By Barrier Free Japan with an extract from Yahoo! Japan via Abema Times
January 4 2023
JAPAN – Hiyori Tamaki is a popular TikToker who calls herself “Wheelchair JK”. Tamaki aged 17, is a second year high school student at a metropolitan high school.
Tamaki says: “I feel that people think I’m a ‘poor girl’ just because I use a wheelchair. But I don’t have anything to feel ‘sorry’ for myself…I sometimes get messages (in social networking comments) that I only stand out because I’m disabled, or that I only get attention because I’m disabled, and at those times I honestly wondered if it was only my disability that made me stand out. Even so, I knew within myself that I wanted to do my best, so I didn’t let myself be defeated.”