Aokigahara – Sea of Trees

Aokigahara – Sea of Trees
“Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s unsatisfying… If I believe in anything, it is doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple fucking answer.” Anthony Bourdain

Beautiful dense at the base of Mt. Fuji –
Signs at path beginning warn
to stay on path lest you be lost.
In the beauty is a huge yuck factor:
Don’t follow the tapes –
It is the #1 place in Japan
to contemplate/commit


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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 16:57:24

    Oh, my. This is breathtakingly beautiful, and breathtakingly sad. So well done, Toni.


  2. Charmed Chaos
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 17:48:32

    Beautiful, but so sad. Sending you love and light Toni.


  3. V.J. Knutson
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 17:55:36

    Oh my. Unexpected. Sad.


  4. Beverly Crawford
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 17:59:47

    A sobering offering amidst all the humor. Suicide is such a sad fact, and so traumatic for those left behind.


  5. sanaarizvi
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 18:02:00

    Yes and there is a movie called “The Forest” that discusses the legendary Aokigahara forest. I am so sorry for your loss, Toni 😥


  6. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 18:06:49

    Unusual description of Mt Fuji and beautiful photo to go with it.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 08, 2018 @ 18:21:38

      Most people just hink of Fuji as being out in the open, never thinking of the lush and beautiful forest that frew up in the lava flows of long ago.

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  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 18:44:42

    Must rain a lot at the base of Mt. Fuji; the real forest is certainly haunting. So much levity out here, I enjoyed your darkness.


  8. Sherry Blue sky
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 20:23:24

    Toni, so hard to lose three friends this way. I am so sorry. I lost a friend to suicide. It was very painful. I imagine, in that forest, that one must feel the presence of spirits.


  9. Waltermarks
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 21:08:02

    I’m sorry your inspiration was caused by such terrible losses. Mt. Fuji is so beautiful from a distance, perhaps deceptively so


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 09, 2018 @ 10:05:59

      It truly is beautiful. Climbing to the top is quite an experience. I have done it twice and an always amazed. It is similar to Mount St. Helena in its beauty and the forest at its base.


  10. Ali
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 21:35:25

    Fantastic closing lines. I love the line with no spaces. Very effective.


  11. rothpoetry
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 21:55:28

    Wow! Scary Yuck!


  12. Mish
    Oct 08, 2018 @ 22:37:25

    I admire your take on the prompt, bringing the horrible reality of suicide to light. I had no idea about the dark side of Mount Fuji ….and Anthony Bourdain’s insight still did not save him from his own demise. It is all so sad. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of your friends. ((hugs))


  13. kim881
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 02:36:27

    When I think of Mount Fuji it’s always as a painting or a postcard picture. I had no idea it had dense forest at its base or that people commit suicide there. How tragic. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friends, Toni.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 09, 2018 @ 10:00:21

      This is how most people think of it. The forest growing in that super rich soil is truly beautiful much like the forest that grows at the base of Mt. St. Helena. Japan has a history of suicide. About 25% of its suicides happen here. The forest is littered with their belongings. The trees are so green as to be almost black. Very very dense. It is a beautiful and haunted place. There is a movie called The Forest but it is exploitational crap.

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  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 14:44:42

    I had read about that forest… maybe suicide is contagious.. it could be a forest or the suffering of young Werther… alas there are so many who dies everywhere.


  15. anmol(alias HA)
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 16:37:04

    Oh, how sublimely you put it — there is death in this beauty, all those lives lost in despair and depression against this background.
    I am so sorry for your loss, Toni.


  16. Frank J. Tassone
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 19:18:52

    Heartbreakingly evocative and beautiful, Toni!


  17. ladynyo
    Oct 09, 2018 @ 23:23:25

    Wow, Toni. Breathtakingly sad. That lush and scary landscape lends to the atmosphere of suicide. Just that ;photo. This poem goes deep.


  18. coalblack
    Oct 10, 2018 @ 08:29:19

    I’ve heard of this place. So beautiful and strange. Hey, I thought of you recently while watching CSI:NY. The murder weapon was a katana. There was other Japanese stuff in it, too. You’d have loved it.


  19. annell4
    Oct 10, 2018 @ 11:38:37

    Suicide the unanswerable question, we are left in the dark. Was there something we could have done, or is it just another way to say, goodby? “Death” is faithful, dressed in black and always comes at the end of life, be it accident, sickness or suicide. So sorry for the loss of your friends….perhaps it is all a part of destiny?


  20. Carrie Van Horn
    Oct 11, 2018 @ 14:03:38

    A sad situation indeed, but beautifully spoken Toni!


  21. sreeja Harikrishnan
    Oct 12, 2018 @ 11:16:31

    Bewitching place…sad…so beautifully told!!


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