Disclaimer: Please do not read on if you are sensitive to the subject of suicide. This post will contain this darker subject matter. If you wish to proceed, then enjoy…
What is the Suicide Forest?
Aokigahara Forest, also known as the Sea of Trees, is a massive forest in Japan. It is one of the most popularly known forests in the world but not for a good reason. Hundreds, even thousands of individuals visit this forest every year to end their life. Outside of the forest is a sign that talks about suicide prevention in an attempt to persuade those to turn back and to contact a suicide prevention association. Because of this horrible reason, it is mostly called the ‘Suicide Forest.’
The floor of the forest consists mostly of volcanic rock, difficult to penetrate with hand-held tools. The forest is so large and so dense, that hikers and visitors typically use tape to mark their paths to avoid getting lost. Aside from the large trees, the forest has other attractions to admire, like the Narusawa Ice Cave, Fugaku Wind Cave, and the Lake Sai Bat Cave.
In 2003, over one hundred bodies were found, surpassing the previous year’s record of 78. In 2010, police recorded over 200 people attempting suicide, 54 completing. The following year, it was deemed that the most common methods were by hanging or drug overdose. The rate of suicides and attempt prompted officials to place a sign at the entrance of the forest, as mentioned before. Now annually, police conduct body searches throughout the forest.
With a place of such horrible and sad happenings continuously occurring, lost and sad souls are said to be lurking…
Some visitors spot wondering shadows, apparitions without any features and one report is from a witness there with a friend. They said that a shadow was following them around and even seemingly teleported due to the increased and rapid distance of the entity. Another report is hearing the sound of a woman crying, weeping in anguish in the distance. Attachments have always been reported, where they feel something follows them home and swears it’s from that forest as this is the most common activity. One of the more disturbing stories is from a man who stated that he was there to hike but throughout his hike, he began getting visions of people he didn’t know and memories he didn’t recognize, and felt as though something was possibly attempting to take over his body. With so many accounts and activity turning negative, some say even demonic, you have to wonder…Are there more than just unrested souls within the forest…Or is there something darker roaming here…
I also would like to say that life is precious… and if you or someone you know is struggling, seek help in any way you can, taking your own life is never the answer… National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Available 24/7.
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