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Waka Shirahama
Waka Shirahama
Shirahama at the age of 110.
Birth: 23 March 1878
Kagoshima, Japan
Death: 16 June 1992
Miyazaki, Japan
Age: 114 years, 85 days
Country: JapanJPN
Validated

Waka Shirahama (23 March 1878 – 16 June 1992) was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Japan at the time of her death, aged 114 years, 85 days. She is currently the oldest validated person ever from Miyazaki Prefecture.

Biography

Shirahama lived in the city of Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, and worked by selling vegetables from a bicycle cart. She married a man called Shutaro, with whom she bore nine children, and was widowed in 1939. Her secret of longevity was "hard work and moderation in eating". Shirahama spent her later years eating a bowl of soft rice and a cup of sugared soybean soup both for breakfast and dinner, and a cup of honeyed milk and fruit for lunch. On her 113th birthday in 1991, Tatsuya Iwahashi, the mayor of her hometown, brought her a bouquet and 200,000 yen as a gift of congratulations from the city.[1]

References


Japan's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Waka Shirahama • Tane Ikai • Sue UtagawaSuekiku Miyanaga • Asa Takii • Tase Matsunaga • Yasu Akino • Denzo Ishizaki • Kayo Fujii • Mie Ishiguro • Matsuno Oikawa • Yukichi Chuganji • Mitoyo Kawate • Ura Koyama • Yone Minagawa • Shitsu Nakano • Tsuneyo Toyonaga • Kaku Yamanaka • Kama Chinen • Chiyono Hasegawa • Jiroemon Kimura • Misao Okawa • Anonymous (Tokyo) • Nabi TajimaChiyo MiyakoKane TanakaFusa Tatsumi


Japan's Oldest Living Woman Titleholders (VE)

Sue Watanabe • Unknown • Tome Yoshida • Haru Komai • Ishi HayashiYoshigiku Ito • Tome Horigome • Haruno Shimada • Mito Umeta • Niwa Kawamoto • Isa Nakayama • Man Ichikawa • Koume Kabira • Matsu Yoshikuni • Koharu Kodaira • Oto Michii • Toka Miyata • Momu Okuma • Ine Tsugawa • Seki Takehara • Waka Shirahama • Tane Ikai • Sue Utagawa • Suekiku Miyanaga • Asa Takii • Tase Matsunaga • Yasu Akino • Kayo Fujii • Mie Ishiguro • Matsuno Oikawa • Mitoyo Kawate • Ura Koyama • Yone Minagawa • Shitsu Nakano • Tsuneyo Toyonaga • Kaku Yamanaka • Kama Chinen • Chiyono Hasegawa • Koto Okubo • Misao Okawa • Anonymous (Tokyo) • Nabi TajimaChiyo MiyakoKane TanakaFusa Tatsumi

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