Sota Yamamoto | Page 56 | Golden Skate

Sota Yamamoto

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Part 2

--Your SP music is “Yesterday.”
S: I got a lot of positive response from fans and skaters around me, and I felt I was able to show a new side of me. After The Ice, my coach made some adjustments to the program and also brushed it up by changing the jump setup course to make it easier for me to jump. I realized again that she was doing all these to help me and I was very grateful to her.
--I’m glad for you. How does Yamada sensei instruct you?
S: Machiko sensei coaches me mainly in jumps. During her lesson instead of repetitions of one jump, I’m instructed to go through the entry into the jump before jumping in the short program. When I’m able to do that, I do the same type of jump after the entry setup in the free program, and from there I work on the choreo moves. The lesson helps me prepare for competition. When I mess up jumps, she calls me out, “Repeat until you can land the jump! [laughter] ” It is very tough, but her instruction method is different from Mihoko sensei and she also takes good care of me.
--You spent more than half a year training yourself. That’s why you are learning a lot from your coaches now?
S: That’s true. When we take a look at the video of my skate, they give me advice based on their assessment which is quite different from mine. Like that, they point out the issue which I’ve never noticed before, and if necessary they change choreography to work around it. Also, about jumps, I used to skip jump training sometimes when I was tired and worked on something else, but they tell me that I should train jumps everyday and I have the real feeling that I am not cutting corners in practice any more.
--I am looking forward to your performances this season. I would like to ask you about the new programs. How was “yesterday” in the short selected?
S: In the past I chose my music, but this time I felt I should leave it up to Mihoko sensei who would definitely come up with the good one for me, so I asked her for music selection. There were about five choices but all of them were so great that I wanted to use any one of them next season or after that. I even wanted to use all of them as they were so fascinating and I felt her sense of music was amazing. In the end she chose “Yesterday” and I was impressed by the story she told me when she made the decision.
--What did she say to you?
S: This song was created by Paul McCartney who had gone through a hard time after the loss of his mother when he was 14. He wrote the lyrics to express his feeling that he wanted to move forward. She said, “I want you to see yourself in the song and tell the story. This is the song in which you, Sota-kun, can express yourself, who is facing the challenges of skating after overcoming injuries and rehabilitation.”
--You express a lot of emotions in your performance.
S: Yes, in the first half of the program, I express myself feeling lost after a tragic incident. From there, I get back up and towards the end I do steps and moves that lead to the buildup. Since the program is built with the theme of “moving forward” I am very much emotionally involved and I identify myself with the character in the song when I show my performance.

- to be cont'd -
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
Part 2

“Repeat until you can land the jump! [laughter] ” It is very tough, but her instruction method is different from Mihoko sensei and she also takes good care of me.
[...] Also, about jumps, I used to skip jump training sometimes when I was tired and worked on something else, but they tell me that I should train jumps everyday and I have the real feeling that I am not cutting corners in practice any more.

- to be cont'd -

Yikes... I hope they're being careful with Sota's ankles. These mindless drills fill me with anxiety. Shirking practice of certain elements is no good, but I really hope they give him a pass if one of his ankles starts hurting. Or at least, I hope Sota himself is by now wise enough to say so aloud, and that he's past the stage of 'oh, it's just a scratch' until it becomes a serious issue. One of the ways to OG is simply staying healthy...

I get what Sota says about Yesterday, but I still don't like this music for him, and don't feel him in it. The lyrics is okay, but the music and the voice are a mismatch. I sincerely hope Sota is just being polite and doesn't really mean what he says about Mihoko having produced more programs like this, and him wanting to skate to them all. This one is more than enough to give me a general idea. At this early stage, I would be as cheeky as to call it boring, unoriginal (Shoma-like poses) and forgettable. So yep, for me - not Sota at all.

But, last but not least, :thank: for the new excerpt!

********

I really, really want to see the JO videos. I want to know why Keiji beat Sota by almost 8 points - on PCS only, as the TES was the same. I know Keiji is capable of really selling his programs, and sometimes gets engaging choreo, so I won't judge the PE, CH, TR, IN yet. But at least the skating skills difference is a big fat joke. Keiji having that much better skills than Sota? In which universe? Oh, right, in the one where Keiji always skates well at Nats, has GP medals, and vocally admires the right idols. I hope the judges abroad are less biased. 😡

Sota did a good job today. 💐 He was a bit better in JO than in Chubu, which is commendable. (Last year his Japan Open was worse) Hopefully the return of the 4T is a sign of his left foot on the mend! I hope we get to see steps lv4 from Sota this season. I miss the lv4 steps from Jekyll&Hyde so much 😢
 

KiraraChin

Medalist
Joined
May 5, 2018
Sota did a good job at JO! We can safely say now that the jump consistency at Chubu wasn't really a one-off, he's definitely getting better at this. I hope, as Surimi said, it's not coming at the expense of drilling, because that would be dangerous for him :pray:

About 'Yesterday', I see where Mihoko-sensei is coming from in the sense that the original Beatles song is extremely beautiful (I'm a Beatlemaniac so please don't argue with me on this 😚). However, it's an introvert song, it's not really that suitable for skating IMO and not powerful enough for the Olympic season, not to mention the version they chose is very inferior to the original. So I agree with Surimi it's a mismatch and doesn't really highlight Sota's strengths and personality.

About PCS, I haven't watched the videos but one thing we should consider is that Mihoko-sensei's programmes are notoriously on the empty side, relying a lot on crossovers and less on choreo/transitions. That certainly helps their skaters to focus on the jumps, but it could leave them vulnerable on the PCS side without a lot of political backing. I remember that used to be one of the main criticisms Shoma got back in the day, in that he used to get very high PCS for relatively empty programmes. Unfortunately, Sota doesn't have (yet) the sort of rep Shoma has, so this could be an explanation for relatively low PCS - but again this is a trade-off when you consider more consistency on the jumps. Hope I made sense 😅
 

KiraraChin

Medalist
Joined
May 5, 2018
Full JO broadcast, Sota's free is at 39:30: https://vk.com/video-189142713_456239754

Having now watched the videos, my suspicion has been confirmed: It's not so much that Keiji has better SS than Sota, it's that at the moment Keiji's programme does a better job in showcasing his skills, with better composition and some really nice choreographic moments.

'Io Ci Sero' is a good music choice for Sota and I like the elegant costume, but the programme itself still feels fairly empty and IMO it lacks a really 'wow' moment choreo-wise. The CqSq, for example, is effectively a succession of spread eagles - Sota's spread eagle is beautiful but the sequence feels a bit 'meh' compared to, for example, Kazuki's La La Land Chsq. The steps are also not as sharp as they could be, perhaps because his team has been focusing on the jumps first.

Please note this is not a criticism of Sota! It's just interesting to see his new team's strategy, which has its advantages and disadvantages. I really hope that, once he has nailed down the jumps and built stamina, they will add more choreo so 'Io Ci Sero' can become a really stand-out Olympic season programme :pray:
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
(I'm a Beatlemaniac so please don't argue with me on this 😚).

ahaha, believe it or not, so was I, in my early teen days! :biggrin: I still remember most of their songs by heart. But, I am torn on Yesterday as a song, Sota's skating aside. It's a genius song, I acknowledge that, yet on a purely personal level, I have always found the slow melancholic songs in Paul's voice a tad whiny (yeah, Blackbird, looking at you...), so hence part of my antipathy. IDK how it is for you, but for me- George's voice FTW ;) And I agree with you re. Yesterday and skating.

No offence taken re. Sota's choreo. I think (and I hope) they're trying to fix his confidence and jumps in the first place, and choreography comes second. So, having seen Keiji's FS, I think most of the PCS difference is fair. But the skating skills, I don't agree with.

Now, 4CC is in Tallin, and I doubt Shoma, Yuzuru and Yuma will be attending. Sota has already competed in Tallinn once, and was successful. Could it actually happen that Sota could skate so well in his new coaches' care, he'd earn a spot at 4CC, and follow up on his earlier Tallinn success? That would be so good...
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Part 3

―You said your desire to get choreographed by Higuchi sensei led you to join her team. What do you like about her works?
S: I had always thought all her creations were original and rich in ideas. I’m drawn by the programs by the skaters on Yamada sensei’s team. Each music piece is elaborately edited and I just want to keep listening to it. That’s what I felt since I started practicing at Chukyo.
―About the music for the free program, you announced in the Fan Meeting that it was “Io Ci Saro.” Who picked this music?
S: For the free program’s music, I made suggestions as I had several music pieces to choose from. In response, Higuchi sensei went over one by one and asked me why I liked it and why I picked it for consideration. Then, about “Io Ci Saro” I told her that I purely loved the music itself and the climax towards the end was my favorite part. She said, “I think it’s really great, too,” and we both agreed on it.
―This is the music Takahiko Kozuka-san skated to.
S: Yes, I watched him skate at the Nationals. It is his masterpiece. It was so great that I consider it one of the best figure skating performances of all time. Every time I watch it I’m impressed. I want to make the program my own as well. I want to showcase my unique skate which is different from Kozuka-kun’s.
--I hope to see many memorable choreographic moves.
S: Yes, her choreography was new and surprising to me. Because many of her choreographic moves have become my favorite parts, I really enjoyed doing her choreography. I get my faults pointed out a lot, though [laughter].
--For example?
S: I portray a character who has a girlfriend, and at the beginning, the vocal goes “Amore…” and I was supposed to make a gesture of holding her head and gently pulling it closer to mine. But I couldn’t do the move at all [laughter]. Mihoko sensei grabbed my head and showed me how to do that move, but I felt too embarrassed.... We spent 10-15 minutes on that part alone but I still couldn’t do it at all. Finally, she said, “Okay, then, do the gesture of biting into an apple,” and I was able to do it to her satisfaction on my first try. She laughed at me and said “Interesting!” [laughter]
--It's easier for you to get the picture with an apple.
S: At first, she said, “Visualize a woman’s face and you are pulling her head closer to yours with your arm,” but it was too hard for me. I felt embarrassed and I couldn’t help giggling [laughter]. Well, I want to work hard so that someday I can see a woman’s face instead of an apple.

- to be cont'd to the last part -
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
Part 3


S: I portray a character who has a girlfriend, and at the beginning, the vocal goes “Amore…” and I was supposed to make a gesture of holding her head and gently pulling it closer to mine. But I couldn’t do the move at all [laughter]. Mihoko sensei grabbed my head and showed me how to do that move, but I felt too embarrassed.... We spent 10-15 minutes on that part alone but I still couldn’t do it at all. Finally, she said, “Okay, then, do the gesture of biting into an apple,” and I was able to do it to her satisfaction on my first try. She laughed at me and said “Interesting!” [laughter]
--It's easier for you to get the picture with an apple.
S: At first, she said, “Visualize a woman’s face and you are pulling her head closer to yours with your arm,” but it was too hard for me. I felt embarrassed and I couldn’t help giggling [laughter]. Well, I want to work hard so that someday I can see a woman’s face instead of an apple.

This cracks me up so much. :laugh: Higuchi sensei doesn't seem aware of the fact that Sota gets embarrassed even when he thanks his mum on Mothers' Day. :D Sota could quite credibly portray hugging a friend as he seems comfortable enough around boys, but he's super shy around women 👀 I think he'll eventually grow out of it... for the most part :biggrin:

Thank you @rRainbow , this part was super funny!
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
A fellow Sota fan kindly let me know that his ISU Bio has been updated. :)
- His programs for the new season aren't there yet (Dark Eyes and Dragon are still featured)...
- ... but, his new height of 173 cm is. 💪
- His hometown is currently listed as 'Aichi' - Sota is being his usual private self. ;)
- His new coaching team is not just Mihoko Higuchi, Machiko Yamada and Yuko Hongo, but also Shota Higuchi, who I have been informed, is coach Mihoko's son. Does anyone know more of this young (I assume) man? I am curious. But then, Sota apparently loves working with men, and responded very well to the advice of Ryuju who is also very young (<- entirely my conjecture, based on my firm but unconfirmed belief that Sota's FS success at Kokutai was mostly his senpai's merit). So, it might just work!
 
Last edited:

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Last Part:

--Your first outing of the season will be at the Chubu regionals. How are your jumps shaping up?
S: I am doing okay with the 4S. I'm adjusting the way I jump the 4T a little, and I am trying to raise its success rate. Before, I used to tighten the core with my upright upper body, but I was told that I should lean forward a little bit. It looks like Hanyu senshu jumps a 4T in a slightly forward-bent posture. I’m trying to tighten my body from the forward-bent posture when I jump.
--How are your jumps coming along?
S: It’s hard to change the way I jump right away. At times I end up jumping a quad my way, but my 3A is getting higher, so I hope I can adopt the new method gradually.
--What are your planned jump layouts this season?
S: For the past two seasons I had two quads in the SP and three in the FS and these were my ideal layouts. But sensei said, “This season we should go for the layouts which would help your jump consistency,” so I am planning to start out with one quad, a 3A and a triple-triple combo in the short. After that, if I make progress I want to change the layout to include two quads. I'll focus on what I can do moving forward.
--How about the FS layout?
S: For now, my planned layout is a 4S and a 4T with two 3A jumping passes.
--You are entering an overseas GPS event for the first time this season, what are your thoughts about Skate Canada?
S: In the past my GPS assignment was only to the NHK Trophy for three years in a row, so I was surprised to learn my assignment to Skate Canada. I am really happy that they picked me, and I will give it my all. Mihoko sensei told me that my first goal is skating well at Skate Canada. She has been counting down the months until Skate Canada, and I’m getting mentally prepared. I’d better get good results and earn points to move forward and I very much want to do well at Skate Canada.
--What do you think is your strength?
S: These days no matter how beautiful your performance is, you have to be consistent in landing jumps in your program in order to remain a top ranking skater. That said, I want to deliver a performance that touches viewers. Even if I fail my jumps, I would like to create a program which will remain in people’s hearts.
--What are the issues to work on, if any?
S: Stamina and jumps at the moment. I feel my skating skills, spins, and presentation skills are getting better little by little. I want to stabilize my jumps and increase stamina to help me endure hard training.

- The end -
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
:thank: for your translations! I am glad that Sota's team have more than reasonable goals this season. Consistency is what he needs most right now. I am sure if he manages that, his PCS will rise as well.
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
A short talkshow about Shoma and Sota (I think this 'Machiko and Kanako chat' is a regular talkshow?): https://youtu.be/-teZRq3emvU
It's just about 2 minutes long, and the latter part is about Sota. I guess Yamada is saying something along the lines of Sota being a good and polite boy?
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
A short talkshow about Shoma and Sota (I think this 'Machiko and Kanako chat' is a regular talkshow?): https://youtu.be/-teZRq3emvU
Machiko and Kanako talkshow to be aired by Nagoya TV on Oct. 20 & 21 featuring Nagoya skaters. https://www.nagoyatv.com/sports_sp/entry-28569.html

Translation of Sota's part from 1:31.

K=Kanako Murakami; M=Machiko Yamada
1:31
K: How about Sota, what kind of skater is he?
M: As I thought, he is incredibly gifted.
K: Oh, I see.
M: When I saw him from afar, he was a boy, and he was doing this (slight bowing by tilting his head down) thing, so I thought he was a bit cocky.
K: Haha!
M: But he's so adorable once he joined us! (Hugging gesture, laughing)
K: You're really soft on boys, aren't you, Mihoko-sensei and Machiko-sensei?
M: I must say women are no good (laughs).
M: Men are so pure and innocent! And no matter what is told, he always says, "Yes, sensei! Yes." He is such a nice boy. And he works very hard.
(Sota’s Yesterday practice video in black jersey. Beginning and climax)

M: I'm very grateful and happy that he knocked on our door, so I'm hoping he'll blossom.
K: I'm really looking forward to watching this season's So-chan.
M: Let me tell you this. Sota is having so much fun. He says he's having a lot of fun.
K: Is there any change in your impression of him now that he is your student?
M: I love him even more now (laughs loudly). I've grown to like him even more. Yeah, he's a good boy. Everyone! He's a good boy, so please support him.
K: Your attitude is totally different! You were not like this when you coached Kana! (Laughs)
M: Hahahahahaha!
 
Last edited:

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Quadruple Axel (9/29/21) has onsen club boys' chat right after the online talkshow was over on Aug. 8:

Translated excerpts:

-- I hope all four of you will be able to be in a place together as soon as possible. Now, let's continue with the question section. The next question is, "Are there any other programs by other members of this club that you would like to try?"
Sota: You mean the programs of this member, right?
Kazuki Who? What should it be?
Taichiro: Huh?
Mitsuki: I want the one by Sota with his purple costume.
Sota: "Tenchijin (Heart of Samurai)"?
Mitsuki: The free skate from when we went to the US ('15/JGP America) together.
Sota: Oh, "the Piano Concerto (Piano Concerto No. 1)"!
Mitsuki: I thought that was nice. I want to try it.
Sota: It's a classical piece, a real classic.
Kazuki I want Mitsuki to do Sota's "Anthem".
Taichiro: I think you'll do well with this type of music.
Mitsuki: Yes, music-wise.
Sota: His style is similar to mine.
Mitsuki: What about you, Taichiro?
Taichiro: I'm sorry I can't answer this question, but..... I can't imagine. The programs that you guys have done so far are the ones that show your greatest strengths. I can't imagine myself doing the same program as you guys did.
Kazuki: I really know what you mean. It's true that I can't imagine myself skating someone else's program. But when I think of a piece I'd like to try, I think of something like "Poeta" by Sota.
Sota: I am surprised that Kazuki hasn't done anything like that (flamenco).
Kazuki: I feel like I'd be overwhelmed by the music. "Moulin Rouge" was a tango, so it was a little like that kind of music.
Sota: Oh, that's true.
Kazuki: But I was told by my sensei (Taijin Hiraike) that it wasn't good enough. That's why I'm not really into that kind of thing. Because of my height, I can't be very powerful, so it's a bit difficult for me and I could only make it look tango-ish. That's why I envy people like Sota and Taichiro who can use such powerful music. It's something I don't have myself.
Taichiro: After listening to you guys, I want to do "Moulin Rouge." I’ve just thought about it (laughs)!
Kazuki: For sure, it would suit you! Taichiro would definitely look good. I'd also like to see you do some other jazz for real.
Sota: Even more seriously jazzy than "La La Land"?
Kazuki: It's gotta be the real jazz music. He would be looking cool in a suit.
Sota: He should do something like authentic jazz.
Kazuki: Yes, yes, yes, I think he would definitely look good.
Taichiro: That would be cool!

- to be cont'd -
 
Last edited:

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Part 2:

Kazuki: I think Taichiro is a good fit for music where he gives off masculine charm, looking hot just standing there. Huh? The topic seems to have changed to "songs that would suit you" (laughs).
Sota: I like "Les Miserables'' by Mitsuki. I've been saying "I like it" for quite a while. For Kazuki's program, I've done "New Cinema Paradise '' at galas, and I'd like to do it again with a new arrangement. As to Taichiro's program, I wonder what it would be. I was going to say "La La Land," but since Kazuki has done it too, I'll just say ....... (laughs). I'd like to try "The Godfather'' too. That one sounds cool.
Taichiro: I have a feeling Sota can do well with "The Godfather" too.
Kazuki I just realized that Taichiro's program is so Taichiro. Don't you think so? I can't imagine using Taichiro's music the most out of all these. I can't imagine myself skating to it. I use "La La Land," but his other programs are also unique, and I'm not sure I can perform them. Again, I realized that his programs are very much his own.
Taichiro: Basically, my music pieces are the ones that not many people use.
Kazuki: They're really nice.
Taichiro: It's the first time for everyone to hear these songs, so they’re original in a sense. That's why they show my style clearly. But of all the songs I've used, I've never had anyone say to me, "I want to use that song too." (laughs)
Sota and Mitsuki: Really?
Kazuki: Because you're Taichiro! He's using difficult songs!
Taichiro: I don’t remember anyone saying, "I want to use this song too" (laughs).
--Incidentally, here’s another question we’ve received, "This year, the project of passing down the legacy of Mr. Machida by Tanaka senshu at the ice show attracted a lot of attention, but if you could "inherit" only one program of another skater, what would it be? What would you like to do?
Mitsuki: Yes! Hanyu (Yuzuru) senshu's "Parisienne Walkways" (12-13, 13-14 SP).
Kazuki: Oh!
Sota: That is a great choice. That's awesome. It's a synonym for Hanyu senshu. I also love Hanyu's "Hope & Legacy" from the free skate of 16-17.
Mitsuki: Oh, great!
Sota: At the World Championships in Helsinki, he skated flawlessly. I really loved that program and the steps too. I was injured during that season, so I watched the competitions on TV all through the season, and I was blown away by that program. I wish I could skate like that.
--You watched it when you were injured, and it encouraged you.
Sota: That's right. It was in March and I was in my second year of high school, and I hadn't been on the ice yet, but when I saw that free skate, I got excited for the first time in a long time, and it was a performance that encouraged me a lot.
--You watched it when you were injured, and it encouraged you.
Sota: That's right. It was in March, when I was in my second year of high school, and I wasn't able to get on the ice yet, but watching that free skate, I got excited for the first time in a long time, and it was a performance that inspired me so much.
Kazuki: That's a very good reason!

- to be cont'd -
 
Last edited:

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Part 3:

--You just mentioned "Parisienne Walkways," why did you choose it?
Mitsuki: I think that's because I've seen most of Hanyu senshu's performances so far and.I often watch the free skate "Romeo and Juliet" (13-14), but I prefer to watch the short programs. I've been watching "Parisienne Walkways" for a long time, so in total, I've watched it the most times. I still remember a lot of the choreography.
Sota: You still watch it, don't you?
Mitsuki: Yeah, I do.
Sota: "So cool!!" It wows me.
Mitsuki: Yes, exactly. Also, Dennis Teng's short when he won the Four Continents Championships (Seoul, 2015). Many people say they like the free skate of that year, but I like the short "Caruso".
Sota: Yeah, yeah, the vocal one.
Mitsuki: Right, right. So I prefer to watch the short.
Sota: We're talking a lot like skating buffs (laughs).
Mitsuki: Hahaha (laughs).
Kazuki I can't keep up with you guys!
Sota: (looking at Tomono and Yamakuma) You guys, you’d better watch more skating (laughs)!
Taichiro: I don't watch much. When I do, they are always the same ones. Like (Evan) Lysacek.
Mitsuki: Oh. He had an aura of maturity.
--Come to think of it, the vibe he gives off is similar, isn't it?
Kazuki: Indeed, yes.
Mitsuki: Yeah, yeah.
Taichiro: But what I want to inherit is Takahashi (Daisuke)-kun's "Eye" (08-09, 09-10 SP).
Mitsuki and Kazuki: Oh, that's great!
Sota: Great idea. You've said so before, haven't you?
Taichiro: That style is cool, isn't it? That's really cool. Anyway, it was cool and I really wanted to be able to do steps like that. I think it would be great if I could perform that program.
Kazuki: I also thought of Daisuke Takahashi senshu, and the first thing that came to my mind was "Mambo" (10-11 SP)! I want to do it so much.
Everyone: That's good! Great!
--That would be perfect for you!

- to be cont'd -
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Last Part:

Kazuki: Also, I was simply envious of Nathan Chen's "Caravan" (18-19 SP).
Sota: Oh, wow!
Taichiro: Cool!
Kazuki: Actually, I haven't done a short with that sort of beat. I'm sure it's difficult to control your steps with that kind of up-tempo jazz music, but I'd like to try "Caravan".
Taichiro: Everything becomes so Kazuki when Kazuki does it.
Sota: That's a compliment, isn't it?
Kazuki That's more than 30% dissing (laughs). Also, (Uno) Shoma-kun's short program ("Legends") in his first year of senior year (15-16).
Everyone: Ah! Yeah!
Kazuki: I love it, so I want to give it a try. When I think about it, there are so many.
Mitsuki: Although it's a totally different type, I'd like to do "Pagliacci" (12-13 FS).
Everyone: Aaah!
Kazuki: That's a refined piece.
Mitsuki: I think it was around 2012. I've watched that program many times too.
Sota: He did well at the Nationals.
Mitsuki: The one at the Nationals was good.
--It was in Sapporo, wasn't it?
Sota and Mitsuki: Yeah, yeah.
Taichiro: The free skate, the one where he went for the upset.
Mitsuki: Yes, yes! It was really good.
Kazuki: You guys know so much!
Sota: Why do you know so little? (laughs).
Taichiro: Even I could follow that one (laughs).
Kazuki: I don't know. I watch performances, but I don't know about the "something something" competition of the "something" year.
Sota: Your memories are surprisingly poor.
Kazuki: Yes, my memories are really bad.
Sota: A man who lives in the present moment!
Mitsuki: Cool!
Kazuki: I do watch great performances. But as to when and which one they did, ..... I don't quite remember. In fact, the person who is least interested in skating is me?
Taichiro: I'm next by a small margin.
Kazuki: I like skating, but when it comes to seeing competitions, I've never been that interested. I really love to watch the performances. I like to see who I'm competing against, or who I'm associated with. Also, lately I've been really into watching skaters from the generation before Takeshi (Honda) sensei.
Kota: Kurt Browning?
Kazuki Yes, yes!
Mitsuki: Kazuki, you've been watching him for a long time, haven't you?
Sota: I was with Kazuki at the training camp for Stars (On Ice) and The Ice, and he kept saying, "Hey, look at this!" He showed me the edge work of Kurt Browning's skating, and said, "That generation is amazing!"
Kazuki: I love Kurt Browning. That generation of skaters' edge work is awesome, and I've been watching them. I can watch videos from that era all the time. Kurt Browning is seriously incredible.
Mitsuki: Among all Kurt Browning's works, it's gotta be "Singing in the Rain" (1994) after all.
Sota: Oh, that's the one Mitsuki used too.
Kazuki: You can watch it forever. I really want you to watch it, because it sort of connected to the starting point of my skating, like the quick small steps. Hiraike sensei is a huge fan of Kurt Browning, and sensei coached me to do his steps. So, I feel, "Oh, so this is where I came from."
--Thank you very much for sharing your precious story with us.

- the end -
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
Thank you for sharing the translation with us! ❤️ I had fun reading it. Most of it is about which music is suiatble for whom, and I have spent a lot of GS bandwidth musing on that exact topic ^ ^
Taichiro's Moulin Rouge as a program suitable for him idea is a good one. I would also say Dragon. I suspect he could perform it better than Sota, with all due respect to Sota's skills.
Sota's pick of Godfather is one that makes me happy. He'd be a perfect sombre avenger. Les Mis, I am not so sure of, it would depend on the part. Definitely nothing of the 'Can you hear the people sing' triumphant march sort of thing. And if he picked 'Bring him home' I'd weep because I hate that song by now, so whiny and so overused at the same time. Yeah, good choice, Sota, no La La Land for you. It's not a song for a guy who has difficulties portraying he's drawing a girl close to him, and has to imagine eating apples instead. ;) Basically all music Kazuki excels at, should be a taboo for Sota as they are so different.

Aww, the part about Yuzuru's Hope and Legacy making Sota excited about skating again, after his surgeries :cry:
Here's an article I stumbled upon today: https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/unlim/yamamoto1/ Rehash of info on Sota before Skate Canada, but some moving photos and info there, especially about his injury. I didn't know he was planning to go straight to the airport for Jr Worlds from the rink when the fracture happened. Poor boy.

There's also a brief new video on Twitter where Sota speaks of his goals for this season, but I don't know how to link it as it won't let me click on the tweet if I don't have an account. He looks nervous, but better than last season. :)

Some people are placing Sota in top 6 in their predictions for SC. aaah, may they be right 🤞 Sota needs WS points so badly. I will be so anxious for him this weekend as I desperately hope he makes it into the top 8. The field is so tough.
 

surimi

Good luck in the new season, Sota!
Record Breaker
Joined
Nov 12, 2013
Sota about his goals for the season? I found this new video on twitter today: https://twitter.com/i/status/1453574228935000069 The only thing I could understand was the sign he was holding - apparently he wishes to show a new side of him. :) Well, I wouldn't object to seeing a Sota who skates solid at big competitions, so that new self would be very welcome. So far, my stomach is in minor knots whenever Sota has an important competition coming up. I think I'll need some strong tea tomorrow to fall asleep knowing Sota is skating his SP soon.
 

rRainbow

On the Ice
Joined
Oct 22, 2018
Country
Japan
Sota about his goals for the season? I found this new video on twitter today: https://twitter.com/i/status/1453574228935000069
Sota said,

"It's a '新しい自分 (new me).' I think we are in the process of building up the environment, the coaches, the way I practice, and everything else from the ground up. I'm really glad that I moved here because I think the coaches can bring out more and more of my new side, and I want to do my best to live up to their expectations, so I chose this 'new side of myself' as my concept.

This season, my goals are Grand Prix Series and Japan Nationals, so I want to perform well in those two competitions. First of all, I'm going to give my all for this Grand Prix Series in Canada, and I'm going to fight through this season, as if my skating life is at stake."
 
Top