LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Fumi Fujihara at 110 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Shimane Prefecture at the time of her death. 

Fumi was born on 7 September 1910 in Japan. She got married at 20 years old and became a mother at some point. 

She enjoyed composing tanka which is a Japanese short poetry. In 2011, she hosted a weekly tanka class at age 101. Fumi also attended a monthly local tanka event organized by the Ishikawa Tanka Society. She eventually became the leader of this society for her extensive experience and skills on the subject.

In October 2011, aged 101. (Source: Misato Press Release)
In October 2011, aged 101.
(Source: Misato Press
Release)

Before reaching 108 years old, she moved into a nursing home in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. It was reported that she has a healthy appetite even at the age of 110 while staying at the elderly home. 

Fumi passed away on 21 June 2021 at the same elderly home in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. 

For more information, please visit Fumi Fujihara’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Toshio Katayama of Japan at age 110. He was born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan on 5 January 1911. Katayama married a nurse and raised children. He loved farming and even rode his motorbike for mountain work into his 80s. He enjoyed social activities and once amused his wife by staying too long as the senior citizens’ club leader.

After 90, Katayama moved to Hiroshima, forming a four-generation family with his daughter, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He took his great-grandchildren on walks, learned internet use at 90, and created New Year’s postcards featuring them. He patiently waited in line each year to buy these cards, even at 97. At 107, he moved to a nursing home, losing sight and hearing, but still hummed poetry and enjoyed holidays. He remained mentally sharp, recalling events well, and his daughter celebrated his “fulfilling life” and “flexibility to enjoy new environments.”

Undated. (Source: Chugoku Shimbun)
Undated.
(Source: Chugoku Shimbun)

Known for his gentle nature, Katayama led a life of quiet routine and independence. He woke early, kept a diary, and avoided complaining. He read the newspaper and maintained a daily diary until he lost his sight. Following the Japanese saying “Eat until 80% full,” he practiced mindful eating. In his earlier years, he reportedly consumed one glass of sake per day, but he voluntarily ceased this habit in old age.

On 22 August 2019, following the passing of 109-year-old Shinichi Okada, he became the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Toshio Katayama passed away in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on 19 May 2021, at the age of 110 years, 134 days. Upon his passing, Shigeru Nakamura succeeded him as the oldest living man in Hiroshima Prefecture.

LongeviQuest congratulates Toshio Katayama’s family on his posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Katayama’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to share the age validation of Hisayo Nobuyasu at 110 years old. 

She is a Japanese supercentenarian born on 5 March 1913 in Japan. 

On 16 September 2023, she became the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, after Tokie Nakayama passed away. 

Hisayo currently resides in Sera, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. 

For more information, please visit Hisayo Nobuyasu’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Tokie Nakayama at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian considered as the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Tokie was born on 5 June 1912 in Japan.

Nakayama passed away on 16 September 2023 in a nursing home in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

For more information, please visit Tokie Nakayama’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Toshiko Minagawa of Japan at age 111. She was born in Japan on 16 October 1911.

Minagawa lived on her own until she was 100 years old. However, she moved into a nursing home at the age of 103. The nursing home staff described her as someone who communicated her intentions clearly and firmly. They also said that she could be strict at times, but also gentle. Her favorite foods were steak, wine, egg sandwiches, sushi, and udon.

On her 111th birthday party in 2022. (Source: Hiroshima Wakoen)
On her 111th birthday party in 2022.
(Source: Hiroshima Wakoen)

Toshiko Minagawa passed away in Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on 9 March 2023, at the age of 111 years, 144 days. At the time of death, she was the second-oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture, behind Fusae Miyamoto, who was only a day older.

LongeviQuest congratulates Toshiko Minagawa’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Minagawa’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Harue Nobira at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian recognized as the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture before she passed away.

Harue Nobira on 28 March 1907 in Asakita Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. She was the eldest of two children from a wealthy family. On snowy mornings, she was piggybacked when going to elementary school.

According to her daughter, because her mother was very well brought up during her childhood, Nobira had a slightly different sense of common sense. She was also a fashion lover even during her later years. Moreover, she was a “health geek” who is always eager about garlic egg yolks and homemade green juice. This made her highly conscious of her healthy longevity.

On her 111th birthday in 2018. (Source: Mainichi Shimbun)
On her 111th birthday in 2018.
(Source: Mainichi Shimbun)

She was bound to use a wheelchair after reaching 111 years old.

Harue Nobira passed away in the morning of 2 April 2018 in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. She passed away just five days after celebrating her 111th birthday.

She became the prefecture’s oldest living person after Misao Takuwa passed away on 22 January 2018.

Upon her death, the record of being the prefecture’s oldest living person was passed on Toshimi Kikkawa.

For more information, please view Harue Nobira’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Toshimi Kikkawa at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture at the time of her death.

Toshimi Kikkawa was born on 31 March 1907 in Japan.

She was reportedly living in a nursing home in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Toshimi Kikkawa became Hiroshima Prefecture’s oldest living person when Harue Nobira passed away on 2 April 2018.

Castle in Hiroshima
Castle in Hiroshima

She passed away on 10 October 2018 in Takamiyacho Harada, Akitakata, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. She was 111 years old when she passed away.

Upon her death, Yoshikazu Yamashita became the oldest living person in the prefecture.

For more information, please view Toshimi Kikkawa’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Fusae Miyamoto of Japan. She was born on 15 October 1911.

At the age of 99. (Source: ayakomoon.exblog.jp)
At the age of 99.
(Source: ayakomoon.exblog.jp)

At the age of 100, Miyamoto met soprano singer, Ayako Murakami, when she traveled by train to visit her parents’ graves. Murakami kindly helped a stranger, Miyamoto, get on and off the train, and during the train ride, Miyamoto told Murakami about her life history for about 15 minutes. Part of Fusae Miyamoto’s biography became known when Murakami published the contents of that conversation on her blog.

According to Murakami’s blog, Miyamoto was physically weak in her youth, to the point she could not stand up when she was four years old. She also went blind in one eye at the age of 7. These health conditions prevented her from attending primary school. Her frail health was later improved by acupuncture and her eyes and legs were completely cured.

At the age of 18, she left the home of her relatives on the farm to work in a textile mill. When she reached 20, she contracted tuberculosis. Due to her misfortunes and hardships that have continued since her childhood, she lost hope for life many times, but she became strong both physically and mentally after joining her religion.

She passed away in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan on 27 April 2023 at the age of 111. At the time of death, she was the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Following the death of 110-year-old Toshiko Inoue on 6 October 2021, she became the oldest known living woman in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Following the death of 111-year-old Shigeru Nakamura on 15 November 2022, she became the oldest known living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

LongeviQuest congratulates Fusae Miyamoto’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Miyamoto’s Directory Profile here.