Figure skating's Grand Prix series winds up in Japan this weekend in an arena that doubled as a temporary mortuary after the 2011 tsunami that devastated the country's northeast.
Mao Asada of Japan performs her routine in the Ladies Free Skating program during the Cup of China, the third event on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating tour, in Shanghai, on November 3. If Asada finishes in the top four at the NHK Trophy this weekend, she will join US champion Ashley Wagner and European championship runner-up Kiira Korpi of Finland, for the next month's GP Final in Sochi.
Rifu in Miyagi, part of the region ravaged last year, hosts the NHK Trophy from Friday until Sunday, the last of the six-leg series, which will decide the remaining berths in next month's Grand Prix Final in the Russian city of Sochi.
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