Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

Kitanakagusuku Longevity Beauty Queens 2014: (from right) Tsuru Sternberg, Eiko Higa and Hatsu Higa at the Kitanakagusuku Village Central Community Center, on October 26.


October 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three aged women were chosen as Kitanakagusuku Longevity Beauty Queens 2014 in the village welfare festival on October 26. This event aims to let people know that the village has the longest female lifespan in Japan. Ninety-five-year-old Hatsu Higa, 94-year-old Tsuru Sternberg and 82-year-old Hideko Higa won awards in the pageant. Hatsu was selected as the “best woman having the time of her life,” Tsuru as the “top woman with a volunteer spirit” and Eiko as the “most robust woman.” Over the next year, they will take part in community events to promote healthy longevity.

According to the survey of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, in 2013 Kitanakagusuku has the longest-living women in Japan for the second time since the previous survey was carried out in 2008. The village office started the event in 2010 to let people throughout Japan know about the village’s outstanding record of longevity. The three aged women are fourth-generation Longevity Beauty Queens. They received their awards from Mayor Kunio Arakaki and the beauty queen sashes from their predecessors. Many villagers enjoyed the festival program, including a children’s dance, a karate performance and a health check.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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