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Very confronting image. So sad to see a life in the gutter.
Good candid catch. My heart goes out to the homeless…
Thank you for your comment. I found it heartbreaking that many homeless people in Japan have felt forced to choose that path in order to “save face” and not bring any further shame upon their family (as a result of unemployment, mental illness, etc).
– Melissa Pearson
I thought homeless in Japan were very sad too. I once gave a Japanese homeless guy some food (can of tuna and some gummy bears) and he was very surprised to receive something at all. I asked one of my adult students about this and they told me that most Japanese do not care about homeless people in Japan. He said the reason is that if the guy’s family forgot about him or does not care for him, that most Japanese think no one should care for that man. It is a sad point of view. I hope my student was wrong about how most Japanese think.
Thank you, I’m really glad that you understand my motivation for capturing this. Unfortunately I have heard the same about Japan’s attitude to the homeless.