The Key to Longevity for the World's Oldest Person Alive? Sumo Wrestling and Hot Springs

From TIME - April 11, 2018

(TOKYO)Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japans hot springs for many yearsprobably longer than most people.

The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified Tuesday as the worlds oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days.

Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japans northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated with a big cake decorated with berries.

Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the inn. The 105-year-old inn is now run by his granddaughter Yuko. He regularly soaks in the springs and also enjoys eating sweets, especially cakes.

Nonaka, wearing a knit cap and a kimono-style jacket, flashed a smile and posed for a group photo with his family, making a victory sign with his right hand.

He dug into the cake with a spoon after it was cut, and said, Delicious, according to NHK public television.

Thank you, he said.


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