The Sea of Trees, or the Suicide Forest

There is a forest at the base of Mt. Fuiji in Japan called Aokigahara. Many centuries ago, Mt. Fuiji erupted and as the lava cooled, a forest began to grow. It’s been nicknamed the Sea of Trees by the Japanese because when you’re on top of Mt. Fuiji and look down, the forest looks like an ocean green. However, in recent years, this Sea of Trees has become notorious as the most popular place to commit suicide in Japan. Approximately 100 bodies are discovered each year and thus has become appropriately named the Suicide Forest.

I was told by a friend who delves more deeply into paranormal activities and history than I do (which is saying a lot) that the place has an eerie quality about it. From what I’ve read online, because of the density of the trees blocking out the wind and no wildlife, the forest has created that eerie feeling about it. Only a small part of the forest is open to the public to enjoy the outdoors and visit the ice caverns as it’s easy to get lost in the forest. The parts where few visit is popular for those with suicidal tendencies. It’s amazing that such a place can have such a hold on those who can’t see any other way out of their mental struggles. Maybe the eerie quality is a perfect setting for those in that particular mindset. 

This brings up the question of whether or not the Sea of Trees is haunted. Given the natural eerie feeling and the number of deaths here, I would be inclined to say that it was haunted. The tortured minds of those who want to die is so deep and heavy that it has to leave an imprint on the earth. I’m open to the suggestion of hauntings and the paranormal, but maybe this place seems so disturbing and haunted because of what happens here. 

If you want to learn more about the Suicide Forest, visit Aokigahara on Wikipedia or watch this haunting YouTube video:


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2 Responses to The Sea of Trees, or the Suicide Forest

  1. I have a paranormal community on G+, and I did a post
    about this….very strange indeed this one….

    • Ash says:

      I have no doubts. 🙂 I love reading about ghost stories and places that are haunted, so I had to look the Suicide Woods up. Seems too creepy for me tho.

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