Japan might have one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and also the highest life expectancy, but as you can see from these street photography shots of excessive alcohol consumption, that doesn't mean that the Japanese don't know how to party hard...although maybe a little too much.

The pictures were taken by Lee Chapman, a British photographer from Manchester and founder of the Tokyo Times who arrived in Tokyo in 1998 for "a year or two" and, well, never left. His revealing images shine a light on an element of life in this country that few people think about whenever they think of Japnese culture. We're used to pictures of colorful cosplayers and neon wonderlands. Still, these pictures of drunk Japanese people passed out in the streets in broad daylight or snoozing in potted plants introduce us to a different world of binge drinking entirely.

UPDATE: Although millions of people know how to drink responsibly, Bored Panda doesn't condone getting drunk and encourages everybody to enjoy themselves in moderation.

More info: Lee Chapman | Instagram

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Yezid Puerto
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3 years ago

ugh

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Ok Ha-Neul
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3 years ago

the bartender fell asleep waiting for him to go home

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Dalila Sebastian
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3 years ago

Still looks fancy tho.

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Blue Hippo
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3 years ago

I'm goin to have teach these boys how to drink...

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Emre
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3 years ago

All so organic, riding a bicycle for work, sleeping on the ground :)

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Daniel Darko
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3 years ago

I want that green suit! IT'S SO FLUFFY!! :O

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makaila nicole murphy
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3 years ago

lol dropped his ciggs

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Dalila Sebastian
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3 years ago

That meal *smh*

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Merilyn Horton
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3 years ago

A good idea, actually.

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Gabor Dvornik
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3 years ago

This photographer is just a piece of shit.

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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
3 years ago

they're wearing matching shirts

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Too many Kamikaze shots I suspect. Oh btw, zip up dude.

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Fire Bird
Community Member
3 years ago

So close but yet so far.

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Kevin Hand
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3 years ago

Lightweight

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Blue Hippo
Community Member
3 years ago

Umm is that scars on her knee...probably fell off her bicycle 😁

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Blue Hippo
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd like to talk to him...

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ChubbySquid
Community Member
3 years ago

He just wants to pose along with the mannequin :3

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makaila nicole murphy
Community Member
3 years ago

at least they marked the area with a cone... lol gotta new best friend

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

This person could well be sober and just overly tired.

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Evie Heaven
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3 years ago

Looks like some station - maybe not drunk?

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