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World's oldest living woman Kane Tanaka just celebrated her 119th birthday

World's oldest living woman Kane Tanaka just celebrated her 119th birthday

Her great-granddaughter, Juno Tanaka, took to social media to share pictures of the Guinness World Record-holder where she can be seen waving, smiling, and posing with a peace sign.

The oldest woman in the world just turned 119. According to TooFab, Kane Tanaka celebrated her milestone birthday on Sunday in a nursing home in Fukuoka, Japan. Tanaka rejoiced the occasion with a bottle of her favorite drink: Coca-Cola.

Her great-granddaughter, Juno Tanaka, took to social media to share pictures of the Guinness World Record-holder where she can be seen waving, smiling, and posing with a peace sign. "Great achievement: Reached 119 years old. I was able to safely reach the age of 119!" read the post which was uploaded on Twitter. 



 

"It's been 22 years since Sarah Knauss reached the age of 119," noted Juno as she gave a nod to the oldest woman in America who died at the same age back in 1999. "This is the latest photo of Kako," continued the tweet in Japanese. "It was when my relatives went to see me in December. I was able to come this far with the support of many people. I hope you will continue to have fun, be cheerful and energetic."

The follow-up tweet contained a snap of her personalized bottled of Coke that marked her 119th birthday and a screenshot of the Wikipedia page that proved her impressive feat. "I am very grateful for the gift," she shared, noting that the supercentenarian still drinks the beverage that predates her just by 16 years. Apart from Coke, Tanaka loves eating chocolate. Even at this age, she solved number puzzles to keep her mind active.



 

Born in 1903, Tanaka became the oldest living person on Earth after Philippines' Francisca "Lola" Susano, who claimed to be 124, passed away in November 2021. According to CNN, Susano's age was still being verified by the Guinness Book of Records. As for Tanaka, she is the oldest Japanese person to ever live. 



 

The 119-year-old was the seventh of nine siblings who married at the age of 19. She worked hard at a noodle shop to support her family when her husband and eldest son went away to fight the Second Sino-Japanese War that began in 1937. Although this year's birthday was a big deal for her, she, unfortunately, could not celebrate it with her family in person due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Despite this, her doting family members have expressed their best wishes to her through every other means possible and hope to be there in person to rejoice with her. "I would like to personally congratulate her soon," shared her 62-year-old grandson, Eiji. "I hope she remains healthy and has fun every day as she grows older." Her family also revealed that her next life goal is to turn 120. We sure hope that she remains healthy and fulfills her aim.  

Cover image source: Twitter | @tanakakane0102

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