Capturing Life in Tokyo’s Subways

Posted on November 25, 2012

A lot of people take public transportation to reach their destinations, whether it be to and from the office, school, or a simple breakfast with friends.

What happens, though, if transportation services are not enough for people who commute every day?

This happens.

Capturing Life in Tokyos Subways picture

People stuffed in trains like sardines!

Michael Wolf, a German-born artist, has been taking pictures in Tokyo’s subways for the past 15 years. Every time he clicks his camera, the feelings of people inside the trains are captured.

“I spent 20 days [Monday to Friday] every morning from 7:30 until 8:45 at the same subway station shooting portraits of people on their way to work.”

The images create a sense of discomfort as his victims attempt to squirm out of view or simply close their eyes, wishing the photographer to go away.

Well, here are more of Wolf’s photos that speak for themselves.

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Capturing Life in Tokyos Subways picture

Renz Baxa

Lawrence Baxa, or Renz as his friends call him, is a writer living in the Philippines. He admits that even though he is new to the writing industry, he is very willing to learn and improve as a writer. Renz loves to play basketball, and spends most of his time in front of the computer; surfing the net and playing online games. He dreams to be a well – known chef someday. He also serves their parish by holding youth camps and helping in events that help other children become closer to God.
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Toshibou Applecider
Toshibou Applecider

When Alexandre Kojève, the Hegel researcher, visited Japan at 1959, his too famous comment asserted to the following remarks."Ultimately, also theoretically, every Japanese can completely perform "gratis" suicide by pure snobbism. "

Beau Golden
Beau Golden

They are sleeping. Some of them can sleep during their commute and wake up at the right destination without an alarm.

Toshibou Applecider
Toshibou Applecider

@[100004631654000:2048:薄葉 弘] 私が小学校に入学した年に、フランスからアレキサンドル・コジェーブという方が来日しました。わたしでも知っている、ジャック・ラカン、ジョルジュ・バタイユ、レイモン・アロン、エリック・ヴェイユ、ロジェ・カイヨワ、メルロ=ポンティ、アンドレ・ブルトンというあたりが彼の弟子格にあたります。彼の代表著作にはその来日したときの日本人観が残っています。「,,,執拗な社会的経済的不平等にもかかわらず、日本人は例外なく”すっかり形式化”された価値に基づき----すなわち、「歴史的」という意味での「人間的」な内容をすべて失った価値に基づき、現に生きている。このようなわけで、究極的にはどの日本人も原理的に、純粋なスノビズムにより、まったく”無償の自殺”をおこなう準備がある」と述べているわけです。つまり、(私見をまじえて読解しますと,,,)コジェーブ教授(フランス対外経済関係特務官にも任命された哲学者)は、「江戸300年の泰平の中で、宗教も、道徳も、政治も意味がなくなるほど形式的な世相の流れに身も心もゆだねて怪しまない心性を血肉にしみわたらせてしまった,,,そのため本来ならば宗教心や、道徳、政治的決着が必要な瞬間にほんとうに生きている人ならば生じるような、祈りや怒りや決意が生じなくなったため、まったく無価値なシンボルのために平然と死におもむくという行動が躊躇なくできるほどになってしまったのだ」と言い切ったのです。彼の判断が正しのか、否かではなく、日本人論の古典にこの知られた言説があることは、有名です。