Thursday, 20 August 2009
Aokigahara Forest is known for two things in Japan: breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and suicides. Also called the Sea of Trees, this destination for the desperate is a place where the suicidal disappear, often never to be found in the dense forest.
It has been claimed by local residents and visitors that the woods are host to a great amount of paranormal phenomena
Since the 1950s, more than 500 people have lost their lives in the forest, mostly suicides,
with approximately 30 suicides counted yearly.
In 2002, 78 bodies were found within the forest, replacing the previous record of 73 in 1998
The high rate of suicide has led officials to place signs in the forest, urging those who have gone there to commit suicide to seek help and not kill themselves. The annual search, consisting of a small army of police, volunteers and attendant journalists, began in 1970.
Aside from those intending to die there, the dense forest and rugged inaccessibility has attracted thrill seekers. Many of these hikers mark their routes by leaving colored plastic tapes behind, causing concerns from prefectural officials for the ecosystem of the forest.
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