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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:44 pm

The Sea of Trees or Aokigahara is a forest located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest contains a number of hidden caverns and giant trees.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:46 pm

It is very dark and has thick growth, so the only light that can be seen inside the forest is a collection of sunbeams. Aokigahara holds an absence of wildlife and is known for being an eerily quiet place.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:48 pm

In modern times, the Sea of Trees has gained a reputation for two things, a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji and suicides.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:49 pm

There is currently no reliable statistics for the total number of suicides in the forest. However in 2004, 108 dead bodies were found in Aokigahara.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:51 pm

In recent years, the Japanese government has stopped publicizing the number of suicides in the forest. In 2010, it was reported that 247 people attempted suicide in the Sea of Trees, but only 54 succeeded.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:52 pm

The suicide rate has caused officials to place signs in the forest, in Japanese and English, which urge people to reconsider their actions.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:54 pm

Every year, a collection of police and volunteers conduct an annual body search of the land. During the event, corpses are always discovered, usually hanging from the trees.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:55 pm

The Sea of Trees is reportedly the world’s second most popular suicide location after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:57 pm

Japan’s suicide rate is a major problem and has been rising after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. The country has been experiencing a large wave of social withdrawal.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:58 pm

Hikikomori is a Japanese term that refers to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or young adults who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:00 pm

It is estimated that around 1% of the entire Japanese population is living as hikikomori. In Japanese mythology, the Sea of Trees has always been linked with morbid myths and legends.

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Post by sujin007 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:01 pm

It is widely believed that the custom of ubasute, where an elderly relative is left to die in a remote location, was widely practiced in the forest.





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