Aokigahara Forest Where Hundreds Have Committed Suicide In Japan
These haunting pictures show the possessions left behind by those who chose to end their lives in Japan’s suicide forest.
Aokigahara forest has become known as one of the world’s most prevalent suicide spots in recent years and recently made headlines after a YouTuber, Logan Paul sparked controversy by posting a video of a body in the woods.
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, it’s become so synonymous as a place for depressed people to end their lives that officials have put up signs urging them to think of their families and included contact details for a suicide prevention organisation.
It reads: ‘Your life is a precious gift from your parents. Please think about your parents, siblings and children. Don’t keep it to yourself. Talk about your troubles.’
There’s plenty of chilling evidence to show that the sign does little to deter people from committing suicide – stray shoes and other possessions are seen among roots as well as nooses hanging from trees and grim notes pinned to trunks.
But some are also apparently hesitant, tying tape or string to trees behind them in a bid to make sure they can find their way back to a path should they change their mind.