Weary Japanese worker: A portrait

After a long day, and at the end of another long week, this Tsukiji fish market worker’s sit down and cigarette were clearly well deserved.



  1. John says

    Poor guy looks absolutely exhausted. Did he not get angry or irritated with you for taking his picture? I think I might have done. Not at my best after a busy day!

    • says

      Not something I usually do, but I asked him if it was ok. There was no way I’d have been able to discreetly take his photograph, and I didn’t want to annoy him. Luckily he was cool with it. Well, that or just too tired to bother refusing…

  2. Bernadette Marchetti says

    I think he looks content. I see a hint of a smile on his face. Smoking a cigarette on a break….almost as if his next action will be to look up at the sky and sigh. Or is that too romantic (and cliché) an image for a blue-collar worker? Or maybe I’m just too optimistic? I’m sure he’s exhausted, but he doesn’t seem to have that defeated look that I see on many exhausted people.

    • says

      No, that’s a great way of seeing him. He was a nice bloke too. Very polite and accommodating when I asked to take his photo. So hopefully you are spot on.

  3. MrSatyre says

    I love this photo because it almost looks like the beginning of a really awesome Indie film. This fish monger walks out of the warehouse, sits wearily down, looks directly into the camera and launches into the most amazing story you’ve ever heard.

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