Tayu, Japanese courtesans march on during the Joro Dochu (courtesan march) of the Sentei Festival at Akama Jingu Shrine on April 24, 1954 in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan. The Tayu maching is the reproduction of the former female imperial servants ended up as courtesans after losing Emperor Antoku, who committed suicide at the age of eight at the defeat of the Battle of Dannoura in 1185, visit Akama Jingu Shrine to commemorate the late emperor.
1: Royal crown. Brought from China, used in special ceremonies for the Ryukyu Kingdom’s royal family. 2: Food box set. Used at private parties by Ryukyu Kingdom royalty. 3: Bingata. Okinawan resist-dyed kimono, 18th-19th century. 4: Golden sword. Used by the king of Hokuzan to commit suicide when his kingdom was destroyed by Sho Hashi of the first Sho dynasty in 1416.
Suicide Forest in Japan The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year.
The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. A mini-documentary following one day of a volunteer for the suicide prevention team, whose job it is to explore the forest for bodies.