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a transition with a
mindful approach

My Transitins

Losing someone or something dear to the heart is PAINFUL. I know it because I experienced it.

Not just once or twice, but many times!

Some of the big losses in my life

I left the comfort, familiarity, and security of my home country, Japan, to try a new life in Los Angeles.

My exciting first career in the international travel industry (free business class air tickets and luxurious hotel stays!) ended with the unexpected bankruptcy of my employer.

My family in Japan disowned me because I was living in L. A. with a Japanese outcast man (now you know Japan had a caste system).

I left my boyfriend after one and a half painful years.

My U.S. working visa renewal application got lost.

One of the most recognized Japanese publishers withdrew the offer to publish my novel.

My husband died of cancer.

I gave up a twenty-year-long dancer career.

All of the above losses were hard to overcome. They consumed me emotionally and physically.

But life is full of surprises! Each loss led me to a new life with more joy and fulfillment.

Gifts from my losses

Three challenging years in L.A. empowered and matured me.

The end of my travel coordinator job opened a path to a writing career.

I deepened my family relationship after two years of not having any communication with them.

The painful breakup with my outcast boyfriend led me to study intercultural relations at a graduate school where I met my future husband. We create a family in Bali.

My visa renewal struggle with the U.S. immigration office taught me how to best deal with it when I later applied for American citizenship.

Letting go of my childhood dream of becoming a novelist turned me to sacred dances of Bali, Java, India, and Japan. I performed and taught the Asian dances internationally.

The passing of my husband took me to Texas, where I met my current life partner.

Giving up dancing opened the door to a life coach career which became my life work.

Although every loss eventually brought me a more satisfying new life, the journey of getting to

the sunny side was long and winding in my 20s. 


To forget emotional pain, I bought a whole cheesecake just for myself and drank wine until falling asleep

on the couch. Not to feel lonely, I went on a date with any man who asked me out.

I kept myself busy and pretended that I was fine.

It took me years to get back on my feet

until I created and implemented a transition strategy in my early 50s:

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My Life Transition Strategy


Improving physical and mental health to cultivate more joy and vibrancy

Built a Universal Support Network© that helps you navigate your transition 

Nature & Beauty

Deep Inquiry

Support Network

Holistic Health

Be present in the moment to connect with emotions and listen to inner wisdom

Fundamental questions lead the way to self-transformation

Receive healing energy and inspiration from nature and art

I have been sharing my transition strategy with those feeling stuck after a big loss.


My clients proved that my strategy WORKS. They are now living with more joy, peace, and clarity.


They are building the life they want and becoming the persons they want to be. 

I invite you to get unstuck and create the life you want, too.

My Committments

Equal Opportunity

I believe everyone deserves transition guidance regardless of income level, gender identity, ethnicity, or background. I discuss payment options with those with financial challenges. I also offer free resources on my website and newsletter.



Building trust with my clients is very important to me. I will not disclose any information that clients share with me during our guidance relationships.


Giving Back

I am thankful for the support I received during the most challenging phase of my transition. To express my gratitude, I support non-profit organizations that help people cope with change and transition, including Women for Women International, The International Rescue Committee, and GirlForward.

Walk the Talk

I have been in a transition, too! I apply to myself the transition strategy, tips, and practices that I share with my clients, including the Full Emotional Experience work, mindfulness practices, and body-heart-mind exploration programs. To gain more clarity in times of uncertainty, I take silent retreats at the Wuji House, the serene retreat cottage that my partner built himself in the scenic Texas Hill Country. My guidance program gets richer and more effective as I evolve through change.

My Credentials

Life Transition Guidance

Board Certified Coach (certified by the Center for Credentialing and Education). Certified Professional Coach and Purpose Clarity Coach (recognized by the International Coach Federation, the leading authority in the global coaching field). Facing the Mourning Facilitator (certified by the Heartlight Center in Denver, U.S.A). Studied life transition of immigrants and received a master's degree from Lesley University. Registered mentor at the Girl Forward, the non--profit U.S. organization that supports teenage refugee girls’ life transitions. 


Retreat & Meditation
Retreat Guide at the Wuji House, the serene private retreat facility in the Texas Hill Country, U.S.A. Guest teacher at Anand Krishna Ashram and The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali. Meditation training at Nanzenji Zen Temple in Kyoto, Japan and Sivananda Ashram in Madurai, India. 



Mindful Art and Living teacher. Studied Zen mindful arts including calligraphy, Ura-Senke tea ceremony, and Ryuseiha Ikebana flower arrangement in Japan. Led Creative Mindfulness Youth Summer Camps and taught the Mindfulness in the Workplace workshop for the City of Austin.


Holistic Wellness
Certified Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor and 500-hour yoga teacher. Advanced study in Ayurveda at Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, USA and Kerala Ayurveda in India. Advanced study in yoga at Sivananda Ashram and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Taught Ayurveda in the U.S, Mexico, Bali, and Japan.

I have been promoting mindful living and helping people raise awareness in the body, heart, and mind for 15 years. You can learn more about my service in this field at my other website, Mindful Living.

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