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!
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. ♥
Opening group number: Johnny’s intro starts at about 02:57.
Finale Part 1: Johnny appears beginning at about 3:50 (I think—maybe sooner), with his throw jump at about 8:17.
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.
A glimpse of his Carmen from the July 18 broadcast, in HD!
NEW! Full HD version!
And at last: Johnny’s beautiful performance with Sarah Alainn to “You Raise Me Up.”
ADDITIONAL BIRTHDAY-RELATED SHENANIGANS
Via Eric Radford: “What a beautiful piece of cake @JohnnyGWeir gave me! #happybirthday #mmmcake #FOI2015 #japan #birthdayboy”
A closer look at his flowers, via the Japanese Angels:
Via Kenji Miyamoto’s blog.
FINAL SHOW DAY
The arena in Kobe, with huge posters of the skaters! Via @coddycoddy88.
Via @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
BONUS PICS: KANAZAWA
Via ISS Ice, Sports & Solar Systems on Facebook. These are nicely huge, so please click for larger view.
AND FAREWELL . . .
Via @ayukovon: “@JohnnyGWeir I wish your flight safety!”
Stunning fan art by @ryoko201: Johnny performing “Creep.” Beautiful memories for all who came to this year’s Fantasy on Ice…