The photo series by Lee Chapman provides a unique insight into a lesser-known aspect of Japanese culture. Despite Japan’s low crime rate and high life expectancy, its citizens are known to party. The photos capture the drinking culture in the country, presenting a more realistic and raw side of Japan that is often overlooked. Chapman, a British photographer from Manchester, has been living in Japan since 1998, after originally intending to stay only for a year or two.
These photos challenge the common stereotypes of Japan, often associated with sushi, innovative technology, and Hello Kitty, by showcasing the darker side of excessive drinking. While alcohol consumption is a common aspect of socializing in many countries, the photos also highlight the dangers of excessive drinking, such as alcohol poisoning and changes in behavior. In comparison to the prohibition of marijuana in most nations, the legality of alcohol makes this series a thought-provoking reminder of the impact of excessive drinking.