Black sea of trees matsumoto
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The forest floor is littered with a seemingly endless amount of coloured tape used to mark the locations of new found remains from suicide victims. The first thing you notice is the silence, an uncanny embrace of tranquility paradoxical to the submersion in nature. But they never materialize and you are alone in a landscape permeated with the resonance of death. The terrain is irregular, an endless grotesque topography of volcanic rock and twisted, tangled trees. Stepping off the few defined trails soon leads to the detritus of despair, the residue of a campsite, a last supper of instant noodles uneaten as there is no source of hot water, cigarette boxes and every type of alcohol, discarded clothing, pornography, the packaging from kitchen knifes and lengths of rope. The Aokigahara forest is positioned on the northwestern slopes of Mount Fuji, which towers majestically over it like a benevolent guardian. There are stories of distant generations practicing Ubasute, the abandonment of parents as a form of euthanasia in the forest.
Japan's Aokigahara forest has a chilling history. At the foot of Mount Fuji, authorities remove around bodies a year from the forest -- all victims of suicide. One theory of why hundreds choose to kill themselves at the popular suicide spot is based off the novel Kuroi Jukai. The novel is about a young lover who commits suicide in the forest, reports Vice. According to the site, anywhere from 50 to people a year end their lives in the same forest. A film crew followed geologist Azusa Hayano into the Aokigahara forest, as he gave a little insight to the suicide forest. Abandoned cars occupy the parking lot, as their owners entered from here and never came out, says Hayano.
There is a short documentary on YouTube, about twenty minutes long, about the Aokigahara Forest also known as Jaiku in Japan. The documentary follows Azusa Hayano, a geologist who frequents the forest, as he explores the undergrowth, looking for signs of people who might have committed suicide there. The forest, after all, is famous as one of the most popular sites in the world for people to commit suicide, a tradition that stretches back even before modern times — in times of famine, the locals used to leave the elderly, unwanted babies, the sick, and other people that society sought to exclude for the sake of survival, leading to a longstanding association of the place with death and, not surprisingly, the ghosts of those who died there. The forest, with its rugged density and lack of wildlife, enveloping the place in an eerie blanket of silence, seems particularly conducive to this kind of mythologizing. In , Seichi Matsumoto captured the Japanese imagination with the publication of his as yet untranslated novel Kuroi Jukai Black Sea of Trees , a romantic story of two doomed lovers.
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