Super Model Carmen Dell’Orefice is 81

Super Granny Series #6

I’d like to finish this series with this post.    It wasn’t my intention to select only women.    The fact is I simply couldn’t find anyt men.   The last person,  whom  you  may have heard of her too,  is Carmen Dell’Orefice, 81-year-old super model.    She is elegant, beautiful and graceful (@@)    I feel it is rude to call her a “granny”.   She was born in New York and has been modelling since she was age 15.

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According to wiki,  she lost most of her money twice in her life.    For the first time,  it happened in the 1980s and 1990s when she was investing in the stock market.   For the second time,  it happened in 2008 when she was duped by one of Bernard Madoff’s ponzi schemes.   It seems she was unlucky with money.

Her posture is beautiful.  I think posture is a key point for beauty.

“Mamy Rock” 72-Year-Old DJ Ruth Flowers

Super Granny Series #5

This post is about Ruth Flowers of England.   You may have heard of her.  She is a 72-year-old disk jockey, also known as “Mamy Rock”.

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Reference  MamyRock

It all started when she happened to go to a club with her grandson.   Then she fell in love with the atmosphere of the club.  She started DJing around 2005.  That means…  when she was 65 years old!  Wow!   It’s never too late to start something new.   I decided to become a granny rock star when I got to karaoke.   She says in the video “Never follow the crowd”    This expression reminds me of the people on Wall Street.

However, I can’t ignore wrinkles around her mouth (>_<)

94-Year-Old Yoga Instructor Tao Porchon Lynch

Super Granny Series #4

You will be surprised this time again.   Tao Porchon Lynch, who lives in NY, is a 94-year-old yoga instructor.   She has been doing yoga for over 70 years. Practice makes perfect!

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reference:  Mail Online

Please watch the video.  As the TV program hostess says, it’s amazing that she is beautiful, energetic, and travels the world, doing yoga and dancing.  How straight she stands!

I’ve been doing yoga for two years.   I like yoga.   It relaxes my body and spirit.   I can sleep well at night after yoga.   After watching the video,  I decided to live life without concern for my age.

87-Year-Old Gymnast Johanna Quaas

Super Granny Series #3

When I was researching super old people on the internet, I came across this amazing woman.   Johanna Quaas is 87-year-old German Gymnast.

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reference:Guinness World Records

Please watch her performances at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup in Germany   Mail Online    Her  strength, balance, muscle,  flexibility…. She is awesome!!! Beautiful!!!

89-Year-Old Athlete Mitsu Motita

Super Granny Series #2

In my last post, I wrote about the 98-year-old photojournalist.   This time I’d like to introduce an 89-year-old female athlete.   Her name is Mitsu Morita, who lives in Kumamoto, Japan.

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She holds the 100m and 200m world records in the  85-89 age group.    Records Outdoor Women      It all started when she happened to win a race at the local community sport recreation.   She was 70.  Since then she has been a member of the local athletics club and continued her training with elementary school students.  In the video, she says she eats pork every morning.  It is said that protein is essential for elderly people.   Her dream is to reach the top at age 100.

My aunt also began playing table tennis when she was about 60.  Now she is about 80.   She plays table tennis for 2 hours, 4 times a week.  It’s amazing!  I learned it’s never too late to try something new.

Photojournalist Tsuneko Sasamoto is 98

Super Granny Series #1

Japanese people have one of the world’s longest life-spans, with an average age of 86 for women and 79 for men in recent years. So there seem to be many energetic seniors.   Tsuneko Sasamoto is one of them.   She, at 98 years old, is still an active photojournalist.   Her autobiography was published two years ago.   In a bookstore, many books written by older authors are lined up, such as the book by an author living in Hawaii who is 104(@_@)   Since I hope to live long,  I bought those books…. correction, I borrowed the books from a library.

The Japan Daily Press provides more details about Tsuneko Sasamoto  She became the first female photojournalist in Japan.   She began her professional career at age 27,  but she had to switch jobs in mid-career.   After a 20- year break,  she got back to photography at age 71 and she has continued her work until now.   Last year she flew to Paris on business.   Wow!

According to the book, I think her keys to longevity are having curiosity,  keeping her brain active, ( She keeps on studying English)  physical activity, (She performs calisthenics every morning.   She can bend forward and put hands on the floor)  living a regular life,  eating in moderation and drinking wine every evening.

This is the video promoting her book.   In 2011,  she didn’t look 97.  She has good taste in clothes and a dignified elegance.

Hot Spring Cure

I went on an overnight trip to “Yamaga onsen” with my family last week.   An onsen is a mineral hot spring spa.   Yamaga onsen is located within an hour’s drive,  but we stayed one night for a change.   The hotel we stayed in was “Yamaga New Grand Hotel”.

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The room was a Japanese-style room.    In those kinds of rooms, the guests sleep on a futon instead of a bed.   The housekeepers move the table aside and lay out futons on the tatami covering the floor while guests have dinner.

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This is the onsen bathtub in the hotel.  (both pictures from hotel website)

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“How to Enjoy a Japanese Bath” is taken from “Japan Ryokan Association Kinki“.    I saw the poster displayed in another onsen.   Before seeing the poster, I had no doubt I should wash my body first and then soak in the tub, because everyone around me do so.   However, the poster said just rinsing is OK before sitting in a hot spring.   Isn’t it unsanitary?    But I’ve never heard of infection in hot spring.   Umm I think I can say the same for a swimming pool?    An onsen may be better than a pool because the abundant hot water is bubbling up all the time.

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The hot water will warm you down to your core.   It might make you very sleepy.   After sleeping, you can refresh yourself.  An Onsen is also good for beauty.   While resting in a bath, your skin will feel smooth.    By the way, I ‘ve been going to an onsen with my daughter since she was a baby.    We are used to seeing each other’s naked bodies.  I think it would be an embarrassing thing for non-Japanese people.   I also would be embarrassed with friends.   It is a little embarrassing for me to take a bath at a fitness club.

Room prices at hotels and inns around onsen usually include breakfast and dinner.   The dinner is made with typical Japanese dishes.   You can’t choose.  But nobody complains about it because it’s delicious.

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The Kikuchi River flows by the hotel.    It was fine in the winter morning, but bitterly cold.

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We took another onsen bath at Sakurayu.   Edo-period onsen facility was rebuilt last year.   Sakurayu was the onsen for the lord of this area during Edo era.

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We went for a little walk.  This is the theater “Yachiyo-za”.  It is in use nowadays.

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Here is the temple “Kongou-Jouji” and a unique stone-gate.

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There is a public foot bath in the park.

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On the way back home,  I became very sleepy.    Maybe the onsen worked on me.   I almost dozed off at the wheel.   I fell asleep as soon as I got home.   The onsen has soothed away my fatigue.   On the other hand, my children seemed to be discontent.   My son complained, “It was a very boring trip!!!”