KBG84: Meet Japan’s new girl band – whose members have an average age of 84
KBG84 – a play on teeny boppers AKB48 – have an average age of 84.
The pensioners have played to sell-put crowds on a nationwide tour and have now been offered a record deal. Nature is a strong theme in their songs, which contain lyrics about whales in the sea spouting or dolphins doing somersaults.
Okinawan islanders have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, their diet containing more vegetables and less sugar than that of mainland Japanese, the staple food the purple-fleshed local sweet potato rather than rice.
Although stardom beckons life at home, is still much the same for the women who enjoy gossiping over cups of tea.
Menaka, a queen bee of the group, which has a minimum age requirement of 80, stays fit by doing housework. She is not particularly fussy about her diet.
Eldest member, 97-year-old Haru Yamashiro, said: “I look after my health by cleaning my home, wiping the floors, steaming rice.
“I stay in the shade when it’s too hot. I don’t want to tan. I have to take care of my skin – I’m still young at heart!”
KEEP GOING LADIES !