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World's Oldest Person 'Kind of Happy' to turn 116 years old today

Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman believed to be the world's oldest person, turned 116 today and celebrated by enjoying a cake decorated with strawberries and candles.

World's Oldest Person 'Kind of Happy' to Turn 116

Reuters reports that Okawa: credits a healthy appetite and getting plenty of rest for her longevity.

Okawa was born in 1898 — the year that the United States annexed the Hawaiian islands, a new drink named Pepsi-Cola was launched and the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor.

Accepting bouquet from well-wishers at a small party in the nursing home where she lives in the western city of Osaka, Okawa sat by the cake, decorated with "116" in candles, and later pronounced it as "delicious."

She wore a pink kimono patterned with cherry blossoms and a blue cardigan for the event. Asked if she was happy to have lived so long, she replied, according to the Asahi Shimbun daily: "Kind of."

The "handout picture" - shown above - was taken by Tomohito Okada from the Kurenai nursing home on March 5, 2014. It shows the world's oldest woman, Misao Okawa, celebrating her 116th birthday at a nursing home in Osaka, Japan. Last year, Okawa received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming her status as the oldest living woman.

Born in 1898, daughter of a fabric merchant in Osaka, on the same day as the Chinese revolutionary leader Zhou Enlai, Okawa married in 1919. Two of her three children are still alive; both of them are in their 90s. Okawa is known for her strong appetite and one of her favorite foods is sashimi. The Japanese media reported that during the past six months Okawa has gained 4 kg, or 8.8 lbs.

Okawa has been dubbed the world's oldest living person since the death of 116-year-old Jiroemon Kimura in June of 2013. She is the tenth person verified to have reached the ripe old age of 116 and the third oldest Japanese person in recorded history.

The Japanese are some of the longest living people in the world; according to the health ministry, the nation has nearly 54,400 centenarians as of September 2013. — Reuters

To our Health, Wealth, and Longevity! Dancing heart~~~~

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