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Aokigahara: The Truth Behind Japan's Suicide Forest Kindle Edition
What really lies in the forest’s depths?
Aokigahara is a mystery. Born out of an explosion, its roots twist and turn, the dense trees seeming to swallow anything that enters it whole. In recent years it has gained renown as a “suicide forest,” but it wasn’t always this way.
Aokigahara: The Truth Behind Japan’s Suicide Forest is fully researched from Japanese sources and looks at the history of the Sea of Trees, how it came to be, and why it became known worldwide as a popular suicide spot. It looks at why people choose the forest, the procedures the police follow when a body is discovered, and how the government is trying to turn its current image on its head.
Delve into the truth behind many of the forests terrifying legends, and discover why Aokigahara isn't just a “suicide forest,” but an important part of Japan’s spiritual and cultural history.
Get ready to enter the Sea of Trees and uncover the real truth hiding in its dark depths.
- ASIN : B07XF74FC5
- Publisher : Orochi Press (September 13, 2019)
- Publication date : September 13, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 893 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 152 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #294,951 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Much of the information about Aoikigahara that's presented in this book may be disappointingly un-creepy. Expect to find out that improbable-sounding tales are in fact improbable, and expect to spend part of the time learning about the area's interesting geological history and wholesome-sounding nearby tourist attractions and the practical struggles of overburdened locals to deal with the forest's reputation. Because that's the actual truth.
Devlin has done a service by digging into the Japanese sources and bringing this information into English. If you enjoy a good debunking, you'll enjoy this book, but it's also not only about telling you that everything you know is wrong. There's plenty of interesting information, like the history of how the forest got its reputation and even a practical description of what to do and what would happen in the - spoiler alert - **extremely** unlikely event that you find a body in the forest. And don't worry, there is definitely some weirdness, and some actually chilling truth - the fact that the cult Aum Shinrikyo had its headquarters in the area is something you wouldn't be able to get away with in fiction.
And if you're bummed out in the end because it's all so much less creepy than you thought, go read Devlin's other books. Both her fiction and her books of translated creepypastas and urban legends will make you feel better :)
The book is split into four sections. The first covers the origins of Aokigahara. The second covers what most people are probably reading this book for: how Aokigahara earned the nickname of "suicide forest." This is the longest section within the book. The third goes about demystifying the legends that have sprung up about the forest. It is the shortest section. The final one covers the features that one can find in the forest - both natural and leftovers from the tormented souls that venture within.
I quite enjoyed this book. Its short page count, along with breezy prose, makes for a quick read. It also accomplished what it set out to do. Doesn't try to stretch out information to create tension, nor tries to sensationalize Aokighara's darkness. In fact, it was very illuminating how people both in and outside Japan focus on the darker aspects of the forest, forgetting/ignoring that it is more than just a spot where people go to end their lives. It is a forest at the base of Mount Fuji, after all.
This well researched work begins with a history of the forest, which explains it's distinctive landscape. It then goes on to describe the legends about Aokigahara, giving just enough macabre to feed the morbid curiosity of those of us who are horror fans, and then soundly debunking the myths about the forest, all while staying respectful of the topic of suicide, and the trouble that the notoriety of the forest causes the people who live in the surrounding area.
In the end, the truth about Aokigahara, it's tourist spots and unique terrain, make it seem like a place you may want to visit if you ever find yourself in Japan. Just make sure to stay on the paths...
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how it became the way it is,
why it is considered a suicide forest,
and what mysteries and legens lie within,
Tara has you covered! Great book!