• Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

  • Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

Photos of Drunk, Exhausted Japanese Salarymen

A recent viral video of a guy living the life of a businessman in Japan proves that the stereotype of the overworked, exhausted salaryman is still very much alive. But in addition to working from morning to night, many salarymen are expected to attend mandatory nomikai social events that are supposed to boost morale and bring co-workers together. However, what they inevitably lead to is overdrinking. These photos by Kenji Kawamoto show various salarymen passed out on streets, park benches, and subways on their way home from work. Kawamoto says the photos are not taken from a judgmental point of view and instead are meant to reflect the modern-day worker who’s pushed past their physical boundary. “My photographs are a record of the people who have reached their limit and exhausted their strength after the daily grind,” Kawamoto tells Faith Is Torment. “I took these pictures with a true feeling of respect for the people in them. [...] I can feel they have experienced hardships and fatigue to end up like this.”

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