“We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure,” she told Kyodo News. “He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all.”
Before running his family’s hot spring inn, Nonaka worked as a farmer and lumberjack. He later married and fathered five children.
Nonaka credited his lifestyle of eating sweets and soaking in the hot spring as his secret to longevity. However, Yuko said that this is most likely due to his stress-free life.
She noted that when Nonaka does not want something, he would make sure that everyone knew about it.
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