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Aokigahara Forest, Japan ( Suicide Forest)

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Since Seicho Matsumoto's novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) was published - with a scene in which two characters commit suicide in the Aokigahara Forest - it has been the spot du jour for suicides. Since the 50s over 500 people have killed themselves amongst the trees - with 78 people taking their lives in 2002 alone. And it's now considered one of t

he creepiest places in Japan.

The authorities, recognising the morbid draw the forest has, have scattered signs encouraging suicidal people to think twice, with messages like "Think of your family!" But visitors be warned, because it's such a vast area, not all suicides are discovered - so tourists run the risk of making a gruesome discovery. (article by:roughguides)

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