10 disturbing facts about Japan’s Suicide Forest
Aokigahara Forest is located northwest of Mount Fujiyama on the Japanese island of Honshu and is about 35 square kilometers in size. Families often come here for recreation, and it is also a favorite destination for those who have decided to commit suicide.
Of course, the parts of the forest where people have picnics and the parts where suicides hang themselves are in different places. And if you don’t know about the forest’s notoriety and don’t climb into the wilds, it will seem like a very pleasant and even beautiful place.
However, with this forest and without suicide there are enough strange things, the most famous of which are its magnetic anomalies. Compasses don’t work here, their pointers “go crazy”. There is a theory that explains it by the presence of large layers of iron ore underground, but locals believe that all this is because of the abundance of ghosts and other other otherworldly creatures in the forest.
Below we list 10 of the strangest things to see in this place.
10. There’s a lot of string and rope everywhere
If you dare to go deep into the forest of Aokigahara, you will immediately see many thick threads, colored ribbons, or ropes that are tied around the trunks of trees and that stretch to the most remote places.
The fact is that almost every person who wants to commit suicide in this place takes with him a ball of thread or a bundle of colored tape. He ties the end of the ribbon to a tree at the edge of the forest, and then gradually unwinds the ball as he goes farther and farther away.
This is done in case the suicidal man changes his mind and wants to go back. If this happens, he unwinds the rope, but if he does not return, the strings and ropes remain in this forest.
9. Scattered personal belongings.
Where the strings are strung, you can also see various things. They are simply scattered on the ground among the trees: bags, cell phones, clothes, shoes. Sometimes it’s all stacked in a neat pile.
There you can also see sandwich boxes, drink or water bottles. This was the last meal of the suicide bombers.
And if you see packages of medication, it’s mostly painkillers or sleeping pills. Mostly people hang themselves in this forest, but there are also those who choose to die through an overdose of medication.
If you find a place with a stack of clothes, empty bottles and food packages, the suicide corpse is likely to be somewhere very close.
8. Ghosts of the Dead.
There are many legends and rumors that Aokigahara Forest is haunted by the ghosts of people who committed suicide here. The undead souls are doomed to roam this forest forever as punishment for their transgression.
Because of this, they are very angry, and to avenge their position, they can supposedly force those who hesitate or even those who have never thought of suicide at all to commit suicide.
In Japanese folklore, there is a belief that if a person dies a sudden or violent death, he becomes a being called a Yurei. Yurei are filled with anger and can unleash it on a living person at will, making him want to kill himself as well.
There are many stories of people visiting the Aokigahara forest who had never thought about suicide until that moment, but suddenly felt a strong urge to kill themselves, as if something was forcing them to do it. Those who have resisted this pressure and managed to leave here safely have usually never returned afterwards, for fear of being attacked by something evil again.
7. Warning Signs
In an effort to stop the flow of suicides the local authorities put up warning signs all over the forest. On them, the appeal not to kill yourself was written and the phone numbers of social services were listed.
To tell the truth, it is still not clear whether these signs helped at least one suicide. There is even a theory that maybe they are just another way of reminding them why they came to the place, and thus further stimulate them to commit the deed.
6. 100 bodies a year
On the average each year the remains of about a hundred suicides are removed from the Aokigahara forest (those that have been found, of course). There are special groups whose job it is to walk through this forest and look for bodies, and then call the police.
If they come across a living person who has apparently come here to commit suicide, they pick him up and take him to special “safe houses” located near the forest. There, a psychologist will further communicate with these people.
5. Official data on suicidal people are no longer reported
It is unclear how many people now come to die in the Aokigahara forest because the local authorities have prohibited reporting such information to the press.
It is believed that this was done in order not to “advertise” the place unnecessarily. The fact that the forest Aokigahara in recent years has become widely known throughout the world thanks to the Internet and several horror movies.
The flow of tourists has increased here, and also, as rumor has it, the number of suicidal people who have begun to come here has also increased. Allegedly, some even come from other countries to kill themselves just in the Aokigahara Forest.
4. It is forbidden to spend the night
Although there is no official ban on it, staying overnight in Aokigahara Forest is highly discouraged and discouraged. Either in a tent or like that.
It is considered disrespectful to the spirits and can give impressionable people a heart attack, because the forest is even scarier in the dark.
There is a story that the local ghosts are activated at night, and if you spend the night in a tent, there is a great chance not to survive until morning, and to commit a quick suicide.
3. Evil Energy
Esotericists, psychics and other mediums believe that everything in this place is saturated with evil energy. It permeates everything around, trees, grass, flowers. That is why you should not bring anything from this place to your home.
The problem is that the place is not a trendy place at all, but the Aokigahara forest was notorious for being in the public domain long before it was even described in the press.
There are legends that as early as the 19th century some families used to bring their elderly relatives here to die an easy death with dignity.
2. the forest caves
The Aokigahara Forest at the foot of Mount Fuji is only part of the anomalous zone that developed after a massive earthquake in 864 AD. Lava from the volcano flowed over an area of 12 square miles, and when it solidified, many cave systems were formed.
Over time, the area became overgrown with forests, including the Aokigahara forest, and these mysterious forest caves have never been properly explored. Over the centuries, there have been myths about them, saying that there are strange creatures living here that are much scarier than ghosts.
1. Are magnetic anomalies the cause of suicides?
As we wrote at the beginning of this article, there is a magnetic anomaly in the Aokigahara forest whose nature has not yet been revealed. There is a theory that this anomaly is the reason why people here go crazy and commit suicide.
A certain group of researchers studied magnetic anomalies in different places and different countries, and they came to the conclusion that in those places where there are magnetic anomalies, there is usually an abnormally high rate of suicides among people.