High Fashion: Japan’s Work Culture Photographed by Paweł Jaszczuk

Grown-up men in work clothes, overwhelmed by professional pressure.
This is what you can see in Paweł Jaszczuk‘s photographic series High Fashion : office workers asleep, drunk, on sidewalks, leaning against a wall, in a bush, their briefcase in hand, ready to leave for a new workday.

©Paweł Jaszczuk

This Japanese phenomenon of overwork is a public health issue that the whole world has heard about.  By 2015, a video created by the prolific vlogger Stu in Tokyo had become viral.
The theme of this video: a week in the life of a Tokyo salary man (“salary man” is the common name given to office workers in Japan). We can see the senseless schedules, the lack of free time, etc…

©Paweł Jaszczuk

In October 2017, an chilling report was submitted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It was written that one in five Japanese people were at risk of dying from overwork.
This phenomenon even has a name: Karōshi, literally “overwork death”.

©Paweł Jaszczuk

It was after midnight, while cycling down the streets of Tokyo, that Paweł Jaszczuk took these images.
A way for him to paint a portrait of the Japanese capital beyond the neon lights, crossroads teeming with people, its ultra modernity…. A darker, more lonely picture, but unfortunately an integral part of the culture.

You can see more of Paweł’s work on his website and follow him on Instagram.