Matsu Zakimi (with purple eyeshadow applied by her great-granddaughter) during the celebration for her 97th birthday,at a nursing home near Ogimi Village. Most of the community has turned out to honor the birthdays of three residents. (These are traditional Japanese birthdays, not the actual birth dates. 88, for example is celebrated on the eighth day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar.) Musicians, dancers, and comedians perform as well wishers cheerfully gorge on sushi, fruits, and desserts washed down with beer and saki. (Supporting image from the project Hungry Planet: What the World Eats).
- © 2005 Peter Menzel / Hungry Planet: What the World Eats / www.menzelphoto.com
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