Misao Okawa on her 116th birthday. Photo courtesy: YouTube
OSAKA – Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person, died today at 117 years old.
Okawa was born on March 5th, 1898 in Osaka and had just turned 117 years old early last month. In an interview, she said that it doesn’t seem like such a long time.
Born to a kimono maker, Misao married her husband Yukio in 1919, who died in 1931. She brought up two daughters and a son on her own. She now has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Okawa, who lived in a nursing home in Osaka, has difficulty hearing, but was in good shape and slept around 15 hours every day.
Surprisingly, she never fell ill to any major sickness, but once broke a leg at 102 years old when she did a Bon-Odori, a Japanese traditional dance, during a summer festival.
The secret to her longevity, she said, is to have plenty of sleep, to eat delicious food, and to live in comfortable circumstances. The happiest part of her life, she says, is her three children and many grandchildren.
The title of the world’s oldest person now falls to Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas who was born in the same year as Okawa and will turn 117 on July 4.