Entry Title: "The Ray of Hope"
Name: Mami Nagaoki , Japan
Category and Expertise: Environmental|Photo Essay and Feature Story|Other_ED|Other_FA|Still Life|Landscapes|Lifestyle|Other_P|Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: 'Cancer' is the most common cause of death in Japan. Akita, Tamagawa onsen, is a hot spring area, which is known as strong acidic hotspring water, and high radioactive stones on the rock. It is believed that this hot spring steam cures the lung and the radioactive rock is effective against disease, including cancer. So many terminal cancer patients visit this place, lying down on the rocks, to cure their disease. What are those patients looking for? “The ray of hope.”

Story: 'Cancer' is the most common cause of death in Japan. Akita, Tamagawa onsen, is a hot spring area, which is known as strong acidic hotspring water, and high radioactive stones on the rock. It is believed that this hot spring steam cures the lung and the radioactive rock is effective against disease, including cancer. So many terminal cancer patients visit this place, lying down on the rocks, to cure their disease. What are those patients looking for? “The ray of hope.”

About the Artist:

Mami Nagaoki was grown up in Frankfurt Germany. She started her career as a photographer since 2008, in Japan.