Lisa13 was born with a birth defect which affects her right hand, but that doesn't stop her from dressing up and rockin' out on her favorite guitar. She finds the courage to step onto the stage with a little help of a prosthetic device made with love by her family. But did her family always accept her disability? And how did she snag the chance to play the biggest gig of them all; the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games closing ceremony? See how far positivity & passion can take you!
Hi, my name is Lisa13.
I’m a guitarist with a prosthetic hand.
I also write lyrics and songs for my band.
I performed at the closing ceremony of
the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Thanks for having me.
Check out these 5 frames of love for me and you.
I have a congenital limb deficiency. It’s a birth
defect where my right hand didn’t fully form.
I found my life’s passion in rock music.
I felt I could make a name for myself,
for my music and fashion.
I was mentally exhausted.
But Lisa wasn’t afraid to be herself.
Meeting her saved me.
Today I’m getting some photos taken.
Sona is from Korea, and he has
his own photo studio in Tokyo.
He contacted me via social media.
I saw Lisa in a video online.
Lisa’s charm is in her confidence.
And her guitar skills give her that confidence.
That’s why she’s so cool.
I thought he reached out to me
because of my prosthetic hand.
But it turns out he simply liked my music.
That made me super happy to shoot with him.
Now, feel your rock’n’roll spirit!
She’s so cool.
I’ve wanted to be a pro musician ever since
discovering HIDE from X JAPAN.
This is the “yellow heart” guitar model,
which was made for HIDE.
I bought it with my New Year’s
gift money in junior high.
When I make music, I use my guitar,
my PC, and an audio software.
I play with this prosthetic pick,
made with love by my family.
I write lyrics on my phone.
This is a song for my solo project.
When I write my songs,
I put positive vibes into it.
Something that might help my fans stay strong.
Don't try to be someone else just to be liked.
You design yourself.
Accept yourself as you are.
Everything's gonna be alright.
Yeah, It's time to move on.
Create the life you can't wait to wake up to.
When I started with the band, I didn’t feel a need
to show my handicapped hand at all.
But then I saw people with disabilities
opening up on social media.
I was inspired by how everyone
expressed themselves freely.
I thought, I should do that, too!
Lisa13 put that she is a guitarist with a prosthetic hand on her social media profile.
With that, she got her big break...
Lisa13 was offered to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games closing ceremony.
“Let’s Rock’n’Roll!” was my attitude
when I was on that stage.
It opened the door to a new era in my music career.
One day, I dream of meeting
that person who says, “Lisa, you inspired me to be a guitarist.
You inspired me to write music.”
That would be amazing.
My career means I’m always ready
at the starting line of every challenge.
- Meet Papa13 and Mama13.
- Hi there.
What was your reaction when I was born?
We didn’t know anything, not even your gender.
The clinic didn’t tell us until
you were born back then.
I always wanted a girl. When I was pregnant,
I was already calling you Lisa.
And then you were born, and I felt
my wishes were heard.
- You always wanted a girl.
- Yes, I did.
Well, I remember your birth was a bit chaotic.
The doctor said to me, “We’re afraid there’s
something wrong with your baby’s right hand...” I was terrified of whether I could raise
you right. It was all I thought of.
But there was no point in overthinking it,
we had to move on.
So, we went to a medical center to get tests done.
It was different back then; we had no internet,
we only had books to research.
Please don’t cry.
We couldn’t find any information.
We didn’t know where to go for help.
The reality of the situation was too much.
Lisa’s mom kept a diary of that time.
Lisa’s right hand isn’t fully formed.
It felt like someone dropped
me off the side of a cliff.
I cried and asked, “Why?!” I was above the clouds
giving birth to a girl, but then I was lost in sadness.
At the same time, I felt I was a bad mother
for not giving her a full body.
But Lisa came into this world for me.
I’m sorry about her right hand, but she’s mine,
and Papa and I will do our best for her.
I was shocked as well.
But this was our destiny.
Because you were our daughter.
We had to face your disability and accept it,
before we could do our best to raise you.
You were a performer even in kindergarten.
On Parents’ Day, I thought, “My girl’s an artist!” When I saw your perfect performance,
I realized we were doing something right,
and you would turn out fine.
- Was I dancing?
- Yes you were!
We knew you’d be alright.
We were so happy when you’d say,
“I wanna try this! I like that!” and not holding back.
I don’t believe in having doubts or giving up...
- You hate that, right?
We have to give challenges a try first.
To help make their daughter’s dream of being a guitarist come true,
her mom and dad made her a prosthetic pick.
It was a celebration when you could play even
if it was just strumming in the beginning.
- You were playing all day long.
- Yes, you were.
Our family rule is to believe in Lisa
and give her our full support.
I’m so grateful...
I can’t stop crying.
It was unbelievable to see you performing at the Tokyo
2020 Paralympic Games closing ceremony.
I was speechless.
We’re so proud that you’re our daughter.
You’re so special to us.
My family is...
If not for my parents, I never would have been
able to play the guitar in front of people.
Sorry, I’m crying again.
All I can say is, “Thank you.” It’s the first time we’re doing a live-stream
concert with all four band members.
We’ve never been able to perform
as a group in front of people.
We formed the band right before
COVID 19 hit. So, it’s our first time.
I’m so excited to play together as a group.
The next song is “Confetti.” I love you like you love me, let’s get together.
I love you like you love me.
I love you, you’re my confetti.
I don’t care how long time goes by.
I’ll stand by your side.
Don’t close your eyes don’t close your eyes.
Remember to keep on chasing your dreams,
no matter what life throws at you.
Stay true to yourself.
You don’t need to be perfect.
And don’t worry if you have a bad day, that’s life.
To everyone watching our concert, to those who know the band, or me, I know we all
deal with our own daily struggles.
Your support energizes us.
So, we hope that our work will give you back
that same power & energy!
The future is...
Learning to love ourselves.
But first, take care of your health.
Eat well and get enough sleep.
And treat yourself well.