AFP

TOKYO-The world’s oldest woman was celebrating her 116th birthday on Wednesday in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles.

Misao Okawa, a descendant of kimono merchants in the city of Osaka, western Japan, received a visit from town mayor Takehiro Ogura earlier this week ahead of her birthday, a nursing home employee said. Wearing a pink kimono with a red flower headdress, Okawa was presented with a bouquet by the mayor at the facility near her own home. Asked for a comment on this year’s birthday, the centenarian said: “It’s quite a long time.” She will be given a cake with candles decorated with numbers, 116, later Wednesday to celebrate the day with fellow residents and family members, the employee said.

“She is in good shape, and is even still gaining weight,” the employee said. “She eats sushi, her favourite, and whatever she likes - beef stew, spaghetti, sashimi every day. “She always says the secret to living a long time is to eat a good meal and relax,” he added.