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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Tue May 23, 2017 9:18 am

Thanks to cohkaix and sylvia for the following information which I combined into one list. I hope I haven't left anyone out. https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/ind...-japan.101301/

From Japan, so far the cast for Mao's 2017 The Ice includes: Mao Asada, Daisuke Takahashi, Jeffrey Buttle, Mirai Nagasu, Mai Asada, Kozuka Takahiko, Takahito Mura, Akiki Suzuki, Adelina Sotnikova, Nobunari Oda, Shoma Uno, Pang / Tong, Weaver and Poje and Kanako Murakami who will only be skating in the Osaka show because she will be doing the PIW show and can't make it to the Nagoya shows).

I'm sure it will be a great show. No word yet on Mao's trip to Canada.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Tue May 30, 2017 10:03 am

According to the Mao's offical blog, her new programs are:
(http://mao-asada.jp/mao/)

“Rachmaninov Elegie ~Sweet Melancholy~”
Piano : Yuja Wang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oOPeL6netI


“Wind Beneath My Wings”
Artist: Lara Fabian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5O8LTzikX0
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Wed May 31, 2017 7:55 am

Thanks for the information silenceisgolden.

I'm really glad that Mao is skating to Rachmaninoff again. It brings back so many wonderful memories of her skating to Bells of Moscow and Rachmaninov's Second Concerto. And I think in spirit Mao shares a lot with Rachmaninov because they are both really powerful at moving my emotions deeply and inspiring a passionate and transcendent sense of beauty.

Thanks to daphenaxa for posting this short clip of Mao. it's great to see Mao skate again no matter how short the clip.

https://twitter.com/uzutoracat/statu...75787027980288

http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?38067-Mao-Asada/page275

I think Yuja Wang is an excellent pianist. But, I came across this video that I thought was a great and fascinating performance.  

It is a piano roll reproduction of Rachmaninov playing this beautiful composition, Elegie, in 1929.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrOp4TeG100


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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:22 am

Here is a large number of high quality 1080 or 4K performances of Mao that I found over time on the internet, most I hadn't seen in this high a quality before.  As Mai Mihara said in an interview after the Team Trophy, Mao's performances are my treasures.    

Here is Mao's beautiful Jupiter Program at Cup of Russia 2011 and step sequence for Liebestraum in 4K with surround sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo5OFhYDzUc

Here is the long version of an animation about Mao's triumphs, challenges and tragedies that I think was inspired after the animator saw Mao's extraordinary SOchi LP. I don't know if I have seen the long version of this before. This was just recently posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK5UYUrQxHg


Here is a beautiful 4K copy of Mao's fabulous Ballade from TEB 2010:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ2F1ay1U4s

4k copy of two great performances: WTT 2009 SP and NHK LP 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8rYb5F83xg#t=52.449755


Here is an interview on a video entitled Mao's future. Her face is all aglow and she looks so happy. And to me that is the most important thing especially since she can now express herself freely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Io3Ig5FXo

Here are some high quality videos of Mao's past performances (1440 and 1080 resolution) that have been posted recently or that I just found and can't remember if I posted them or not:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih97Q5yoYmc Worlds 2014 Exhibition SP 1440 (very beautiful closeup of Mao smiling and laughing in the kiss and cry from 4:30-4:40)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcoHuGKJ-Ik Masquerade Waltz and Bells of Moscow at Vancouver 2010 (SP and LP) 1440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oi_WpmxCKE 2013 Smile 1080 60 fps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pAVL8uZAVs Olympics exhibitions 2010 1440 fps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5y_UE8SoNU 2008 Grand Prix Final SP 1080

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcpde_N8g58 2009 TEB 1440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz3XRDhuJUY 2008 4CC exhibition 1440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW3ZcmyJD8I 2006 Grand Prix Final SP 1080

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r-3OsGocMU 2009 WTF Claire de Lune SP 1080

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKFAHMX1wJM Trophy of France 2016 SP 2016 1440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA_-q3qyfoc 4CC 2011 Liebestraum 1440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLagVGDDey8 Cup of Russia 2011 Scheherazade 1440

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjfkqUiBPag 2016 The Ice Cello Suite

Here is a combined video of Mao's scintillating Cup of China SP 2015 and her magnificent Madame Butterfly at Worlds 2016 in 1440 (though it says 4K). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6JmXhJWOC4

And here is a compilation of all Mao's step sequences for her long programs Swan Lake in 2012-2013 and Rach II from 2013-2014:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2wsgAluxE4

Here is a 1440 resolution of Mao's great performances of her SP and LP at the World Team Trophy 2009.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8rYb5F83xg

Nationals 2006 Czardas 1080: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgtKC7zY8UU with no commentary simulating even more the feeling of being there to see it live

Nationals 2005 SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8839BW5awA8

Nationals SP 2004 Over the Rainbow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zkiOMFu6JY

Nationals 2007 SP Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNZC2tZjx1o

Nationals 2006 Czardas 1080: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgtKC7zY8UU with no commentary simulating even more the feeling of being there to see it live

Nationals 2005 SP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8839BW5awA8

Nationals SP 2004 Over the Rainbow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zkiOMFu6JY

Nationals 2007 SP Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNZC2tZjx1o

Here is an outstanding copy of Mao's Madame Butterfly at Worlds 2016 with great sound as well that was just posted. To my mind, this transcendent performance is a great example of making the actual scoring evaluation irrelevant and contradictory to the legendary excellence that is delivered on the ice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jTc9UtblBU

Here are Mao's Sochi LP, Worlds SP and LP in 4K all in one video back to back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfpJk85LnX0
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:43 am

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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:53 pm

Mao's performances were very elegant, fluid and so moving. She is so unique and genuine in her presentation. She reaches out and touches my heart and inspires beauty in me like no other skater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1UsAl8x0I0


I admit to being sad that I will miss many of Mao's performances of The Ice as I have tried in vain to find videos of her performances from the second show. But, I did find this beautiful comment about Mao's performance of Elegy on youtube from the second day translated from google translate.

Here is the comment posted by しかじかかくかく at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Us...01422468132908

Bell in Vancouver, Rachmaninoff with Sochi, and Elegy of Rachmaninoff certainly think that Raleigh thought it would be for the next Olympic Games. I could not see it without tears.

I went to see it on the second day, but it was not transmitted in the picture,, It was really beautiful really. It was like moving my breath away from the moment Mao started.

It was a wonderful show to see how loved she is around.


Also, thanks to rosewood for all this information about and interview with Mao and her second round of performances. Glad to hear that it went much smoother with her jumps. https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/thr...4#post-5103308 post 710
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:02 am

Here are some links to Mao's other performances in The Ice where Mao landed her jumps well. All the programs are incredibly beautiful and so emotionally moving.

Mao Asada (Elegie) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUjYPZg3NMo&index=7

Wind Beneath My Wings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2c18XYPVw


Mao & Jeffery (Madama Butterfly) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZUQhkIFWrw&index=11
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:04 am

Mao will participate the Honolulu Marathon 2017 sponsored by JAL (Japan Air Lines).

http://www.tbs.co.jp/sports/honolulumarathon/blog/

The video shows the first day of the practice Sweatdrop (near the Imperial Palace, Tokyo).
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:36 am

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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:13 pm

Thank you silenceisgolden and WowMao for keeping this forum alive!

I try to be updated with Mao's life, but it's hard, given that I don't speak Japanese and that Mao does not have social media. At least I don't think so... Hehe!
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:30 am

Thanks mao asada sunrise for your words of appreciation. I haven't seen anyone post these videos of Mao doing a public event for Lotte in a beautiful reddish pink or majenta blouse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjhnc3F7yzs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRUL22XuRko

From Mao's instagram account, here is a beautiful photo of Mao in a kimono:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaY4nk_gbDj/

And here is a recent video of Mao singing with a beautiful and soothing voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUoRgOxFvAI


Here are some more 4K videos of Mao's performances:

Here are some more 4K videos of Mao:

Jupiter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egk1VWjf1OI

Jupiter and Caprice but not original music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSzUkOG82Hs


Here is a 4K 60 fps video of Mao's magnificent Madame Butterfly from Worlds 2016 followed by Mao's heartbreaking performance of Madame Butterfly with Jeffrey Buttle in The Ice 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBTYTWHJZsQ
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:30 pm

Great article about Mao with a translation that isn't good. I did my best to make this comprehensible by editing some places or making comments to give my best guess on the meaning. The great news is Mao's positive attitude towards skating more has been renewed when she thought she might quit after The Ice 2017!!!

Asada Mao "I want to convey my gratitude thoughtfully from now on"
2017/10/25 6:30

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZ...7A021C1000000/

Translation from October 25th article

Translation of interview with Mao.
START

You were concentrating on the ice show 'THE ICE' through August, but what have you been doing since then?

■ Thank you for your skating repayment to everyone

"I went to a cooking class away from skating and learned English conversation.When I had time to look at various things and think about it, what I wanted to do from around the time my birthday (September 25) approached was I hope to continue giving back to everyone through skating in the future. "

"Looking at my performance until now," Thank you for having courage, power and impression.
"Until now I saw my own performance, I received a lot of words" Thank you for taking courage, power and impression. "I think that I was able to do my best as a result of such support, and thanks for that." I thought The Ice 2017 would be the last. In the end, I got time to think and now I think differently."

 Interviewer- May I expect an opportunity for fans to watch your performances after 2018?

Mao "Yes, I'm happy if I can show my gratitude by performing even more as I move on."

Mao: First of all, I will run the Honolulu marathon in December.

Mao: "There is a dream of" I want to become like this, but there was a marathon as one of the processes. Two times a week, I run about 10 kilometers for a coach. I run a half marathon twice by race (Not sure what this means). I felt relaxed when I ran 10 kilometers and I was worried because my knee was bad. But since I was taught how to run, I was feeling tired in my body and legs so I felt confident at once. "

My Comment: I am not sure of the meaning of the next paragraph, but I will take a guess that may be wrong. I am guessing Mao skates every week day in Nagoya because I think she lives there and Tokyo is like almost 200 miles away. The sentence is also in the present tense. and the reference to skating in the morning in Tokyo is in the future so it must be her plan for the pre marathon preparation because Mao then mentions bringing her skating shoes to Honolulu a few days before the race in the next sentence. The good news is that Mao sounds really excited about skating like she wants to make it a part of her daily life for a long time. She isn't leaving her skating shoes at home anymore.

Mao: "Skating is practicing everyday on weekdays. I will skate in the morning in Tokyo. I will take skate shoes a few days before the race to Honolulu, so I will bring skate shoes. Of course the ratio of time devoted to skating is completely different. I think that you can watch and experience different things and add it to the sensitivity and expressions of skating. "

Mao: "Besides the marathon, there are plans to give skating performances. I think that this will be a challenge, too"

Interviewer: --You appear busy, don't you. How do you sleep?

Mao: "It's more irregular than the active era, but there are holidays. When I retired, I always thought" What to do in the future tomorrow is what I will do. "While I was sleeping for at least 8 hours in the active era, since I do not move my body now, I think that even six hours may be good because I can sleep anywhere. I can sleep for half an hour in the car, but it is not a familiar task, so in a different place ( The feeling and the body are stretched. It's fresh. I started to stay out a little bit late at night, but just before taking pictures I try to get my face ready, so I try to go to bed as soon as possible. "

Interviewer - There is the Pyeongchang Olympics on February 18. Do you watch figure skating?

Mao: "If it is on TV, I will watch it." It is fresh that I do it like this. "Wow, I am doing it in this way." Since the men's competition schedule is often ahead of the current era, "(Takahashi) 大 (輔) Because my chan took medals, girls will continue, "I often saw it with such feelings, but now it's completely different."

My comment: The last part is hard for me to understand. I think Mao is talking only about Masako Uno but the pronouns kept coming up I in translation. Sumo is then mentioned and I am not sure who this is or if it is Uno.

Interviewer: Would you care to talk about last year's world championship silver medalist, Masako Uno (Toyota Motor Corporation)?

Mao: "I feel like his mother because I have known him since he first started skating in the rink. First of all he, will be the All-Japan Championship (at the preliminary round) then the Olympics. (I am guessing this is Mao's wish for Uno).

 "Suma (not sure) also had a skating-centered life from a young age, so I invited by saying " Skating is fun ", so I thought what would happen he could not go to the top, but as one of the top Japanese people I am happy because he is doing his best, so I am happy that boys are also able to keep up with the boys as their level rises. I think that I want the challenge also to challenge because I also challenged myself.
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:24 pm

Thank you so much WowMao for translating the interview!

More than anything in this interview, I am glad that Mao seems happy and relaxed! She is viewing life from a different perspective, and she is doing new things in life aside from skating.

I do hope one thing though... I wish I'd wake up one day and discover news that she's getting married. Very Happy Hehe!
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:27 pm

Mao_Asada_sunrise wrote:
Thank you so much WowMao for translating the interview!

More than anything in this interview, I am glad that Mao seems happy and relaxed! She is viewing life from a different perspective, and she is doing new things in life aside from skating.

I do hope one thing though... I wish I'd wake up one day and discover news that she's getting married. Very Happy Hehe!

You welcome Mao_Asada_Sunrise. Doitashimashte! Actually, google translate did almost all the work though I did a fair amount of editing because I can't translate from Japanese. (Arigato) Thanks to a poster named cohkaix who said that the explanation for the Tokyo section is that Mao often visits Tokyo for business and that when she does she skates in the morning there. Even though Mao is doing things in life other than skating, it's great to know one of her central focuses is still skating 5 times a week. Here is a new CM just released showing Mao skating with beautiful freedom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYWARxkYY6k
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:08 pm

New photo of Mao stretching and getting ready to run at night on instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbR3XguA9m4/?taken-by=maoasada2509

Here are some beautiful high quality photos of Mao. Maybe some of them have been posted before but some haven't.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CvXwVN5VMAAHjlo.jpg:large

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/sp-award-a-20170412.jpg

http://static.gofugyourself.com/uploads/2016/04/GettyImages-518793854.jpg
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8e/3a/e1/8e3ae18cd68b02e4c1b54facd506353e.jpg

http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2017-04-12T043134Z_1_LYNXMPED3B079_RTROPTP_4_FIGURESKATING-JAPAN-MAOASADA.JPG

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sp-jack-a-20161012.jpg

http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/c92836227a7291074c0f6a706700410c.jpg

http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2013-11-29T030606Z_1811420023_GM1E9BT0SY401_RTRMADP_3_OLYMPICS-FIGURE-SKATING-ASADA.JPG

http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/e2174ed194379613540f6a706700a333.jpg

http://cfile23.uf.tistory.com/image/123F1D1A4B62140E3026EE

https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/h3tGr4tmOP0T005H3.WEtg--~B/aD0zMjkyO3c9MjU1MDtzbT0xO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/3c620200321960074c0f6a70670057e6.jpg

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/p1-w1-t2-mori-b-20140222.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/26/92/74/26927499b49b1862c6ae3b7210d5145d.jpg

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sp20130414f1b.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4c/7d/d3/4c7dd3949e0b7238656a48913fb00fea.jpg

https://usatq.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/usatsi_7756871.jpg

https://img.bleacherreport.net/cms/media/image/12/97/4e/63/3a49/4023/8639/be9e41e506fa/crop_exact_full_image.jpeg?h=1879&q=90&w=2820

http://www.isu.org/docman-documents-links/zz-archives/media-news-events-1/figure-skating-2/2014-3/03-31/10165-mao-asada481270905/file

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/df/c1/c7/dfc1c7bab37adfe8184761ed24c639f3.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ff/58/be/ff58beb5f5c34bb455b424d630122b22.jpg

http://cdn1.mmia.com/pic790/mypcera/20061215112217953492.jpg?watermark/1/image/aHR0cDovL2NkbjEubW1pYS5jb20vbW1pYV9tYXJrLnBuZw==/dissolve/50/gravity/SouthEast/dx/25/dy/25/auto-orient

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5c/81/c8/5c81c8ca58bee7f71e1d851f9bfb2afc.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/00/d8/bb/00d8bba52227b3bcb5d59c4429ff1dd1.jpg

http://www.hd.club.tw/data/attachment/forum/201212/27/2041489po0ibncfo3t9n1g.jpg
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PostSubject: Re: Mao News - The 2016 - 2017 Season!   Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:09 pm

Here is a video of Mao looking lovely in an elegant black dress with wonderful close ups in her CM for Arsoa which was held today November 8 :

According to the caption below the video Mao has been using Arsoa face soap for 11 years and when asked what else she had been using for many years she said she continued to use tights for 3 to 4 years even with holes in them. This shows her frugality according to the comment below the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eLWWrS2--I
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