Our beloved albino peacock with some of the lovely ladies of Fantasy on Ice in Makuhari. Back row, left to right: Meryl Davis, Ksenia Stolbova, Johnny, and Akiko Suzuki. Front row: Yuna Aoki and Wakaba Higuchi. Via the Fantasy on Ice Facebook page.
. . . which is presented with far fewer photos and videos than I would prefer, but here’s a scrapbook of everything I could round up as of this moment. We continue to hope that a livestream and performance videos will be forthcoming from the FaOI Makuhari broadcast, which is happening on BS Asahi this Sunday, June 5, 9 pm Japan time / 8 am ET (see full broadcast schedule in this post). We do know that Johnny performed two programs in each Makuhari show: Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, with this costume and live accompaniment by star pianist Kotaro Fukuma, and his Beyoncé number that he premiered at Art2Skate. Fingers crossed that at least one of these will make it into the broadcast! Both were extremely well-received, with attendees reporting that he earned massive applause and a standing ovation for his Moonlight. Beyoncé reviews also were excellent and heavily peppered with this emoji: 🍑.
The shows in Sapporo begin this Friday, so please watch for updates here throughout the weekend! What we need most of all is a full-length shot of his breathtaking Moonlight costume, a glimpse of which is below . . .
MAKUHARI MOMENTS. Day 1: Friday.
С нашим любимым зайчиком🐰😉😚💋🙃🇯🇵 #goodtime #здесьисейчас #figureskating #Japan #Makuhari #fantasyonice #fantasyonice2016 by @tatkaroz
Behind-the-scenes peek from Stéphane:
Feels great to be back in Japan! Can’t wait to skate in the premiere of Fantasy on Ice tonight in Makuhari! #FaOI by @StephaneLambiel
Let’s slow that down a bit so we can enjoy all the hidden shenanigans . . .
Coming to you live from Makuhari! Showtime in 30 minutes! #fantasyonice2016 by @stolbovaksenia
At the show: the boxes where fans can deposit cards and gifts for the skaters.
プレゼント投入✨🎁✨ #FaOI #johnnygweir by @midnight_kurage
Johnny in the FaOI program booklet!
今年のパンフ。カルメンジョニー❤️💕❤️ by @hina_kinako
素敵ジョニー満載❤ by @midnight_kurage
思い出✨ FaOI 2016 Makuhari Johnny素敵な時間をありがとう🌹✨ by @takako.isk
With gorgeous flowers from fans after the first show.
What a magical show! Thank you to all my fans for your standing ovations, beautiful flowers and for just being. I love you! #fantasyonice2016 by @johnnygweir
Day 2: Saturday.
At yet more rehearsals with famed choreographer Kenji Miyamoto.
Johnny! by @Kenji Miyamoto
A peek at the opening number from Saturday’s show via Ari Zakarian:
Video link. Johnny’s intro begins at about 0:20.
#fantasyonice2016 by @marin_honda
どうもありがとうございました Makuhari ❤️ #fantasyonice by @meryl_davis
Happiness is friendship. @stolbovaksenia by @johnnygweir
Adorable fan art of Johnny and Ksenia by Ayumi.
A cute night dream of Makuhari. by @ayukovon
Day 3: Sunday.
More behind-the-scenes video, from Meryl Davis.
Bringing the energy on those early morning practices here in Makuhari with #fantasyonice2016! #BTS ahead of tonight’s show #3 before we head to Sapporo ✌🏼️ @charlieawhite @t.verner @stolbovaksenia @johnnygweir @klimov_f ⛸ by @meryledavis
Fantasy on Ice 2016 Makuhari. Fraction of our amazing cast: @j_butt @johnnygweir @charlieawhite @t.verner . Sorry Charlie for cutting your face in half #foi2016 #fantasyonice #skatingshow #czechskatingacademy by @t.verner
Absolutely my fav pic to come out of the Makuhari tour stop.
Showtime @slambiel by @johnnygweir
In his Moonlight costume with Kotaro Fukuma.
FaOI幕張公演いらしてくださった皆様、有難うございました！ 運営スタッフ、出演者の皆様、お疲れ様でした&お世話になりました！ 今回生演奏でコラボしてくれたノブ君&ジョニーと。二人とも心が美しく、終始和ませて&笑わせてくれますが、本番では高い集中力としなやかな表現、そして予告なしにジャンプのレヴェルを上げて3-3や3Aを跳ぶなど、アスリート魂も見せてくれました。札幌も楽しみです。 去年のフィナーレでは舞台袖で「あぁ、終わってしまう～」とウルウルしながら見てましたが、今回は舞台上で参加させていただき、この上なく光栄でした。 「もう一つの演目」については、札幌公演が終わってからコメントしたいと思います。 さぁ、次はヤマハホールでのリサイタル、自分自身アイスショーとは違う自分に「トランスフォーム」できるよう、冷静になって気持ちを切り替えたいと思います！ (￣^￣)ゞ by @kotarofsky
by Nobunari Oda
Johnny and Miki in their beautiful flower crowns from dear Machiko.
Just Love this 🌹🌻👑 it is really special✨💕❤️ thank you so much😊😊😊 🌹🌻👑どうでしょう？ 私もジョニちゃんの仲間入り😊✨💕❤️❤️❤️ とっても嬉しかったー❤️❤️❤️ ありがとうございましたm(_ _)m💕 #ファンタジーオンアイス2016 #fantasyonice2016 by @miki_m_ando0403
Happy moment celebrating with rose and sunflowers from our queen @mattii_7 ! Thanks you!!! by @johnnygweir
With @JohnnyGWeir Thank you💕💕 by @wakawakaskate
Triple Axel! So happy! Thank you for such a wonderful weekend in Makuhari! 🇯🇵❤️🌸 #fantasyonice2016
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) May 29, 2016
SAPPORO SNIPPETS. Day 1-ish.
Off to Sapporo! Our albino peacock is easily spotted . . .
Tokyo-Sapporo by @arizakarian
Johnny on the poster in Sapporo!
札幌駅ピラービジョンにもFaOI札幌広告！！ by @chikococoa
We are so happy to be in Sapporo!! @stolbovaksenia #fantasyonice2016 by @johnnygweir
Good times with good friends . . .
Sapporo Sushi! 🍣 @stolbovaksenia @t.verner by @johnnygweir
Sapporo has such wonderful sushi! 🍣🐠🐟🐡 by @stolbovaksenia
Day off before next shows in Sapporo. Friends, food, fun, Fantasy on and off ice. Skating family @johnnygweir and @stolbovaksenia #czechskatingacademy #fantasyonice #foi2016 #sapporo by @t.verner
. . . but very bad bowling.
I can’t sleep so I’m sharing this with you. I lost badly at bowling to @stolbovaksenia and @t.verner last night. #confessional by @johnnygweir
BONUS FaOI GOODIES
Happy💕 by @esjw2
Gorgeous fan art of Johnny’s Moonlight Sonata by Ayumi.
TV commercial for FaOI in Nagano featuring Johnny!
#fantasyonice2016 #FaOI長野 #CM by @saya5341
RANDOM BONUS VIDEO
Some wonderful person just uploaded this outstanding hi-def version of Johnny’s “My Way” exhibition program from the 2006 Torino Olympics Gala. As mesmerizing as ever . . .