It’s been a while since I blogged!
It’s August now.
Last week, I competed in the annual Iizuka Trophy (Cup?).
To be frank, everything was a disaster, my condition was bad, a week before the competition, I thought about withdrawing, but I told myself to do what I could, so I tried to do what I could.
My skating was not good, but since my goal was to get myself to complete, I’m glad I came.
It also became clear what I needed to work on.
I’ll be working hard towards the real season!
My house is filled with photos of Bolero Fantasy from my comeback year at Iizuka Trophy.
I don’t know if I’ll ever compete there again; this may have been the last time.
To all of the competitors,
and those who cheered us on,
thank you so much.
The third (Akko) towel will be on sale 9/1!
Here it is~!!
What do you think?
It’s on sale in a month.
Please buy it!
Thank you to everyone who came to
Fantasy on Ice 2013 in Fukuoka
and the Great East Japan Earthquake Restoration
charity show in Papio.
My first artist collaboration was with AI-san!
It was so great!!
AI-san is the best.
I became a fan more and more.
AI-san and I collaborated to
a song called “for you”
which is found on her new album
MORIAGARO, on sale 7/17.
Please check out this wonderful song!
I was really nervous when I first skated to it,
but from the second performance on,
I fell into AI-san’s song as I skated.
The second program I skated to was Lovedance.
(Really sad news regarding a stage accident in the Las Vegas KA show came out the other day…)
My favorite scene from KA is Lovedance.
The music is rich and deep with emotions, I really love it.
I chose this music because I love, but it was later I learned that it’s a Japanese baton twirler by the name of Takahashi Noriko-san who dances this scene.
I’ve only see her performance thru videos, but they were wonderful.
It would be fantastic if I could perform like that.
Next weekend is Prince on Ice shows in Tokyo.
Due to my schedule, I am only appearing on the 14th and 15th.
Please come and see us!
Dreams on Ice2013 has ended!
Thank you so much to everyone who came.
Especially on the final day, which became a day I would never forget.
The moment you’ve been waiting for…
This season’s short program is
Ai no Sanka (T/N: Hymne à l’amour/Hymn to Love).
It will be an original version played by violinist Furusawa Iwao-san, arranged by Hiranuma Yuri-san.
Massimo told me to skate my life story thru this program.
I hope to show the journey I have taken as a skater as I express this program.
I want to skate
like the violin’s bow and strings
to create a song.
My free is
Phantom of the opera
I want to give an emotional performance as Christine.
I’m honored to perform the opera house Pasquale has painted.
I’m moving forward with these two programs.
I’ll be skating with them from here on out!
I’ve been in Detroit for two weeks now!
I made the free with Pasquale-sensei
and tweaked the short with Massimo-sensei.
I love both of these programs!
Whenever Pasquale-sensei does choreography and an idea comes to him, anything he does comes out so beautifully.
As if everything he feels inside comes pouring out.
I also want to move like that!
And off the ice we had a
And of course
It was so much fun.
It won’t be long until I return to Japan.
I love the blue skies here…
Art on Ice 2013 in Japan
ended without a hitch!
Thank you to everyone
who came to see us.
I’m so happy to have been able
to take part in the first AOI show in Japan,
a show I’ve been dreaming of doing.
Had a great time, and learned a lot.
The dance choreographer, Marvin-san.
The stage dancers were so cool!
Oh, my appearance on Meringue no Kimochi is airing this week.
My voice was giving me trouble when we were recording, it’s actually pretty bad, but please check it out!
Underneath the blue skies of Detroit!
For some reason Kana and I decided to take some pictures together lol.
I came home to the beginnings of the rainy season.
The day before I came home, we had another BBQ.
Chef Kozuka conscientiously grilling the corn to perfection.
And brushing them with soy sauce along the way.
Had such a great time♪
Next weekend is Art on Ice!
Japan’s first AOI.
Please come see us~!
I was invited to Anjelika and Pasquale’s house last night!
We had dinner and afterwards,
Pasquale and I talked about the music for my free program.
Right now Massimo and I are working on the short,
and work on the free will start next month.
I’m glad we had the chance to sit down and talk about it!
Me in Pasquale’s office.
I had a day off today.
I went with Ryuichi and tried rock climbing for the first time.
So, h-high!! Lol.
I was taught different knots and how to descend,
and now I’m ready for the beginner routes!
I actually have a really weak grip
so it was impossible for me to get all the way to the top…
Ryuichi made it up there with ease!
The results of pairs training!
The bouldering area.
I really didn’t look this composed during the climb. Lol.
But it was a lot of fun!
I want to climb higher next time!
Anyway, my hands are all tingly right now.(source: ameblo.jp)
I went out to eat with everyone!
Is this Japan?
…since almost everyone here is Japanese. Lol.
We got really into talking about things that happened behind-the-scenes during ice shows.
Well, what should I do this weekend~(source: ameblo.jp)