Figure skating

Are You a Yuri!!! on Ice Fan? Check Out This New Collaboration Event in Kyushu!

Yuri!!! on Ice is an animated series produced by MAPPA that aired from October to December 2016. With a total of twelve episodes, the series is primarily about figure skating as a sport and focuses on the story of Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki. Since its airing, the series has grown in popularity. The support…

The Growing Popularity of Classical Music in Japan

When you think about classical music, you most probably picture countries in Europe. Vienna in Austria is said to be where classical music was born and Berlin in Germany is the home to beautiful opera houses. There is also Italy as a lot of well-known classical pieces are written in Italian. However, it is uncommon…

Why Is Mao Asada, One of Japan’s Top Figure Skaters, Retiring at an Early Age?

Since the morning of April 10, 2017, one particular topic regarding a certain athlete’s retirement has been making its rounds on Japanese news programs. Many people were surprised with the sudden announcement that was made as Japan’s figure skating star, Mao Asada (浅田真央), decides to leave the ice rink at 26. Who is Mao Asada?…

Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s Young Award-Winning Figure Skating Prince

If the ice rink is the battle arena for kingship, Japan’s 21-year old Yuzuru Hanyu (羽生結弦) will undeniably be among the top candidates for the crown. In fact, he’s already the king of the ice rink in the making! His reputation as Japan’s figure skating prince isn’t just a mere title befitting his young age…

On Thin Ice: Figure Skating in Japan and Some Popular Japanese Skaters

Figure skating is an extremely popular sport in Japan. When the winter season comes rolling in, many people switch on their TVs to watch the skating competitions and root for their favorite skaters. Twitter is suddenly filled with various skating-related Tweets, and when the likes of Yuzuru Hanyu successfully land a quadruple axel or two,…

Meet Satoko Miyahara – One of Japan’s Most Promising Figure Skaters

Japanese’ love for ice skating helps them produce some of the most successful skaters. Having the culture of good discipline, it is no surprise many of their figure skaters top the world champions’ list. Satoko Miyahara (宮原知子) is one of the best in the country. She is the latest gold medalist of the International Figure…