On Sunday the oldest woman in the world, Kane Tanaka, turned 119 years old, who has surprised people around the world, since despite her age she is in good health.
Kane Tanaka is originally from Japan and was born in 1903, a year before the Russo-Japanese War began. Tanaka, was a premature baby and the seventh daughter of the marriage formed by Kumakichi and Kuma Ota.
KANE TANAKA: THE STORY OF A LONG LIFE
Kane Tanaka married Hideo Tanaka on January 6, 1922, days after her 19th birthday; however, she did not know her husband until the wedding. With him she had 5 children, four of her own and one adopted.
Hideo Tanaka was the director of a family business called ‘Tanaka Mochiya’, in which they prepared and sold noodles; however, when he and his eldest son were called up to fight in World War II, Kane took over.
The Japanese woman became so involved in the business that she continued to work in this place until she was 101 years old and at 117 she received the Guinness record for being the oldest person.
Additionally, Tanaka would participate in the torch relay at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020; however, he canceled his participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, since there was a considerable increase in cases in his country.
119 YEARS MARKED BY HISTORICAL EVENTS
Throughout his life, Kane Tanaka has witnessed a series of historical events that changed the course of world history, such as the First and Second World Wars; In addition, he also experienced the effects of the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
In addition to this, she has survived epidemics, since from 1918 to 1920 the Spanish flu began, in 2004 the second came with SARS and finally the recent COVID pandemic.
And as if this were not enough, Kane Tanaka has also faced diseases, since at the age of 103 they detected a tumor, from which she was treated and recovered successfully.
THE SECRET OF A LASTING LIFE
Now that Kane Tanaka has turned 119, he shared the secret to a long life. In this way, he indicated that when he turned 112, he imposed a diet based on rice, fish and soup, in addition to drinking a lot of water.
Although Tanaka takes care of herself, she does not leave sweets aside, since she is a chocolate lover and loves coffee, of which she drinks three cups a day; in addition to adding soft drinks and nutritional drinks to your diet.
However, Kane Tanaka says that the real secret to his longevity is sleeping long and soundly. In addition, the oldest woman in the world does not stop exercising her mind, as she enjoys playing Othello, doing calligraphy and also doing calculations.
Kane Tanaka currently resides in a nursing home in Higashiku, Fukoka Prefecture in Japan, where he is in good health. His closest goal is to reach 120 years of age.