So you want to live a long life perhaps past a hundred years old.
Japan may have some of the answers.

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Why do Japanese live so long?

Japan is famous for having the longest life expectancy in the world, in fact. right now, there are two million people over the age of 90 living in Japan. That’s about 2% of the population – which is crazy!

So, there’s got to be a secret to why people live so long. Some say, it’s because everyone drinks green tea daily. It’s served everywhere and the most popular item in drink vending machines, is green tea.

Japanese eat smaller portions of food, more seafood and lean meats. It could be the fermented foods they eat, which are healthy for both the heart and the stomach.

Japan is also a bath culture. Showers are nice, but soaking in a bath relieves stress and improves the body’s circulation. Natural Hot Springs are everywhere, loaded with minerals, good for the skin.

Access to affordable and top-notch health care?

That could be a reason, too. Kids learn personal responsibility in school.
Mostly walk or bicycle there.

Could that be the setup to live a long life?

Violence and gun-related deaths are almost non-existent in Japan. Japan has a holiday called “Respect for the Aged Day. And, in Japan, senior citizens are “Living Treasure”.
The government sends them silver “Sake Cups” when they reach 100 years old. Six of the top 10 and twelve of the top 20 oldest people alive, live in Japan

The oldest, Supercentenarian “Nabi Tajima” of Kagoshima is the last person alive verified to be born in the 19th century. She’s 117 and her secret to living so long is good sleep and three meals a day.


But it’s got to be more than that, right. DNA could also play a role, But, it’s still a lottery. Although, the Japanese have slightly better odds for those disease-resistant genes. Now one or all of these things might be the secret to living a really long life.
Mt. Daisen protects the area from typhoons, provides people with lots of pure drinking water, and its location by the sea means excellent fish. The environment also certainly plays a big role.

Daisen Temple on the mountain is celebrating, it’s 1300th anniversary in summer 2018. A symbol of longevity, for sure.

The most aged person agree about their long life that it is because their hardwork in agricultural. It trains body alot in field and make it stronger. So basically if you work hard, you’ll be energetic for a long time.

Most people never get cold in their life. That’s wow!
The immune system plays also a big role. Japanese are more concerned about what they eat.

Tofu:

Way back in the beginning, In an annual health checkup in japan. A lot of people had high blood pressure.
The Health Inspection Officer told to eat soybean, but for kids and old people, it was difficult, so they made Tofu. They started to make Tofu by themselves in 1954.

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The tofu was probably made because of its nutritional value, a long time ago. Now it’s made to pursue deliciousness. In the past, it was just for nutrition.

Maybe, the simple life makes them like this, Not eating luxurious stuff but eating such as brown rice, and farm to cultivate eggplant and pumpkin which they eat daily.
So, I believe living with nature being surrounded by it, is what makes a life good. Living peacefully and in harmony with nature is a recipe for success in Japan.
But, that’s certainly not the only thing.

Did you get to know how to stay young?

Another secret is to be surrounded by loved ones and seniors in Japan often live with their families at home.

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The seniors from today come from a different era, they grew up in the 1930s 40s 50s and 60s. They didn’t have a lot of stuff, and they lived more humbly.

Let’s just put it this way:

I’m a little bit skeptical that…

Japan is gonna be able to hold on the crown for having the longest life expectancy in the world.

But, if we take some of the lessons from our grandparents and incorporate it into our life today. Yeah, there’s a pretty good chance that we’re gonna live a lot longer and a lot happier, too

Having fun and social gatherings don’t matter how old you get, it makes your life joyful.
So, I guess the secret to a long life is also about having fun.

Read also Learn to Live a Vibrant Life.

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