Aokigahara Jukai (Translated Sea of Trees) lies at the base of the legendary Mt. Fuji volcano in Japan. A forest of great intrigue, some consider it enchanted, yet its beauty masks a very dark secret—it has become a venue of death for many seeking to end their lives. The catalyst that has unleashed a plague of suicides into this Japanese treasure has been the glorification of death and escapism romanticized in a single book. This manual on suicide is used in this episode as an object lesson, showing the influence of what people put into their hearts and minds. This program, filmed on location in the Sea of Trees, is intended to examine honestly the lies that are leading people to end their lives.
The content is dramatic, but please watch it until the end. Through it all, you will see how this place of death became the perfect venue to speak words of life. See how lies can be broken and how truth can bring light even into the darkest places.
Executive Producer: Berin Gilfillan
Producer: Paul Black
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