Jukai – abode of ghosts

A photo from open sources

At the foot of the Japanese national shrine, Mount Fuji is spread out Aokigahara Forest (Plain of green trees). Sometimes it is also called Jukai (Sea of ​​trees). Officially, the forest has the status of a national parka. In the thickets laid routes, advertising convinces residents of Tokyo, there’s simply no better place to spend a weekend. But not everyone comes here to relax. The park has another name – Forest suicides. People from all over Japan come to Aokigahara to end your life here. Ghost Monastery Sad Glory Jukai has been around since the Middle Ages. Until the beginning of the 20th century the peasants of the nearby villages brought here to die their elderly and sick relatives. They brought newborns infants born to their unhappiness in a family that cannot feed them. According to local beliefs, the souls of these dead are not able to go into the underworld, all roam the thickets of the forest. And random meeting with a whitish ghost with burning eyes does not bode well good. But the true “glory” came Jukai in the XX century. Gloomy record today Aokigahara confidently holds a sad first ranked by the number of suicides committed in Japan and second in the world, second only to the Golden Bridge in San Francisco. Since 1970 the police annually scour the forest in search of bodies, the number of which growing from year to year. At first they found 20-30 a year, in 1994 it was found 57, in 1998 – 73, in 2002 – 78. In just 50 years in Jukai more than 3,200 people entered and did not exit. Almost every week like at least one person forever remains in the gloomy forest. therefore park staff strongly do not recommend getting off the paved paths: step to the side – and you will see things thrown by suicides, or even stumble upon a hanging on a tree decayed corpse. Terrible tradition of foresters The discovered bodies are delivered to the local forestry department, where they are waiting for their fate. The identified body will be issued crying relatives, unidentified are disposed of by burning or burial places. According to Japanese beliefs on the first night after discovery the ghost of a suicide will try to steal the body, and so that it does not happened, his (body) must be protected. According to established tradition, Having received a corpse for storage, foresters play one of their gambling games. Loser and receives the dubious privilege of spending the night with dead person. How to save a suicide? The authorities do not get away from the problem. The park has special employees whose duty is to identify among the masses visitors to a potential suicide and stop him. Any seller, watchman, guide, if the person’s behavior seems to him strange, immediately calls the police who arrive without procrastination. A photo from open sources

In retail outlets in the park you will not be sold a meter rope, not a single package of sleeping pills. If you are going to picnic, forgot the knife – you have to return to Tokyo, even you cannot find a penknife in the stalls. Installed throughout the forest video cameras monitoring visitors and billboards calling not commit rash acts and calling desperate call the helpline. However, the park administration is bitter states that all these measures do not help much, the number Suicide in Jukai has a steady upward trend. Apparently it’s not necessary to treat individuals, but the whole society.


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