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 shocking pictures of drunken excess, that doesn't mean that the Japanese don't know how to party...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 Japan that few people people think about whenever they think of the country. We're used to pictures of colorful cosplayers and neon wonderlands, but these pictures of drunk people passed out in the streets in broad daylight or snoozing in potted plants introduce us to a different world entirely.

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

More info: Lee Chapman | Instagram

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Nini 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 2 years ago

the bartender fell asleep waiting for him to go home

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Dalila Sebastian 2 years ago

Still looks fancy tho.

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pandaes 2 years ago

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

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Emre 2 years ago

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

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Hope Floats 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 2 years ago

Work hard, play harder!

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Dalila Sebastian 2 years ago

That meal *smh*

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Libby-Rose Packham 2 years ago

The policeman looks like he's about to slap the drunk guy...

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Hope Floats 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 2 years ago

they're wearing matching shirts

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Fire Bird 2 years ago

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

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Fire Bird 2 years ago

So close but yet so far.

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Monica Jfk 2 years ago

The fourth made it home

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vikki 2 years ago

poor plant.

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makaila nicole murphy 2 years ago

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

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Hope Floats 2 years ago

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

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makaila nicole murphy 2 years ago

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

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Lara B. 2 years ago

This person could well be sober and just overly tired.

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Evie Heaven 2 years ago

Looks like some station - maybe not drunk?

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