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An unusual phone in Japan used for 'calling' lost loved ones

A unique way to deal with grief

An unusual phone in Japan used for 'calling' lost loved ones

Thursday September 28, 2017,

2 min Read


Death is one of the few guaranteed things in life. We all will experience it one day or maybe you already have experienced the loss of a loved one. Grieving is a natural process in coping with ones loss and people grieve in various ways.

In the Otsuchi Town in northeastern Japan, there is a white phone booth called Wind phone that connects family members to their loved ones who were lost in the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the coastline of Japan. People come to speak to those they have lost, to say the words they never got to say on that fateful day.

On that fateful day in March 2011, many people lost their families , a brother, a sister, a parent - this has now led to a sort of pilgrimage for many people to visit the phone booth and 'whisper' their messages to their loved ones.

The phone booth houses just an old dial phone with a disconnected phone line, but this does not prevent them from talking with their loved one, telling them about what is going on in their lives, how they are, how they are feeling despite the fact that it is a one way conservation.

Hope is always there, that their messages will go through some unknown way and reach their departed loved ones. The Wind Phone has given a powerful connection for those that have suffered and provides a process that allows them to grief.

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