Okinawa - Japan

Okinawa has been known for years for the long life expentacy of its inhabitants. They generally have very few cases of cancer, heart failure and dementia. Women in Okinawa reach the highest ages in the world.

In Okinawa, people are mostly vegetarian and stay active, even during very old age. However, the secret to their high life expentancy is their dedication to family and friends, and having a purpose in life.

A change can be seen in Okinawa. Since the arrival of fastfood and other modern facilities, the average age is dropping. Parents are surviving their children, because the long valued traditions are slowly eroding. This makes Okinawa a perfect example of the importance of maintaining the old traditions.