Respect for Tsukuba’s Aged
433 Tsukubans (115 men and 318 women) celebrated their 88th birthday this year. (The 88th birthday is auspicious in Japan.) 13 people celebrated their 100th birthday (2 men and 11 women), and 19 people are over 101 years of age (2 men and 17 women). Tsukuba’s oldest citizen is Ms. Ko Michikawa (路川好さん — did I get the romanization right?) at 105.