Masako Wakamiya

A Japanese woman named Masako Wakamiya has created an awesome smartphone app called Hinadan.

Wakamiya, who learned how to use a computer at the age of 60, created an app that shows people how to properly display traditional dolls for Hinamatsuri.

In addition to her developing skills, Masako Wakamiya has a blog where she shares clips from her travels and also teaches people how Excel can be used to make digital art.

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She says she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age.

“We easily lose games when playing against young people, since our finger movements can’t match their speed,”

Wakamiya told reporters.

The 81-year-old pointed out that her interest in computers came about when she was caring for her elderly mother and found it difficult to get out and socialize with friends.

Speaking at a TEDx conference in Tokyo in 2014, an energetic Wakamiya recalled how computers were not so user-friendly therefore taking her three months to set up her computer and get online.


When Masako Wakamiya finally set up her computer, she joined an online community called “silver club” where she learned how to use the internet and connect with other senior citizens online.

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She is now showing everyone that not all elderly individuals are afraid of technology, refering to herself as an ICT Evangelist.

After learning more about computers, Wakamiya came up with an Excel art that fills the cells with different functions that create patterns that produce colorful works of art – and now she is designing her own apps.


Facts About Masako Wakamiya’s App Hinadan

Her app called Hinadan, is an iOS game based on Japan’s traditional festival Hinamatsuri, or Doll’s Day, which is celebrated on the 3rd of March.

Hinamatsuri or the Doll’s day celebration originated in the Hein Period when straw Hina dolls were placed in boats and sent down the river out to sea. And many believe that bad or troubled spirits would follow the dolls.


The placing of the dolls in boats on rivers has stopped in recent time because fishermen would catch the dolls in the nets. The dolls are now arranged in a specific pattern and placed in front of a gold folding screen with two lampstands beside green Japanese garden trees.

The app, called Hinadan, asks players to place 12 dolls in their respective positions on a standard display with four tiers. If you place the doll in the wrong spot, the app will play a ‘Boo’ sound, but if it is correct, players should hear ‘Pon’ and the sounds of a drum.


The game will finish once the dolls are arranged in their proper order, which is important to honor the tradition of Hinamatsuri.