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Aug 24, 12 at 1:22am


Suicide Forest in Japan

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Published on May 9, 2012 by Youtube.com/vice
The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.

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DarshD : What is so special about that forest? Why people get the determination to suicide in that forest? So many bodies are in there...There ought to be some ghosts present there right? Mass suicides are also connected to Satanic rituals and some cults, is it one of them?

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Apr 16, 14 at 9:14pm
callmemaybe


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Oct 02, 12 at 10:44am
Hyouseki


Depression and suicide is quite common among Japanese compared to other countries. I think its because of the pressure and expectations people give us in our lives, especially with school and jobs. With that said I haven't been to Aokigahara so I can't judge (but I wanna go one day!) but we have our own "suicide spot" in my home town. Basically, like the spot at Aokigahara, its a forest beside the biggest mountain in my city, and at the spot, on the mountain is a very steep and massive cliff where people jump from. It's possible that its just an ideal spot to commit suicide, something which is very common in Japan. I've never experienced anything paranormal the few times I have been there, though I never really have spent a whole lot of time there.

So yeah the one in Aokigahara is the most famous probably because its at the foot of Mt Fuji (The biggest mountain in Japan) and also because it was referenced in a book, but there are probably many other suicide spots at the foot of large mountains here also.

Oh and by the way Aokigahara means "Field of green trees", not suicide forest, so it already has a pleasant name haha. Close enough to "Green Forest" as mentioned before Suicide Forest is just an English nickname for the place.



Sep 22, 12 at 11:52pm
DarshD


quote TripleDX
having the name suicide forest certainly wouldn't help, sort of promotes it. Don't know what could be causing it, could depend if the forest is close to a well populated town or what causes suicide happens in that town like unemployment etc
They need to change the name of the forest to something good. Like 'Pleasant Forest of Japan' or " Green Forest" etc.

And yeah, depressed people tend to suicide



Sep 22, 12 at 3:35am
TripleDX


quote DarshD
quote TripleDX
In the 40 minute video i saw, they showed a sign that is at the enterance of the forrest. It says "Life is a gift from your parents" there is also a phone number of a stress hotline
I guess the message and the helpline number have no effect on the people going there. Would there be some paranormal force behind this? Forcing people to commit suicide in that place?
having the name suicide forest certainlly wouldnt help, sort of promotes it. Dont know what could be causing it, could depend if the forest is close to a well populated town or what causes suicide happens in that town like unemployment etc



Sep 22, 12 at 2:28am
DarshD


quote TripleDX
In the 40 minute video i saw, they showed a sign that is at the enterance of the forrest. It says "Life is a gift from your parents" there is also a phone number of a stress hotline
I guess the message and the helpline number have no effect on the people going there. Would there be some paranormal force behind this? Forcing people to commit suicide in that place?



Sep 19, 12 at 7:37pm
TripleDX


In the 40 minute video i saw, they showed a sign that is at the enterance of the forrest. It says "Life is a gift from your parents" there is also a phone number of a stress hotline



Sep 19, 12 at 5:12am
DarshD


Hmm, there's definitely something in the forest that makes people suicide. That or maybe it's a popular spot for anyone who wishes to end their life. Very sad tbh, the Govt. needs to do something about it. Make an anti-suicide campaign, remove the forest or have some camps their...



Sep 17, 12 at 7:42pm
MagnetBoy


It's perfectly possible that among the Japanese, who I believe have a very high suicide rate to begin with, many simply know that the forest is a common spot and decide to go there. Mob mentality at its most gruesome?



Sep 17, 12 at 7:31pm
TripleDX


could there be something in the forest that are driving people to suicide? seeing a dead person in the forest? whispers in the forest of the deceased?



Sep 17, 12 at 4:17am
DarshD


Nice to see so many replies. I was not aware that there was a documentary about it. I should check it out. The forest is a good subject to study. There is something about it that doesn't seem right. I mean, upto 100 suicides a year? That's strange. MagnetBoy very interesting share. That bridge is a lot like the forest. Why some places attract more suicides than others? Like some roads are said to have more accidents than any others?



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