- What led you to Budapest?
I decided to come to Budapest to work with Zoltán Nagy, a ballet master, choreographer and physical trainer. I planned to work here for two weeks, but things were going so well I extended my stay by another week.
- Is it your first time in Budapest?
Yes, I've never been here before. I love the city. I saw the Parliament, Heroes' Square, the castle, and the city lights during the night, but the most fun for me was the Opera House.
Zoltan Nagy introduced me to the stage. I performed in a lot of venues, but I felt something wonderful there on the stage; the feeling of a huge audience, the sight of the beautiful lodges.
- How do you spend your days here? Did you buy some souvenirs?
I live close to the Opera. Every morning I start working here. I do ballet, conditioning and strengthening workouts. Zoltán Nagy monitors my every step, he advises and helps me. In the afternoon I do ice dance workout and skate in the Training Hall. Then I rest a little and head back to the Opera.
Of course, I have time for shopping as well. I bought some nice clothes.
- Can you tell us about the beginning of your career?
I started skating when I was five years old. I followed my sister, who is 2 years older than me, everywhere. We did swimming, ballet and ice skating. Finally, we decided to concentrate on ice skating. Today my sister no longer competes, but she's here with me, and she helps me with everything.
- You won 2005 Junior World Championships, and two years later you were second among seniors. Then, you became a World Champion twice. During the 2010 Olympics you didn't manage to stand at the top of the podium. What are your feelings about that event now, two years later?
In Vancouver for the first time I felt very sad during the announcement of results. It was very difficult because I worked very hard, but that is the nature of the sport; the Korean athlete was simply better than me.
- In the past two years, you placed only 6th in the World Championships, what do you think was the reason?
I haven't neglected skating, but I grew a lot and the muscles in my body didn't adjust accordingly. That is why I chose Zoltan Nagy. I have heard many good things about his work. He worked with Torvill/Dean and Sallay/Regőczy; two great ice dance couples. They were the best at that time. I feel the coach and I work well together. We are facing a very important year and complex preparation is necessary. That is why I have stayed a week longer in Budapest, because every hour spent in this new environment helps me.
- It's two years until the Sochi Olympics. Do you plan to participate?
Of course, I will continue my career until then. I want to stand for the highest level of the podium.
- And then?
Right now I concentrate on the Sochi. What happens afterwards depends on the Olympics.
- A lot of Japanese skaters made it to the top recently. Is there some secret to the success of skating in Japan?
There's no secret. When many people are working diligently eventually this will be the result.