Some people say that “if there are things you wanted to try, but didn’t when you were younger, it’s never too late to start”.
For 83-year-old Japanese grandma Fumie Takino, it couldn’t have been more true when she ended her unhappy marriage several years ago and embarked on a new journey in search of her own dream, dedicating the rest of her life to her own way.
Deeply affected by the passing of her father, who called his final days a “waste,” Takino was awakened from her unhappy marriage and unfulfilling life “sacrificed for her children”.
再53歲那年，她毅然結束這場婚姻，遠赴美國學習老年病學，並在1996年創立「Japan Pom Pom」啦啦隊舞蹈班，透過跳舞為生活增添樂趣，也邀請其他中老年婦女加入，幫助她們找到對生活的熱情。她表示，她期許自己有一天能夠滿意的對自己說：「我很高興活過這一場」。
At 53, she decided to leave her husband and travel to the U.S. to study gerontology.
In 1996, she founded Japan Pom Pom, a cheerleading group, making her life more joyful through dancing as well as helping other women her age to regain their passion for life.
At the end of the day, she wanted to say to herself, “I was happy to be born”.
A decade later, she could be found dancing energetically in “shamelessly flamboyant costumes” with women who are 55 years and older.
Since founding Japan Pom Pom in 1996, she has not stopped dancing or having fun parties with her fellow cheerleaders.
“Many seniors do not accept us because they find it shameless and indecent that old women wear short costumes and dance on the stage,” Takino said.
This has not stopped her from breaking stereotypes of older Japanese women or bringing more color into the lives of other older women.