Kenji Kawamoto Yopparai Tengoku

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.

Everyone has different burdens, but everyone lives at a frantic pace. People drink with friends as a reward for the hard day’s work and face a new day’s work like warriors.

A lot of people struggle through such work situations.

I took these pictures with a true feeling of respect for the people in them. I don’t believe the state my subjects are in is shabby in any way. I can feel they have experienced hardships and fatigue to end up like this.

— Kenji Kawamoto

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