The Sadness of ‘Drunkard’s Heaven.’


Photos of Japanese men passed-out on their way home from nomikai social functions, an important part of corporate culture in Japan designed to bring colleagues closer together.
Workers are often paid a specific allowance to make sure they have no excuses for not attending which leads many businessmen to drink to excess. Japanese custom dictates that you must never turn down the offer of a drink from your boss.
My photographs are a record of the people who have reached their 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.
See and read more via Drunkard’s Heaven: Photos by Kenji Kawamoto – Faith is Torment.

4 thoughts on “The Sadness of ‘Drunkard’s Heaven.’

    • Dear Bonsai,
      I am a sober alcoholic and have been off the booze for 15 years now, I almost died in 2001.
      Regards Rod
      PS Thanks for the comment.


    • Well it’s a blessing you are here and sober. The Japanese culture is very out of date when it comes to cultural norms and social services. You would not have made it there as enablers would be at every turn.

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  1. Dear Bonsai,
    Is the drinking too excess accompanied by a lift in violence to women? Are the ladies subjected to the same pressures to drink as the men?
    Regards, Rod


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