In Japan, women amputees step out of the shadows

Women wearing prosthetic legs participate in a public photo session at the Hasselblad and Profoto booth, during the CP+ camera and imaging equipment trade fair in YokohamaBy Cheng Herng Shinn TOKYO (Reuters) – When Yoko Sato lost her left leg in an accident, she fell into despair. “My main aim is to change the image that disabled people are pitiful,” Sato, whose leg was amputated seven years ago, told Reuters at a photo shoot and fashion event on Valentine’s Day. “I want to show that prostheses can be cool and sometimes even cute,” said the 33-year-old, posing in a sassy red mini-dress that showed off a prosthetic leg painted with cherry blossoms and gilded Japanese fans. There are an estimated 80,000 people in Japan using prosthetic limbs.