Oakigahara, Suicide Forest

Located at the base of Mount Fuji, the place is second only to the Golden Gate as the place where people most kill themselves.

Mount Fuji is one of the most well-known spots in Japan. A popular interpretation says that the name Fuji comes from the combination of two symbols (no and two), which would mean that the place is unique, without equal. In fact, he is masterful and one of the greatest natural beauty in the world. But a wood, located at the northwestern base of the mountain, has a tragic history that does not match the Asian postcard.

The Oakigahara forest is known as a place where dozens of suicides occur each year. Although local authorities do not release the official number - in order not to encourage more people to practice - it is estimated that every month, about 10 people put an end to their lives.

Japan is known for having one of the highest rates of self-extermination in the world. According to 2015 data from the World Health Organization, 100 out of every 19.7 thousand inhabitants commit the act in the land of the rising sun.

Death seems to be part of Oakigahara. The region is constantly related to the place where ubasute was practiced in the past - where elderly people were left to die due to food shortages and prolonged drought. Some residents say that the ghosts of the elderly remain wandering in the woods.

Part of the local authorities condemns the book Kuroi Jukai (1960) for the growing number of victims. In the novel, a couple of lovers commit suicide in the forest. Another work entitled The Complete Suicide Handbook (1993), classifies Oakigahara as an ideal place to kill yourself - perhaps due to the climate of the region or the silence of the place, which hardly houses wildlife. The more than 30 square kilometers of the place have a soil that is composed of a kind of stiffened dark lava, caused by the last eruption of the volcano in 864.

However, many are mistaken in thinking that people kill themselves on the spot so as not to be found. Some make trails by tying nylon cords to a tree at the entrance to the forest and making their way to the place they chose to perish.

The local government has been trying to reduce the number of incidents at the site - which is second only to Golden Gate in the United States as the place where people most kill themselves. Plates of appreciation of life are spread and a team makes constant patrols in the region.

Source: aventurasnahistoria.uol.com.br | Uol - FABIO PREVIDELLI.

Photo: Oakigahara is located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji / Credit: Disclosure

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