A madcap Japanese great-grandmother armed with a camera and an appetite for mischief has shot to fame for taking side-splitting selfies -- many of which appear to put her in harm’s way.
Closing in on her 90th birthday, Kimiko Nishimoto tweaks the nose of fear -- she has amassed more than 41,000 followers in just two months since she started regularly posting her hilarious snaps on Instagram.
The goofy photos show the fun-loving pensioner riding a broomstick like Harry Potter or, even more alarmingly, knocked over in an apparent traffic accident.
“I’ve actually never injured myself taking a photo,” Nishimoto tells AFP in an interview at her home in Kumamoto, western Japan.
“I’m always focusing hard on taking a fun photo so I really don’t think about the danger too much,”. Nishimoto, who only took up photography aged 72, reveals she quickly became hooked on the hobby after being invited to join a local class.
“I love my camera,” adds the sassy octogenarian, who has three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. I even sleep with it by my bedside, just in case. I always have it close.”
A decade later she secured her first solo exhibition -- held in her hometown -- but Nishimoto’s recent decision to showcase snaps of her daredevil stunts on social media has now catapulted her to stardom.
Such is her celebrity now that many fans were shut out of her exhibition at a Tokyo gallery in December as it struggled to cope with the crowds.
“At first I didn’t even know that my photos were that popular,” the former housewife muses with a twinkle in her eye, adding: “It’s not so much that I’m trying to shock people, I just take photos that I find funny. It’s just a bit of fun really.” she explains.
Born in 1928 -- Hirohito was enthroned and Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse -- Nishimoto is disarmingly young at heart and possesses a wicked sense of humor.
She manages her social media accounts herself through her smartphone, while her son helps her to set up some of the shots.