This 92 page, full color photo essay features photography by children in 2 unique hospitals in Japan, where they are lucky to have a friend there with them through their difficult treatments, a Facility Dog. A hospital is a strict environment; there is no running allowed, sick children cannot play outside, some kids are confined to their bed. But you will be surprised to see the fun that these 10 “kid cameramen” are having.

The book also includes photography by Rowland Kirishima, who snaps shots of the Facility Dogs handlers brimming with love for their dogs because of the happiness they bring to children everyday. All photos are captioned in English and Japanese, with original poetry by Bun-O Fujisawa.

All sales support certified NPO Shine On! Kids and the continuation of the Facility Dog program in Japan.

Shine On! Kids’ Facility Dog Program improves treatment outcomes and children’s approach to medical treatment through Japan’s first, full-time Animal Assisted Therapy program at a children’s hospital. A specially trained therapy dog is paired with a dedicated nurse handler to make a new kind of medical team that is there every day to make life in the hospital a little brighter. Patients are encouraged and comforted by the dog’s wonderful, non-judgmental nature and benefit both physically and emotionally from their daily interactions with them.