Tokyo is one of the largest cities in Japan. With a population of over 13 million people, there’s little wonder why the cities transportation routes are bursting at the seams. To capture the horrors of the Tokyo rush hour commute, German photographer Michael Wolf has taken a series of unglamorous shots of the horrendous conditions citizens have to endure on a daily basis. As you are about to see, the sight is actually quite ridiculous.
Wolf first took a notice to the crowded subways of Tokyo back in the mid 90’s, after the dreadful sarin gas attacks took the cities subway system by surprise. Following this, Wolf has since started documenting the commuter conditions in a claustrophobic nightmare, many would avoid at all costs. “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.”
So next time you’re complaining about missing the next tube, spare a thought for those who have to endure the horrendous Tokyo rush hour commute.