Just like everyone, Misao Okawa says she wonders what has helped her live this long

By Kelli Bender
March 06, 2015 06:30 AM
Kyodo News/AP

Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest person, turned 117 on Thursday, but that doesn’t impress her much.

“It seemed rather short,” Okawa told the Associated Press of her record-breaking life.

Dressed in a pink kimono with a matching flower barrette, Okawa publicly celebrated the big birthday on Wednesday. Japanese government officials attended the event and presented the smiling woman with a large bouquet of flowers.

Born in Osaka, Japan, on March 5, 1898, Okawa had to wait until 2013 to be crowned the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records.

What’s the optimistic 117-year-old’s secret?

“I wonder about that too,” she responded.

While Okawa was tight-lipped about her longevity this year, in the past the centenarian has named sleep and sushi as two of the things that have helped her stay healthy.

Japan is also the country with the most citizens over 100, with roughly 58,000 centenarians currently residing there.

The nursing home where Okawa resides says she has slowed down a little over the past year and now has trouble hearing, but is in good health overall.