By Mirembe Martina
The Guinness Book of World Records named Misao Okawa as the oldest living woman in the world just a few days to her 115th birthday.
Asked what her secret to a long life was, she said, “Watch out for one’s health,” she said meaning eat whatever you want just as long as it is made in Japan. Japan also has the oldest living man who is also the oldest living person, Jiroemon Kimura aged 115 years old. “The Japanese diet is the iPod of food,” Naomi Moriyama, co-author of Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen told Web MD. “It concentrates the magnificent energy of food into a compact and pleasurable size.”
In 1919, Okawa married and had three children with her husband who later passed away. She later moved back to Osaka and has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.