Aokigahara, also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees, is a 35-square-kilometer forest that is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Why such an unpleasant name?
It happens to be one of the most famous suicide spots. Witnesses told stories about a number of bodies, discovered among the trees of Aokigahara forest. The exact number of corpses is difficult to determine, but here are some numbers to make it easier; in 2002 there were 78 bodies located in the Aokigahara forest. Four years later, that number had grown for 16 additional corpses.
The Complete Manual of Suicide is a Japanese book written by Wataru Tsurumi. He wrote about the problem of “the struggling life” in the Japanese society and its consequences. Aokigahara forest in his book is referred as “the perfect place to die” and end all the pain. The negative perception of this eerie forest is attributed to Tsurumui’s book. Some victims have even conducted rituals from his book.
But the book should not be solely blamed for the gloomy atmosphere, as Aokigahara is considered to be the most haunted place in all Japan. It is believed that unsettled ghosts known as “yurea” howl their suffering on the winds. Similar voices may appear quite natural in some other forest but in Aokigahara they are demonic.
Since Aokigahara forest has become such a popular place for suicide, the authorities installed boards with inscriptions “please reconsider” and “please consult the police before you decide to die”, which can be very disturbing for the average visitor.
TERRIFYING PROMOTION AND COMPASS KILLERS
Locals claim they can always tell who is going into the forest to admire its natural beauty, and who is not planning on ever coming back. Many people want to die at the foot of the sacred Mt. Fuji. In addition, the heart of the dense and thick forest suffocates all the sounds.
The mayor of Aokigahara is exasperated by the high number of suicides. On the other hand, he remarks they should consider to promote themselves as »Suicide City« and encourage people to come here.
Legends say that under the forest there are massive iron deposits. They disrupt the compasses and other navigation devices and thus lead people into a trap.
A forest is drowning in dark legends and tales and it wouldn’t be difficult to solve this negative reputation.