors but the growth that Kao-chan since she switched to seniors is truly the definition of an upward trajectory. She really won me over with her Skate America 2017 performance. What I love about her is that she is different in style and *sometimes* packaging. I know that the Japanese women get criticized for their princess packaging and that just doesn’t work for Kaori’s power and style. Her skating skills are like butter and she is very musical!
    2) Your favorite program of the year
    1. Kaori’s FS, “The Piano”
    2. Satoko’s FS, “Invierno Porteno” - I know everyone loves the SP and I will admit I was not a fan of both at the beginning of the season but I find myself drawn to watch her free over and over again.
    3. Rika’s FS, “A Beautiful Storm”

    I would have put Wakabond but I consider it part of LY’s season and it was my fav LY!
    3) Your favorite performance
    Kaori's FS at Helsinki, such grit to comeback from such a disastrous SP.
    Rika’s SP at GPF bc she finally did a clean short.
    4) Your favorite costume
    1. Rika’s FS costume
    2. Kaori’s FS costume also bc she and Shoma matched at one point
    3. Satoko’s first FS costume
    5) The biggest surprise
    Kaori’s win at nationals but also how bad Satoko's FS costume got
    6) The most sad moment/event
    Rika Hongo at every competition this season
    Mai Mihara always being the almost girl. This girl needs a Rachmaninoff program stat!
    7) The happiest moment/event
    Kaori's comeback at Finland
    Wakababy’s FS at worlds
    8) The most promising junior
    Tomoe Kawabata with that Yuna Kim 3Lz-3T combo
    9) The most promising senior
    Rika Kihira but I believe there are some other seniors who could totally add a triple axel into their repertoire!
    10) Your wish for 2019
    Team Japan to be rewarded with the PCS and GOE that they deserve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tosca View Post
    Mai Mihara always being the almost girl. This girl needs a Rachmaninoff program stat!
    And Mao doing the choreo. Given how such a Mao fangirl she is, i think she wouldn't be against the idea

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    1. Your favorite lady in 2018
    Kaori. Which is strange, because that moment of windmill-miming in last year’s free was to me what Medvedeva’s Chopin VOs seemed to be to everyone else — I don’t care how good the rest of the programme is: I WILL NOT FORGIVE THIS. Not enough “noshake” emojis in the world for that moment. And this season... I actually love her short, possibly because Satie’s Gymnopedies are my favourite piece of music, but also because there’s something so warm and engaging about Kaori that I can’t help but be drawn in. Her speed across the ice and the size of her jumps is just heavenly, and the fact that she’s so sweet off ice ... I just want all the good things to happen to this girl.

    ... of course, I also stan Rika and Wakaba super-hard, so choosing a favourite is painful.

    2. Your favorite program of the year
    Wakaba’s SP
    Satoko’s SP
    Kaori’s SP and FP
    Rika’s SP
    Marin’s SP

    (I actually quite like the softer, more refined vibe of Rika’s SP, even if Mao’s take is still the Definitive Version. While the free is a strong programme, I find the short more compelling.)

    3. Your favorite performance
    Rika’s SP at GPF
    Satoko’s SP at Skate America
    Maori’s SP and FP at Nationals
    Wakaba’s SP at Nationals and Skate Canada
    Mako’s FP at Skate Canada

    4. Your favorite costume
    Rika’s SP dress
    Kaori’s FP dress
    Wakaba’s SP dress
    Mako’s FP dress
    Marin’s SP dress

    5. The biggest surprise
    Kaori winning nationals. Not that it was an outright upset, just that the majority of the attention was on Rika and she entered as the clear favourite — so seeing Kaori take the title was a surprise, but a great one.

    6. The most sad moment/event
    Wakaba’s FP at Skate Canada, if only because I was worried about her the whole way through.

    7. The happiest moment/event
    Wakaba’s Bond free skate at Worlds. I cry every time I watch it, still.

    8. The most promising junior
    Moa, if she can defeat her nerves. Innate artistry and grace in spades.

    Kawabata, the best technician I’ve seen in some years and a charming performer to boot.

    9. The most promising senior
    Hmm. Wakaba and Kaori tie for me. I know Wakaba was working on the 3A (and wasn’t Kaori as well?) and I believe both of them are capable of additional technical content. The only reason I’m not giving this one to Rika is because I think she’s been delivering on her promise this season, as her SP score at GPF shows.

    10. Your wish for 2019
    Tongue in cheek: for Kaori to be given appropriate GOE — if her jumps aren’t at least a +3 (and more like a +5 when she nails them), then no one’s are.

    Actual wish: for everyone to stay or become healthy and happy. I care less about the scores than whether or not skaters themselves are satisfied with what they’ve done.

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    Mai won Japan Intercollegiate Skating Championships https://mobile.twitter.com/tsuyoboog...18546795433984
    With a clean FS again.

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    1) Your favorite lady in 2018 (I know, i start with the most difficult)
    With great difficulty... Satoko.
    2) Your favorite program of the year
    SP: Mai's Libertango, Satoko's Song for the Little Sparrow
    FS: Wakaba's Skyfall, Rika's Beautiful Storm
    3) Your favorite performance
    I will never forget Rika's SP at GPF. Being in the stands for that was just incredible, the whole crowd fell in love with her that night.
    4) Your favorite costume
    Tie between Kaori's FS costume and Rika's FS costume, both so beautiful and great to photograph in motion
    5) The biggest surprise
    Definitely Kaori winning Nationals
    6) The most sad moment/event
    Mai missing GPF by a hair!
    7) The happiest moment/event
    Aaagh, how can I choose between Marin's first clean short of the season vs any one of the incredible FS comebacks?
    8) The most promising junior
    I enjoyed Moa Iwano best, does that count?
    9) The most promising senior
    Rika Kihira
    10) Your wish for 2019
    Good health for all the Japanese ladies. It's too much to hope for no injuries, but... I can hope.

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    Mai with another clean skate! Would love to see her compete at Worlds

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    Quote Originally Posted by yume View Post
    Mai won Japan Intercollegiate Skating Championships https://mobile.twitter.com/tsuyoboog...18546795433984
    With a clean FS again.
    Some other notes:

    Second place was Hina Takeno. Third was Rika Oya. Fourth was Rin Nitaya

    I thought that Miyu Nakashio was retired after Nationals, but she finished 13th here.

    Yuka Nagai was 10th after the short, but withdrew from the free.

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    Does someone knows when challengers assignements come out usually?

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    I'm wondering also. Hope to see Marin, Mako, Yuna & Wakaba at some spring challengers

    edit: just looked at those results and good god Mai's score compared to everyone else's is Worlds '18 men-level lopsided. You go girl!

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    There are no challengers in the spring, just other B competitions.

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    My bad. I'm mostly waiting challenge cup assignements. Last year JSF sent a big team. Novices, juniors and seniors iirc.
    Would be the occasion to see future juniors like Hana Yoshida (if she has fully recovered from injury) and Rika Tejima.
    Wouldn't be a bad idea to make Yuhana Yokoi compete in seniors, to improve her SB. I don't think her SB is enough to get her one guaranted spot in GP next season. She can improve it at junior worlds but a disaster can happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yume View Post
    My bad. I'm mostly waiting challenge cup assignements. Last year JSF sent a big team. Novices, juniors and seniors iirc.
    Would be the occasion to see future juniors like Hana Yoshida (if she has fully recovered from injury) and Rika Tejima.
    Wouldn't be a bad idea to make Yuhana Yokoi compete in seniors, to improve her SB. I don't think her SB is enough to get her one guaranted spot in GP next season. She can improve it at junior worlds but a disaster can happen.
    Senior B events don't count for SB - only the Challenger series ones. The only events left this season that count for SB are Euros, 4CC, JW, Worlds and WTT.

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    Really?! A shame then.

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    Mai is still so impressing to do more than 200 points in a minor competition, it's a good training for next month, which she misses is just good programs at the height of her talents, although I liked his Cinderella and The Mission.

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    1st round of announcement re. assignments to B-level competitions in Spring:
    Source (in Japanese): https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2...000052-sph-spo

    *Bavarian Open (February 12–17, 2019)
    Satoko Miyahara, Koshiro Shimada [NB: as Koshiro is the 1st alt. to Japanese' men at WC, he should be competing at Sr. level here in order to earn the TES minimum requirement]
    Also: Yuna Aoki, Yuto Kishina, Yuna Shiraiwa [NB: as Shiraiwa is assigned to JWC and needs the minimum TES for junior level competition, her assignment might be to the junior level.]

    *Challenge Cup (February 21–24, 2019)
    Shoma Uno, Rika Kihira, Sota Yamamoto, Wakaba Higuchi
    Also: Yuma Kagiyama

    (Following from the news, and already confirmed after Nationals): for Winter Universiade 2019
    Men: Tomono Kazuki, Shu Nakamura, Hiroaki Sato
    Ladies: Mai Mihara, Hina Takeno

    *Coupe du Printemps (March 15–17, 2019, incl jr category)
    Sena Miyake

    NB2: saw in another news report that all the above assignments are at Sr level. I think Yuna Aoki is old enough to skate at senior level (but has been competiting at Jr. level both internationally and domestically. Not sure if Yuma Kagiyama is old enough to skate in senior level though...

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    I know that Shoma is a competition bulimic, but it's surprising to see Rika do a competition between 4CC and worlds. Surprising too to see Satoko in a level B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohkaix View Post
    1st round of announcement re. assignments to B-level competitions in Spring:
    Source (in Japanese): https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2...000052-sph-spo


    *Coupe du Printemps (March 15–17, 2019, incl jr category)
    TBA
    Adding a second source: https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/ne...00178000c.html

    And one addition to the Coupe du Printemps (March 15–17, 2019)
    Sena Miyake (only this entry has been announced)

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    Yay Wakaba got an assignment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohkaix View Post
    1st round of announcement re. assignments to B-level competitions in Spring:
    Source (in Japanese): https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2...000052-sph-spo

    *Bavarian Open (February 12–17, 2019)
    Satoko Miyahara, Koshiro Shimada [NB: as Koshiro is the 1st alt. to Japanese' men at WC, he should be competing at Sr. level here in order to earn the TES minimum requirement]
    Also: Yuna Aoki, Yuto Kishina, Yuna Shiraiwa [NB: as Shiraiwa is assigned to JWC and needs the minimum TES for junior level competition, her assignment might be to the junior level.]

    *Challenge Cup (February 21–24, 2019)
    Shoma Uno, Rika Kihira, Sota Yamamoto, Wakaba Higuchi
    Also: Yuma Kagiyama

    (Following from the news, and already confirmed after Nationals): for Winter Universiade 2019
    Men: Tomono Kazuki, Shu Nakamura, Hiroaki Sato
    Ladies: Mai Mihara, Hina Takeno

    *Coupe du Printemps (March 15–17, 2019, incl jr category)
    Sena Miyake

    NB2: saw in another news report that all the above assignments are at Sr level. I think Yuna Aoki is old enough to skate at senior level (but has been competiting at Jr. level both internationally and domestically. Not sure if Yuma Kagiyama is old enough to skate in senior level though...
    Yuma Kagiyama is eligible in seniors. Born in may 2003.

    Good thing to give some international experience in seniors to Yuna Aoki.

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    *Challenge Cup (February 21–24, 2019)
    Shoma Uno, Rika Kihira, Sota Yamamoto, Wakaba Higuchi
    Also: Yuma Kagiyama


    Is this really for real?
    Have all my dreams come true in one figure skating event? At home?!
    I don’t believe it.

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