Japan’s #1 Seller: The Suicide Manual

If you’ve followed the last blog I’ve posted. You know I’ve started the year on a grim but important subject matter. Suicide.

In last week’s post I mentioned a previous post about the Suicide forest and people in the documentary mentioned a best-selling book (in Japan) called the “Suicide Manual”. The manual is supposed to accurately depict the various and painful ways someone can kill themselves efficiently and the painful side effects if they don’t do it properly.

My wife recalled, during her high school days, one of her instructors actually encouraged her class to read this manual. Nothing would peak a teenager’s morbid curiosity more than a book about suicide. For my wife, it stripped away all the romanticism behind what people think they know about suicide.

Now I have a copy of my own.

Sorry kids, you must be over 18 to read about ways to kill yourself.
Sorry kids, you must be over 18 to read about ways to kill yourself.

Taboo subject matter is always fascinating to me and suicide is another universal phenomenon I think everyone has encountered in one way or another. However, not talking about it won’t make the problem go away. If anything, this book will spark some interesting dinner conversations and hopefully remind us that maybe that’s really what need sometimes… Communication.

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

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