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Tomiko Itooka
Tomiko Itooka
Tomiko Itooka at the age of 113.
Birth: 23 May 1908
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Age: 114 years, 37 days
Country: JapanJPN
Validated

Tomiko Itooka [Japanese: 糸岡富子] (born 23 May 1908) is a Japanese supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is currently the oldest known living person in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as the third-oldest validated living person in Japan, behind Fusa Tatsumi and Kahoru Furuya.

Biography

Tomiko Itooka was born in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on 23 May 1908 as the second (eldest daughter) of three siblings.

After graduating from elementary school, she went on to girls school (currently Osaka Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School) and belonged to the volleyball club.

After graduating from girls school, she got married around the age of 20 and gave birth to her eldest daughter at the age of 21, and she had two daughters and two sons. During the war, she replaced her husband who ran a textile factory in South Korea, and she alone protected a Japanese office and raised her children.

After her husband died in 1979, she lived alone in her husband's hometown of Nara Prefecture for about 10 years. During that period, she frequently enjoyed climbing Mt. Nijo, which straddles Nara and Osaka prefectures. She also climbed Mt. Ontake (elevation 3000m), which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, twice. The guide was surprised when she climbed the mountain because she wore ordinary sneakers instead of hiking shoes.

When she was in her 80s, she also participated in the Osaka 33 Kannon Pilgrimage (33 temple pilgrimages) twice. When she was 100 years old, she climbed the long stone steps of Ashiya Shrine without a cane and worshiped. She visited Yakushiji Temple in Nara Prefecture many times, and she liked to write sutras.

In May 2018, she celebrated her 110th birthday.

In September 2020, Itooka was listed as the third-oldest living person in Hyogo Prefecture, after Hama Yasukawa (of Takarazuka) and a 114-year-old anonymous woman (of Miki).

Following the death of a 115-year-old anonymous woman on 30 April 2022, Itooka became the oldest living person in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Her age was verified by Japan's MHLW, Hiroshi Kai, Yu Li, and Yumi Yamamoto, and validated by the GRG on 21 May 2022.

Itooka currently lives in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, at the age of 114 years, 37 days.

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