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On Feb. 12, Chitetsu Watanabe became the world’s oldest living man, at age 112, according to Guinness World Records. Upon receiving the recognition, he posed next to a calligraphy that read “World Number One” (left).

Watanabe was born in Niigata in northern Japan on March 5, 1907, and passed away on Feb. 23, 2020. Until about a decade ago, he did bonsai, the Japanese traditional art of raising small sculpted trees, and had his work exhibited.

When asked about the secret to longevity, Watanabe had this advice: Don’t get angry and keep smiling.

This was adapted from an article by Yuri Kageyama in the Feb. 12 Washington Post.