Two-time Olympic champion in figure skating Hanyu Yuzuru returns home to Miyagi Prefecture.
The Japanese star, who grew up in Sendai City and was displaced by the great earthquake in eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, will bring her professional ice show.notte stellata“to his home prefecture to mark the 12th anniversary of the disaster.
“Notte stellata”, which means “starry night” in Italian, is said to have originated from the starry night over Miyagi in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.
Hanyu himself recalls in the video trailer for his show: “The stars were beautiful on the day of the earthquake. March 11 was pitch black with a starry sky. I felt a glimmer of hope.”
The skater told Japanese media that this way he would pay back the most affected region of T?hoku in Japan.
“Until March 11, I’ve only been able to comment (and not perform). Even if I wanted to perform, it was hard to find opportunities to perform or deliver something for everyone.
“However, since I’m a professional skater now, I feel like I can finally perform on an important day and I feel like I can’t do it until March 11,” he said in an interview with My navigation messages.
Schedule and location of Hanyu “notte stellata” performances.
The event will take place for three days, on March 10-12, 2023 in the Miyagi Sekisui Heim Super Arena (Grande 21).
On Friday, March 10, the show will begin at 5:00 p.m. local time, while on the weekend of Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, the event will begin one hour earlier each day at 4:00 p.m. local time.
Who will star in Hanyu’s ice show “notte stellata”?
In addition to Hanyu himself, the show’s website lists appearances by other skaters, including Hanyu’s former choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne, former training mate Jason Brown, and other Japanese skaters.