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Starting my doctoral program at the age 50

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Today is my 50th birthday. As I celebrate another milestone, I am going to make this as my personal goal to write posts regularly about my journey with the pipe organ and some fun facts about my Japanese culture.


I was a typical stay-at-home mother for a long time. As my children grew up, I began to question about my existence in this world. I wanted to explore more and see what's out there for me. During the last two decades, I raised my children and helped start a family business with my husband. Finally I have time of my own. So I went back to school in 2018 at the age of 45. With much support from my teachers and colleagues, I am starting my doctoral program as DMA candidate in pipe organ this Fall. I have mixed emotions about this new journey. I feel blessed to be where I am, but at the same time, I still wonder, "Is this the right path for me?". I can only hope that my own posts will guide me through the journey of discovery and re-discovery.


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初めまして。50歳でアメリカでパイプオルガンの博士課程を目指します。

先日、私は50歳の誕生日を迎えました。 なぜにこの年でそんなことを始めるのか。私自身も分かっているような分からないような。大学卒業してすぐ結婚し、46歳までは育児と主人の会社のサポートをしておりました。でも実は大学卒業後ずっと、パイプオルガン科のある大学院へ行く夢を持ち続けていました。いつか機会があれば。。。と思っていたところ、2018年、私の夢をまったく知らないはずの知り合いが、私がずっと勉強し

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