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This 81 Year-Old Japanese Lady Is a Real Inspiration For Computer Programmers. Learn How



This old lady, Masako Wakamiya, isn’t your typical “senior”. The 81-year-old Japanese woman was launched her first iPhone app and is now interested in showing others old people that they too can learn how to code or do another trade.




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After working at a bank for nearly 43 years, Masako Wakamiya was forced to retire at age sixty. With a lot of time on her hands and wanting to do something better with her spare time, she bought a computer, set it up completely by herself and then started chatting with others on the internet. After a while, she decided to do even more than that.




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During a TEDxTokyo talk, Masako Wakamiya speaks in detail about her past and elaborates on her new iPhone app, called Hinadan. The app is based on a traditional Japanese holiday, known commonly as Girl’s Day, and the game consists on simply arranging some traditional Japanese dolls in a specific order. The users are guided by a series of “beeps” that mark approval or disapproval.These days, the old Japanese woman maintains a website filled with Excell art tutorials and all sorts of other guides for old people like herself who want to be more proficient at using a computer. What she is trying to prove here is that there really isn’t such a thing as an age gap, even though there is age discrimination in the world.




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Here is a short tutorial about how the game is played.




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And here is Masako Wakamiya’s TED talk






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