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A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto

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The Most Terrifying Places on Earth - Condé Nast Traveler Aokigahara Forest (aka Suicide Forest) (2/2) Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan Another possible culprit? Literature—namely Seicho Matsumoto’s 1961 novel Nami no Tō, or Tower of Waves. The book chronicles a couple's doomed relationship, and ends with the heroine heading into Aokigahara to kill herself. (© Robert Gilhooly / Alamy)

Chef by day, writer by night, author finally recognized for her work --- Eiko Yamaguchi, winner of this year's Matsumoto Seicho award for a full-length entertainment novel, considers herself lucky: her literary dreams came true after biding her time, working at a restaurant.