Aokigahara, Japan's 'suicide forest'

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  1. Tatty Bojangles

    Tatty Bojangles -=Grimey Limey=-

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    The suicide forest at Aokigahara on Mt Fuji

    Now here would be the place to go for a bet. Spend a night in the suicide forest to win.


    "The perfect place to die." That's how Aokigahara was described in Wataru Tsurumui's bestselling book The Complete Manual of Suicide. A dense, dark forest bordering Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara is infamous throughout Japan as a popular spot for those taking their final journey.

    In 2002, 78 bodies were found within it, replacing the previous record of 73 in 1998. By May of 2006, at least 16 new suicides had already been found. More than a few of them were even carrying copies of Tsurumui's book. No one knows how many bodies go undiscovered.

    Signs emblazoned with messages such as "Please reconsider" and "Please consult the police before you decide to die!" are nailed to trees throughout the forest. However, the woods have such a reputation that these minor deterrents do little to stop the determined. Local residents say they can always tell who is going into the forest for its stunning natural beauty, who is hunting after the macabre and who is planning never to return.


    ... Quote:We've got everything here that points to us being a death spot. Perhaps we should just promote ourselves as 'Suicide City' and encourage people to come here,
    the exasperated mayor of Aokigahara has been quoted as saying.

    Part of the appeal is dying at the foot of the sacred Mt. Fuji. Part of it is the foreboding nature of Aokigahara, so dense and thick that from just a few kilometers inside it no sounds can be heard other than those produced by the forest itself. Legends surround the place; for instance, there are said to be massive underground iron deposits that cause compasses to go haywire, trapping innocents along with the purposely suicidal.

    Japan's Self Defence Force regularly runs training exercises throughout Aokigahara, and claims to have had no trouble with their military-grade lensatic compasses. They admit, though, that commercially available equipment would be pretty much useless.

    Aokigahara is considered the most haunted location in all of Japan, a purgatory for yurei, the unsettled ghosts of Japan who have been torn unnaturally soon from their lives and who howl their suffering on the winds.

    Spiritualists say that the trees themselves are filled with a malevolent energy, accumulated from centuries of suicides. They don't want you to go back out.

    However, even in these haunted woods, regular humans still have a job to do. Forestry workers rotate in and out of shifts at a station building in Aokigahara, and occasionally they will come upon unfortunate bodies in various states of decomposition, usually hanging from trees or partially eaten by animals.

    The bodies are brought down to the station, where a spare room is kept especially for such occasions. In this room are two beds: one for the corpse and one for someone to sleep next to it. Yup, you read that correctly. It is thought that if the corpse is left alone, the lonely and unsettled yurei will scream the whole night through, and the body will move itself into the regular sleeping quarters.

    In inimitable style, the workers jan-ken to see who gets to sleep with the body. And you thought your job was rough.


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  2. Jakue08

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    holiday to japan booked.
     
  3. Sammy Dexcell

    Sammy Dexcell Stop editing my profile Smarty!

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    fuckin lol i can just imagine it being pitched to mates haha "come on guys wats the worst that can happen?"....
     
  4. rob_del_terror

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    i'm so wrong these days i just found myself on page 5 of this google search

    because there wasnt enough gore in your post.

    i'm gonna go n have a word with myself
     
  5. Harry3

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    those forestry workers must be insane by now
     
  6. safety

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    that's where i'd go to die
     
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    tatty where do you find the shit that you find?!
     
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    i swear he spends ages, trying to find a decent story to share with us :)
     
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    looks exactly like the tree in sleepy hollow. i might have to do some research now..
     
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    im not complaining, he is keeping waffle alive right now!
     
  11. dose.bs1

    dose.bs1 THE DADDY

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    haha on route, ill see you all there in 10.... or will I??
     
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    yeh but you top yourself first, we'll all follow :rinsed::D
     
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    dose.bs1 THE DADDY

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    to be fair: its quite a pretty place to die :D
     
  15. DJ COSHH

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    This... I dread to think what you actually typed into google for this to come up... :rinsed:

    What was you actually looking for to type in a combination of words to get this... Or did you just type Japanese suicide hot spot?
     
  16. Tatty Bojangles

    Tatty Bojangles -=Grimey Limey=-

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    Yep thats exactly what I do. I sit around all day, spending all my time looking for stories to make you happy....is your avatar any reflection to you in real life? lol joka


    Well I was looking to book a holiday and...well..you know, suicide is just sooo IN this year so i thought, two birds one....noose. lol For real though im a pretty big MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fan and I found the story on one of their forums, thought it might be interesting to share.
     
  17. theWicked

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    Well this place makes more people to suicide not in public places.. so other's don't get to see their death. And that's totally ok by me. ;)
     
  18. DJ COSHH

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    Hairy muff :)
     
  19. Nomme

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    It's a pretty beautiful place to die though aint it, but imagine about to hang yourself and how quiet and tranquil the place would be, it would be so eary.

    I do wanna go there now though, the place looks amazing.

    One question. If you were in the forest, lets say with a friend and you find a body and you were camping there over night. Would you leave it, or after reading that legends say that they scream in the night would you sleep with it?

    Even know I don't believe in legends, I think that it'd shit me up loads and I'd have to sleep with it.

    I'm waiting for the necrophilia comments :teeth:
     
  20. Nomme

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    Now you've gone and done it! I've already been learning Japanese and now I've decided with my mate. That we're gunna try to save up to go there next summer, I'm gunna climb Mount Fuji and I'm gunna go to Tokyo.

    You've just gone and ruined my perfectly normal day haven't you :D