The world’s oldest person says 117 years doesn’t seem like such a long time.
Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday.
Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.
"It seemed rather short," she said after Osaka government official Takehiro Ogura asked how she felt about living for 117 years.
Okawa looked up from her wheelchair and said she was "very happy" to be that age.
Asked for the secret of her longevity, she responded nonchalantly, "I wonder about that too." Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 58,000, according to the government. About 87 percent of them are women.
Okawa has slowed in recent months and has trouble hearing but she eats well and is in good health.
Okawa married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had three children -- two daughters and a son. She now has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931. (AP)
longevity：名詞，長壽、壽命。例句：Her family is known for its longevity.（她的家族以長壽知名。）
wonder：動詞，感到驚訝、詫異、好奇。例句：I wonder at you.（你怎麼搞的。）
nonchalantly：副詞，冷淡地、無動於衷地。形容詞為nonchalant，例句：His nonchalant manner infuriated me.（他無動於衷的態度激怒我。）