You’re never too old to follow your dreams – 101-year-old Tsuneko Sasmoto is proof of that!
Tsuneko Sasamoto is Japan’s oldest photographer and despite having broken her arm and both legs last year, is still shooting at age 101.
Born on 1 September 1914, Tsuneko was the first female photo-journalist in Japan.
She became a professional photographer at 25, becoming well known for her photos of pre-and-post-war Japan.
“I felt compelled to face the world and let people know what I see, just want to have the picture taken,” she told Zaikeinews.
A close friend of hers, Tetsuya Terashima, testifies that Tsuneko’s way of photography has never budged throughout her 70 year career as a photojournalist.
“She has seen plenty of roughness, but she kept steadfast and courageous,” he said. “People feel it through her work.”
Tsuneko absolutely loves her job and is still showcasing her work in exhibitions around Japan. Last year, NKH World did a TV news segment on one of her new exhibitions. In the interview, she revealed the secret to a long and happy career.
“It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up,” she said.
“You should never become lazy.
“You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward.”
Check out the interview here:
What do you think you’ll be doing when you’re 101? Rub your crystal ball in the comments below!