Members of the Executive Board of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and member of the Board of Trustees of the Japan Gymnastics Association
Rie Tanaka was born in Wakayama Prefecture in 1987. She began practicing gymnastics at the age of six and grew up as part of a gymnastics family with a father who ran a gymnastics club and a mother who was a gymnast. She became the first Japanese woman to win the Longines Prize for Elegance at the 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. She won the right to compete in the 2012 London Olympics along with her older brother Kazuhito and her younger brother Yusuke, and the trio created a sensation as the first set of three siblings to compete together in gymnastics history. She helped the Japanese team advance to the championship round at two Olympics in a row (the team placed eighth) and placed 16th overall personally.
Currently, she serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Japan Gymnastics Association. She’s also active in a wide range of other activities, including making appearances at sports events and on television programs.
Numerous eminent people are said to have traveled on the Kumano Kodo to Kumano Sanzan--Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine--and Koyasan offers visitors physical and spiritual healing as they experience the natural beauty and appeal of the place.
Both the Kumano Kodo and Koyasan have been registered as World Heritages.
There are still places there that I haven’t visited, but just listening to people who have been there talk about them is enough to make me realize how remarkable they are.
I'm eager for people to come to understand the marvel of Koyasan and Kumano, and I hope people will make the trip and spend some time in the area so that they can experience the appeal for themselves.