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Feature - Okinawa: A Good Place to Grow Old
Jim Goldberg
Japan is home to the most centenarians per capita and there are approximately 450 people over the age of 100 on the island of Okinawa.
The Okinawan tradition of forming a moai, or a gathering of people, provides secure social networks. These safety nets lend financial and emotional support in times of need and give all of their members the stress- shedding security of knowing that there is always someone there for them. The concept of “Ikigai” is also omnipresent; older Okinawans can readily articulate the reason they get up in the morning. Their purpose-imbued lives gives them clear roles of...

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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Fujiko Nakamura (101).
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Fujiko Nakamura (101).
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JAPAN. Bashofu Centre, Ogimi, Okinawa. 2019. Toshiko Taira (98)....
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JAPAN. Ogimi, Okinawa. 2019. Morio Taira (left, 84) and Etsuko...
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JAPAN. Okinawa. 2019. Yasuo Endo (92), amateur 8mm filmmaker...
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Sueko Nakamura (left, 71) and Yoshi...
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Yasuko Nakaima (86) dances at Big...
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JAPAN. Okinawa. 2019. Yasuo Endo (92), amateur 8mm filmmaker...
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Misako Oshiro (82) at Shimami Snack,...
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JAPAN. Okinawa. 2019. Fumio Haruya (83) is a painter and member...
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JAPAN. Okinawa. 2019. Fumio Haruya (83) is a painter and member...
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JAPAN. Chatan, Okinawa. 2019. Mr. Maehara (103) at Chatan Bowl....
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JAPAN. Okinawa. 2019. (From left to right) Shigeru Uchima (92),...
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Gojyuryu Karate Dojo.
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Morio Higaonna (80) at Gojyuryu Karate...
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Morio Higaonna (80) at Gojyuryu Karate...
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JAPAN. Naha, Okinawa. 2019. Sachiko Nada (80), "The Queen of...
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JAPAN. Ogimi, Okinawa. 2019. Yunohama Park.
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JAPAN. Kitanakagutsu, Okinawa. 2019. Hajime Katgoka (75) at a...
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