Wind phone

  On a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean next to Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, there is a white glass-paneled telephone booth with a black rotary dial telephone. Over the years, thousands of people have arrived here just to make a phone call. The strange thing is that the phone in this phone booth doesn’t have a phone line, it can’t connect anywhere, and everyone knows it. However, this does not prevent people from seriously talking to the phone. When going out from here, the heavy expression on everyone’s face is replaced by lightness and comfort.
  This phone booth was completed in 2010. An Otsuchi resident named Sasaki lost his cousin that year. Sasaki and his cousin grew up together. His cousin was not only his relative, but also his best friend. Sasaki was extremely distressed at the thought that no one would share his happiness afterwards, no one would be comforted when he was sad, and no one would pat his chest like a cousin when he was in trouble. He sat in his own garden on the top of the hill and murmured to himself for a long time, just like his cousin sitting beside him chatting. As night fell, when he got up and down the mountain, he felt relaxed and his heart’s sorrow was relieved a lot. Since then, whenever Sasaki misses his cousin, he comes here and tells in the wind what he wants to say to his cousin.
  Later, Sasaki simply built a telephone booth and installed an old telephone without a telephone line. When he misses his cousin, he will call his cousin’s phone number; although he will not get any response, and although all his words will die with the wind, Sasaki’s heart is greatly comforted.
  A year later, a major earthquake struck northeastern Japan, killing or missing nearly 20,000 people. Numerous survivors were distressed by the loss of their families. Because he had experienced the same pain, Sasaki felt the same for people’s grief. As a result, Sasaki opened his “wind phone booth” to the public, allowing community members to mourn their loved ones in the same way. Later, the “wind phone booth” spread throughout Japan, and thousands of people from other regions also began to visit. This phone booth has become their destination for those who have lost loved ones in various accidents and need help.
  This white phone booth has become the subject of a touching documentary filmed by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), and the true story about it has inspired director Suwa Suwa to direct a feature film called “The Phone of the Wind”, which will start in 2020 Released in the year. As Director Suwa Atsushi said: “This is a story about sorrow, but because of the existence of the wind phone, only the warmth is left.”