Why Japanese Live So Long ★ ONLY in JAPAN


ONLY in JAPAN So you want to live a long life perhaps past a hundred years old. Japan may have some of the answers Welcome to Sugamo in central Tokyo. This place is nicknamed the grandma Harajuku. It’s a place where seniors come for high-fashion. Sugamo may be in Tokyo, but it’s certainly not like neighboring Shibuya or Harajuku. It retains a lot of the charms of the Showa era The area may have stayed the same, but most of the residents have gotten older and that’s reflected in what they sell along the main shopping street. And, this Sugamo neighborhood is a great jumping-off point to ask the question: Why do Japanese live so long? Japan is famous for having the longest life expectancy in the world, in fact. right now, there are two million people over the age of 90 living here in Japan. That’s about 2% of the population – which is crazy! So, there’s got to be a secret to why people live so long. Some say, it’s because everyone drinks green tea daily. It’s served everywhere and the most popular item in drink vending machines… is green tea. Japanese eat smaller portions of food More seafood and lean meats It could be the fermented foods they eat, which are healthy for both the heart and the stomach Japan is also a bath culture. Showers are nice, but soaking in a bath relieves stress and improves the body’s circulation Natural Hot Springs are everywhere, loaded with minerals good for the skin Access to affordable and top-notch health care? That could be a reason, too Kids learn personal responsibility in school. Most walk or bicycle there. Could that be the setup for a long life? Violence and gun-related deaths are almost non-existent in Japan Japan has a holiday called “Respect for the Aged Day. And, in Japan, senior citizens are “Living Treasure” The government sends them silver “Sake Cups” when they reach 100 years old Six of the top 10 and twelve of the top 20 oldest people alive…. live in Japan The oldest, Supercentenarian “Nabi Tajima” of Kagoshima is the last person alive verified to be born in the 19th century She’s 117 and her secret… good sleep and three meals a day But it’s got to be more than that, right. DNA could also play a role But, it’s still a lottery. Although, Japanese have slightly better odds for those disease-resistant genes Now one or all of these things might be the secret to living a really long life But, I’m not really sure. So, I went to Tottori prefecture to ask the one person who I think knows. She’s a hundred and six years old… and she was born in the Meiji era. Certainly, she has the answers Tottori Prefecture is on the Sea of Japan side and I visited Mount Daisen. A place with a great environment for living a long life Mt. Daisen protects the area from typhoons, provides people with lots of pure drinking water, and its location by the sea means excellent fish Daisen Temple on the mountain is celebrating it’s 1300th anniversary in summer 2018. A symbol of longevity, for sure And, a place where one of the area’s oldest residents lives… Tomiko-San. So, what’s her secret? Because I’ve been working in agriculture I’ve used my body a lot in the field That trains my body to make it stronger Since I’m working in the field every day It trains my body well So basically if you work hard, you’ll be energetic for a long time I’ve actually never ever been sick You’ve never caught a cold in your life! Am I right? Never caught a cold, Wow! Oh, great!! Well, I caught cold when I was young But after becoming old, I haven’t caught anything at all. I wonder why? Do you think it’s because of your diet? We’re careful about what we eat Raised on a farm she’s worked hard and eaten well Way back in the beginning, there was an annual health checkup in town and a lot of people had a high blood pressure The Health Inspection Office told us we need to eat soybeans but for kids and old people, it was difficult, so we made Tofu We started to make Tofu ourselves in 1954 and we’ve been making Tofu ever since Tofu is an amazingly healthy food best made fresh and the family tradition started 65 years ago Continues with Ryo-San who still makes Tofu in the traditional way Tofu was probably made because of its nutritional value, a long time ago now it’s made to pursue deliciousness In the past, it was just for nutrition He basically continues to preserve this tradition and also because it’s just more delicious to make it yourself a A lot of the family’s success is due to the environment and good habits Tomiko-San still walks herself with the help of a chair on wheels And she’s surprisingly fast I wanted to see what it was about Tofu. How it is made here So Ryo-San invited me to make it with him starting at 4:30 in the morning It all starts with the soybeans grown on a farm and the pure waters of Mt. Daisen The beans are soaked to absorb the water washed drain And put through a stone grinder that crushes them producing a white milk This is the raw product that will soon become Tofu But before doing that Ryo-San started a wood fire under the cauldron the way Tomiko-San did in the past During the cold months, it keeps the room warm. Although, a little smoky The buckets of unprocessed soy milk gets poured in with “Nigari” sprinkled in to help it coagulate It’s stirred in and covered to raise the temperature to 90 degrees Celsius. That takes a while The sides are skimmed to prevent any burn taste to the final product This is when Tomiko-San’s great-grandson Bunkichi wakes up to help Ryosan make the Tofu He’s the heir apparent to take over the tradition and it helps that he’s curious about everything, including making Tofu with Grandpa When it reaches close to 90 degrees Celsius, it’s strained all the liquids separated from the curd And, the collected curd, it’s used later since it has a nutritional value At this point, we have some very delicious soy milk It’s naturally sweet and only slightly creamy a very delicate taste It takes about 30 minutes to coagulate at which point Ryo-San transfers it to a cheese cloth in a handmade wooden press It takes time to naturally let the water string through the holes Tofu should be delicate So you don’t want to push it if you push hard the Tofu will become hard and rubbery the weights give balance and even pressure When enough water is out Ryo-San extracts the Tofu inside a tub of water where it floats staying protected and in shape He cuts them in large blocks for the customers and his own family to eat for today Customers come from all around the neighborhood with their own bucket to bring some home It’s first-come, first-serve I was here first, so I got a cup of the freshly-made Tofu The same recipe Tomiko-San has been making since the 1950s When Tofu is made right, it’s very tasty, even on its own. It has a slight sweetness to it And, that diet is one reason for Tomiko-San’s happy and healthy life, as she gets closer to a hundred and ten years old Not far away is a market that sells local farmers produce prices are cheaper than at the supermarket And, the farmers bringing it in are all seniors and very strong, doing everything themselves Your hands look super strong! Oh, they are! Amazing!! Also, because I’m a table tennis player at Japan National Competition She’s full of energy, just like Tomiko-San, so the environment certainly plays a role I wanted to get another point of view so a friend recommended I talked with Nakajima-San, who is a Shinto priest near Mt. Daisen He lives next to the shrine in the middle of a farm Visitors to the shrine pray for safe pregnancies and deliveries and a happy and healthy life. What’s Nakajima-san’s secret to life? Maybe, the simple life makes me like this Not eating luxurious stuff but eating such as brown rice, and farm nearby to cultivate eggplant and pumpkin which I eat daily The area around the shrine really is a farm and exercising. Well, I don’t do it anymore because I’m older, but I love moutains so I climbed Mr.Daisen couple of hundred times Also, Japanese Alps, and Mont Blanc in Europe, and some mountains in Nepal So, I believe living with nature being surrounded by it, is what makes a life good Living peacefully and in harmony with nature is a recipe for success in Japan But, that’s certainly not the only thing. You got to know how to stay young and have fun, no matter how old you get That’s right. He drives a Porsche. He shares the car with others who have a passion for driving like he does On a nice evening like this, why not go for a short drive? And, going around town in a Porsche is just a little more fun We could definitely feel the energy of driving a sports car And, couldn’t help, but smile So, I guess the secret to a long life is also about having fun Ask my Japanese neighbors And, what’s Mr. Seiichi’s secret? He just celebrated his 97th birthday, and only recently retired from his job selling peanuts to customers The secret? It’s his passion for life… Karaoke. He even has a favorite go-to song It’s “Enka” a traditional kind of Japanese ballad He goes to a community center for the elderly three times a week and sings There’s a lot of energy to being on stage and singing to others Karaoke is a way to release your mind and stay young He sings at home with his family, too Another secret is to be surrounded by loved ones and seniors often live with their families at home With Karaoke, you can remember those good times and make new memories with neighbors from faraway lands The seniors from today come from a different era, they grew up in the 1930s 40s 50s and 60s They didn’t have a lot of stuff, and they lived more humbly It was my generation from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, until today We have so many things like fast food, our diets have changed our lifestyles have changed, and this has made things Well, Let’s just put it this way I’m a little bit skeptical that… Japan is gonna be able to hold on the crown for having the longest life expectancy in the world But, if we take some of the lessons from our grandparents and incorporate it into our life today Yeah, there’s a pretty good chance that we’re gonna live a lot longer and a lot happier, too Next time, Japan has been a leader in video gaming for decades and those old games. Well, they find a home somewhere We’ll check out a retro Game Center in Tokyo and take a trip back… to our childhood If you liked it hit that subscribe button and check out another one of our shows Don’t miss my second live streaming channel, ONLY in JAPAN GO And, check location photos on http://instagram.com/onlyinjapantv Matane

100 thoughts on “Why Japanese Live So Long ★ ONLY in JAPAN

  1. Secret to living a long life?
    2:20 Be Female
    Seriously, have a look at the lists yourselves, its dominated by women.
    Top ten oldest people of all time are all women.
    Way to go ladies! Long live women!

  2. These people in my book are some of the greatest humans on the planet, they have HONOR and are very respectful. Only in Japan 1 time in my life but will always remember how great they were.

  3. Okinawa has the oldest population. "Mainland" Japanese die on subways .

  4. I live in Canada, I love my country but I am disappointed because people still drink recycled water every day yet Canada has some 20% of the world's total freshwater resources. 🙁

  5. Those will be GMO soon if M👹nsant👹 has their way… pushing gmo soybeans everywhere now

  6. May i know what is the thing tgat you will mix to help coagulate?

  7. go to the nursing home i work with we have a resident 107 years old shes amazing

  8. I. Have to much famillies live in japon batte i cannot fends i love japon they so cleaners peoples i love date

  9. this inspires me to work more in my yard and stay active no matter what.

  10. It's all that sea food in a Japanese diet. They get a lot of ocean minerals that the rest of us lack.

  11. 8:59 dude sorry but you look so tired .. did u sleep well? Your eyes pocket explain a lot

  12. What kind of an useless inbred idiot makes this kind of documentary. Its completely devoid of any useful information

  13. Maybe the Japanese in those mountains live so long because they have intact families and community support, they exercise daily, and eat foods free from hormones and pesticides. They probably use natural deodorant too and not anything with aluminum. I just started using Granny's Natural Deodorant which is 100% Natural and Aluminum Free. It's one small thing I can do to try and be healthier.

  14. Its because they live in mountain areas…free of pollution and chemicals. U have a same kind of country …NEPAL where women living in hilly area live…as long as wonen over here….thy look quite same

  15. sometimes too much science and technology that we have now could ruin the natural way of living that leads to further stresses.

    a quotation from philippine commercial chicken and hog raisers, "Live fast, die young"

  16. Wonderful and life saving information. Question: Do they eat, make tofu, team and bathe in sea water or mountain water? Thank you.

  17. "Violent and gun crimes are extremely low"

    Yakuza: hold my green tea

  18. Ok, I'm 24yo.. and my feet often hurt, they are over 90 years old and they still work in the field & climbing mountain easily😿😿😿😿

  19. So I need Tofu and a Porsche to live long and happy 😂 .
    Only joking I understand the importance of healthy food and a happy life ✌

  20. What about Italiens? Men over 75 still be sexual active and have it very often. Living 90+ is very common in Italy…

  21. Their food is clean and their water is clean. Everything they eat is very nutritious and cleanses the body.

  22. Sorry, little bit confused about the vocabulary used in this documentary did you mean coagulate as you keep saying colagulate . but extremely good documentary overall.

  23. Philipp9nes too are great country not only japan
    Very free not like japan controlled by stingy rules their land is so small thays why they are trying to grab the philippinrs island during world war 11.

  24. Philipp9nes too are great country not only japan
    Very free not like japan controlled by stingy rules their land is so small thays why they are trying to grab the philippinrs island during world war 11.

  25. I need this video awesome advice
    New friend here thank u for the beautiful tips for our life superb
    Hope to see u around n my small mansion 😉

  26. Well , if you really want to live longer without going to japan or china
    Just go supplementing with Ganoderma reishi mushroom(immortality mushroom) that heals every problem in your body and is loaded with antioxidants and body detoxing compounds ….also make sure you to get your all minerals because our soil is very poor in minerals

  27. sorry.. i would rather die young than have to eat tofu and live to be 100.. ewww

  28. I love japan …..its very biautiful video….Thank you so much sir.god bless

  29. – Magnesium Deficiency Sets the Stage for Plaque in the Arteries —

    A new animal study shows that "low levels" of magnesium promotes plaque formation in the arteries. During the study period magnesium deficient animals developed significantly more plaque in their aortas.

    The researchers fed rabbits a diet known to produce atherosclerotic plaque. The thickness of artery walls increased 42% in magnesium lacking animals. LDL cholesterol was highest in the magnesium lacking rabbits and lowest in the magnesium supplemented rabbits.

    This study adds further science to the idea that a diet lacking in magnesium sets the stage for heart disease.

    Taking mineral "Magnesium" its good for cortisol and stress.People who are magnesium deficiency have the highest heart disease , heart attacks and Irregular Heartbeat ,(arterial plaque ). Diabetics have magnesium deficiency , elevated blood glucose levels increase the loss of magnesium in the urine, which in turn lowers blood levels of magnesium.” So getting enough magnesium is especially important in diabetes and people who are border line diabetic or over weight .

    "Magnesium" has been shown to effectively prevent vascular calcification associated with chronic kidney disease. In the animal study researchers tested the effect of magnesium supplements on calcification of arteries. They found that magnesium relieved the degree of calcification with higher doses, offering better protection.

  30. Those people have been eating soybeans for a long time.

    And yet there is bad talk about soybeans on the internet.

    Those people are old and are still working.

    In the Netherlands, people no longer work because they have health problems.

    And they all take a lot of pills.

    And processed food and lots of pork.

    Which causes health problems.
    But among the young there are more vegetarian.
    Thank you for this video and for making soy milk.

  31. شكرا جزيلا لانك فعلت الترجمة للعربية موضوع كلش حلو وممتع

  32. Loved tofu since I tasted it and for me one of the best tofu is made from Japan. So soft and firm. 😍

  33. I just explored you and you're great 😀 I loved your videooosss 😍😍

  34. Nature nature nature nature….oh so peaceful. All of a sudden 13:14 Porsche ??? WTF! LOL

  35. How about not putting a dang McDonald’s on every corner of every USA city! How about lower prices on healthy food & higher prices in junk or processed food? How about cleaner water? Getting a notice from your local water company telling you there are cancer causing agents in your water is inexcusable! The first suggestions might help but in the end it’s all about personal choices

  36. Long live women's!!!!!
    "Cause iam a women"
    😅😅😅😅😅😅

  37. My grandfather was 107 yrs old when he passed away in June 2019. He grew up in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad so his diet was similar to these people but included lots of tropical fruits and veggies. He had an easy-going personality and his mind stayed sharp til the end of his life. He was always very active and woke up by dawn everyday.

  38. The reason japanese live so long? ofcourse it's due to the excessive amount of cesium they are consuming from the fukushima plant LAWL

  39. A punch in the people who says: soy make men gay, soy is bad to health. xD

  40. I really admire the way they live ,some of their values soecially how to be responsible nd respect to everyone speciall the elderlies ..their cleanliness nd being honest when you left your things or groceries you bought thete's nothing to worry abt to be lost bcoz you can claim it without losing anything according to my daughter-in law

  41. The secret to live long in japan is being Hentai and drinking the young girls pee…
    I know you wont believe me but that is the truth .
    try it… ooishi yo…
    uken dake do

  42. yeah like they're walking around with pollution mask on … STOP WHALING and eating dogs TOO..wicked people.

  43. Wat kind the stupide men is dat,do u no how much people less then 30 years hold in Japan since Fukushima,in America cacanada China,so who care about the retire people,they are responsible for the killing of the Earth God creation.

  44. I wish I grew up eating only till 80 percent full. It seems like it would be hard to make that change now and feel satisfied. Thanks, typical American lifestyle.

  45. I’m 17 when I commented this.
    I still have great grandmother❤️🙏
    It’ll be awesome if I got a child😂

  46. the real secret is- like cockroach if u spray insecticide and survive their resistance increase. same in japan they survive the nuclear bomb

  47. My great grandmother was 112 when she passed ~ American

  48. I enjoyed your report! And I love Japan, Tokyo is amazing!!!! I will try to incorporate more of what they eat in my diet daily. Been drinking green tea everyday for years now, so I'm on my way 😉

  49. The secret is drinking radioactive soda from fukushima once a day

  50. 病気で寝たきりの人が多いから年齢で換算されてるだけ。

  51. The fact that japan also sleeps the shortest amount in the world was never talked about or their sleeping methods. That is just as important as food

  52. Let's eat Tofu and Natto! Natto is a fermented food made from soybeans and is very good for the body. Greetings from Japan.

  53. My great grandmother in NC lived 103 years. I just believe long live begins with a clean chemical free diet.

  54. they live long because they eat seafood.
    Nicola tesla did reveal you become what you eat.

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