Another year passed, and with it, another candle was added to Kane Tanaka’s birthday cake.
Many of us will have lofty resolutions by 2022, but Kane has seen more New Years than anyone on this planet, and probably isn’t naive enough to bother at this point.
Kane was born on January 2, 1903, six months before the English novelist George Orwell.
The mathematicians among you will have understood that this meant that his last birthday party yesterday (Sunday, January 2) was his 119th.
She spent it at the retirement home where she resides in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwest Japan — and she already has the big 1–20 in her sights, according to her family members.
Eiji, her 62-year-old grandson, told Kyodo News Agency: “I would like to personally congratulate her soon.
“I hope she stays healthy and has fun every day as she gets older.”
The seventh of nine siblings, Kane married at the age of 19 and ran a noodle shop after her husband and eldest son went to fight during the Second Sino-Japanese War, which began in 1937. .
She was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person in March 2019, reaching an all-time Japanese age record when she reached 117 years and 261 days in September 2020.
She still has a few years to go before she becomes the oldest person of all time, with the record set by Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days.
As for Kane’s secret, she enjoys spending her days solving puzzles, eating chocolate and drinking soft drinks.
So mental stimulation, and consuming tons of sugar, seems to be the key.