Masako Wakamiya is far from your typical senior citizen. At 81 years old, this tech-savvy Japanese woman used everything she knew about code to produce an iPhone app, and she wants to inspire other seniors to do the same.


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The app, called Hinadan, is based on a traditional Japanese holiday known as Girls’ Day. It’s a simple game in which the player must arrange a series of dolls in a specific order, guided by ‘beeps’ of either approval or disapproval.

Wakamiya bought her first computer at 60, when she was forced to retire after 43 years of service at a major bank. At a TEDxTokyo talk she gave in 2014, she described how she set up the computer completely on her own and began chatting online, an experience which gave her a new sense of purpose. She now operates an adorable website full of Excel art tutorials and other guides for senior computer users.

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Masako Wakamiya, an 81-year-old Japanese woman, just single-handedly created her first iPhone game

It’s called Hinadan, and here’s a quick walk-through from Masako herself

A series of dolls must be arranged in a specific order, while ‘beeps’ indicate correct or incorrect placement

The game is based on Girls’ Day, a traditional Japanese holiday involving dressed-up dolls

Masako Wakamiya bought her first computer at 60 and began learning how to code while chatting online with others

She told her amazing story at a TEDxTokyo talk in 2014 (below) in the hopes of inspiring other seniors to embrace technology and never stop learning