AOKIGAHARA is a forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is a 35sq.km forest and it contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations. AOKIGAHARA is also known as JUKAI (Sea of Trees) or SUICIDE FOREST.
The forest has an historic association with demons in Japanese mythology and is a popular place for “suicides” (57 in 2010), despite the signs posted in Japanese and English at the head of the main trail. One of them, at the entrance reads: ” Your life is something precious, that was given to you by your parents.”, while another one states :”Meditate on your parents, siblings and your children once more. Do not be troubled alone.”
The forest floor consists primarily of volcanic rock and is difficult to penetrate with hand tools such as picks and shovels. The forest, itself, is very…
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