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Wed, 2018-Jan-03 02:18 UTC
Length - 1:44
Welcome to popular Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a popular Wikipedia page every day.
With 335,519 views on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 our article of the day is Aokigahara.
Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Sea of Trees (樹海, Jukai), is a forest on the northwestern flank of Japan's Mount Fuji thriving on 30 square kilometres (12 sq mi) of hardened lava laid down by the last major eruption of Mount Fuji in 864 CE. The western edge of Aokigahara, where there are several caves filled with ice, is a popular destination for tourists and school trips. Parts of Aokigahara are very dense, and the porous lava absorbs sound, helping to provide visitors with a sense of solitude.
The forest has a historical reputation as a home to "yūrei" or ghosts of the dead in Japanese mythology. In recent years, Aokigahara has become internationally known as one of the world's most popular suicide sites, and signs at the head of some trails urge suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 02:18 UTC on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.
For the full current version of the article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara.
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