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.

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.

Mitu Morita

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!!!”

The Liebster Award

Happy New Year!   I hope you have a great year!

At the end of the last year, when I struggled to write a blog in English,  a comment came in from a Canadian man known as “angrygaijin”.   He said “I nominate you for a Liebster Award”  I replied, “What-  Liebster? not Lobster?”   Reading it over quickly,  it was written about some rules and works.    What kind of game?  I complained him that he gave me an extra work during the busy year-end.  hahaha   Now I understand his favor behind the award.  Thank you very much, angrygaijin (*^_^*)

Then, several days later, I received another award from Sharifah.   She  nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award.   Wow,  again!  I can’t believe it!  Thank you so much,  Sharifah.   My efforts at writing in English have been well rewarded.   I’ll nominate bloggers for these awards in two posts.

Let’s begin with The Liebster Award.

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The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. The award comes with rules and requires some work.

How does Liebster work?

  •  You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your blog.
  • When you receive the award, you must post 11 random facts about yourself.  (why 11?)
  • Paste the award picture into your blog.
  • Answer the questions posed by the blogger who awarded you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure that you notify the blogger that you nominated them).
  • Write up 11 NEW questions directed towards your nominees.  (11 again!)

I think I should introduce Angrygaijin to you.   He is a Canadian living in Japan.    He writes his blogs in English  Cameron Ohara  and Japanese 外人Blog.

Here are 11 random facts about myself:

  1.  I don’t like alcohol except wines and cocktails.
  2.  I like coffee.
  3.  I don’t like milk.  But I like milk with coffee or cocoa.
  4.  I don’t like raw tomato.  But I like cooked tomato.
  5.  I never get bored in my life.
  6.  I need to drive everyday.
  7.  My car is light blue.
  8.  I have an allergy to pollens.   I have a hard time every March.
  9.  I lived in America for one year.
  10.  I lived in Tokyo for ten years.
  11.  I want to live somewhere abroad in the future.

Here are angrygaijin’s 11 questions answered:

  1.  Have you ever been to Japan?    I live in Japan.
  2.  If yes, how long?  If no, what do you like best about Japan, if anything.    Pretty long
  3.  What languages can you speak?  Japanese: pretty good    English: learning   Korean and Chinese: greeting level
  4.  Have you been to Canada?  If yes, what was your favourite place?    My family has stayed in Vancouver only for several days.   Stanley park.
  5.  If anything, what do you like about Canada? (Please don’t say “Maple Syrup!”)  Speaking of Canada,  NATURE.  Bear, deer and Jastin Beaver (I’m not a fan of him)
  6.  Where you are in the world right now, who was there before you?  Think wayeeee back.    Foxes, raccoons, rabbits… no human
  7.  What upsets you?  What really makes you boil?     Attitudes of my husband and children
  8.  Does your family originate in the place you now live in?     I grew up here.  My husband is from Nagano.
  9.  If you are a blogger, why are you blogging?     Guard against senile dementia.  Mental exercise.
  10.  If you could rename yourself, what name would you change to?    I’ve never thought about it even though I don’t like my name.   I have a policy not to think nonsense. 
  11.  What was your first impression of me?    First impression: interesting   Second impression : versatile   Third impression: what a nice guy! (He nominated me )

And NOW for the main event:

Only half a year has passed since I started my blog.  I was occupied with writing and I couldn’t afford to read other blogs enough.  I’d like to improve my English and read blogs more this year.  In no particular order I nominate the following bloggers including three Japanese.   Most Japanese don’t know this award.   I’d like to spread it in Japan.

  1.  hibiscus rosa noor
  2.  cupcakesakura
  3.  wewanttotellyousomething
  4.  Susie
  5.  tukusigal
  6.  Sharifah
  7.  Jovana
  8. It’s only P!
  9. Ultramarine
  10.  EkaterinaYoghurt
  11.  AdakoMg

Here are my questions for my nominees:  (please correct my grammatical mistakes on your blog if any

  1. What is your New Year’s resolution?
  2.  What time do you go to bed?
  3. What foods do you like?
  4. Which celebrities do you like?
  5.  When is your happy time in your life?
  6. What is your favorite color to wear?
  7. Do you collect anything?
  8. What kind of music do you like?
  9. If you were given USD 10,000 and had to spend in a few days, what would you spend for?  (convert your country’s currency calculator )
  10. What do you think of your blog?
  11. What do you think of my blog?
 
I look forward to nominees’ answers (^^)/~