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This Cool Club DJ is an 82-Year-Old Dumpling Maker By Day

Instead of turning in early, you can find Sumiko Iwamuro working the DJ decks in the Shinjuku district of Japan.
IMAGE Teranishi Jaeduka / Screenshot from Youtube
ILLUSTRATOR Yzabella Cruz
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At 82 years old, you’d expect Sumiko Iwamuro to already be in retirement, but she’s far from it.

For the last 60 years, this incredible Japanese lady and her brother have been working at a dumpling restaurant they inherited from their father.

But that’s not the only thing that keeps Sumiko active. Over a decade ago, when she was 70, she discovered an unlikely hobby: DJing. Now part of Shinjuku’s vibrant nightlife, she doubles as a techno DJ at the DecaBarZ club.

 

Japan, known for its aging demographics, is highly populated by senior citizens. Japanese people are living longer than before, according to the Japan Geriatrics Society. Their average life expectancy for women is 85, and for men, 80. Most of these senior citizens are still active in the workforce, with Sumiko being a prime example.

Watch her work the turntables below:

 

h/t: Reuters

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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