Local Hopes Soothing Music Will Deter Would-Be Suicides

From his cottage on the edge of Japan’s Suicide Forest a certain gatekeeper of the forest blasts John Lennon’s “Imagine” into the night hoping that this particular music can lift people from their hopelessness and turn around instead of taking their own lives.


The senior-citizen musician has been waging a war for 8 years to bring back the forest’s reputation. He hopes to achieve this by reaching out to those who come to end their lives by playing melodious and inspirational music.


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The Aokigahara forest became popular last year when YouTube star Logan Paul filmed an episode of his online series there, showing a suicide victim at the site. This infuriated the Japanese as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (who was born close to the forest), not to mention the world.


Aokigahara’s lush history dates back to the middle of the ninth century A.D. During this time, Mount Fuji erupted and lava covered wide areas that have since transformed into a 12 square-mile forest.


One of the entrances shows a sign that reads: “Life is a precious thing given by your parents. Do not worry alone. First talk to us”. This sign also includes a number for individuals to call should they have second thoughts about ending their life.


But that hope was shattered when international irritator, Logan Paul, uploaded his controversial video that showed the body of a man who had committed suicide.


Paul’s footage was not the only factor, however. A steady stream of news reports that are often sensationalized is a contributing factor. Also, a 2015 film about two men coming to the forest to kill themselves have cemented the forest’s reputation in recent years.


The senior citizen musician knows he faces an uphill struggle but says he is committed to his campaign and won’t back down until his last breath.


Reference: Gatekeeper At Japan’s “Suicide Forest” Hopes Music Can Save Lives


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