The Japanese art of (not) sleeping – “Let the Poets” photos published on the BBC

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Photos from my “Let The Poets Cry Themselves To Sleep” series have been published on the BBC to accompany an article about “inemuri” by Dr Brigitte Steger, Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge.

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  • Tom Shuttleworth

    It’s interesting this culture of ‘inemuri’ in Japan, and the a lot of the articles that spring out of it. There seems to be a perception that it’s also OK to ‘inemuri’ in the office at work, but in my experience, when I asked colleagues about it, the opposite seems to be true. That said, it’s emphatically not unusual to see people slumped in sleep in the public like in your photo.

    I like this article that looks at the realities of inemuri in Japan

    “On ‘inemuri’ and the expat’s prospects of sleeping on the job in Japan”

  • Uchujin

    Hi Tom, Thanks for your comment and the link.
    I’m no expert on the inemuri phenomenon, the article was written by Dr Brigitte Steger.
    Photographs from my “Let the Poets” series were shot over a 10 year period while I lived in Tokyo, I have hundreds of them, because as you say, it’s definitely NOT unusual :)