Yopparai Tengoku (Drunkards’ Heaven)
In Japan, some hard working business men and women are known for drinking as hard as they work. Going on until they reach their absolute limit.
My photographs are a record of the people who have reached this limit and exhausted their strength after the daily grind. Each one has a different story, but everyone lives at a frantic pace. People drink with friends as a reward for the hard day’s work and to get ready for the next, just like ancient warriors would – A lot of people struggle through such hard working situations.
I took these pictures with a true feeling of respect for the people depicted. I don’t believe the state my subjects are in is shabby in any way. I can feel they have experienced hardships and extreme fatigue to end up this way.
— Kenji Kawamoto
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