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Fukui's Tojinbo Cliffs

Beauty and tragedy at the Sea of Japan

The Tojinbo Cliffs are truly beautiful. Jutting out into the Japan Sea, they are at once, both beatiful and tragic. The beauty part is easy to understand. Just look and see and fall in love. The tragedy comes from the fact that it is a favorite suicide jumping spot for those who no longer care to live – 25 or so per year. The cliffs, situated near the sleepy town of Mikuni, are easily Fukui Prefecture's biggest tourist draw.

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