Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Aokigahara Forest – One of the Creepiest Places on Earth

Aokigahara is a woodland at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that makes The Blair Witch Project forest look like Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood. It probably has something to do with all the dead bodies scattered around.

Also called the Sea of Trees. It is the most popular place to commit suicide in the whole Japan. More than 500 people have taken their own lives in Aokigahara since the 1950s. For, example 78 bodies were found there in 2002. The trend has supposedly started after Seicho Matsumoto published his novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) where two of his characters commit suicide there. After that-always eager to prove they are bizarrely susceptible to suggestion-hundreds of Japanese people have hanged themselves among the countless trees of the Aokigahara forest, which is reportedly so thick that even in high noon it's not hard to find places completely surrounded by darkness.
Besides bodies and homemade nooses, the area is littered with signs displaying such uplifting messages like "Life is a precious thing! Please reconsider!" or "Think of your family!"
By the way, if an entire dark forest full of hanged corpses wasn't bad enough, a few years ago some people noticed that a lot of the dead in Aokigahara probably had cash or jewelry on them. Thus began the proud Japanese tradition of Aokigahara Scavenging where people are running around the Death Forest, looking for dead guys to loot.



Anonymous said...

Some of the images in this post are disturbing and disrespectful to the lost souls and their families. Although they remain unidentified, this post is still saddening. For whatever reasons these people felt they couldn't go on living, we will not know - but I do know that they still deserve respect and shouldn't have their dignity splattered across a blog post. These pictures are private.
Bless all the beautiful souls who have lost their lives in this forest.

Demonheart said...


FUJI said...

I agree that some of these photo's should be taken down out of respect for the people and their families.
The other picture are wonderful, however.

glencoco said...

Why are some of these pics on here... eww :(
Please take them down!

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