Kiyoko Matsumoto

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On February 12, 1933, a 21-year-old female student, Kiyoko Matsumoto (松本 貴代子 Matsumoto Kiyoko?), committed suicide by jumping into the crater of Mount Mihara, an active volcano on the island of Izu Ōshima, Japan.[1] This act started a trend in Japan and over the course of the year, 944 people (804 men, 140 women)[2] leapt into the volcano.

References in popular culture[edit]

American musician Beck references Matsumoto's death in the lyrics to the song "Volcano" from his 2008 album Modern Guilt: "And I heard of that Japanese girl who jumped into The Volcano. Was she trying to make it back, back into the womb of the world?"


  1. ^ (Japanese) 癒しの杜の会 Archived January 6, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ (Japanese) 2005年7月〜9月|日録メモ風の更新情報|MAMO's Archived October 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.