A 112-year-old man from Japan says that eating sweets and hot baths are his secret as he was officially recognized as the world’s oldest living man. Well, this man, Masako Nonaka sure loves hot baths and sweets and has enjoyed both ways more than anyone ever did.
Recently, Masazo Nonaka received a certificate confirming his Guinness World Records title today after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera, 113, the previous record holder. Mr Nonaka was born on July 25, 1902, just months before Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity.
He was handed his title and a celebratory cake at an award ceremony in his hometown on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where he lives near a hot springs inn which is run by his family.
Yuko Nonaka, his granddaughter, said that he put much of his longevity down to a soft spot for Japanese and Western sweets. Isn’t that crazy?
Yuko Nonaka said:
“He needs a wheelchair to move but he is in good condition. He loves eating any kinds of sweets – Japanese or western style. He reads newspapers every day and often soaks in the hot springs.”
According to her, he had a particular taste for strawberry sponge cakes but said she believed her grandfather’s stress-free lifestyle was the real key to his long life.
The World’s oldest man had five children after marrying his wife Hatsuno in 1931 and is still living where he grew up in the town of Ashoro, around 560 miles north of Tokyo. The super-centenarian, as those who reach their 110th birthday are known, is not the first Japanese man to reach the record books.
Well, Nonaka has also outlived all seven of his siblings, as well as his wife and two of their five children.