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Five secrets of longevity from a 110-year-old Californian woman

The oldest living Japanese American woman is 110 years old. She shared with Today the secrets of your longevity.

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With 110 years of life behind her, Yoshiko Miwa has no plans to wallow in negativity.

Miwa is the oldest living person of Japanese descent in the United States, according to the Gerontology Research Group. The centenarian prefers to focus on the times when she was happy. Yoshiko Miwa survived the Spanish Flu, Prohibition, Black Tuesday, World War II, and the loss of her parents, siblings, and friends. Her main advice so far is to not stop there. Read about 9 unexpected rules of longevity in our article.

The story of a centenarian

Miwa is a Nisei, a second-generation Japanese American who was sent to internment camps during World War II.

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Yoshiko Miwa was born on February 28, 1914 in Guadalupe, California, to Japanese immigrants. She was the fifth of seven children. His mother and younger brother died in 1919, and his father found it difficult to care for his family and manage the farm he owned. Therefore, he sent Yoshiko Miwa and her brothers and sisters to live in an orphanage founded by their parish - the Guadalupe Buddhist Church. How to live to 120 years, we outlined in our material.

She graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1932 and then studied business at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1936. In 1939, she married Henry Miwa.

During World War II, the couple was sent to Poston Internment Camp in Arizona. After graduation, they moved to Hawthorne, California. When they, like many other Japanese, found it difficult to find work after liberation in 1945, Yoshiko's husband founded a plant growing business. And already in 1963, Yoshiko Miwa received a nurse's license.

She has three sons, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandson.

Now Alan Miwa, the centenarian's son, says she is in good health. She lives in a shelter where she gets her hair done weekly and attends church services on Sundays.

“In addition to a positive attitude, keeping your mind and body active is the key to a long life,” assured Yoshiko Miwa.

She shared a few more aspects of her life that she believes contribute to longevity.

An ever-expanding list of hobbies

When Yoshiko Miwa retired, she walked 6,5 km every morning. In 1990, at age 76, the Niseya woman walked 20 km as part of the March of Dimes Walkathon. She is an avid reader and practices ikebana, sumi-e (Japanese monochrome ink painting), sashiko (a type of traditional Japanese embroidery or stitching), furniture polishing and upholstery.

However, now her favorite pastime is sleeping.

Yoshiko wrote an autobiography

After taking a writing course, Yoshiko Miwa wrote an autobiography. In it, she recalls her travels to Rome, Japan, Paris and Niagara Falls. Niseika describes life in an orphanage, and long walks, as well as school, his brothers and sisters, and childhood with his parents.

“We had a large pasture with horses and cows,” she wrote about the family farm. “Sometimes my sister and I would wander around it to collect the wild violets growing there.”

She loves to eat noodles

Yoshiko Miwa loves any noodles and eats them every day.
“In our orphanage, the cook made noodles, and I liked them,” she admitted. “Today I like spaghetti, udon, ramen, soba and other types of noodles.”

Her faith is energizing

Yoshiko Miwa is grateful to Reverend and Mrs. Matsuura of the Guadalupe Buddhist Church, who took her in when her mother died of the Spanish flu.

She was 4 years old when her father turned to the church for help.

“The church opened an orphanage and taught us Buddhism, the Japanese language, Japanese culture and responsibility,” she noted. “I have always been indebted to Reverend and Lady Matsuura.”


Miwa's family travels together and holds get-togethers.

“I am lucky that my sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and relatives have always been close to me,” emphasized Yoshiko Miwa.

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“Because my mother died young, I was unable to enjoy the warmth and love,” she wrote in her biography. “Later, when I had children, I acutely felt the integrity of a full-fledged family.”

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