Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (樹海 Jukai), is a 35-square-kilometre (14 sq mi) forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. (Source: wikipedia.org)
The documentary features geologist Asuza Hayano as the guide inside the beautiful but creepy Aokigahara Forest. It is the most popular suicide spot in Japan. Warning signs posted outside the forest try to dissuade people against taking their lives. I had goosebumps while watching this video. At the same time, it made me realize all over again that Japan is not just about anime, manga, and J-pop; they also have these serious societal issues that drive people to suicide.
I admire how passionate Asuza Hayano-san in trying to solve this suicide issue. He may not stop all the suicides in Japan, but he is doing his part in his own way. I highly encourage you to watch this documentary. If you are a non-Japanese speaker, the video is already English subtitled. Many thanks to Chris Carothers for uploading a copy on Youtube.
Uploaded by: Chris Carothers
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