Choki Miyagi, Naha’s oldest man, celebrates his 107th birthday

Choki Miyagi, Naha's oldest man, celebrates his 107th birthday

On November 15 in the Una Forecourt of Shuri Castle, Naha’s oldest man Choki Miyagi has a commemorative photograph taken with his family members.

November 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 15, a photo session to celebrate the birthday of Choki Miyagi, who turned 107 year-old and is the oldest man in Naha, was held at the Una Forecourt of Shuri Castle. Approximately 40 people, including staff of the Multifunctional Long-Term Center in a Small Group Home Umanchu Shuri, where Miyagi has stayed, his friends and family came to the celebration and congratulated him on his longevity.

Miyagi was born and raised in Shuri, but this was the first time in his life to visit the refurbished Shuri Castle. “It has changed from how it used to be,” he said, gazing at the castle with deep emotions at play in his mind. His 79 year-old eldest daughter Yoshiko Mekaru smiled, saying, “He seems to be glad that so many people have come to celebrate his birthday.”

“Everyone is congratulating me, so I am happy. Where should I celebrate next year? Let me know if you know of a good place, ” said Miyagi with a smile.

(English Translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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