No.Is this only for US/North American shows?
Here’s another great, clear video of Unholy choreographed by Kaitlyn Weaver!! Really enjoyed it! https://www.instagram.com/reel/CsaeAxyJsmM/?igshid=MmJiY2I4NDBkZg==
When Kagiyama appeared as a surprise guest, he was greeted with the biggest cheer of the day. He mesmerised the audience with two programs, including an encore, and said: "I was very nervous, but I was able to concentrate on my performance. The audience welcomed me warmly and it was a good memory."
In the 2022-23 season, he only competed at the All-Japan Championships due to an injury to his left foot. Despite this, he showed his light movement on the day and said: 'It's not perfect yet, but I can practise with no problems at all. I'm starting to get a good feel for it." He stressed his recovery.
He said he was undecided about his future competitions, but expressed his enthusiasm for the coming season: "I want to increase my unique weapons and aim for first place at the All-Japan and World Championships".
Skaters of all ages, from children to adults, took part in the event. They each performed on the ice.
Takahashi said: “It's been a while since I performed at this event (at the centre), but I thought the number of skaters, including ice hockey players, has increased a lot. I think it's great that there is so much energy.”
Muramoto added: "I felt it was a great time for everyone, from small children to adults, to be able to participate and skate together in an event like this."
The centre was used by Takahashi when he was a student at Kansai University, and was on the verge of closure in 2012 when it was pointed out that it needed to be earthquake-proofed, but Takahashi and others helped to keep it open with their donations.
Looking back to about 10 years ago, when the school was in danger of closing, Takahashi said: “It would have been really difficult if we had lost it once. I think we were on the edge, but the fact that we were able to continue was a very big thing.”
In addition, he commented on the current rink situation in Japan: "There are very few rinks. I think that if there was one rink in each prefecture, the range of skaters would expand." "This is something that everyone involved in skating needs to think about, and without the cooperation of the local community and many other people, it would be difficult to maintain. I hope we can all think about this together".
In addition to the centre's trainee alumni Keiji Tanaka (28) and Tatsuki Machida (33), Kanako Murakami (28) and Yuma Kagiyama (20) also made an appearance at the event. Kazuki Tomono (25), who is in Canada, was unable to appear, but celebrated the 50th anniversary with a recording.
The centre was built in 1972. It celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and decided to hold the event a year late in light of the situation with the spread of the new coronavirus.
This reminds me of Ovision Ice Arena Fukuoka (and Daisuke used it too for Ice Explosion 2023, which was great). It was supposed to close as well but the Japanese skating community (and many skaters) organized and supported it to find sponsors and re-open. It's nice to see the rinks surviving, but the costs to maintain them seems to get higher and higher...This article gives a brief summary of the event with mention of the Rinkai Sports Center's history, which was on the verge of closure in 2012, but eventually saved with the help of fundraisers/charity events – many of which were organized by the skaters, who used to train there at the time (one of which was Daisuke):
- Tiffani Zagorski
- Jonathan Guerreiro
- Aleksandr Selevko
- Anastasia Galustyan
- Angelina Kuchvalska
- Mykhailo Medunytsia,
- Phillip Warren
- Sofia Sforza
- Clément Pinel
- Anastasiia Arkhypova
This reminds me of Ovision Ice Arena Fukuoka (and Daisuke used it too for Ice Explosion 2023, which was great). It was supposed to close as well but the Japanese skating community (and many skaters) organized and supported it to find sponsors and re-open. It's nice to see the rinks surviving, but the costs to maintain them seems to get higher and higher...
I suspected it when Ice Explosion Fukuoka was announced! A nice way to highlight it.Yes, the reason for holding Ice Explosion at the Ovision Ice Arena (formerly "Papio Ice Arena") was to promote the renovated rink.
I think Shun, Kao, Marin, Rinka, Rio Nakata, Rion Sumiyoshi, Ami Nakai, Hina Takeno and Maria Egawa were among those attending the official reopening on 1 April. I assume that many of them were involved in the activities you mentioned to preserve the facility?
According to this article they were able to reduce energy costs by about 40% by installing a more efficient refrigeration system:
A lot of rinks in Japan seem to face similar problems. I don’t have the link at hand, but I recall that Tatsuki once wrote an analysis about Japan’s increasing rink shortage and identifying rising energy costs as one of the main causes.
Adding the confirmed Cast for Friends on Ice 2023:
Japanese off-season shows
Friends on Ice 2023 (produced by Shizuka Arakawa)
Dates: 25-27 August
Venue: KOSÉ Shin-Yokohama Skate Center (2-11 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku, Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture)
- Shizuka Arakawa
- Kana Muramoto & Daisuke Takahashi
- more to be announced
August 26 is now Nathan Chen.Sun Valley On Ice has some skaters lined up and more to come. So far (with dates):
July 3-Mariah Bell
July 22-Isabeau Levito
September 2: TBD
Tickets will be on sale soon!