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02/02/2018 06:58 SAST | Updated 02/02/2018 07:00 SAST

Watch: Japan's 'Insta-Gran' Finds Fame With Her Wacky Selfies

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.

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.

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he 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," she explains.

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 home town -- but Nishimoto's recent decision to showcase snaps of her daredevil stunts on social media has now catapulted her to stardom.

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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 manages her social media accounts herself through her smartphone, while her son helps her to set up some of the shots.

My husband passed away five years ago but even today I still show him photos I've taken," explains the rambunctious senior. "He was always so supportive of whatever I chose to do."

These days Nishimoto lives with a humanoid robot called Pepper, a model sold in Japan to keep the elderly company and bought for her by her son -- although she confesses she has little time for the chatty droid these days.