Okinawa Croquet (Gate Ball)

I took this picture today of some seniors playing a game similar to Croquet. All over Okinawa, every summer day, this is a regular scene.
I've mentioned before that the Okinawans have a very long life expectancy. Of course diet plays a big role as well as staying active. This picture shows something that is not discussed much.

The people on the left are part of the group playing in the field. One lady is in a wheelchair. They have some food set out on the table and even a few beers and maybe awamori. This is more than a game of Gateball, it is a social gathering. The Okinawan seniors tend to move in social circles that are loosely defined and very supportive. This must have a big impact on overall health. Something not measured by doctors.

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