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October 18, 2010 | 2 Comments » | Topics: WTF

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Aokigahara also known as the Sea of Trees is a forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and has become the second most popular location (the Golden Gate Bridge is currently ranked number one) for people to commit suicide. The forest has become so legendary as a prime suicide location that several signs have been erected and drilled into the trees pleading with travelers to reconsider making the Sea of Trees their final resting place. Its haunted reputation stems not just from its sinister nature but from the legends that surround suicides in Japanese mythology. According to Japanese lore, those who leave this earth in a way deemed unnatural are doomed to remain on earth as wandering specters.When a body is found, it is placed in a bed at a forestry station located nearby, next to an empty one for a loved one. Japanese lore states that the spirit, known as a yurei, will howl and scream into the night if left alone throughout the night.

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  • Hey, I thought I’d comment as I recently visited Aokigahara forest and spent 6 hours exploring it with two friends and three cameras. I compiled most of the video footage + photos along with bits and pieces from my journal to construct the story of my experience there. Please check it out and let me know what you think! (follow the link)
    http://endofthegame.net/2012/02/20/aokigahara/

    • Thomas Burcher

      I’d like to see someone clean up the trash they leave behind; some of this stuff will never deteriorate. If that property belongs to the government, they are not doing their job!