Travel log assignment (3/4) for my illustration class: Aokigahara, Japan.
Cave of Wind: [link]
Forest of Sorrow: [link]
BRIEF HISTORY: Aokighara, also known as the Sea of Trees, is infamous for its association with mythological demons and its stunningly high suicide rate; 500 deaths since the 1950's. These mass deaths are said to have filled the forest with a dark energy, and imbued the trees with the angry spirits of the dead.
The forest itself is dense with trees that lay on top of rough volcanic rock. Overhead foliage is so thick that sunlight and wind are completely blocked out. Wildlife is surprisingly absent from the forest. Both the lack of wind and animal life makes the forest eerily still and devoid of life.
Here's a drawing of the other cave in the forest, the Cave of Ice.