Photos of people living in tiny apartments in Tokyo who are either there for a short period of time or live there permanently. The series by Korean photographer Won Kim shows the inhabitants living in cramped spaces with no windows and barely enough headroom to stand up. The people are surrounded by their possessions and they may be tourists visiting the city, locals waiting for a job or saving money for a better place to live.
The Japanese are well-known for making efficient use of small living areas, a necessity of their high population density. I myself often find the womb-like qualities of these spaces comforting, not confining. This feeling is what led me to the subject of these portraits, which show the residents of what is best described as a guesthouse for backpackers in Tokyo. The facility is a sort of downscale version of the well-known “capsule hotels” often used by Japanese businessmen for short-term stays.