Hanyu Yuzuru and the Tōhoku Earthquake

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that affected people all across Japan. Since I woke up this morning, it’s been on my mind.

What I didn’t know until reading some articles this morning was that Hanyu Yuzuru, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Japan’s first gold medalist in men’s solo figure skating, is from one of the areas most affected by the earthquake. It piqued my interest and inspired me to look for some more information about him. It brought me to the above video from 2014, which is part solo performance from Hanyu, part documentary where he recounts what the day was like, how it impacted his performance, and how it brought him to where he is today.

I felt for him in listening to his talk of the earthquake and the pressure he felt in unwittingly representing his hometown. It’s a difficult watch at times – his meeting with the elderly man and woman in the second half is not easy to stomach – but I’m glad I gave it a shot. I’m sharing in the hopes that you might give it a shot, too.

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