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The Wind phone

When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011, 30ft (9.14m) waves obliterated coastal communities. The small town of Otsuchi lost everything including 2000 residents. One resident, Itaru Sasaki, was already grieving his cousin before the tsunami hit. He had the idea of nestling an old phone booth on the windy hill at the bottom of his garden which overlooked the Pacific Ocean. This would be a place he could go to speak to his cousin – a place where his words could ‘be carried on the wind.’ The white, glass-paned booth holds an old disconnected rotary phone. He called it his Wind Phone.

In the aftermath of the terrible tsunami, as word of the phone spread, it became a pilgrimage site for those who had lost loved ones. In the sanctuary of the booth they would dial old phone numbers and talk to their loved ones. Interpreter and journalist Miwako Ozawa visited Otsuchi in the weeks after the tsunami. In this programme she returns for the first time since 2011 to visit the phone and find out how it has helped people to cope with their grief.

We meet some of those who regularly visit the phone and we hear their stories and listen in to their phone calls. In many ways the wind phone typifies a very Japanese relationship with nature and death and with the invisible forces that connect us all. As the residents of Otsuchi face the slow progress of rebuilding their town and the frightening reality of future extreme weather, the wind phone is a reminder of those losses that won’t be forgotten.

Presenter: Miwako Ozawa
Producer: Sarah Cuddon

This wonderful story comes from the BBC World Service, for more click here.

A lot more TV viewing

Abducted in plain site‘ (documentary)
Why do American sit coms like to stick classic UK phone boxes inside all the time? This from the ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘.
The Canadians do it too – ‘Orphan Black‘ where Felix has a phone box inside his flat.
German sci-fi drama ‘Dark‘ sets this scene for the year 1986.
Not a box as such but I like this scene from ‘Sahara’

Iconic tattoo

A friend of mine, Hope, has just got herself some new tattoos and there is one that is pretty special to this blog:

Christmas tv viewing

crisis-in-six-scenes

Woody Allen pretends to make a phone call in the tv series ‘Crisis in six scenes‘ and in the  New Year’s day ‘Sherlock‘ episode there is a classic London scene with a phone box…

sherlock