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Keiji Tanaka

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
Last Part:

--How has it been for you to be choreographed remotely?
Keiji: Massimo was at home and I was on the ice most of the time. First of all, it was difficult to coordinate our scheduling. There were times when I couldn't see the movement of Massimo's feet clearly on the screen, and it was difficult in many ways. I realized that remote choreography is very difficult. I think it takes a lot of work for a choreographer to follow through it. I felt that it would be much easier to do it together on the ice.
--What exactly was the procedure?
Keiji: First, Massimo sent me a video of the general dance on the ice, I learned it, skated as choreographed, sent the video to Massimo, and then he instructed me in detail remotely. I asked Utako Nagamitsu sensei to interpret for me and take videos for me, but in that sense, it was also a lot of work.
--How would you like to present this program in the future?
Keiji: Well, since this is a jazz program, I would like to show that I can fit in with the session, in other words, that I can be a part of the band, a part of the music. I would like to think of myself as a part of the larger framework of the music. Also, there is a dance instructor at the National Training Center (NTC) who has been giving me advice on how to move my body and how to showcase my moves, so I hope I can reflect that in my performance.
--Isn't it difficult to balance the sense of relaxation that jazz music has with jumping?
Keiji: Yes, it is. If I concentrate on jumping, it may be difficult to express a sense of looseness in a good way, but I think it would be interesting if I could show that kind of looseness, and express jazziness, so I think I have to skate to reach that level.
--I understand that last season's regional competition was tough for you due to injury, but do you think you will be ready for this season?
Keiji: I can't say that I'm fully healed, but I hope I can prepare as much as possible and give it my all. It may not be perfect, but my goal for the first competition is to show everything I've practiced.
--As for the Grand Prix series, you have the Russian Cup and Skate Canada. How do you feel about your first overseas competition in a while?
Keiji: This will be my first overseas competition since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, so I will have to compete under a different stress than usual. I think it is important for me to be careful about infection prevention and to keep myself in good condition. All I have to do now is to show what I have done in preparation.
--So, what are your goals for this season?
Keiji: First of all, I want to make sure that my short and free programs are exactly how I envisioned them to be in every competition. It doesn't matter if it's the Olympic season or not, I'm going to compete to see how far I can improve my own performance.
--Not just because it's the Olympic season?
Keiji: That's right. It's not special because it's the Olympic season, but every season is special for me, and that feeling won't change.

- the end -

I somehow missed the last part of your translation. Thanks! Keiji deserves big amdiration from me for still going on, and not even mentioning the word retirement. :D He's so longeval as a competitive skater!
He may get some inspiration on how to express looseness in Yan's videos - that's a thing he does really well.
I wonder if Keiji wants to become a coach? It looks like a good part of the Japanese skaters struggle with English, but not the coaches, so maybe taking English classes to be able to interpret is essential for coaches? :) Just randomly wondering.

Are any Keiji fans here going to Skate Canada this year? I would really like to have someone display or wave a banner there that I made for Keiji for the canceled 2020 World Championships. It's made out of blue fabric and has the words "探偵王子 田中刑事" (Detective Prince Keiji Tanaka) written on it in bright yellow kanji. I will edit this post with the dimensions of the banner and a picture of it once I get home. I am already going to Skate America and don't think I could handle going to another event at this time. Thanks!

Edit: Problem solved by reaching out to skating Twitter, one of those rare times I can thank it for something! :)

I'm glad you've found someone someone to cheer for Keiji with your banner! What a nice idea for a sign. I'll keep an eye out for that banner in the coverages :) I hope you get another chance to brandish your banner for him in the future.
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
In the men's short program, Keiji Tanaka (Kokusai Gakuen) was in 6th place with 78.83 points.

Keiji Tanaka commented,
“(It was my first time to perform my new program) and the things I usually fail at and the things I was worried about came out in the open. I wasn't worried that it was my first time, but the mistakes I've made in practice came out as they were. I wanted to jump more solidly and to make it to the end feeling good, but I made a lot of mistakes in the end. I realized I was still a long way from perfecting this.”
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan

In the free skate, he scored only 143.37 points, the lowest in the competition, and placed 10th with a total of 222.20 points. The first 4S was popped into a double, and the second one was a fall, so there was no success in the quadruple salchow. "Just like yesterday (SP), my bad things came out as they were. (In the last group) I wanted to keep up with the other competitors more with a performance of my own. But my skate was not good enough. It was a problem to work on before I could compete with them.

After making his first Olympic appearance in 2018 in PyeongChang, he is in the 2022 Beijing Olympic season. The sixth round of the GP in Russia (Nov. 26-28, Sochi), and the big event, the Japan National Championships (Dec. 22-26, Saitama Super Arena) are ahead. "I have to get rid of my anxiety during practice. The way I push myself, I have to try to eliminate the things that made me nervous," he stressed to himself.
 

KiraraChin

Medalist
Joined
May 5, 2018
Thank you, rRainbow for you translations! I thought Keiji delivered two good performances at Skate Canada. Did the jumps work? No, but they often don't work for Keiji at the GP stage, and then he delivers at Nationals 😎 So I'm not too worried about Keiji right now.
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
At Rostelecom Cup Keiji is 10th after the SP.
Translation:

The men's short program (SP) was held, and Keiji Tanaka scored 76.69 points.

He skated to the music of the anime "Shin Evangelion: The Movie." He stepped out on the opening quadruple-salchow, but landed the triple axel. In the second half, however, he made another mistake in the flip - toe loop combination.

In an online interview after his performance, he said, "Mistakes are mistakes. There were things I could have done better." This is his second GP series this season, and he placed 10th in the second round in Skate Canada.
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Yahoo news on Keiji's FS at Russian Cup

Keiji Tanaka "still incomplete," unable to gain higher score, Figure GP Russia Cup.

In the final day of the 6th round of the Grand Prix (GP) Figure Skating series, the Russian Cup, the men's free skate was held in Sochi on 27th, and Keiji Tanaka, the 10th in the short program (SP) and the national team member of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, scored 153.06 points, 229.75 points in total.

The opening quad salchow-triple toe loop combination jump turned into a triple salchow, and he could not achieve the score he wanted. Tanaka's comment is as follows.

"I had a bad start in SP, but it's over now and I can't undo it, so I tried to do what I couldn't do. (turning 27 in November) I think I'm a veteran skater, but I still want to skate to various songs. I want to express myself in various ways. My performances are still imperfect, but I want to accomplish the task with a solid vision of what I want to do with my skating.

(In the GP series) I performed without fully getting into top form. I'd like to work on the mistakes I made when I get back home. I still have a lot of work to do. I want to practice so much that I feel I've done it all, and then go to the National Championships."
 

KiraraChin

Medalist
Joined
May 5, 2018
Thank you, rRainbow! I thought Keiji was sooooo underscored in PCS at Rostelecom. Sure, he wasn't perfect jump wise, but he was so polished and entertaining, much more than many others in the field.

However, I'm not worried too much because this is Keiji. He will come back strong at Nationals, as he always does 😎
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
I have only seen the men's SP so far. Not a very good performance for Keiji, but not a disaster either. i like how his Evangelion is out of the box.
I am curious what the difference between Russia and Nationals will be. He is always energized at Nats, and the domestic crowd plus judges love him, so he can still place very high.
 
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