Tokyo-based German photographer Michael Wolf invites you to take a look at the Japanese capital through the eyes of the city's daily commuter. And as you're about to see, that sight is actually quite horrendous.

Michael first took notice of the incredibly crowded Tokyo's subways back in 1995, after the infamous sarin gas attacks on the city’s subway system. He then spent years going into the subway with his camera to capture people stuck in this claustrophobic nightmare of a commute.

The result is a series the photographer called "Tokyo Compression," and the artist had some harsh words while describing it: "These people are squeezed against the back walls as more and more people are shoveled in," he told CNN. "You're living life as a sardine -- it's horrific. This is not a dignified way of living. It's like looking into a ride in hell."

More info: Michael Wolf (h/t: huckmagazine, demilked)

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John L
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3 years ago

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I don't know which is worse. This trip to work, or my boss hitting up on me every day.

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Abigail Wolfle
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3 years ago

wow, so beautiful

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Nancy Arnold
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3 years ago

Praying to get off the train soon ...

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John L
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3 years ago

Well Screw you too, if you think this is any fun. And yes, I hate going to work too.

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Amanda Panda
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3 years ago

This makes me cringe!

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John L
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3 years ago

And you think I have it bad? I'm one of the lucky ones, who can actually see outside this mess.

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John L
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3 years ago

Damn! I was hoping I could open my eye, and this would all be gone.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

He seems to enjoy... :)

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Mibo Dumplings
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3 years ago

Oh nothing, just listening to music with my face pressed to a wall

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John L
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3 years ago

Please make all this go away! Please, Please, Make it Go Away!!

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Sehr Gemütlich
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3 years ago

Красива!

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John L
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3 years ago

Oh the wonders of 'stoicism' one gains with the passage of time.

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Jaclyn Smith
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3 years ago

That's really freaky!

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Joe Gutierrez
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3 years ago

His Chi is on point.

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John L
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3 years ago

As soon as the door opens, I'm getting out of this "den of Inequity".

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Wendy
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3 years ago

Corpse in a deep freeze

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John L
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3 years ago

Oh Dear Lord, please let this be over soon!

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Joe Gutierrez
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3 years ago

I am a winner. I only see green money. I... oh forgot to press record.

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Anna Brandigi
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3 years ago

It looks like he thinks he's in a music video

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Joe Gutierrez
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3 years ago

Did I leave the coffee pot on? aww dammit

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LSR
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3 years ago

"...the horror...the horror..."

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Riko Williams
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3 years ago

when you realize you forgot your headphones and you just know you're gonna be bored all day

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Riko Williams
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3 years ago

There's something really serene and beautiful about this one

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David
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3 years ago

"No, let me out! I took the wrong train!"

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Moxie Rox
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3 years ago

You can see the photographer's reflection!

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Joe Gutierrez
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3 years ago

So beat it, Just Beat it!! (Heavy Breathing)

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Riko Williams
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3 years ago

by the looks of it, he sees something he likes heheh e w e

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John L
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3 years ago

No photos please. I feel bad enough as it is.

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Joe Gutierrez
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3 years ago

Hey, you think this is a Joke?

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Joe Gutierrez
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3 years ago

Nuuggh, it stinks like egg in here.

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Moxie Rox
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3 years ago

I think I need to clean my glasses.

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Bobbie Perry
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3 years ago

*ugh.. it's called a fan, an air purifier would be nice too*

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Bobbie Perry
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3 years ago

"If you put your hand on the glass it will be like we're holding hands in real life"

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Bobbie Perry
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3 years ago

"who ya looking at, Naw not me n**ga.*