There is no such thing as a designated or popular suicide spot at the sprawling Aokigahara Forest, which sprouts from the foothills of Mount Fuji. I had read enough horror stories about the Japanese coming to this forest to end their lives. Also, I was unfortunately privy to many exaggerated videos made by locals and Westerners, so I had to see the place for myself. It had become an item on my bucket list, so, I had to turn myself into a dark tourist to visit the most obscure and unusual sites. But I wasn't prepared for the vastness of the forest, aptly known as the Sea of Trees, covering 30sq km. No forest entrance exists, so visitors can just walk into it from any side and disappear with no intention of ever returning. I visited this landmark on the eve of Halloween, and it was purely intentional. It was a morbid decision, if I may say. For some reason, I wanted to visit this notorious place. When I texted my friends in Tokyo about driving me to Aokigahara, they "virtually" stopped … [Read more...] about End of the road: What is it about Japan’s Aokigahara Forest that attracts tourists?
About evil spirits
By Marjan Asadullah Staff Reporter Thu., Oct. 25, 2018 After a nearly year-long investigation, York Regional police have charged a Toronto woman with witchcraft and fraud for allegedly costing one of her victims $600,000 in an “evil spirit blessing scam.” The investigations started in November 2017 when a 67-year-old man reported a financial abuse incident, York police said in a Thursday news release. Investigators learned that the victim had met a psychic using the name “Evanna” approximately four years earlier. The woman, police said, had convinced the victim that in order to get rid of “evil spirits” in his home, he should sell his house and transfer the money into her account where she would hold it until the spirits left. According to police, the suspect did not return the money and later told the victim she needed an additional $6,000, which she said she would burn to ward off spirits. The victim sold his car and … [Read more...] about York police charge Toronto woman with witchcraft and fraud in $600,000 ‘evil spirit’ scam
Speaking at the recent press conference, Kiyoyoshi Oba, president of Toyota Tsusho (Thailand), organiser told reporters that last year’s festival had received fantastic feedback reaching far beyond expectations, both in term of revenue and the number of visitors, both Thai and Japanese residing in Thailand. “To emphasise our position as the leading trading house in Thailand, we are working hard to ensure that this year’s festival will be even bigger and better than last year’s,” he said. “We want this yearly festival to be on everyone’s calendar and to be an event that cannot be missed. During the festival, you will find an unlimited number of Japanese lifestyle products and food items, directly flown in from Japan for our visitors” Under the theme, “Nice to Meet You Tohoku”, the event will appeal to everyone who loves Japan by transforming the 3,000 sqm Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon into Sendai Tanabata Festival, … [Read more...] about Everything you love about Japan in Bangkok
As far as the masses are concerned, tobacco companies are evil. This has not thrown off the tobacco industry's efforts to wage an incarnate fight for consumers' and regulators' hearts at least since 1964, when the surgeon-general of the US declared that cigarettes had a detrimental effect on health. After 1964, Big Tobacco realised that convincing the world that cigarettes were not detrimental to health or at least not directly linked to disease was more or less futile. As it became apparent that the government would not back down from its declaration, tobacco giant Philip Morris learned that becoming a hero to the state and anti-tobacco organisations was the industry's only way to recover from its tarnished reputation."We realise people don't trust us. We have a lot of baggage, which is why we are going about this in a more open and transparent way," says Philip Morris country manager Gerald Margolis, talking to the Bangkok Post about the company's smokeless product strategy, the … [Read more...] about Changing the image of ‘evil’
WASHINGTON: - Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a "new American moment" of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil forces seeking to undermine America's way of life. Trump's address Tuesday night (Wednesday, Thailand time) blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with ominous warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally. He cast the debate over immigration - an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters - as a battle between heroes and villains, leaning heavily on the personal stories of White House guests in the crowd. He praised a law enforcement agent who arrested more than 100 gang members, and he recognised the families of two alleged gang victims.He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic dangers … [Read more...] about Trump calls for unity; warns about North Korea