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Stranger #043

This man is the last stranger I take in picture in Japan. This encounting is pretty funny. I was in Tokyo, and after the conference at Nara, I had to do another presentation at Keio University. After this presentation, Some coworkers and me had been in some bars. At midnight, we go back to our hostels, each one on is own way.


I was walking in the street, around Akihabara, pretty drunk, taking some pictures on the way. Suddenly, two guy come to me and ask me if I was a foreigner. I said yes, and they ask if we can chat a little in order to improve their skill in english. I agreed, and they asked if we can go in a bar. In Paris, the answer is "no" when two strangers ask you to come in a bar in the middle of the night: very dangerous. But in Tokyo, the mentality of people is not the same. I said "well why not, but I don't have any cash". "It is ok, we pay for you."


We go in a very very small bar, something like 6m², just the bar + one table. We chat during hours, drinking beers, umeshu, sake and other japanese specialities. In this bar, a old man join to the conversation, speaking perfectly english, and even a little bit french.


I start to talk about the project. And all agree to be take into picture. Unfortunatelly, I was totally drunk, and my 2 compagnions too. Their portrait is not good at all, and I think it is not correct to publish it. But the one of the old man is not too bad, considering the shooting conditions ( and mine :) ). This night was my last in Japan, and it is a very nice memory for me, a symbol of the gentleness and hospitality of japanese people.



He was the 43th stranger in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at



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Taken on June 17, 2011