109-year-old carries Olympic torch through Hometown- Japan

The Olympic Torch Relay is often filled with emotional moments. This Monday (12 April) in Nara Prefecture – a location that is home to historic treasures such as the Kinpusenji Temple – a moment occurred that may just have been the most beautiful of the relay so far. 

KAGAWA Shigeko, a 109-year-old grandmother who was born in 1911, ran with the flame through the streets of Nara. Throughout her long and fruitful life, Kagawa has devoted herself to her community, working as a doctor in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology. She was accepted as a torchbearer after her granddaughter wrote a poignant letter to the organisers that read:

“My grandmother, who saved many lives and contributed to the community, is working hard every day and says that she really wants to see and participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Please make this 109-year-old’s dreams come true.”


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