World’s oldest man credits hot springs, sweets

    By Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press

    TOKYO — Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japan’s hot springs for many years — probably longer than most people.

    The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified Tuesday as the world’s oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days.

    Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated with a big cake decorated with berries.

    Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the inn. The 105-year-old inn is now run by his granddaughter Yuko. He regularly soaks in the springs and also enjoys eating sweets, especially cakes.

    Nonaka, wearing a knit cap and a kimono-style jacket, flashed a smile and posed for a group photo with his family, making a victory sign with his right hand.

    He dug into the cake with a spoon after it was cut, and said, “Delicious,” according to NHK public television.

    “Thank you,” he said.

    His family members say Nonaka still moves about by himself in a wheelchair.

    He reads a newspaper after breakfast every

    Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/10/worlds-oldest-man-credits-hot-springs-sweets/

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