Throwback Thursday: “Aokigahara Forest”…A Place Of Mystery And Death

How The Suicide Forest Feeds On Human Emotion

A sign warning people that this path is dangerous. It is also where the trail to the suicide forest begins.

A sign warning people that this path is dangerous. It is also where the trail to the suicide forest begins.

For a few weeks now, I’ve been watching videos of a group of people that video tape themselves going through abandoned places or different parts of the world. Even though I’ve enjoyed many different ones, there was a specific video that really freaked me out. That video was of the Aokigahara forest in Japan which is known for ice caves, beautiful landscapes, and the home of Mt. Fuji. It also is known for something darker…the suicide forest.

Another sign urging people to not enter the forest or end their lives.

Another sign urging people to not enter the forest or end their lives.

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Every year in Japan (and that is a broad statement), hundreds of people go to Aokigahara forest with the intention of ending their lives. There are even signs urging citizens to call the prevention hotline or talk about their feelings to their families. The mystery that surrounds this place is astounding. Locals urge tourists not to deter from the path yurei (ghosts of the dead) will urge you to commit suicide. Check out the video below and some history of the forest. Be warned though, it might not be appropriate for work and watch at your own discretion.

For years Aokigahara has been a popular place in Japan (and the world) for people to end their lives. There were 30 deaths documented each year predating 1988 and in 2003, that number skyrocketed to 105 bodies. in 2010 there were 200 attempts with only 54 who had taken their lives and with the death rate increasing, officials no longer release information about how many bodies are being found.

People who wander into the forest with the intention of suicide will most likely tie string to the entrance so they do not get lost and can easily find their way out if they have decided not to go through with it. There are also tents scattered through out the forest as people will set up camp to sit and think of their lives. Old cars can also be seen at the entrance of the people who never came back. You will also find personal belongings of the deceased and some shrines dedicated to them.

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The most used forms of the suicide are hanging and drug overdose which can be seen with ropes hanging from trees due to search parties cleaning the area and burying the bodies of the deceased in a more respectful manner. Their spirits however may still roam the dangerous forest floors that are made up of roots and plant life which is also why authorities urge explorers to not go to that section of the forest since serious injuries are a possibility.

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The thing that interests me most about the forest is that any video you find of people exploring the area all talk about a dark feeling they have upon walking through it. Even if no bodies are found or no one is around, the mystery surrounding the Aokigahara forest is still lingering as it has for many years.