Suicide Forest At The Base Of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara, Japan
Aokigahara Forest or Suicide Forest, as it’s more commonly known, is at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and is still one of the world’s biggest mysteries. People go there to commit suicide and the ones that decide not to take their own lives claim they’re drawn to the forest to commit the act. The English name is “The Suicide Forest” or “Sea of Trees”. It has also been called “Jukai” because the forest, as seen from half way up Mount Fuji, is green all year round and looks like an ocean.
Suicide forest has a historic association with demons from Japanese mythology and is said to be haunted by angry spirits of the people who were left there to die. The average annual suicides is around 100, making it the number one suicide site in Japan.
There are signs at the entrances to Suicide Forest to try and deter people from taking their lives. The signs say things like “Your life is a precious gift from your parents” and “Please think about your parents, siblings and children“, they also prompt people with suicidal thoughts to contact The Suicide Prevention Association.
Locals, as well as children, don’t commit suicide there as they’re told not to go near suicide forest. Children are told it’s a scary forest, according to one of the local patrolman. There are paths open to the public, but there’s certain trail points which are restricted.
Signs state it is because you could get lost but the real reason is much more serious. People who are indecisive about dying have wrapped tape around the trees to indicate their route back to one of the trails. If you visit Suicide Forest in Aokigahara, Japan, you may find old maps, personal effects, ropes hanging from trees and nooses scattered on the floor from people who have committed suicide and had their bodies recovered by authorities. Finally, you can even find old suicide manuals. Some believe the demonic entities tempt in passers by and force them to take their own lives.
Many others believe that suicide forest is cursed but it’s still a mystery why so many go there to commit suicide. Some survivors of suicide attempts claim to have the feeling of being pulled towards the forest and that some kind of entity is trying to persuade them to take their own life. We will leave you with this to think about… Azusa Hayano, the nature guard and suicide patrolman for Aokigahara Forest gave a very interesting statement…
“I think the way we live in society these days has become more complicated. Face-to face communication used to be vital, but now we can live our lives being online all day. However, the truth of the matter is, we still need to see each other’s faces, read their expressions and hear their voices so we can fully understand their emotions, to coexist. We have to coexist to take care of each other.”
A feature length movie, simply titled The Forest, was made, based on the events of Aokigahara Forest.