Oct 1, 2017

I'm Surrounded by 100 year olds

I received my city newsletter today, and when I opened it up, I was amazed to find this:

I'm Surrounded by 100 year olds photo

It's an introduction to the city's newest 100 year old residents.  Yes, I see the irony of juxtaposing "newest" and "100 year old," but seeing this got me thinking that there is a pretty notable amount of people over 100 years old.  This is certainly not some new thing that the city does.  Obviously, they have been showing off the town's centenarians for some time, meaning that there are people 101, 102, and so on.  

If you're like me, you've never met someone who is 100.  Heck, the fried food, red meat, and beer common in the U.S. means that making it past 75 constitutes a very long life.  Now living in a small town in the countryside and being in the vicinity of tens of people over 100 years old makes me think about a lot of things--what's it like to be 100 years old?  What's the secret to making it that long on this planet?  Would I want to live to 100?  It's a lot to take in on a Sunday evening when I'm just trying to enjoy one more peaceful night until the work week.

Well, I wish those who have turned 100 many more years.  In the meantime, I think I'll start watching what I eat and exercising a bit more.  That, and I guess I should take up farming (I swear that's the secret to longevity out here in Niigata; well, that and the delicious rice and sake!).



Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.

Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).

1 Comment

  • KevinC

    on Oct 2

    Yeah, after my recent yearly body examination in Japan I started to think about my health. All the body examinations and blood tests keep reminding me how unhealthy I am. I just started my ketogenic diet to get healthier. I think rice have too many carbohydrates and sugar.