"10 reasons Japanese women don't get old or fat".
My grandmother turned to 100 years old just a couple of months ago.
She is still in a good shape. She goes for a walk regularly, she cooks, and cleans her place by herself.
I've raised by my grandparents and my parents, I can say some points I noticed about my grandparents those might be the secrets for having such a long life !
My grandma naturally wakes up at 4:30am in the morning. No matter how cold it is in Winter or wants to snuggle inside a warm blanket, she always wakes up at 4:30 am, and cook breakfast for herself.
She usually eats some pickles, cucumbers, and tomatoes, rice and miso soup.
2) She helps others:
In the morning, my grandmother always sweeps fallen leaves outside her house and around neighbors' houses.
Even she turned to 100 years old now, she still try to do some cleaning every morning. She always checks inside the trash bag on the street corner to make sure all the people throw the right trash in a right day. Japan has extremely strict rules of hygiene. In Japan, people have to divide all the trash materials to Recycling materials, paper, burnable and non-burnable, cans, plastic, etc... If she finds out somebody throw the wrong trash in a wrong day, she makes a note and stick on a trash says "Don't throw this trash today, pick it up ad come back on a right day." She is admirably socially responsible.
3) She worships her ancestors:
I think it's wonderful what she does. She always decorates some fresh flower and food at the family Buddhist altar. Every morning, she cooks rice, and before anyone eats it, she pours some rice in a cup and put it on the Buddhist altar. She also changes water of the flower vase for the Buddhist altar every morning and pray. Giving a freshly cooked food and beautiful flower to her ancestors every morning, I feel like her ancestors are always protecting her.
4) She always shows appreciation to every little thing:
When I help her carrying a cup of water, turning off a light, or just coming to say Hi, she always gives me a smile and say "Thank you" with her hands together. And she appreciates about little things. One day, I threw away a small puppy shaped key chain it came with an apple juice bottle I purchased at a convenience store. My grandmother has a habit of checking in a trash bin to make sure trash is divided correctly. She found the little key chain and said "How cute.." She kept it inside the display box next to her bed even till now. The little key chain was a trash for me, but for her it was something interesting to keep it. It made me think how spoiled I am to be growing up in this time of life. My grandmother survived the Kanto earthquake and WWII, there were tremendous she suffered through all the tragedies, she always shows appreciation to every little thing.
She has lived for a century . For being a century -year-old. I can say she is a genuine living fossil. Being achieved to live until 100 years old, her new resolution is set to live until the 2020 Tokyo Olympic !!