Goodbye Japan . . .


UPDATE! Scroll down for NEW HD VIDEO from BOTH the July 11 AND July 18 broadcasts of the final show in Kobe, including Johnny’s ‘Carmen’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’ performances!


 

JW_MT_07-05-2015_01A_wmJohnny near the end of his visit to Japan. Exclusive photo courtesy of Mutsumi Teshima.


Before we wade into the Weibocalypse, which has of course already begun, let’s catch up with Johnny during his last few days in Japan…

Programming note: The final Kobe performance is slated for broadcast on Japanese TV this Saturday, July 11, 1 pm local time (Friday, July 10, 12 midnight ET). Desperately hoping there will be video forthcoming from the broadcast!

And also: Please see just a small sample of the birthday wishes Johnny received from around the world here. ♥


UPDATE: VIDEOS!

Opening group number: Johnny’s intro starts at about 02:57.


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Finale Part 1: Johnny appears beginning at about 3:50 (I think—maybe sooner), with his throw jump at about 8:17.


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Finale Part 2: Mostly just Yuzu giving a speech, but there is some recap footage at the end that includes Johnny starting at about 03:51.


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NEW!

A glimpse of his Carmen from the July 18 broadcast, in HD!


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NEW! Full HD version!

And at last: Johnny’s beautiful performance with Sarah Alainn to “You Raise Me Up.”


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ADDITIONAL BIRTHDAY-RELATED SHENANIGANS

 

JW_Tw_07-02-2015_05CVia Eric Radford: “What a beautiful piece of cake @JohnnyGWeir gave me! #happybirthday #mmmcake #FOI2015 #japan #birthdayboy”

 

Thank you @jpjweangels, Eiko-san, Tsuyuki-san and Junko-san for these incredible flowers! So happy-desu!

A photo posted by JOHNNY WEIR (@johnnygweir) on

 

A closer look at his flowers, via the Japanese Angels:

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JW_IG_Kobe_07-02-2015_01BVia Kenji Miyamoto’s blog.

 

JW_MT_07-03-2015_01B_wmExclusive photo courtesy of Mutsumi Teshima.


FINAL SHOW DAY

The arena in Kobe, with huge posters of the skaters! Via @coddycoddy88.

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JW_MT_07-05-2015_02A_wmExclusive photo courtesy of Mutsumi Teshima.

 

JW_Tw_07-05-2015_01Via @ayukovon: “To beautiful @JohnnyGWeir Have a happy Final Fantasy on Ice! Thank you for everything in Japan!”

 

A peek at the Kobe program.

 

Backstage birthday gift from the lovely Sarah Alainn, whose collaboration with Johnny on “You Raise Me Up” was one of the highlights of the FaOI tour.

'How wonderful life is when you're in the world..'💕 Happy Belated Birthday dearest Johnny💐 @johnnygweir Let's have a ball today👸 「あなたがいるから、この世は素晴らしい🎵」お誕生日おめでとう🌸最後のYou Raise Me Up、共に思いっきりパフォームします👑 #fantasyonice #fantasyonice2015 #johnnyweir #sarahalainn #figureskating #youraisemeup #happybirthday #yoursong #ジョニーウィアー #サラオレイン #フィギュアスケート #サラ #friends #友人

A video posted by Sarah Àlainn サラ・オレイン (@sarahalainn) on

 

Tomáš!

How we warm-up, Czech style. @t.verner ✅

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Last day))) #kobe #fantasyonice15 #japan #Tokyo #fantasyonice #Johnnyweir #philippecandeloro

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NAILED. IT.

 

 

With most beautiful @johnnygweir 😊😊😊already miss you 😢 #fantasyonice #figureskate #faoi2015 #kobe #johny #weir #backstage

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BONUS PICS: KANAZAWA

Via ISS Ice, Sports & Solar Systems on Facebook. These are nicely huge, so please click for larger view.

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AND FAREWELL . . .

 

JW_Tw_07-05-2015_02Via @ayukovon: “@JohnnyGWeir I wish your flight safety!”

 

JW_Tw_bday_07-02-2015_03Stunning fan art by @ryoko201: Johnny performing “Creep.” Beautiful memories for all who came to this year’s Fantasy on Ice…

 


BIRTHDAY FAN PROJECT!!

Please join in on our heartfelt mission to send love and best wishes to Johnny for his July 2 birthday (it’s free to participate! No PayPal required)! There’s still time: birthday mail will be forwarded to Johnny in mid-July after he returns from his Asian tours. Details here, along with a stunning exclusive photo and exclusive HD rehearsal video that you’ll want to watch over and over. . .


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