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Suicide Forest in Japan

The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.

  • Entangled

    You just got to watch this sad program, there is moderate scenes of grossness with some corpses found as they died but its not revulsion i felt but sadness at the situation. People walking off into the forest to die. 10/10

  • Mr.Joshua

    I think it’s wonderful that the japanese people, Who, without all of our superstitious judaio christian, hangups about suicide have such a beautiful place to end thier lives. Let’s be honest, this pieriod of pain and longing for all that we have either lost or will never be lucky enough to procure… this time span we call life is a little too much for some of us to bare at times. So it makes me happy to think that these lost children have such romantic locales in which to releave thier pain. Golden gate bridge is another good one.

  • Freddy

    This was great, a very respectful and contemplative documentary, also Mr. Hazano seems like a very interesting and nice person, very well done.

  • Farz

    This was very well done. It wasn’t about the statistics and very real and up close. There wasn’t any of the usual dramatization and additional side clips or expert opinions. There isn’t a need for it. The issue speaks for itself and just seeing the place and remnants of such tragic short lives is enough to leave an impact. It’s really sad that people can be driven to this point. He doesn’t speak of it, but I do feel that besides lack of face to face communication, I think to some extent this many have to do with the structure and set up of Japanese society and the whole notion “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” It’s possible that some of these people who get hammered down can’t deal with it and take this route instead.

  • papparotc

    I watched this documentary mesmerized by the matter of fact narration of Mr. Hazano. It was touching and sad to realize that hundreds of healthy young, lonely people take their own lives in this hauntingly beautiful area. Not a graphic movie, but moving and poignant, and emotionally powerful. A film that will stay with you for a while.

  • Lavender

    Everything in this documentary was depicted in a quiet, serene and unpretentious way, hauntingly lovely really.And, yes, that forest is a magnificent place. And I have visited before. But as an American living in Japan currently I understand partially why these people felt their was nothing left. Japanese culture is extremely complicated, pressures encompass you at work, and those pressures feel unsurpassable in many moments and as we all know people can be cold, unhelpful and even critical when we need their help. The individuals that chose to take their lives felt mounting self-hate, pressure, shame and sadly had no one to turn to. Even I at a time I felt the same. At a time I felt so terribly lost and unhappy and thoughts crossed my mind I never knew would but I chose to keep fighting and chose to seek help. @MrJoshua72:disqus I find your comment rather distatsteful in that, “lost children” have such a “romantic” place to end life. I believe their is no romantic or any other type of place in existence to give up on yourself. Funny, you mention the Golden Gate…I am a San Franciscan and throwing yourself off a monument in which others lost their lives building it for us…is far from a “good one.” Life is an absolute volatile, chaotic,magical, tragic,sacred and loving force/state/thing in ending it you will find no answers nor happiness.

Duration: 21:09
Country: Japan
Language: EN
CC available: EN, EL, SR
Resolution max: 1080p
Video Source: YouTube
Provided by: VICE
Published on: 2012-05-14
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