Mihoko Horiguchi says that her life is "a great muddle." By that she means she has not followed accepted paths, but has found her own way. She says she was always searching for something. "So when an opportunity came, I didn't hesitate to take it," she said.

Her open-minded attitude paid off in allowing her to lead an unusual life, that she has packed with treasured experiences.

She belongs to a long line of well-bred and well-connected Nara personalities. Her own family is established in Tokyo, where Mihoko was born "sandwiched between two brothers." She is the third in a final count of seven accomplished siblings.