Elderly Japanese Cheerleaders Prove That Age is Just a Number

Asian women are forever young as proven by a group of marvelous senior cheerleaders in Japan.

Japan Pom Pom is a cheerleading troupe made up of women who are at least 55 years old. The head of the group is 84-year-old Fumie Takino who founded the squad in her sixties. According to ABC.net, she said:

“We’ve come a long way in 20 years!”

The group includes 20 sprightly members who, when combined, have an average age of 70.

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style=”text-align: left;”>The grannies meet up each week to train and review their videos to see what they can improve on.

The team put on a fantastic performance in honor of their 20th anniversary during the United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals competition earlier this year. Though most of the other teams were made up of high school and university students, the grannies went out there and rocked it to “Dreamgirls”.

Japan is known for the longevity of its citizens. Women in Japan live for an average of 87 years while men live for an average of 80.

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Shinko Kusajima, a member of the squad who is in her sixties,  said:

“When you get old, you keep losing friends. But you always have mates here to share a good time.”

Takino, who started Japan Pom Pom two decades ago, says that cheerleading has helped her fight off the effects of aging. She feels mentally agile and physically nimble thanks to cheerleading.

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The women sure look like dancing queens in their hot pink outfits. 

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