Ikigai by Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

Ikigai by Héctor García & Francesc Miralles

Author:Héctor García & Francesc Miralles
Language: eng
Format: epub, azw3
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: 2017-08-28T16:00:00+00:00

Misao Okawa (117)

“Eat and sleep, and you’ll live a long time. You have to learn to relax.”

According to the Gerontology Research Group, until April 2015, the oldest living person in the world was Misao Okawa, who passed away in a care facility in Osaka, Japan, after living for 117 years and 27 days.

The daughter of a textile merchant, she was born in 1898, when Spain lost its colonies in Cuba and the Philippines, and the United States annexed Hawaii and launched Pepsi-Cola. Until she was 110, this woman—who lived in three different centuries—cared for herself unassisted.

When specialists asked about her self-care routine, Misao answered simply, “Eating sushi and sleeping,” to which we should add, having a tremendous thirst for life. When they inquired about her secret for longevity, she answered with a smile, “I ask myself the same thing.”1

Proof that Japan continues to be a factory of long life: In July of the same year Sakari Momoi passed away at 112 years and 150 days old. At the time he was the oldest man in the world, though he was younger than fifty-seven women.


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