Where's Pooh?


This is neither an exclusively Yuzuru blog nor an exclusively Kpop blog. This is primarily a figure skating blog. However, it is named after one of my favorite skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu, because although I’ve been watching figure skating for >15 years, I was inspired to create a figure skating blog only after watching Yuzuru Hanyu skate. I am also a huge fan of Mao Asada and many of the other skaters on (and previously on) Team Japan. I’ve also been a fan of MANY other figure skaters from many other countries over the years. So what does that have to do with kpop? It doesn’t. But I am also a huge EXO/Kpop fan, so over time, I have acquired a large collection of Kpop reaction gifs, which help me express myself on tumblr. I tend to use Kpop gifs specifically because I personally find them pleasant to look at and quite expressive.
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Mao Asada & Yuna Kim Gold Forever

OMG TWIN! That was absolutely beautiful. You are amazing <3

heltra91: But the real question is, WHERE'S POOH?

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Figure Skating Elements: Solo Jumps

Guide to figure skating jumps through gifs! In this post I’ll cover the six basic types of jumps using triples from various skaters; my next post will probably be about combination jumps.

There are six types of jumps: toeloop, flip, lutz, salchow, loop, and axel. The first three are toe jumps - skaters launch into the air with assistance from the toepick of their other foot. The latter three are edge jumps - no toepick assistance; skaters take off from the edge alone. The first thing you should probably ask yourself when trying to identify jumps is whether it’s a toe or an edge jump.

A skate blade has two edges: the outside edge (closer to the outside of the skater’s foot) and the inside edge (closer to the inside of the foot). All jumps land on an outside edge. Most skaters land on their right foot, so I will just use that in this post for simplicity’s sake. Since the landing position is always the same, only variances in takeoff differentiate the jumps. All jumps have a backwards takeoff except for the axel.

Toeloop (T): Takes off from the outside edge of Kanako’s right foot, lands on the outside edge of her right foot. Notice how she sets up the jump by gliding for a bit on her left foot, then putting her right outside edge down and toepicking her left foot into the ice to launch into the air.

Flip (F): Takes off from the inside edge of Zijun’s left foot, lands on the outside edge of her right foot. Her right toepick is used to launch into the air. Many skaters will do turns into the flip; it generally has a shorter setup time than the lutz.

Lutz (Lz): Takes off from the outside edge of Han’s left foot, lands on the outside edge of his right foot. His right toepick is used to launch into the air. The only difference between a flip and lutz is the edge that it takes off on; one way to differentiate between the two if you can’t see the edge clearly is the setup time - skaters often have a long running edge going into the lutz. Many skaters have indistinct edges on their flips and lutzes and “flutzing” is common - taking off on the wrong edge for the lutz, effectively making it into a flip. The opposite (taking off on the wrong edge for a flip) is called a “lip”. Notice how Kanako sets up her lutz on the outside edge, but changes to the inside edge at the last second, resulting in a flutz:

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Salchow (S): Takes off from the inside edge of Akiko’s left foot, lands on the outside edge of her right foot. No toepick assistance. Salchows are characterized by a “sweeping” motion upon takeoff; notice how Akiko swings her right leg around. Salchows also momentarily have a “knock-kneed” position with the feet splayed apart.

Loop (Lo): Takes off from the outside edge of Dai’s right foot, lands on the outside edge of his right foot. No toepick assistance. Notice how his legs appear to be crossed during the setup; this is the best way to tell a loop from a salchow. Skaters often do turns into a loop as well.

Axel (A): Takes off from the outside edge of Han’s left foot, lands on the outside edge of the right foot. No toepick assistance. The axel is really easy to distinguish from the other jumps because it’s the only one with a forward takeoff; thus, a 3A actually has 3.5 rotations, and so on.

Each type of jump is worth a different amount of points. For jumps with the same number of rotations, the value from least to greatest is: toeloop, salchow, loop, flip, lutz, axel.

Daisuke Takahashi: Dance battle finals || The Ice 2014 (x)

toocoolforyoudude: why ddyu take of anon asks?

Because my inbox was getting inundated with mindlessness. 

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It’s unfortunate that I’ll miss the few good figure skating questions that I used to get once in a blue moon (like the one I answered in my last post). But don’t worry! I’m still here, right around the corner =)

Anonymous: About the role of choreographers in competitive ice-skating: how heavily do they influence the performance relative to the skater him/herself? Are there any choreographers you particularly like? (links to videos if possible please!)

I think it varies between skaters and even between performances. Sometimes choreographers decide almost everything: music, costume, movements, jump layout, etc. Other times (but more rarely) skaters choose everything themselves. Most often, it is a collaboration between the entire team: skater, coach, choreographer, costume designer, music editor, etc. But in the end, it all comes down to the day of the competition, the venue, and the mindset of the skater during any given performance. I’ve heard commentators talk about how lonely it is out there at center ice all by yourself, just before the music starts. You’re all by yourself (except if you’re in pairs or ice dancing), and all eyes are on you. Late in the season, during the most important competitions of the year, much of it has become muscle memory, but of course, no two performances are exactly the same and the skater has the ability to make tiny (or sometimes rather large) adjustments during the skate based on their feeling. One of my favorite examples is during Mao’s 2014 Olympics Free Skate, when she lands her final jump (triple loop) and does a very effective hand gesture afterwards.

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It’s the little details that can make all the difference, not just in terms of component scores, but also in terms of audience reception and overall feel of the program. 

As for favorite choreographers, it’s kind of hard to say because all of them have had hits and misses. Below are some of my all-time favorite masterpieces:

Lori Nichol:

- Almost every program she choreographed for Michelle Kwan, even the lesser known ones, like Taj Mahal, which is one of my favorites

- Mao Asada’s Fantasie Impromptu, among others

- Patrick Chan’s Tango de los Exilados

- Shen and Zhao’s Nutcracker, Meditation, and Adagio

Pasquale Camerlengo:

- Daisuke Takahashi’s Blues for Klook

Nanami Abe:

- Yuzuru Hanyu’s Scriabin and Romeo and Juliet (#1)

Tatiana Tarasova (+/- Nikolai Morozov footwork):

- Sasha Cohen’s Malaguena, Rachmaninoff, and Swan Lake

- Alexei Yagudin’s Winter

Nikolai Morozov:

- Daisuke Takahashi’s Cyber Swan

Yuka Sato:

- Takahiko Kozuka’s Romeo & Juliet

Jeffrey Buttle:

- Yuzuru Hanyu’s Parisienne Walkways and Chopin Ballade #1

And many MANY more…

Anonymous: i think the person that's sending u random anon messages is actually the tumblr user "nonchan1023"

LOL! Thanks anon, but I already figured that out. We like to call her “anonchan” because she’s always trying to troll us with creepy anon messages.

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I just troll her back by answering them anyways and pretending like I don’t know. Woops guess the cat’s out of the bag now. It’s fun!

nonchan1023: I wonder why I never really "talked" to you before, despite our long relationship, if I shall call it that lol :P

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Anonymous: What do you like about Exo?

OH GOD.

My heart can’t handle this question. But also, the gif above illustrates 2 of the main reasons. <3

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Anonymous: what do you like about hanyu?

Who me?

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I think the more easily answered question would be: “what don’t you like about hanyu?”

His Johnny Weir costumes, his recent music choices (although I’m quite happy about the Chopin), his David Wilson choreography, his parting ways with Nanami Abe, his move to Chanada…

Other than that, I love him. I love his beautiful jumps, especially his triple axel and quad toe. I love his flexibility. I love his spins (except maybe that one with the foot on his neck for R&J#2). I love his passion. I love his obsession with Pooh. I love his adorableness. I love his eloquence during interviews (unlike a certain PChiddy). I love his friendliness. I love his relationship with other skaters. Okay I’ll stop now. T_T

zeloscello: What kpop groups do you like to listen to? :D

OOH I love this question.

My favorite kpop group (if it’s not already blatantly obvious) is EXO! You can find my EXO photo blog here

Other kpop groups I like: SHINee, SNSD, f(x), BAP, etc… 

What about you???

Anyways, thanks for asking!!! BYE =)

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Anonymous: uhmm okay soo are you a yuzuru blog or a kpop blog? all i ever see are gifs of kpop people.

Don’t be hatin on my multi-fandom inclusive posts. I’m not going to pigeonhole my blog and limit myself to a particular fandom just to make it easier for you. After all, you’re anonymous. You’re not contributing to either of the two fandoms. You’re just benefiting from everyone else’s posts. So if I were you, I would just enjoy the free entertainment rather than try to find fault in someone else’s interests.

So… are you a yuzuru anon or a kpop anon? Or maybe you’re just an anon anon. 

But hey, it’s okay. I’ll answer your question anyways. Because I enjoy stating the obvious sometimes:

This is neither an exclusively yuzuru blog nor an exclusively kpop blog. This is primarilyfigure skating blog. However, it is named after one of my favorite skaters, Yuzuru Hanyu, because although I’ve been watching figure skating for >15 years, I was inspired to create a figure skating blog only after watching Yuzuru Hanyu skate. I am also a huge fan of Mao Asada and many of the other skaters on (and previously on) Team Japan. I’ve also been a fan of MANY other figure skaters from many other countries over the years. So what does that have to do with kpop? It doesn’t. But I am also a huge EXO/kpop fan, so over time, I have acquired a large collection of kpop reaction gifs, which help me express myself on tumblr. If you haven’t figured it out already, tumblr is a microblogging platform where images/gifs sometimes speak louder than words. It is quite common on tumblr (and on other internet platforms) for users to use unrelated gifs to more fully illustrate our ideas and thoughts. I tend to use kpop gifs specifically because I personally find them pleasant to look at and quite expressive. 

P.S. I wasn’t actually angry when I read your question. I was just having fun messing with you. 

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germaricanmix: Your answer for what type of girl Yuzu likes was awesome. A+

LOL yay I get an A+ 

My apple is A+ !!! Just like Baekhyun???

I apologize if you have no idea what I’m talking about LOL

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Anonymous: hypothetical: you're asked to be maid of honor/best man @ yuzuvier's union (broadcasting rights bought by NHK.) all travel, lodging expenses are out of your own pocket, and only after you've counseled a full rink of disappointed, heartbroken fans. y/n?

WHY ARE THE EXPENSES OUT OF MY POCKET?! What kind of fantasy is this?! Yuzuvier better be getting married in my front yard because I don’t have the time or money to fly to Japan or SpainEven though that would be a dream come true. How the heck am I supposed to counsel a rink full of rabid fangirls?! I wouldn’t make it out of that black hole alive. But really, the fans should be happy for Yuzuvier. It’s better than Yuzu being with any girl.

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Anonymous: Is that Kanaki Murakami yuzuru's girlfriend? because I saw lots of pictures where they are together. I hope they're not.

OMG I AM DYING. I can’t believe I went all these months without answering these golden anon asks. 

No. Kanaki Murakami is not Yuzuru’s girlfriend.

Kanaki is already taken. By Yuzonuri. YuzoNaki FOR LIFE! Geez, get it right. 

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