Events for Aged People’s Day held around Okinawa

Events for Aged People's Day held around Okinawa

On September 17, at the day-care facility Ohama One on Ishigaki, seniors received services such as massages and manicures.

September 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, events for the Respect-for-the-Aged Day were held in all over Okinawa. On Ishigaki, five beauty therapists and manicurists visited Ohama One, a day-care facility, where they gave massages and provided finger-nail service to aged people for free. Seeing the smiling faces of the elderly people was a heart-warming experience for the people who provided the services.

The therapists talked to the elderly as they massaged their faces, hands and feet. The seniors showed their beautiful nails to their caregivers and smiled happily. Ninety-seven year-old Hide Jiroku said, “I am not used to doing my nails because I am an older woman, so today I feel a little embarrassed, but very happy.”

At Uruma, Mayor Toshio Shimabukuro called in to see Kimi Jana, who turned 100 year-old this year and lives in Henza, Yonashiro, to celebrate her longevity. Jana held up her fists to the Mayor and her family, saying, “I am more cheerful than ever.” Everyone laughed with her.

Jana has five children, 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She likes to go to the day-care center twice a week and surprises the workers by adding up three-figure numbers in her head. 

In Miyako-jima, the municipal office and local communities held a range of events for the aged. At the Nishihara community center in Hirara, Miyako-jima, a party attended by about 200 senior citizens was held. The Nishihara Women’s
Association arranged the lunches for them.

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

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