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Girlfriend and I went to Aokigahara Forest (Jukai) - 06-08-2011, 09:22 AM





For those of you who don't know Aokigahara Forest, or the Jukai is known as the Suicide Forest where almost a hundred Japanese go into die every year. It started out as poor peasants brining their elderly and disabled family into the forest to die, as well as samurai who failed in battle to commit suicide. In Modern times people with debt, crushed love, meaningless saleryman work, hikkikomoris and elderly people travel there to hang themselves or take pills.

I gotta say I was NOT aware of its dark dark history until we arrived at the town of Kawaguchiko. We had read that theres great natural beauty by Mt Fuji so we went with a camera and some hiking stuff. The towns people we met at the local inn told us all about what happens in the Jukai....one of the workers even thought we were going in there to commit suicide! OMG she thought we had like a forbidden love thing going on and our parents wouldnt accept our relationship (I am surprised that this still goes on in this day and age).

anyway I was looking for a thrill and wanted to hike so we went into Aokigahara the day after....and boy oh boy.....it was the CREEPIEST place ever. I didn't actually expect to find anything....we went pretty far into the forest taking pictures of the awesome wildlife there. However, we reached a place with rock formations and found a lot of disturbing things....ripped up pictures of familes, something that looked like a suicide note nailed to a tree and clothes. There was rope lying around and lots of yellow tape.

At this point my girlfriend felt very uncomfortable and wanted to leave so we backtracked....and thats when I stumbled on some bones. I freaked out, it was still wearing decaying jeans and Nikes. I f***ing started running. The more we ran the more the forest seemed to envelop us....I started freaking out some more thinking paranoid thoughts about how we might die in the forst. we ran around desperately I started to see things. No straight up ghostly apparitions....but a few times I could have sworn I saw somebody standing next to a tree but when I looked back there was nothing. That freaked me out somemore and in turn my girlfriend got really really really scared and looked like a crazy person (eyes wide, darting left and right).

She shrieked and scared the living hell outta me. I turned around and saw something orange moving thru the trees and brush.....my blood froze and all the hair on my body stood up. I was like, F**K THIS! and started to back up when I saw a figure emerge from the brush. It looked like a Buddhist monk in robes and I was just speechless. I just stood there...my girlfriend went running the other direction crying ... she left me there...but I realized that it was an actual human being and not a ghost. He came shuffling along and spoke in very deliberate Japanese, "Nani ni shi ni kita no?" (why are you here) . I said, "asobi ni, oretachi wa america kara kimashita, gomen na sai gomen!" (To play, we're from American im sorry!). I dont know why I was apologizing but I did. The man looked me over carefully and asked, "ja anata to ano gaijin wa shinu tsumori wa nainn da ne?" (so you and that foreigner have no intention of dying then?) At a time like that I noticed that he still viewed my girlfriend as a foreigner and not me, even though I'm American....goes to show that Japanese people are indeed somewhat xenophobic....anyway.... i said no no no we're here to hike and take pictures. He told me to NOT take pictures and pointed me in the direction to an exit.

I said thanks really fast and ran off mind racing and adrenaline pumping. I wanted to get the fk out of there. I called out my girlfriends name a few times and she came running back from somewhere nearby luckily....but she was pretty sure the man in the robes was a ghost and she was bawling cus she was so scared. The monk gave me good directions because we emerged by a parking lot where there were people.

A mountain rangers came running towards us looking all serious. He pulled out a phone and called somebody. He said, 'daijoubu da, mo daijoubu da, antara atama tsukatte tadashii koto oh shita" (its gonna be alright, you used your head and did the right thing). Apprently he saw how scared we looked and my girlfriend was still crying, he thought we tried to commit suicide but decided against it at the last moment and came back out. I explained the best I could that thats not what we were doing...I told him about all the stuff we found and the monk. Some of the other people were gathering around us whispering , ' oh poor things! must be forbidden love! so sad!" But i told them we wernt there to die, we looked the way we did because we were scared and running. They were like "OMG YOU SAW YUREI!?!?! AND YOU TALKED TO IT!?!?!?? GO TO THE NEAREST TEMPLE NOW!" Others said they heard rumors of a Buddist Monk who lives in the forest who tries to prevent suicides and to pray for the dead....apparently thats who I encountered. What is not known is if he was real or a yurei. Either way, real or not he did help so I wasnt very disturbed by it but we went to a Jinja anyway and talked to a priest.

I am never going back there again. EVER

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06-08-2011, 09:45 AM

You should have gone "NO,I'M AMERICAN ASWELL!"

Have you tried talking loudly? That should do the job! Maybe if you make a big deal about hotdogs!

In all seriousness,that is creepy. lol sorry for my cool story bro kind of attitude

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06-08-2011, 10:54 AM

yeah I should have complained as to why theres no Nascar on TV in Japan, or the teeny food portions compared to America....but honestly I didnt want to talk to the man/ghost/thing/whatever he or it was any longer than I had to.

For all I know he might have been a Gaijin eating yokai who prowls the woods looking for lost foreigners, so maybe him thinking I was Japanese was a good thing!

lol no offense taken, I realize this might sound a little outrageous so I expect a little 'cool story bro' attitude. But! I swear thats how it happened.
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06-08-2011, 03:11 PM

Woaw! SO SCARY!

I read a story of this forest a few months ago. It was part of a list that was called "6 scariest place on Earth".

I was close to this forest when I visited Japan in 2009 but I didn't know it existed at the time. I don't know if I would have been brave and curious enough to venture inside of it though.

I don't know if I should congradulate you on your courage though since you got so scared and never want to go back. Lol


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06-08-2011, 03:39 PM

How come I don't see any bones in the pictures?


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06-08-2011, 04:03 PM

Isn't this the forest that hard gay went treasure hunting in? XD


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06-08-2011, 06:15 PM

natural park law & Cultural Properties Protection Law
It is prohibited to enter without taking the license excluding the woodland path.

I see poachers well.(Especially a lot in autumn)
The stray dog comes near when going at night.
(the Doberman was fearful....)
I have seen neither the would-be suicide nor SDF(Japan Self-Defense Forces) personnel yet.


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06-08-2011, 07:18 PM

Don't they have an annual clean-up where they go in to clean out all the bodies?
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06-08-2011, 07:35 PM

reading this makes me want to go there.
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06-08-2011, 09:28 PM

kyo_9- Its not like there were bones EVERYWHERE, I only saw the one wearing jeans and shoes but that was enough to send me running LOL. Do you know how creepy it is to see a dead person in the middle of a heavily vegetated forest!? Extreamly!

also yeah the police do annual body search and retrieve operations.

We actually came across "treasure" in the form of the dead guys wallet.....there was money in there but my girlfriend was DEADSET AGAINST taking anything so I left it there. I would feel really bad stealing from a dead man too so I wasn't that mad...although that could have bought us a free ticket and day in Kyoto or something.

Oops sorry,! I guess we trespassed....I can't read Japanese very well so when I see signs nothing on it registers in my mind unless I actively stare at it and try to translate it. Im sure there were signs saying all kinds of things but we non chalantly walked by them hahah

Can anybody translate this sign for me? I took Japanese from grade 7th-12th but my Kanji comprehension is piss poor.


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