With Japan greying at a rapid rate, reaching a ripe old age is really nothing special anymore, and it’s certainly not very newsworthy. In fact, the number of centenarians in Japan has now topped 30,000 for the first time ever, although that said, a pair of twins reaching 100 seemingly still merits some mild media attention.
Born in Fukushima Prefecture, Saki Takamiya and Tsuki Takashima celebrated their 100th birthday on Sunday accompanied by scores of family members. And, in time honoured tradition, they divulged the secret of their longevity – revelations that are sure to strike a chord with Japan’s fashion and brand-obsessed youth. As rather than a dreary diet or abstinence from alcohol, the pair put their long lives down to the magic of materialism, and in particular, the merits of bonnets and Burberry blankets.