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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Dima Less 1 year ago

That one is actually beautiful

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Abigail Wolfle 1 year ago

wow, so beautiful

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Karolis Stašys 1 year ago

"Please God, let me survive this one"

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John L 1 year 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 1 year ago

This makes me cringe!

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Maciej Melcher 1 year ago

Is this modern art?

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Anna Brandigi 1 year ago

This is actually pretty cool

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ldao 1 year ago

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

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Birchy Cat 1 year ago

This is not living

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LSR 1 year ago

"Fuck...someone farted..."

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Anna Brandigi 1 year ago

shut up train just drive me to hot topic

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John L 1 year ago

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

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Jaclyn Smith 1 year ago

That's really freaky!

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Mieke Sorée 1 year ago

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

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Petra Rola Cole 1 year ago

This one is scary...

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John L 1 year ago

Oh Dear Lord, please let this be over soon!

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Joe Gutierrez 1 year ago

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

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Anna Brandigi 1 year ago

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

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BrightGalaxy 1 year ago

Can someone explain?

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LSR 1 year ago

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

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Riko Williams 1 year ago

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

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Curious Cat 1 year ago

the most humid man in the world.

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Wendy 1 year ago

This has a horror movie quality about it

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Moxie Rox 1 year ago

You can see the photographer's reflection!

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Joe Gutierrez 1 year ago

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

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Riko Williams 1 year ago

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

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John L 1 year ago

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

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Bobbie Perry 1 year ago

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

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Joe Gutierrez 1 year ago

Nuuggh, it stinks like egg in here.

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Moxie Rox 1 year ago

I think I need to clean my glasses.

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Bobbie Perry 1 year ago

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

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Bobbie Perry 1 year 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 1 year ago

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