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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Nini
Community Member
2 years ago

So light compared to every thing we see in France everywhere and every day. Btw, were all these people okay with being photoshot and published on the internet at their worst? I find all this very disrespectful.

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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
2 years ago

the bartender fell asleep waiting for him to go home

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Dalila Sebastian
Community Member
2 years ago

Still looks fancy tho.

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pandaes
BoredPanda Staff
2 years ago

Don't try to drink like Lemmy used to, guys. You simply can't xD

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Emre
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

You know you're getting old when you look at that guy in the blue jacket and your only thought is god,he's going to have a sore neck...

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V4vendetta14
Community Member
2 years ago

Work hard, play harder!

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Dalila Sebastian
Community Member
2 years ago

That meal *smh*

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Vanessica Bloxgirl
Community Member
2 years ago

*slaps* *slaps again* *slaps*

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

Why isn't anyone checking to see if she's alright?...I know i couldn't leave her just curled up there....

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Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
2 years ago

they're wearing matching shirts

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Fire Bird
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Fire Bird
Community Member
2 years ago

So close but yet so far.

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Monica Jfk
Community Member
2 years ago

The fourth made it home

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vikki
Community Member
2 years ago

poor plant.

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makaila nicole murphy
Community Member
2 years ago

gotta... get.... that last...dropppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hope Floats
Community Member
2 years ago

When you wake up and realize the love of your life is a mannequin..

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makaila nicole murphy
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Lara B.
Community Member
2 years ago

This person could well be sober and just overly tired.

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Evie Heaven
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like some station - maybe not drunk?

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