Sumiko Iwamuro has been making gyoza (dumplings) at her Chinese restaurant for the past six decades, a common sight in Tokyo where the ageing population has a significant representation (those 65 and above made up 26.6% of the population in 2015).
Not-so-common is the fact that Sumiko is also a kickass DJ by night. She got into spinning records in her 70s after curating music for her son’s birthday party (awww… what an awesome mom!) and spent a year learning how to work the decks at a DJ school. Now she’s tearing up the clubs of Japan under the moniker DJ Sumirock, with her blend of techno-based dance music that combines French Chanson, jazz, and classical.
Even in her golden years, Sumiko hopes to be able to penetrate the New York club scene soon. “When I spin the tables, I just want to match the beat, choose the right music,” she said calmly. “But the best thing is for my audience to enjoy themselves.”
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It’s not how old you are but what you do with your time that matters. Just look at what happened to Ah Boy here.