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(CNN)Sakae is a successful artist who makes intricately beautiful kanzashi, traditional Japanese hair ornaments, but the first five years of her working life were spent as a nutritionist.

Her interest in kanzashi started when she spotted a beautifully dressed girl walking to a Coming of Age Day, a traditional Japanese ceremony that marks turning 20, but felt she needed a hair accessory to complete her outfit.
"She was missing a shiny butterfly hair pin, and I believed that would perfect her look," she says. Also I wanted one too.
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So Sakae went online to try to procure the ornament, but without being able to find exactly what she was looking for she decided to make one herself.
    Eventually, what started as a hobby led to a full time profession.
    "Before, it was an orderly life, just doing what I'm told to do," Sakae says. "Now I do what I want, which is to create beautiful things. I'm a happier person now."
    Her delicate creations, which are made by hand out of metallic wire and liquidized transparent resin, are all made in Sakae's home. They can be color-coordinated to match a kimono or a dress.
    "To me it is like sharing the image of flowers that I see in my dreams with other people," says Sakae.
    The artist creates her ornaments in very small quantities, and they are sold through web auctions, fetching as much as $4,500.
    She advises that those who really want something should be courageous.
    "I believe while you are on this Earth you should follow your heart or else it loses the whole meaning of living," she says.
    "You have to do what you want to do. Of course it's not always easy... with family and things but even if there are conflicts I hope one would chose a path that one wants to take."