On a night in mid-May, Motoko Obayashi, 56, a former volleyball player, was in line at a cab stand in front of Tokyo Station.
It was a bit chilly that day, and Obayashi was walking with her hands in the pockets of her flight jacket and her back rounded. Even so, her 184-centimeter-tall figure was noticeable, and the people waiting in line for a cab couldn’t help but look back at her. After retiring in 1997, she has been active as a TV personality on variety shows. Known for his great love of comedy, Obayashi also served as a judge for the R-1 Grand Prix, but in recent years, his TV exposure has decreased. The reason,
He has been the tourism ambassador for Aizu Wakamatsu City since ’18, and this year marks the fifth year that he has lived in two locations, Aizu and Tokyo. I have been giving physical education classes to local students and conducting programs for people living in the Tokyo metropolitan area to experience life and living in Aizu. “We are making great achievements, such as giving physical education classes to local students and conducting programs to give residents of the Tokyo metropolitan area a taste of life in Aizu.
So it seems. However, Obayashi’s figure standing at the cab stand looks somewhat forlorn. During her active ballet career, she was a star athlete, a force to be reckoned with. Even today, she still retains her good looks and beautiful style. However, when it comes to her love life, she rarely talks about it. Last year, Obayashi said of her “solitary life”: “I myself have no solitary life at all.
I am the type of person who does not mind living alone. I often go to the movies alone rather than with a group of friends. It allows me to move freely at my own pace. When I was a ballet player, I lived in a dormitory and always acted in a group.
Maybe that’s why, when I went to a rural area for work and found a single room in a hotel, I was like, “I’m so happy! I was like, “I’m so happy! Because I have led such a life, I don’t feel that my being single until now was a result of being forced to choose between marriage and work.
On May 9, when he served as a judge for the NHK Kamigata Manzai Contest 2023, it was announced that he had been appointed general manager of Breath Hamamatsu, a volleyball club team based in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. So, could it be possible that he will be living in three locations in the future? It seems that she will not have time to fall in love in the future.
： Tetsuko Takemoto (3rd)