“Great achievement. (Kane Tanaka) turned 119”, Junko tweeted
, with a photo of her great-grandmother, which she saw in December. “I hope you will continue to live happily and fully.”
Junko shared a photo on Twitter of two commemorative Coca-Cola bottles Tanaka received for her birthday, the labels personalized with her name and age.
“Birthday Gift 1: Introducing the gifts received for Kane’s birthday. I really appreciate this gift. The Coca-Cola Company made a commemorative birthday bottle. It seems (Kane) is still drinking Coke- Cola as usual “, Junko tweeted
Junko spoke to CNN in March 2021, as her great-grandmother prepared to carry the Olympic torch ahead of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. She created the Twitter account in January 2020 to commemorate the life from Tanaka.
“I might be biased because I’m related to her, but I think it’s pretty amazing – I wanted to share this with the world and make people feel inspired and feel her joy,” Junko said.
Born in 1903, Tanaka married a rice store owner at the age of 19 and worked in the family store until the age of 103.
Tanaka has lived through a multitude of historical events, surviving two world wars and the Spanish Flu of 1918. His life spanned 49 Summer and Winter Olympics.
“I don’t remember her talking a lot about the past… She’s very forward thinking – she really enjoys living in the present,” Tanaka’s grandson Eiji Tanaka told CNN last year.
Tanaka lives in a retirement home in Fukuoka Prefecture. Her family said she kept her mind and body engaged by doing math and staying curious.
The Guinness Book of Records recognized her as the oldest person in the world in 2019.
In September 2021, Spaniard Saturnino de la Fuente García became the oldest living man at 112 years old. He was born in 1909 and endured the Spanish Civil War, working as a shoemaker.
He said the secret to a long life is: “A quiet life … and don’t hurt anyone,” according to a press release from Guinness World Records.
Tanaka received congratulatory messages from Twitter users on his birthday.
“It’s great that at 119 she can look directly at the camera and make a peace sign”, noted
Twitter user @TuNatoron.
“Congratulations !! Please always stay healthy,” noted
Mee-san, another Twitter user.