LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Yukiko Honda of Japan at age 110. She was born in Tamana District, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan on 15 March 1913. Her ancestors belonged to samurai families that governed the region and were affluent landowners with extensive land holdings. Yukiko battled chronic health issues while excelling in high school basketball. She went on to study law at Meiji University, earning a clerk’s license after graduation.

In the 1950s, with her husband and children. (Source: Courtesy of her eldest son, Mr. Ichirō Honda.)
In the 1950s, with her husband and children
(Source: Courtesy of her eldest son, Mr. Ichirō Honda)

Around 25, Honda married a railroad worker six years her senior, a local baseball star in the Kansai region. They raised four children, moving between Yonago and Kurashiki due to his job transfers. In her later years, Honda embraced her love for writing, contributing tanka poetry to a magazine after her children were grown. Despite a lifelong struggle with health, modern medicine and a passion for reading allowed her to live independently until she was 90. Following her husband’s passing, Honda continued a vibrant life, her family noting her sister’s longevity as a potential influence. Today, she resides in a nursing home in Okayama City.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Hanayo Hashimoto at 110 years old.

She was a Japanese supercentenarian born on 30 September 1912 in Japan.

On 8 October 2022, she became the oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, after Midori Tada passed away.

Hashimoto passed away on 19 May 2023 in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

For more information, please visit Hanayo Hashimoto’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Midori Tada of Japan at age 110. She was born in Japan on 15 July 1912. Tada eventually moved into a specialized nursing home for elderly residents. Tada was the last surviving resident of Okayama Prefecture who was born in the Meiji Era.

On July 15, 2022, Tada’s 110th birthday was celebrated at the nursing home with a small gathering of staff and close friends. She received a bouquet of flowers, a photo album, and a cake with her image on it. Despite jokingly stating, “I have some reservations about eating my own face,” she enjoyed the entire cake. When asked about the key to her longevity, she advised, “Don’t worry too much about others and live freely.” The nursing home staff remarked that her smile always brightened their day.

In August 2022, aged 110. (Source: silver21.org)
In August 2022, aged 110.
(Source: silver21.org)

Tada passed away in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on 8 October 2022. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture, and following her death, Hanayo Hashimoto succeeded her.

LongeviQuest congratulates Midori Tada’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Konami Watanabe at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian considered as the oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture at the time of her death.

Konami Watanabe was born in Japan on 3 September 1910.

In June 2021, it was reported that she received her COVID-19 vaccine shot. In September of the same year, Konami Watanabe celebrated her 111th birthday.

On her 109th birthday. (Source: takufukai-group.or.jp)
On her 109th birthday.
(Source: takufukai-group.or.jp)

She became the oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture after 111 years old Chiyo Jikihara passed away around 1 March 2021.

Konami Watanabe passed away on 5 November 2021 in Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. She was 111 years and 63 days at the time of her death. As such, Kashiku Nakamura of Kurashiki City became the new oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Koshika Kasū at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian recognized as the second-oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture at the time of her death.

Koshika Kasū was born on 16 March 1908 in Honjō Village, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

At some point in her life, she got married to someone from the Forestry Bureau. Because of her husband’s nature of work, they were often transferred to places such as Yamaguchi and Osaka. During their stay at Osaka, she worked as a seamstress in a tailor’s shop. After the Osaka Air Raids in 1945, Koshika’s family returned to Okayama.

On her 100th birthday in 2008. (Source: Sanyo Shimbun)
On her 100th birthday in 2008.
(Source: Sanyo Shimbun)

Her hobby was sewing and so she made an apron theater with the help of her friends. She then donated it to her community center library.

Koshika Kasū passed away on 2 October 2019 in Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. At the age of 111 years and 200 days, she was the second-oldest living person in the prefecture at the time of her death.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Harue Kunitomi at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian considered as the oldest living person in Okayama Prefecture at the time of her death.

Harue Kunitomi was born on 12 February 1907 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

She moved to the city of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture after she got hired at a spinning company.

At some point in her life, she got married and had five children.

In February 2007, at the age of 100. (Source: Sanyo Shinbun)
In February 2007, at the age of 100.
(Source: Sanyo Shinbun)

When she was around 100 years old, she enjoyed watching TV shows, especially sumo wrestling.

Harue Kunitomi passed away on 15 August 2018 in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. She was 111 years old when she died and then Kano Ebara succeeded her as the oldest living person in the prefecture.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Masako Soga at 110 years old. She is currently the oldest living Japanese supercentenarian in Okayama Prefecture.

Masako Soga was born on 23 February 1913, in Kannabe (which is now part of Fukuyama City), Hiroshima Prefecture. Being born as the seventh of eight children, her older brother and sister raised her by feeding her amazake instead of breast milk.

She later moved to Ibara City, Okayama Prefecture after marrying a film engineer. Her husband passed away in the early 1980s.

 

In February 2013, aged 100. (Source: Sanyo Shimbun)
In February 2013, aged 100.
(Source: Sanyo Shimbun)

 

Mrs. Soga was still able to sew until she was 95 years old. She was also still able to enjoy eating her candy rice crackers as she still had 20 of her own teeth.

In April 2023, she was still able to walk despite having a broken femur that she got when she was 102 years old.

Masako Soga is currently residing in Okayama Prefecture where she is the current oldest living person at 110 years old.

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