The world’s oldest living person just celebrated 119 years old on Jan. 2.
Kane Tanaka from Japan was born in 1903. She now resides in a nursing facility in Fukuoka prefecture. Her family claims she stayed curious and kept her mind and body healthy by doing math.
Junko Tanaka tweeted about her great-grandmother’s birthday with a photo of her in December 2021. “Great achievement. (Kane Tanaka) reached 119 years of age”.
Tanaka married a rice shop owner when she was 19 and worked until the age of 103.
Tanaka has lived through numerous historical events, including two world wars and the 1918 Spanish flu.
In 2019, she was named the world’s longest-living person by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Her life observed 49 Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
“I don’t remember her talking much about the past … She’s very forward thinking – she really enjoys living in the present,” Eiji Tanaka, Tanaka’s grandson, said according to 9news.com.au.
Junko revealed that her great-grandmother planned to carry the Olympic torch in March 2021.
“I might be biased because I’m related to her but I think it’s kind of amazing – I wanted to share that with the world and for people to feel inspired and to feel her joy,” said Junko.
On her birthday, Tanaka got congratulatory greetings from Twitter users.
“It’s awesome that at 119 years old she can look straight at the camera and make a peace sign,” wrote Twitter user @TuNatoron.
At the age of 112, Saturnino de la Fuente García of Spain became the world’s oldest living man in September 2021.
He was born in 1909 and worked as a shoemaker throughout the Spanish Civil War.
According to a press release from Guinness World Records, he claimed the secret to a long life is “a quiet life… and do not hurt anyone.”
— 田中カ子 (@tanakakane0102) January 1, 2022