Tokyo’s rail network is not just a means of getting from A to B; it’s the very heart and soul of the city. With more than 40 million people taking the train each day, it’s little wonder that during periods of extreme weather or when even a single line suffers a breakdown, thousands of people’s lives are immediately affected. If we imagine Tokyo as a living, breathing organism, then its rail network undoubtedly represents the complex system of veins and arteries funneling pure human energy throughout its entire being, without which it simply could not survive.
In this series of photos simply titled Densha to Eki (lit. trains and stations), Dutch photographer, cameraman and editor Rudy van Os expertly captures the very essence of daily life in Tokyo. From sleepy students and lonely businessman to loving parents and beautiful assassins, Rudy’s photographs are a perfect slice of Tokyo life on the go.