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Japan Skates » Transcript of Japan Skates’ exclusive interview with Yuki Nishino
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Transcript of Japan Skates’ exclusive interview with Yuki Nishino

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Figure Skating Boutique Summer Skate is my “home event” and I look forward to it every year.  It’s a good opportunity to meet some of Japan’s up-and-coming young skaters in a relatively relaxed environment.  Yuki Nishino, one of Japan’s top junior skaters, is living in Toronto and is training at the Granite Club, and was on the roster in the Junior Ladies event.  She and her agents agreed to an interview, and we scheduled it for Friday afternoon, right after her short program.  Her coach here in Toronto, Shin Amano, is an old friend of Japan Skates and acted as her interpreter.  I have put Shin’s translations into the first person.  Enjoy!

JS:  Japan Skates
YN:  Yuki Nishino

JS:  Good afternoon Yuki.  How do you feel about your short program today?  (Yuki had finished first in her group with a score of 44.60, landing a triple Lutz, triple flip and a single Axel).

YN:  There were good things, and then bad things.

JS:  I noticed you missed the planned combination with the triple Lutz…

YN:  I didn’t feel quite right on all three jumps…

JS:  What are you going to work on for your free skate tomorrow?

YN:  I hope I’m going to have better jumps tomorrow.  I had small mistakes today… I hope they don’t happen tomorrow.

Yuki during the short program

JS:  Why are you in Toronto?  What are you working on?

YN:  I came here in April.  It’s the second season I’ve trained here.  Last year in January I came here to see Lori Nichol for choreography, and then I came twice afterwards last season.  And then this year I came again in January to do new choreography with Lori, and then around April I decided to train here with Shin.  And most of the time I’m here right now.  I’ll be staying here the next few months.

JS:  You live in Toronto for several months at a time… do you go to school here?

YN:  I go to school in Japan…  I just went back home for two weeks in July to do examinations… just three weeks ago.

JS:  You turn sixteen soon.  What grade are you, in high school?

YN:  First year high school.

JS:  So two more years to go?

YN:  After this season, yes… we start in April in Japan.  I just started the first year of high school.

JS:  Are you going to go back to Japan to train at all?

YN:  When I go back to Tokyo, I’m going to work with Yutaka Higuchi.

Yuki and Shin during the interview

 Yuki and Shin during the interview

JS:  Are you competing in junior again this year, or do you have some senior competitions?

YN:  Right now, I’m going to go to Junior Grand Prix Belarus, which is the end of September.  And depending on the result, we’re not sure yet what we’re going to do… But I’m going to do senior sectionals in the Tokyo block, then eastern regionals, and then hopefully I’m going to do senior nationals.

JS:  How do you feel about competing in the senior division in Japan against so many great skaters?

YN:  Oh, they skate in a different world!

JS:  What are your musical choices this season?

YN:  I’m keeping the short program music from last year (Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens). The long program is ballet music, “La Corsaire”.  Lori’s going to choreograph a show number next month, in September.

JS:  How is the music chosen?  Do you have any input into choosing the music?

YN:  I kept the short program music, so I chose the long program music for this year.  I just liked it right away, and I told Lori I wanted to use that music.

JS:  What is your favourite type of music to skate to?

YN:  Bright music… pop music, I would say.  If I make a mistake, if the music is bright I don’t feel down emotion-wise… it keeps me happy.

JS:  I was looking at your results… Your 2007-08 season was excellent.  You finished second in Japan juniors, third at the Grand Prix final and fifth at the Word Junior championships.  Last year was not quite as successful.  Did you have any injuries or problems last season?  What are you working to improve this season?

YN:  My goal for this season is to enjoy competing more.  I couldn’t have fun last season… maybe too much pressure after I’d had such a great season.  I felt that people had high expectations for me, including myself… so I couldn’t have fun.

JS:  I hope you have a great season.  Do you have any specific goals this season?  Maybe a jump combination or a spin level?

YN:  Any triple-triple combination… I’m training for those right now.

JS:  How about long-term goals?  I know you’re just a young lady entering senior this year, but do you want to compete another four or five years for Japan, to try for the Olympics in 2014?

YN:  Long term… I want to make the Olympic team, but at this moment I’m just focusing on each season, taking it year by year. 

 (Listen to Yuki)

Yuki signing autographs for young skating fans from Japan

JS:  What is your favourite and least favourite jump?

YN:  I like everything the same!

JS:  Do you have a favourite non-jump element?

YN:  I don’t have a specific favourite thing, but I have dislike… which is the spin!  (laughs)  It takes so much energy from me!

JS:  What was your first triple jump, and when?

YN:  It was when I was eleven years old; it was the triple Salchow.

JS:  You’ve had a lot of success in your career… what is your career highlight so far?

YN:  Every single competition from two seasons ago.

JS:  Is that your favourite music and programs too (Leyenda by Vanessa Mae and Selections from Sleeping Beauty by P. I. Tchaikovsky)?

YN:  Yes!

JS:  What is a typical day in your life when you’re training?

YN:  Sometimes I go to school; sometimes I go to different arenas when I’m in Tokyo, or training in a gym.  I just started doing yoga, and I’ve been doing ballet training since June.  I do yoga and ballet twice a week, and Pilates once a week.  I used to spend a lot of time in the gym, working specific types of muscles, but that was last season.

JS:  When training in Toronto, do you practice Monday to Saturday?  Do you have a day off?

YN:  I train six days a week.

JS:  Who is your hero in skating? 

YN:  Shizuka Arakawa.

JS:  Have you met her?

YN:  Yes!

JS:  Do you want to go on to university?  Do you know what you’d like to become as an adult?

YN:  I would like to go to university.  I’m still thinking!!!

JS:  That makes sense since you’re so young!  What are some of your hobbies outside of skating?

YN:  Reading, and spending time with my friends.

JS:  Some fun questions now…   What is your favourite colour?

YN:  Orange!

JS:  What is your favourite colour to skate in?

YN:  Pink, orange… something bright! (laughs)

JS:  How about your favourite food?

YN:  Chocolate and ice cream!  And meat! (laughs)

Yuki during the free skate

JS:  That’s an interesting combination!  What don’t you like?

YN:  Paprika and some spices… and I don’t eat raw fish, like sashimi or sushi!  And mushrooms! (laughs)

JS:  What’s your favourite type of music to listen to?

YN:  Not a specific pop artist, but a lot of Japanese artists.

JS:  Your favourite and least favourite subject at school?

YN:  I dislike math, but I like biology!

JS:  Biology, but not math, eh?  Interesting!

JS:  If you could meet one famous person in the world, living or dead, who would it be?

YN:  (Thinking) You know, I’ve never thought about that!

JS:  That’s OK!  Who are some of your friends in skating?

YN:  Kanako Murakami… she was a junior Grand Prix competitor.  And Yukiko Fujisawa… she’s a good friend.  All the juniors are very good friends.

JS:  What’s the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

YN:  It’s part of an air conditioner…  I’ve got it three or four times… I don’t know the reason why I keep getting it! (all laugh)

JS:  Wow!  Do you have a message for young readers and skating fans who’ll be reading this interview on the internet?

YN:  I’ll try to skate with even more fun and joy from now on, so please cheer for me!

 (Listen to Yuki)

After the interview, some English students from Japan met Yuki, had her sign some autographs and posed for some photos with her.  Yuki seemed very happy to meet them and had a great time.  We met Yuki’s mom at the competition and she was very friendly with us.  In addition to her mom and dad, Yuki has a younger sister back home.

I’d like to thank Yuki and Shin for their time.  Yuki is a delightful young lady and an excellent skater.  She went on to win the event easily.  We at Japan Skates hope that she will rediscover her love for competing  this year as she embarks on her senior career.

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