What the obligatory stamp collection is for some, hats are for Shinjo Hatsue. The 99 year old loves and collects headgear – so passionately that she would never even leave her room without a hat. Shinjo Hatsue has worked diligently in the fields all her life and is a proud mother of ten. Meanwhile, the woman born in February 1922 enjoys her time in a nursing home. Here she has an intimate relationship especially with 22 year old nurse Nami Yamauchi. Although Shinjo Hatsue has dementia, the two women enjoy talking to each other and value their mutual contact.

photos: René Schwerdtel for Wissner-Bosserhoff