A Phone Booth in Japan Allows People to Call the Dead

posted: 01/27/17
by: Kelly McClure

Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan that claimed nearly 16,000 lives, people who found themselves unable to deal with their grief sought comfort any way they could. A white telephone booth, which a local man named Itaru Sasaki had installed in his garden the year before the natural disasters hit as a way to grieve the death of his cousin, became a source of hope for all the many people who found themselves in a similar state of indescribable sadness after the earthquake and tsunami left so much in ruin.

The booth, which is perched on top of a hill in Otsuchi, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, contains an old fashioned rotary phone that people use to talk to their deceased loved ones. Referred to now as "the phone of the wind," over 10,000 people have relayed messages through it, some returning over and over again in a effort to keep their lost loved ones part of their daily lives. The booth is remote, which adds to the experience of peace and serenity while in it, and is accessible from Tokyo by high-speed rail, or a seven-hour car ride. The booth has been the subject of several documentaries, including the one above which aired on NHK World.

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[via: Travel + Leisure]