Japan's One-Armed Violinist Will Inspire You To Chase Your Dreams.

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A car crash can be life-altering, and in some cases, even life-ending, but one woman refused to give up.

For some folks, tragedy can really take a toll on them and change their lives completely. But for others, it's an opportunity to see what they're made of. Just ask Manami, a 33-year-old violinist who lost her arm in a horrible car crash in 2004. But just because life got in the way, Manami wouldn't let anything step in the way of her happiness.


In 2004, 33-year-old Manami Ito was in a horrible car accident and lost her right arm. After such a terrible loss, most people would lay in bed and never get up. But she wasn’t about to let this stop her from enjoying life.

Manami Ito / Facebook

In the years since the accident, Ito’s fierce determination has turned her into the ultimate role model.

A lot has happened since the accident. Ito could have put her life on hold, but she didn’t succumb to the pain. She found a way to balance her physical rehabilitation with her studies. Eventually, her hard work paid off and she became a certified nurse.

Manami Ito / Facebook

Ito was so inspired when she noticed that her fellow amputees were playing sports, like basketball.

She figured that if they could play sports, then so could she. In 2007, she took up swimming, and she made it to 4th place in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Then in 2012, she made it to 8th place in the London Paralympics.

Manami Ito / Facebook

But Ito knew that she could do so much more, so she decided to try playing a musical instrument.

She started playing the violin with a regular prosthetic arm. But eventually, she received a limb that was more lightweight and made playing the violin so much easier.

Ito has continued perfecting her craft over the years, and now travels the country playing the violin.

She's Japan's only one-armed violinist and she's really awesome. Her life might have hit a snag in 2004, but Ito found an inspiring way to turn an advantage into a disadvantage.

Manami Ito / Facebook

**In the video below, she plays "Thread" by Miyuki Nakajima, at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center, in Hyogo Prefecture.** If Ito doesn't inspire you to go after your dreams, nothing will!

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