The Japanese forest of suicide

Aokigahara forest is known as the most haunted place in Japan. This could be something to do with people going there to end their lives. Wataru Tsurumui described Aokigahara as “the perfect place to die” in his bestselling book The Complete Manual of Suicide. Perhaps part of the reason is because the forest is located underneath one of Japans most identifiable icons: Mount Fuji.

In 1998, 73 bodies were found in the forest. In 2002, 78 bodies were found in the forest. By May of 2006, at least 16 new suicides had already been found. More than a few of them were even carrying copies of Tsurumui’s book. In 2003 the rate climbed to 100, and in recent years the local government has stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to downplay Aokigahara’s association with suicide. They think about 50 – 100 people go there each year to die.

Signs with messages such as “Please reconsider” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” are nailed to trees throughout the forest, both in English and Japanese.

To read more and find out about why someone needs to sleep next to a dead body found in the forest, click here. WARNING: some pretty disturbing images!

I’ve always been scared of ghosts so nothing could force me to spend the night in this forest!

Ok I’ve got a question for you: Would you spend the night in this forest if (as a reward) you could spend the night with Megan Fox?

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1 Comment

  1. BJB says:

    spending a night in that forest, no problem 4 me
    the mess is though a big problem -hate plastic bags and other stuff made by men thrown all over the forest
    (give me jessica biel instead megan fox, and we have a deal) :p

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