The Family History Part 1
There is a picture taken 18 years ago. The boy was five years old at that time.
This time, we trace back to his family history.
Takahiko Kozuka, 23 years old, is the top figure skater who was in 8th place at
Vancouver Olympics and the silver medalist at Worlds 2011.
He is called as the thoroughbred on the ice.
His father Tsuguhiko was an Olympic figure skater and his mother was an ice dancer.
And also his grandfather Mitsuhiko was a figure skater before the war.
After the war, Mitsuhiko formed Aichi skating federation so was called
“The father of Aichi’s figure skating”.
And then many skaters have been flying up to the world from Aichi.
However, Mitsuhiko passed away last July at the age of 95.
Takahiko had to say farewell to him without knowing his life detail.
Taka: He loved figure skating and came to the rink every day.
I know only about it. I want to know how he had touched on skating.
Now, Takahiko tries to make it energy for further leap by knowing his family roots.
Opening Music and VTR
Taka: I am fluttering now.
Tsuguhiko(father): I was not informed about his young days.
This is Takahiko of five years old, filmed by Mitsuhiko.
Kozukas is the skating family passing over three generations.
The chance Mitsuhiko met skating was 77 years ago.
In 1933, after graduation of high school, he went to Manchurian.
Sinkyo was the capital city in where the head office of Kwantung army placed.
He got a job in public relations section of Kyouwa-kai as a cameraman.
His misson was taking pictures to let people know the ideas of Manchurian.
He sometimes went to the dangerous area for his mission with carrying a gun.
First winter in there, he saw people started skating in a body.
One day, he went to the park to photograph people skating.
At there Mitsuhiko was captured by a girl of elegant skating.
He asked her to allow him taking pictures without hesitation.
Hatsuko Terashima,14 years old, was a student.
Mitsuhiko kept shooting her.
Actually, Hatsuko lives in Fukushima now, she is 91 years old.
Hatsuko: It is me.
This is a picture Kozuka-san took.
He framed innovative composition.
He often lay down on the ground to photograph me with sky for the background.
His pictures were very artistic.
"I want to skate with her"Mitsuhiko started skating.
(Taka said "so simple")
At first he only stood on the ice with unsteady steps but soon he got a hang of it and
began to skate smoothy.
One day, Mitsuhiko treid to tell Hatsuko his feeling and held an exhibition.
He invited her to the venue and there were about 50 pictures of her.
She was so surprized as he expected.
He showed her his finest picture. She was pleased just about pictures but never became
aware of Mitsuhiko's feeling.
His faint first love was ended.
Hatsuko: We were just like a brother and sister relationship rather than a man and woman
He might have created a romantic atmosphere but I didn't notice it.
Soon Hatsuko moved to Beijing so he couldn't hear anything from her since then.
Mitsuhiko was in skating for taking his mind off her.
In such days, he met a figure skater.
Kosei Nakamura. He was a champion of All Manchurian competition
Mitsuhiko learned skating by Nakamura.
Nakamura taught him basic skills of figure skating eagerly, such as turn and edge works.
Soon Mitsuhiko had progressed enough to participate competitions.
In 1937, Sapporo was chosen to be a host of Winter game.
Mitsuhiko aimed at Olympics.
He thought he tried to polish his jumps.
Summary and rough translation,