Birthday of two famous Japanese

5 Mar

Today, 2015 March 5th, is the birthday of two famous Japanese people.
They’re famous in Japan, at least. Are they known in your country too?

First of all, the world’s oldest person, 大川ミサヲ (Misao OKAWA), was born on 1898 March 5th in Osaka, Japan. She is celebrating her 117th birthday today with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

Next, also from Osaka (but wasn’t born there)…today also would have been the birthday of 安藤百福 (Momofuku ANDO).
He is the man who invented instant Cup Noodle!

「カップヌードル」

He was born Taiwan on 1910 March 5th. At that time, Taiwan was a Japanese territory.

At the age of 22, he moved to Osaka, Japan and eventually became a naturalized Japanese citizen.
When he became a Japanese citizen, he changed his name to Momofuku Ando.
“Ando” is a common Japanese family name…but “Momofuku” is an unusual name in Japan. But his first name was changed to Momofuku when he became Japanese because it is an uncommon pronunciation in Japanese of his Chinese first name (pronounced “Baifu” in Chinese). It is written 「百福」 and literally means “One hundred fortunes“.

The logo of Google’s Japanese homepage today is of Momofuku ANDO.

6 Responses to “Birthday of two famous Japanese”

  1. Nagzilla March 17, 2015 at 12:36 am #

    I was so excited when I saw that Google doodle. How would college students survive if not for instant ramen?

    And for some reason the mention of the world’s oldest person (which, holy cow, 117?!?) made me think of the movie Summer Wars. Did you ever seen that movie? It’s one of my favorites, and I think we rewatch it every couple of months or so. Despite having seen it probably a hundred times by now, there’s still a part that makes me cry. (ps- it’s not the part you would think…)

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    • tokyo5 March 17, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      >the movie Summer Wars. Did you ever seen that movie?

      The Japanese animation movie? I saw an ad for it a few years ago but haven’t watched it.

      >It’s one of my favorites

      Was it shown in America?

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      • Nagzilla March 18, 2015 at 12:29 am #

        I don’t think it was ever shown in the theatres. We happened to catch it on Pay Per View when we stumbled onto a preview and it looked awesome, then when it came out on DVD we bought the disc. I actually take that one to conventions to get it signed because a lot (like, just about everybody) of voice actors who do dubovers are in that film.

        You should rent it or buy it or whatever. Amazing film. AMAZING!

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      • tokyo5 March 18, 2015 at 8:15 am #

        It’s at the DVD rental shop. Maybe I’ll pick it up.

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  2. CrazyChineseFamily March 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

    Somehow I guessed all the years already that cup noodles originated from Japan🙂

    Anyways, you have a little mistake in the beginning for the oldest person. I doubt that that she was born 1989… That would her even younger than me :p

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    • tokyo5 March 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      >Somehow I guessed all the years already that cup noodles originated from Japan

      You weren’t sure? I thought it was well-known. At least, everyone in Japan knows who the “father” of Cup Noodle is. 😉

      (By the way, I learned that outside of Japan, they’re called “Cup Noodles“…the Japanese name for them has no “s”.)

      >Anyways, you have a little mistake in the beginning for the oldest person. I doubt that that she was born 1989… That would her even younger than me

      Thank you. I fixed it. She was born 117 years ago—in 1898.

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