Author: Deena Budd
What is it about the Sea of Trees, also called the Jukai, located on the forests of Mount Fuji in Japan that draws people there to take their own lives?
During the last forty years or so, hundreds of people of all ages and vocations have traveled from all over Japan to come to the Suicide Forest to end their existence on this plane.
The authorities have placed warning signs all over the six thousand plus acres of forest area in an attempt to get people to think about what they are doing. One sign says "Wait! Think Again! You only have one life- value it."
For the most part, this forest doesn't sound as lovely as most wooded areas that I have visited. I have read of "stunted, twisted pines and oak trees," with little sunshine breaking through the darkness. There are seldom birds, and often ice lying in "black slabs on the paths."
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