• Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Leper colony Oshima in the inland sea Setonaikai/Japan

  • Leper colonies in Japan? This sounds like an echo from a distant past. But they still exist until today. Their inhabitants have been cured for decades- but remain outcasts. Only in 1996 was the enforced strict isolation lifted by law. Most inhabitants stayed in the fourteen now called sanatoriums where they receive adequate care, housing and medical treatment. A report for GEO Magazin Germany about the last survivors on the island Oshima.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Hiroshi Nomura was brought to the island as a small boy and has been living there for over 70 years.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Hideyo Sogo, vice director and leading doctor in the sanatorium. He openly talks about the inhumanity in the history of the leper colony and sees his work as a form of redemption.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Yoshimi Oochi was brought to the island by his father when he was in his early teens

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    One of many speakers on the small island playing the melody "Loreley", making sure that the former patients find their ways. Eyesight is often severly damaged by leprosis.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Emiko Oonishi looks back at the way she was secluded and kept away from society in grief and anger.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Doll with Kimono washend upon the shore of Oshima

  • Leper colony in Oshima, Japan

    Takahisa Yamamoto, former speaker of the community in Oshima. He was a pottery master.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Houses of former patients who decided to spent the rest of their lifes on Oshima.

  • Leper colony on Oshima/Japan

    Takashi Tojo found his inner peace through god and music.

  • Leper colony Oshima in Japan

    Boat leaving the island for the city of Takamatsu. Only a 20 minute crossing but before 1996 the "patients" were not allowed to leave the island.