FREAKY FRIDAY: One of the creepiest places in the world is the Aokigahara Forest, which is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan.
What Niagara Falls is to weddings, Aokigahara is to suicide. More than 500 people have taken their own lives in Aokigahara since the 1950s. Supposedly the suicides started after Seicho Matsumoto published his novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) where two of his characters commit suicide there. After that-always eager to prove they are bizarrely susceptible to suggestion-hundreds of Japanese people have hanged themselves among the countless trees of the Aokigahara forest. It is said the forest is thick with trees that even in high noon it’s not hard to find places completely surrounded by darkness.
Besides bodies and homemade nooses, the area is littered with signs displaying such uplifting messages like “Life is a precious thing! Please reconsider!” or “Think of your family!”
In the 70s, the problem got national attention and the Japanese government began doing annual sweeps of the forest in search of bodies. In 2002, they found 78. There are now signs that read WARNING, NSFS (Not Safe For Soul).
THRILLING THURSDAY: Fuji-Q amusement park in Japan is known for having some of the most extreme coasters on the planet. This year the park added to their collection the Takabisha, a Gerstlauer Euro-Figheter. Takabisha takes the record for the steepest drop of any coaster on the planet with a stomach-churning 121 degree drop.
So, let’s take a virtual ride on this awesome roller coaster.