- “At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators.
- Always willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including one “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.
- Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.
- All people who live long – regardless of nationality, race or gender – share one thing in common: None are overweight.
- Always plan ahead.
- Share what you know.
- My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler.” My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.
- Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.
- Don’t be crazy about amassing material things.
- Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.”
By Judit Kawaguchi
The Japan Times 3-22-09