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Here are the five teams who competed in dance at Japanese Nationals in 2017-18:

1 Kana MURAMOTO/Chris Reed
2 Misato KOMATSUBARA/Timothy Koleto
3 Rikako FUKASE/Aru TATENO
4 Yuka ORIHARA/Kanata MORI
5 Mio IIDA/Kenta ISHIBASHI

Muramoto/Reed have been assigned to the 2018 Four Continents Championships, 2018 Olympics and 2018 World Championships. Komatsubara/Koleto and Fukase/Tateno have also been assigned to Four Continents.

At the 2018 Four Continents Championships, Muramoto/Reed came third, becoming the first non-Canadian or American team to medal at that event.

Here are the teams who competed in dance at Japanese Junior Nationals. None of them competed on the JGP this season.

1. 矢 島 榛 乃 / 嶋 崎 大 暉 - Haruno Yajima / Daiki Shimazaki
2. 平 山 姫里有 / 東 健 太 - Kiria Hirayama / Kenta Higashi
3. 高 浪 歩 未 / 池 田 喜 充 - Ayami Takanami / Yoshimitsu Ikeda
4. 柏 野 茉 衣 / 柏 野 雄 飛 - Mai Kashino / Yuhi Kashino
5. 小 田 美 礼 / 山 内 良 斗 - Mirei Oda / Ryouto Yamauchi
WD 野 中 理紗子 / 鈴 木 雄 大 - Risako Nonaka / Yudai Suzuki


Muramoto/Reed's Fan Fest can be found here

I'll add more information on the other senior teams in the next couple of posts.



August 9th 2018 Update

Muramoto/Reed have just announced their split. Both want to continue with new partners. Orihara/Mori split earlier this year. This leaves three teams who competed at senior Nationals: Komatsubara/Koleto, Fukase/Tateno, and Iida/Ishibashi. Junior champions Yajima/Shimazaki have moved up to senior domestically.
 

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Misato KOMATSUBARA/Tim KOLETO

Tim Koleto was born on 17th June 1991 in Kalispell, Montana, USA. Misato Komatsubara (Japanese: 小松原美里 Komatsubara Misato) was born on 28th July 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal. They were previously coached by Barbara Fusar Poli, Stefano Caruso and Rie Arikawa and train in Milan. Misato previously represented Italy and Tim previously represented Norway and South Korea (with Yura Min). In January 2017, Misato and Tim got married in Okayama, Japan.

PERSONAL BESTS

Personal Best Total Score154.7505.08.2018ISU CS Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2018
Personal Best Score Rhythm Dance61.2804.08.2018ISU CS Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2018
Personal Best Score Free Dance93.4705.08.2018ISU CS Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2018

PROFILES

ISU: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00103082.htm
Instagram
- Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timkoleto/?hl=en
- Misato: https://www.instagram.com/missatoooo/?hl=en

PROGRAMS

2018-19
RD: El sol Sueño, Sueño de Barrilete by Eladia Blázquez
FD: Love Story OST

2017-18
SD: Salsa: Ahora Quien by Marc Anthony, Rhumba: Ahora Quien by Marc Anthony, Samba: Samba do Brasil (Radio Remix) by Bellini
FD: Where Is It Written? by Barbara Streisand, Michel Legrand, End Credits (from "Sabrina" soundtrack) by John Williams, A Piece of Sky by Barbara Streisand, Michel Legrand


RESULTS

CompetitionSD/RDFDFinal
2018-2019 Season
2018 CS Asian Open Trophy3 (61.28)2 (93.47)3 (154.75)
2017-2018 Season
2018 Mentor Torun Cup4 (58.90)4 (88.96)4 (147.86)
2018 Four Continents Championship10 (52.45)9 (85.73)10 (138.18)
2017-18 Japanese National Championships2 (56.65)2 (92.82)2 (149.47)
2017 GP NHK Trophy10 (53.83)10 (78.58)10 (132.41)
2017 CS Lombardia Trophy9 (49.80)6 (78.48)8 (128.28)

 

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Rikako FUKASE/Aru TATENO

Rikako Fukase (Japanese: 深瀬理香子 Fukase Rikako) was born on 12th August 1997 in Kawagoe, Japan. Aru Tateno (Japanese: 立野在 Tateno Aru) was born on 29th August 1997 in Yokohama, Japan. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer and Pascal Denis in Montreal.


PERSONAL BESTS

Personal Best Total Score124.0318.03.2017ISU World Junior Championships 2017
Personal Best Score Short Dance50.4416.03.2017ISU World Junior Championships 2017
Personal Best Score Free Dance76.8725.01.2018ISU Four Continents Championships 2018

PROFILES

ISU: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00035073.htm
Instagram: Rikako https://www.instagram.com/ricaco_scone_popo/?hl=en
Figure Skating Wikia: http://figure-skating.wikia.com/wiki/Rikako_Fukase_/_Aru_Tateno

PROGRAMS

2018-19
RD:
FD:

2017-18
SD: Cha Cha: Senorita Bonita by Martin Strathausen performed by Tape Five, Mambo: Tequila by Chuck Rio performed by Tape Five, Mambo: Que Rico El Mambo performed by Perez Prado
FD: Hello Dolly by Jerry Herman, The International Hello Dolly by Jerry Herman

2016-17
SD: Petite Fleur by Sidney Bechet, Opus No. 1 by Sy Oliver
FD: The King and I by Richard Rodgers

2015-16
SD: Aquarellen, Feuerfest by Josef Strauss
FD: Dream a Little Dream of Me by Fabian Andre & Wilbur Schwandt, Puttin' On the Ritz by Irving Berlin


ETA: This team has now split.
 

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Yuka ORIHARA/Kanata MORI

ETA this team has split. Yuka is now skating with Lee Royer of Canada.
 

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Well done, Kana and Chris! Congratulation for Bronze at 4CC! :clap: The first Japanese ice dance team to podium at an ISU Championships!


Four teams have been entered at Mentor Torun Cup.

http://www.pfsa.com.pl/results/1718/MTC2018/index.htm

Senior:
Rikako FUKASE / Aru TATENO
Misato KOMATSUBARA / Tim KOLETO
Yuka ORIHARA / Kanata MORI

Junior:
Haruno YAJIMA / Daiki SHIMAZAKI
 

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Update, Yuka ORIHARA/Kanata MORI have split. Yuka has paired up with Lee Royer of Canada. They are training at the Vancouver Ice Dance Academy. It's not known which country they will be representing. They are junior eligible.
 

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Following the sad news about the split of Kana and Chris, just to catch up with the rest of the couples:

Komatsubara/Koleto: just finished 3rd at Asian Open Trophy, will take a 2nd CS event at US Classics
Fukase/Tateno: Tateno has surgery to his left shoulder in Feb. He just finished rehab (in Japan?) and just got back to Montreal for training. This means the couple may have a delayed start for the season.
Orihara/Lee (see previous post)
Iida/Ishibashi: was skating together in June (2018 PRINCE MIKASA CUP ICE DANCE COMPETITION)

Yajima/Shimazaki: were junior champions in 2017, was at JWC in 2018, still skating together in June (also 2018 Prince Mikasa Cup), but have been competed at Senior level in June.
 

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Updates about Ice dance team:

Fukase and Tateno has ended their partnership (unfortunately). The main reason is due to Tateno's injury and it's probably a difficult process for him to go through the rehab and everything. So Tateno decides to retire. And it seems Fukase may continue on.
 

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Utana YOSHIDA/Shingo NISHIYAMA

Utana Yoshida and Shingo Nishiyama are a new team that formed recently and are training with Andrew Hallam at The Cricket Club in Toronto.

Romain from Gadbois just choreographed their FD for next season: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuSTlSxnO2h/
And Scott Moir was just at TCC and he worked with them: https://www.instagram.com/p/BuMF4MjnuHv/

PROGRAMS

2019-20
RD: I Can Do That and One from A Chorus LineFD: Don Quixote


RESULTS

CompetitionRDFDFinal
2019-2020 Season
2019 Minto Summer Skate4 (53.43)5 (85.55)4 (138.98)


Here is their fan fest for further updates: X
 

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Ayumi Takanami and Yoshimitsu Ikeda finished 26th at Junior Worlds (41.74 points in the SP).

https://twitter.com/figureskatingm1/status/1102862035371479041

They started a crowdfunding campaign recently (link within above url), which details how they became ice dancers and their history as a partnership.
On 5th March they had already exceeded their 1 mill target (at 1369000 yen) with the aim of reaching 3.7 mill yen to cover one season.

They hope to turn senior in July 2020. I hope that they can achieve their goals! :)
 

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For the new teams, we have Yoshida/Nishiyama, who just made their competition debut in junior dance at Minto Summer Skate and Fukase/Roy, who are entered in senior dance at the Qubec Summer skate in a couple of weeks. Yuka Orihara (who competed with a Canadian partner last year) is now skating for Finland with a new partner.

Here are Y/N's programs from Minto. They're skating to A Chorus Line for the RD and Don Quixote for the FD. They came 4th.

RD: https://youtu.be/Jrb9RPlcIFs
FD: https://youtu.be/eqo_JzcHNok

They look great for a brand new team.

A fan fest has been made for them: X
 

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Welcome Kana (Maramoto) and Daisuke (Takahashi) pairing up as a new ice dance team for Japan!!
 

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According to the Wikipedia page for the 2018-19 season, Rikako Fukase teamed up with Oliver Zhang and they skated at the Championnats Québécois d'été in August. I believe they are representing Japan.

Also, Kiria Hirayama and Kenta Ishibashi skated at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International, placing 10th.
 

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According to the Wikipedia page for the 2018-19 season, Rikako Fukase teamed up with Oliver Zhang and they skated at the Championnats Québécois d'été in August. I believe they are representing Japan.

Also, Kiria Hirayama and Kenta Ishibashi skated at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International, placing 10th.

According to the updated entry list to Western sectionals, Fukase/Zhang enters as Sr. couples to east section, whereas Hirayam/Ishibashi to west section (the dance competitions from both sections will be held under western sectionals).
 

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According to the updated entry list to Western sectionals, Fukase/Zhang enters as Sr. couples to east section, whereas Hirayam/Ishibashi to west section (the dance competitions from both sections will be held under western sectionals).

Western Sectionals
Fukase / Zhang: 148.06
Edamura / Shimazaki: 132.03
Hirayama / Ishibashi: 131.29

Yoshida / Nishiyama: 150.36
Takanami / Ikeda: 118.60

They all won medals :) good luck to them at Nationals!

I hope that the fed is planning to send the senior teams to international competitions soon, it would be nice to see more than one couple at Four Continents next year.
 

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Just an Update:
Kiria Hirayama and Kenta Ishibashi (National senior bronze medallists) split due to Kenta's retirement.

Ayumi Takanami and Yoshimitsu Ikeda (National junior silver medallists) split.

This month, Kiria has now paired up with Aru Tateno, who is coming out of retirement! Wishing them all the best. :)

Looking forward as well to the new partnership of Kana and Daisuke!
 
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