Two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu premiered an ice show Friday marking the 12th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disaster that devastated northeastern Japan.
Entitled "notte stellata," meaning starry night in Italian, the show runs through Sunday at Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Hanyu's home prefecture of Miyagi, which was hit hard by the disaster.
Hanyu was practicing in his hometown Sendai when the earthquake and tsunami struck, causing his family to lose their home. The name of the new production was inspired by the comfort he took from looking at the night sky while forced to live in a temporary shelter.
He moved his training base to Canada the year after the disaster, going on to win the first of his two consecutive men's individual figure skating gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Hanyu has been active in raising funds to help emergency relief, including donating royalties from book sales.
Since retiring from competitive figure skating last year, he has focused on producing and starring in his own ice shows. He performed a one-day-only show in front of a sold-out Tokyo Dome last month.
His latest production features guest appearances from retired figure skater Akiko Suzuki and retired two-time Olympic men's all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura.
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