March 11th, 2012.
It's been a year since the huge earthquakes hit the wide area of northern/eastern Japan, and the tsunami took the lives of over 15 thousands people. It is a great pity that the number of the missing people is still over 3 thousands as of today...
There were countless memorial services throughout Japan, and all the Japanese mourned for the victims who had to leave their beloved ones suddenly, unexpectedly, and unwillingly.
There were a couple of charity skating shows, too; by skaters who are originally from Tohoku area, e.g. Shizuka, Yuruzu, Takeshi, Yamato with local kids skaters.
You will find Dai's message for 'Skating Friends Support Japan', both in English and Japanese, thanking to all the supports from all over the world.
On behalf of skating fans in Japan, I would like to express my utmost 'Thank-You' to all members here at Golden Skate Forum, too, as I believe your kindness and sympathy was indeed a great comfort to Japanese skaters and its fans at that time. Again thank you.
Deedee, thanks for bringing up the anniversary, and for telling us about some of the ceremonies and programs that marked the memorial day. Certain anniversaries of a loss, such as the one-year anniversary, have special meaning and seem to call up unusually intense emotions. I'm heartened to know that the support of skating fans from outside Japan helped the skating community of Japan in some small way. I know that many of us (not just on GS) felt a huge connection to the people of Japan. It was a dreadful wound to the whole country.
Yes, he has already had "it"!demarinis5 said:Even at 17 he has "it"! Lovely performance.