Coach of the Tokushukai Gymnastics Club
Kazuhito Tanaka is a gymnast who was born in Wakayama City.
He won a Bronze Medal for parallel bars at the 2009 London Artistic World Gymnastics Championships and a team Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics, where he placed sixth individually and fourth in the parallel bars. His appearance marked the first time in Japanese gymnastics history for three siblings to compete at the same Olympic Games.
He retired in 2016.
Today, he offers instruction to young gymnasts as the coach of the Tokushukai Gymnastics Club.
He’s also working to bring his “Three Tanaka Siblings Gymnastic Class Event” to 30 villages, towns, and cities in Wakayama.
I’ve never visited Koyasan and the Kumano Kodo, which have been registered as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” World Heritage, but I’m extremely interested in the place.
I was born and raised in Wakayama, but I spend my time these days going back and forth between my parents’ house and the gym.
I’ve been learning more about Wakayama since becoming an adult.
I feel like I’ve come to understand what’s good about Wakayama since I retired, not because nobody taught me before, but because I wasn’t interested in anything other than gymnastics.
As for what part of this World Heritage I’d like to experience, Kumano Sanzan are appealing, but I’d really like to visit Nachi Waterfall, which has the highest drop of any waterfall in Japan, and Daimon-zaka Slope, a cobblestone road lined with Japanese cedar trees that are 800 years old!