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Kin Narita
Kin Narita
Kin Narita and Gin Kainie
Birth: 1 August 1892
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Death: 23 January 2000
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Age: 107 years, 175 days
Country: JapanJPN
Centenarian

Kin Narita [Japanese: 成田 きん] (1 August 1892 – 23 January 2000) was a Japanese centenarian who, together with her identical twin sister Gin Kanie, was notable for being the oldest twins ever. They together were affectionately called “Kinsan Ginsan”. Their maiden name was Yano (矢野). Their names literally translated from Japanese to English mean “Gold” and “Silver”. Their health and vitality, despite being over 100 years old, was said to be “an ideal form of living in your sunset years”, and they became national celebrities in Japan.

Biography

Kin Narita and her twin sister Gin Kanie were born in Narumi Village (currently in Midori Ward, Nagoya), Aichi Prefecture, Japan on 1 August 1892. Kin was the elder daughter and Gin was the younger daughter. Tests later proved that they were identical twins, though their blood types differed.

In 1991, about to reach 100 years of age, the twins were featured in a newspaper article and received congratulations from both the mayor of Nagoya and the Aichi Prefecture governor.

Their favorite food was fish with red flesh. One of the sisters has four daughters who also showed signs of longevity. The four sisters have taken part in a documentary by NHK, Today's Close-Up. The sisters also featured in a study about longevity. At the time of her death in 2000, the twins combined had six children, eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Kin Narita died in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan on 23 January 2000 at the age of 107 years, 175 days. Her cause of death was heart failure, as confirmed by an autopsy. Her twin sister Gin Kanie died on 28 February 2001 at the age of 108 years, 211 days. The cause of Gin Kanie could not be attributed to any specific diagnosis and therefore was given as “old age”.

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