There is a short documentary on YouTube, about twenty minutes long, about the Aokigahara Forest also known as Jaiku in Japan. The documentary follows Azusa Hayano, a geologist who frequents the forest, as he explores the undergrowth, looking for signs of people who might have committed suicide there. The forest, after all, is famous as one of the most popular sites in the world for people to commit suicide, a tradition that stretches back even before modern times — in times of famine, the locals used to leave the elderly, unwanted babies, the sick, and other people that society sought to exclude for the sake of survival, leading to a longstanding association of the place with death and, not surprisingly, the ghosts of those who died there. The forest, with its rugged density and lack of wildlife, enveloping the place in an eerie blanket of silence, seems particularly conducive to this kind of mythologizing.
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Japan's Aokigahara forest has a chilling history. At the foot of Mount Fuji, authorities remove around bodies a year from the forest -- all victims of suicide.
One theory of why hundreds choose to kill themselves at the popular suicide spot is based off the novel Kuroi Jukai. The novel is about a young lover who commits suicide in the forest, reports Vice. According to the site, anywhere from 50 to people a year end their lives in the same forest. A film crew followed geologist Azusa Hayano into the Aokigahara forest, as he gave a little insight to the suicide forest. Abandoned cars occupy the parking lot, as their owners entered from here and never came out, says Hayano.
The geologist explained that suicide was viewed differently years ago, with suicide formerly being known as a samurai's act. They weren't killing themselves because they couldn't adapt to society, Hayano explained of the current suicides.
Your life is a precious gift from your parents, reads a sign to stop suicidal people. Please think about your parents, siblings and children. Don't keep it to yourself.
Talk about your problems. Unfortunately with the sign and suicide hotline number, deaths still take place. Those who go to the forest to commit suicide venture off the public paths. According to Hayano, he's found at least bodies in the forest in the past 20 years. But he doesn't believe that everyone who ventures off the path has come to die. Some are indecisive he explains, as he shows the camera tape that they use so they can find their way out.
People struggling take a tent out to the forest where they spend a few days here figuring out if they want to die or not. In the Aokigahara forest, the most common form of suicide is through hanging. The next would be sleeping pills, says Hayano. Through his journey through the forest, viewers witness bodies found dangling from trees, abandoned tents and lost personal items. While it is suggested that the novel Kuroi Jukai could draw people to the location, it is still a mystery why so many people choose to kill themselves in the Aokigahara forest.
At the foot of Mount Fuji is Aokigahara forest, a "popular suicide spot.
Japan Suicide Forest: Is A Novel To Blame For Hundreds Of Deaths?
Apr 12, AM. Keen to read the book one day if possible, but I think it might not be possible unless I learn Japanese! I agree, I think it'd be very dark, perhaps even too sad? I was surprised it wasn't listed, yeah - I wonder if it's not published anymore in Japan? Understandable perhaps. Just not in English it seems. I searched on google with Japanese a little, but I couldn't find any translations of Kuroi Jukai.