“After I retired, I didn’t know what I was going to do next. After retiring, I hadn’t decided what to do next, so I sent my resume to the embassy and was hired. In sumo, it’s like winning a big gold star.
Toto Atilla, 35, laughs as he shakes his large body, 186cm tall and 168kg in weight.
When he was an active wrestler, his name was Masuto Ou-Akira. He was born in Szolnok, a medium-sized city in Hungary, and came to Japan at the age of 18 after being scouted for a job when he placed second in the world junior sumo championships. He attracted attention as the only Hungarian wrestler in the sumo world, but was plagued by injuries and his highest rank was eighth in makushita division.
He was officially hired as a staff member of the Hungarian Embassy in October, and on the 16th of the same month, he stepped into the ring for the first time at the “Hungarian Festival” held at Karajan Square in Minato Ward. I was nervous because it was my first job.
“It’s my first job, so I’m nervous,” she said.
On the day of the festival, Mr. Toth, who was in charge of setting up and running the event, said this while sweating profusely, but his expression was cheerful. He was a real powerhouse as he carried the heavy lighting equipment with ease. When visitors asked him for a commemorative photo, he smilingly said, “Please come in,” in fluent Japanese.
Ms. Akiko Inoya, Executive Director of the Japan-Hungary Friendship Association, said, “I am very happy that I could not become a sumo wrestler.
“Ms. Akiko Inoya, Executive Director of the Japan-Hungary Friendship Association, said, “I hear that you feel guilty about not being able to meet the expectations of the Hungarian people by not becoming a sumo wrestler, but I hope you will enjoy your second life without worrying about that.
I hope he will enjoy his second life without worrying about it.” After being encouraged, Toto shyly revealed his future goals.
“I don’t have any educational background, but I would like to graduate from a Japanese university someday. I would like to graduate from a Japanese university someday and become a bridge between Hungary and Japan.
He is kind and strong. I am sure that Toto will make his dreams come true.
From “FRIDAY” November 19, 2021 issue
PHOTO： Takashi Yoshida (1st photo)