The Wind Phone
Otsuchi is a town that was decimated in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that tore through Japan. The entire area caved in within 30 minutes and 10 percent of the town’s population was killed. But one year before the disaster, Itaru Sasaki installed the phone booth in his garden to help himself move past the death of his cousin. “Because my thoughts couldn’t be relayed over a regular phone line,” Sasaki told This American Life in September. “I wanted them to be carried on the wind.”
The booth has since become the “wind phone” and has become a sort of pilgrimage for those dealing with the death of a loved one.