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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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ldao
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must...ignore claustrophobia. HOnestly this looks so uncomfortable, and even more so for women I'd imagine.

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John L
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Mieke Sorée
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This could be a great movie poster for a horror movie!

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John L
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh Dear Lord, please let this be over soon!

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Joe Gutierrez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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LSR
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Riko Williams
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Wendy
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This has a horror movie quality about it

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Moxie Rox
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can see the photographer's reflection!

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Joe Gutierrez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Riko Williams
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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John L
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Bobbie Perry
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

* I wonder what the good seats are like...*

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Joe Gutierrez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nuuggh, it stinks like egg in here.

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Moxie Rox
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I need to clean my glasses.

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Bobbie Perry
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Bobbie Perry
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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