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Aokigahara also known as the Sea of Trees, is a 35 km2 forest that lies at the north west base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations. This pristine environment is known as one of the most popular places globally to commit suicide. It was here that Chad and his team explored this ever-growing problem and discovered that evidence of this issue can be found at every turn.
From the Samurai warriors, to the Kamikaze pilots, suicide in Japan’s history has been viewed as an honorable way to die. Today’s more than 80,000 suicides a year in Japan have nothing to do with honor. Like the rest of the world, they are the result of family breakdown, social pressures and hopelessness that only God can remedy.
This powerful video tells the story of one young Japanese man’s quest to find love, acceptance, and meaning. That journey took him to the precipice of suicide. When he finally found what he was looking for, he also uncovered a pathway that all suffering from depression and despair can follow. His heartwarming story will help many to find joy and purpose for their lives.