Actress Yumiko Shaku breaks ankle while filming ski program for NHK

TOKYO —

Actress Yumiko Shaku, 34, broke her left ankle while filming a skiing program for NHK in Niigata Prefecture on Saturday. Her management office told media on Monday that the injury would take about two months to heal.

Shaku was in Niigata to film a segment for the program “Yukiyama e Go!” She and the camera crew were skiing away from the regular slopes (what the Japanese refer to as “back country skiing”) when the accident occurred at about 1 p.m.

Shaku wrote on her blog that the accident was entirely her fault. She said she was not experienced at back country skiing and misjudged the depth of the snow.

Japan Today

  • 2

    shinhiyata

    This woman is soooo HOT !!! She was amazing in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and Tokyo SOS. Please get well soon, Yumiko.

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    movieguy

    @shinhiyata - You took the words right out of my mouth! So hot! I haven't seen her recently though. I would like to assist with the rehab!

  • 2

    TokyoGas

    Maybe she was wearing ill-fitting boots as I thought that properly fitted ski boots were designed to protect the ankle.

  • 1

    jojo_in_japan

    That's what happens when you ski out of bounds (assuming she and crew were out of bounds)

  • 0

    WilliB

    Off-piste skiing is total fun, but you have to know what you are doing.

  • -1

    Zen student

    Yep she's a hottie alright. I remember Jayro was asked which J-chick he thought was hot and he said "Yumiko Shaku" which was a good call.

    Ayase Haruka and Kitahara Kyoko are even hotter IMO.

    Ouch, a broken ankle. That's got to be vexing.

  • -1

    Disillusioned

    Ouch!!

  • -1

    Mocheake

    I'd love to help out in her rehabilitation.

  • -4

    tmarie

    A fine example of folks ignoring the marked areas and thinking they'll be fine. Be it skiers, snowboarders, swimmers, hikers...

  • -1

    Nessie

    Glad to see she's not piste off about it.

  • 1

    Serrano

    "skiing"

    Even the best skis have a fundamental problem - they are slippery.
    If you have to traverse mountains in the snow, I suggest a good pair of snowshoes.

  • 0

    ReformedBasher

    @tmarie

    A fine example of folks ignoring the marked areas and thinking they'll be fine. Be it skiers, snowboarders, swimmers, hikers...

    People get into all kinds of difficulty in marked areas too.

  • 0

    Thunderbird2

    This woman is soooo HOT !!! She was amazing in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and Tokyo SOS. Please get well soon, Yumiko.

    Don't forget "Sky High"... long black boots, sword, long black dress/kimono thing... lovely. BoT , and I hope she gets better soon...

  • 0

    Cos

    I thought that properly fitted ski boots were designed to protect the ankle.

    Anyway, no equipment protects from fatigue fracture and millions of urban skiers get that every year. Then it could be because she had those boots designed for regular slopes where the snow is firm, pounded by machines, etc. Normally, you don't wear heavy boots for cross-country ski but lighter nordic ski shoes. There exist shoes that can be used in the 2 modes, but they don't propose them for rental at the leisure ski station, since you have business getting out of official treks. I wish her a good recovery, it's never good to break your ankle BUT it's not a bad thing that among many, that happened TO HER, TO THIS SHOW, because they asked for trouble.

    ” She and the camera crew were skiing away from the regular slopes (what the Japanese refer to as “back country skiing”)

    They were demonstrating irresponsible behavior, presenting it as something hip.

    People get into all kinds of difficulty in marked areas too.

    Totally different. Skiing out of the treks, many die, which is their choice, but they also cause deaths of others that did not break the law. They provoke avalanches that then get on normally protected treks and habitations, they put rescuers at greater risk (as they'd get you with a scooter if you broke some limb on a trek, but they get into dangerous places to help you in the wild). It's good that show had that minor "punishment" from nature. I hope they take the opportunity to apologize for their stupidity and warn the audience.

  • 3

    90292

    Where's the picture when we most need it?

  • 1

    Cos

    errata : "you have no business...."

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    timeon

    "skiing away from regular slopes" does not mean she was braking the rules. one can do "back country skiing" in various places in Japan. there are companies that take you there, either by snowmobile or helicopter. of course, the JT crowd jumps on the chance to place their favorite labels: "stupidity", "irresponsible", "ignorance".

  • 0

    Ranger_Miffy2

    timeon..............braking...........????

  • -1

    Elbuda Mexicano

    No pics? No idea who this woman is without pics!

  • 1

    Serrano

    "No idea who this woman is"

    Elbuda, where you been?

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    Scooter Ivy

    Hope she heals soon.

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    Fadamor

    @Timeon, did she have a sign that said "I brake for back-country skiing"? :-)

    But seriously, I wish her a full recovery. Sometimes those ankle issues don't completely go away.

  • 0

    timeon

    ooops :)

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    ReformedBasher

    @Cos

    Yes, backcountry skiing does place others at more risk. I agree.

    What I'm referring to though is tmarie's post that seems to imply that accidents open happen outside designated areas.

    However, with regards to hiking and some other activities, I actually recommend sometimes going off the "beaten track", PROVIDED one has sufficient experience. It actually increases your chance of survival. However I don't understand why Ms. Shaku was doing backcountry skiing, probably because the scenery was better?

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