Forest at the foot of the «shy» mountains

Aokigahara forest at the foot of Mount Fuji, Japan's most famous mountain. It can be found in the list of attractions for tourists, but among the natives he has a bad name, and is perhaps the most sinister place. "Aokigahara" in Japanese — "The plain green trees." It would seem — just relax on the spacious lawns, picnic, launch kites, enjoying "the shy mountain", as nicknamed Fuji! But few dare to go into a shady thicket …

Unclean place

This amazing wood grown on the slopes of Mount Fuji after the strongest eruption, which occurred in 864. A powerful stream of lava that had descended on the north-western slope, was a large plateau area of 35 km2. The soil in the forest looks like someone was trying to root out the ancient trunks: the roots sticking out of the ground, intricately intertwined over rock fragments ejected from the crater of the volcano once. The entire space is covered Aokigahara crevices and caves, where the ice does not melt even in summer. To the traveler, accidentally strayed here, leans deafening silence, gives a sense of helplessness and horror … Aokigahara is the saddest sight in Japan. The legends of this place, where long live demons, dragons, werewolves and other evil spirits, known since the Middle Ages. In XIX century the poor, unable to feed their families, were brought here and left to certain destruction frail elderly and infants. The groans of the poor could not break through the dense wall of trees, and no one heard crying doomed to a painful death.

Ghosts with glowing eyes

Local residents say that the trees can often see a ghostly white outlines "yureev", which turned violent death of adopted people. According to Shinto, their soul is reunited with the souls of the ancestors, and come to our world in the image of legless ghostly female figure with long arms and glowing in the dark eyes. And the silence of the forest is disturbed at night their moans.

There is another way to have to stay away from the Japanese Aokigahara: since 1960, this place has become popular among those who decided to take their lives. In that year, a book writer Matsumoto Saito "Pagoda waves" (in Russia it was published under the title "The points and lines"). Matsumoto, a master detective and adventure, told her about the sad fate of a woman committed suicide in the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. Then, based on the book took off TV series, which has broken all records of popularity in Japan. I. .. provoked pilgrimage suicide in Aokigahara forest! Fuel to the fire poured book writer Wataru Tsurumi, "The Complete Guide to suicide," published in 1993 and immediately became a bestseller in Japan, it was little more than a million copies sold! In the book, the author calls Aokigahara "the perfect place to die." One can not say for sure that these works of art have led to growth in the number of suicides, but certainly one: number of people willing to make a "one-way trip," walking along Aokigahara is increasing year by year.

Desperate Generation

Why do the Japanese living in such a prosperous country, take one of the first places in the world in the number of suicides? Most other reasons psychologists call the loss of jobs, and for the Japanese is not quite the same thing for us. This problem in the land of the rising sun is not seen as a temporary (and thus can be overcome), but as a complete failure, loss of image … And this is a real tragedy, out of which one — suicide. Sad superiority of those who can not find the strength to fight with fate, in the last ten years, firmly hold the men 45-50 years old, nicknamed "generation of suicide bombers." It is they who built Japan's postwar "economic miracle." , Torn under the weight of responsibility on his shoulders vzvalennoy …

Parallel Worlds

Agree, it all sounds pretty wild. For us Europeans, suicide — something out of the ordinary, do not fit into everyday reality. People who choose to take their lives, cause mixed feelings at the same time and the fear and rejection (if not — contempt). Fear — because in our understanding of suicide — an act absolutely insane, and therefore a person to commit suicide — is inadequate, the mentally ill, socially dangerous. Rejection is also easy to explain: we have cultivated over the centuries the idea that no one but God has the right to take life, including your own. For a long time, even suicides were not buried in the cemetery: they have no place in the holy land, and lay them unforgiven, behind the fence …

In addition, we are used to solve problems differently. Almost every European or American regularly visits a psychologist. In Russia, more popular "kitchen" analogue psychotherapy — intimate conversations with friends, and instead of sedatives and antidepressants, most of our fellow citizens still take forty degrees "medicine" — the best remedy for all the sorrows. But actually it does not. We, like our Western friends, not in a hurry to part with life — although for years can not get out of the depression. And in our understanding of suicide — not an option, except frankly pathological cases. And as such a "trifle", as the loss of work, and not the reason for the experience.

The sons of the samurai a fundamentally different approach to life. They will not complain about his fate, even graduate: for them it is a clear sign of weakness. But the act of seppuku was always considered worthy of respect, the ideal solution to all problems …

To be or not to be

The Japanese are a very peculiar problem of choosing between life and non-existence. They do not just want to die, but choose the way pomuchitelnee. Yes, today, very few people can commit seppuku now that requires special training, and therefore run more modern ways: death under the wheels of a train, jumping from the roofs of high-rise buildings … Or — to get lost in the woods and stretch his death on the days and weeks of torment. Also, in the way of jumping from the roofs long risen state which threatens finger and explains, drop bears danger to others or to innocent people! At railway stations and metro stations are established special protections … Even introduced a penalty — and big! — For the families of those who threw himself under a train. But in Aokigahara suicides nobody hurt.

The quick and the dead

Volunteers come here sometimes and the police to find and clean up the body of wretches who can not be helped. Once a year, a large group of people (about 300 people) scour the woods. During such raids are 30 to 80 bodies. Power three villages bordering the forest, by Japanese law are responsible for their identification and burial. But often the bodies long, too long waiting in the wings in Aokigahara, and identify them is impossible or extremely difficult and expensive. Police last idea — to place the camera in the woods, hang boards with calls to change their mind, maps of the area for those who suddenly wants to extend the earthly journey … Recently, the Government of Japan announced a top priority for the coming years, reducing the number of suicides by 20 percent. Let's see … But this is unlikely to be achieved in a situation of rising unemployment and the increasing number of bankrupt companies. In short, Aokigahara is waiting for new victims …

Anastasia Smirnova

Category: Unexplained Phenomena

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