Aokigahara (aka Suicide Forest)

Posted on January 27, 2010

Bordering the famed Mount Fuji in Japan is a dark, sinister forest known as Aokigahara, or “The Sea of Trees.” Although from the outside it looks like your typical, run-of-the-mill forest, the inside is an entirely different story.

Aokigahara (aka Suicide Forest) picture

Aokigahara is the perfect place to set a horror movie, as it has become the second most popular location (the Golden Gate Bridge is currently ranked number one) for wary travelers to shuffle off this mortal coil by their own hands.

The forest has become so legendary as a prime suicide location that several signs have been erected and drilled into the trees pleading with travelers to reconsider making the Sea of Trees their final resting place. Others who choose to explore the supposedly haunted forest simply for the thrill of it may run the risk of coming across some of the many corpses there that have yet to be discovered.

Its haunted reputation stems not just from its sinister nature but from the legends that surround suicides in Japanese mythology. According to Japanese lore, those who leave this earth in a way deemed unnatural are doomed to remain on earth as wandering specters.

When a body is found, it is placed in a bed at a forestry station located nearby, next to an empty one for a loved one. Japanese lore states that the spirit, known as a yurei, will howl and scream into the night if left alone throughout the night.

Aokigahara (aka Suicide Forest) picture

The forest is mentioned in Wataru Tsurumui’s book The Manual of Suicides, and was even the subject of the 2004 movie Jyukai — The Sea of Trees Behind Mt. Fuji. Bodies are still being found there, often hanging from the trees and in varying states of decomposition. Many of those who venture into the sinister forest due to curiosity and not thoughts of ending it all can often stumble across skeletal remains and personal items, such as credit cards, wallets and rail passes.

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10 comments
Giom
Giom

it's really sad to see not that people commit suicide but that a lot of asshole here come and joke about this sad situation! Shame on you!!

a.j.
a.j.

in one video i watched, sent by a friend, said some tried to use sleeping pills, but there not as effective as hanging. those who take sleeping pills take about a day to die from weakness, but hanging is instint and less painful. it even said one man stayed for a month eating nothing but liquids. fortantly a ranger found him and got a ambulance to take him to the hospital. it also makes me sad to know that, that many people think they don't have a purpose for being on this earth and decide they'd be better off dead. i think everyone should know that they were put here for a reason, even if they can't see why right then or times get hard. no one has a perfect life, something everyone should realize also, and that just because it's not we should just give up.... no one should try to die before there time comes because then you might miss the reason you were put here. advice: avoid negative comments, thoughts, and actions. think positive, your not alone. :)

mishi
mishi

they die by hanging...

sashaisme
sashaisme

What I wanna know is HOW they die in there...

xvc
xvc

thet comitt suicide thats wht its called suicide forest...

Emily
Emily

Thats so sad they should have a forest ranger

Louis
Louis

Creepy... What ever happened to seppuku?