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|From: John Greene, Nancy Lowe (greenelowemindspring.com)|
|Date: Sat, 24 Oct 1998 12:45:17 -0500|
This was sent to me by a friend, and certainly seems relevant to us cohousing folks. Sounds a bit Shangri-la-ish, but hey -- I'll take all the encouraging examples I can get. John Greene Lake Claire Cohousing Atlanta >The Tale Of Genki >By Mark Litke >ABCNEWS.com > >What do the villagers of Oshima Island know that we don't? > >When it comes to living a healthier life they may know a lot. > >The Japanese word Genki describes a state of being happy, vigorous and >healthy. > >O S H I M A I S L A N D, Japan, Oct. 20 - Time has been kind to Oshima >Island, sheltered by the calm waters of Japan's Inland Sea. People on >the island, and its village of Towa, celebrate the changing of the seasons >well into their 70s, 80s and beyond. With half the population above the age >of 65, this is the oldest-and arguably, the healthiest-community in all of >Japan. > >So what is the secret of this island and its superannuated villagers? The >climate? The food? The lifestyle? > >Simple Living, With Sake >The folks here will tell you it's really no secret at all. > >At 75, Chuichi Yamamoto still works almost every day of the year as a >commercial fisherman. And his wife, a youthful 71, still prepares every >meal: Fish, fresh vegetables, steamed rice. No processed food and no >preservatives-just the way they've always eaten here. > >Chuichi even drinks a half bottle a day of sake, Japan's traditional rice >wine. > >They are perfect examples of what the Japanese call genki, meaning "happy >and healthy." They credit their diet-low-fat, high in fiber and calcium-and >the fact that they stay active. > >"We live longer," the Yamamotos say, "because we eat well and stay active." > >Health professionals couldn't agree more. > >"Active" is an understatement: Many elderly here still work in the fields, >well into their 80s and even into their 90s. The Haras (she's 88 and he's >90) are just one of the hard-working senior couples in Towa. > >Others keep busy with volunteer work, like 80-year-old Tsurue Inokowa, who >makes box lunches for those who can't care for themselves. > >It Takes A Village >Yes, even here, people eventually do become too old and too weak to work. >But the aging process clearly slows down in the temperate climate and >low-stress, health-conscious environment of Oshima Island. > >In fact, people who have moved here from other places say they've seen >their medical bills shrink by 15 percent. > >But there's still something more than the healthful food, climate and >activity to these islanders' long lives. > >Shizuo Niiyama, head monk at the Haku-Seiiji Bhuddist Temple, contends >there's a powerful sense of community in Towa that contributes to one's >well-being. That sense of belonging eases the fear of growing old and >contributes to everyone's well-being. > >"People here lead simple and contented lives; always cheerful, always ready >to help one another," Niiyama says. "This is truly a unique and special >place." > >But not so unique, he adds, that its successes cannot be duplicated elsewhere. > >--from the ABC News web site: >http://www.abcnews.com:80/onair/worldnewstonight/health/wnt981020_japan.html > To get random signatures put text files into a folder called "Random Signatures" into your Preferences folder.
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