There is a long-livers island in the Philippine Sea between Japan and Taiwan, don’t you know? It is an Okinawa island where about 500 locals are 100-year-olds and even older. It means that there are 35 long-livers for each hundreds of thousands of people. It is the highest percent in the whole world. But the most important thing is that islanders look and feel themselves much younger than they are. They do not know what is cancer or heart attack. Everywhere you can meet 100-year-old people riding a motorbike and with no thoughts about retiring – they are too busy with dancing, karate, gardening. For example, 96-years-old habitant of Okinawa Uehara Seikichi won in a boxing match against the 30-years-old ex-champion of Japan.
Some people suppose that local drinking water contains plenty of calcium ions, which provide longevity. But scientists say that the main reason is a healthy diet, correct attitude toward life and physical activities.
The ration of local people contains small calories and a lot of fruits and vegetables. In addition, they eat tofu, rice and marine products, but only with little portions and what is important – getting maximum of pleasure. In the island having a breakfast is similar to the religious ritual: people use beautiful tableware, eat at an easy pace, sharing this holiday with relatives. Physical activity takes special part of life here; habitants keep fit due to engaging in martial arts, by the way, Okinawa – motherland of karate.
Moreover, the main secret of life here is to enjoy every spent day, as Zen Buddhism teaches.
At the entrance to the village of long-livers, there is inscription on a stone post: “In 70 you are yet child, in 80 it is just youth, and in 90, when ancestors invite you on sky, ask them to wait, while you are not 100 – then, maybe, think about it”.
Furthermore, there are some interesting places like Pineapple Park, giant Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium with the biggest sharks and other wild creations. One more unique sight in Okinawa is Naha Harbor Diner restaurant on the immense dry banyan tree. Have a nice trip!