Japanese grandma DJ shatters stereotypes
By Zheng Chenlei

2017-03-28 22:43:31

2105km to Beijing

Growing old may be a concern for some, but for one Japanese grandma age is just a number. Sumiko Iwamuro was inspired by techno music and is now one of the world's oldest club DJs. 
Iwamuro has been cooking in her Chinese restaurant in Tokyo every day for the past six decades. A few years ago, she kicked off a new career. She goes by the stage name DJ Sumirock.
The DJ rocks the dancefloor once a month at a club in Tokyo’s red-light district.
The 82-year-old started learning DJ techniques in her 70s. DJ-school was one of many new activities she started after her husband passed away. Her ambition is limitless as she's brushing up her skills to play in New York someday. 
Iwamuro is among a growing number of elderly Japanese who shatter stereotypes of what aging means in the country. The number of people aged 65 or older accounts for a quarter of Japan’s total population. 
Japan may be the world's oldest nation, but there’s a silver lining as seniors are actively engaged in social and business activities.