Aging Gracefully

Kiyp Aragai - Aging Gracefully
© 2017 by Karsten Thormaehlen.

Meet Kiyo Aragai one of the 52 centenarians photographed by Karsten Thormaehlen for his new book Aging Gracefully. 

Aging Gracefully invites readers to look into the face of a century of life experience with portraits of centenarians captured by Thormaehlen’s compassionate, minimalist lens. The striking photographs are accompanied by short bios of the centenarians, featuring quotes and wisdom on love, food, humour and living with grace.

The following is an extract from Aging Gracefully.


BORN SEPTEMBER 10, 1914,IN ASAHIKAWA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

Kiyo Aragai

SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN


Kiyo says she had a free, idyllic childhood and a wonderful marriage “full of happiness and without any arguments.” She has her husband to thank for the fact that she has become such a good cook, “thanks to his wonderful sense of taste and his weakness for good food.” The couple travelled a lot, including to places abroad like Hawaii. She says she does not really have anything to complain about, nor does she have any regrets. She is at peace with herself.


Aging Gracefully, a glorious celebration of humanity and the human spirit’s capacity for happiness, is on sale 7th March 2017. Find out more and order your copy here.

Aging Gracefully by Karsten Thormaehlen

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