The things we do for love.
On 30 June, 2008 Yasushi Takahashi, or Yassan for short, quit his job and set out on a trek across Japan. He took with him a GPS logger to document the journey as he experienced the â€œJapan that he knows only in books.â€
That might seem like a reckless choice for a man in his thirties, but as we can see, along with Japan he was also mapping out his future during this half-year travel. Yassan also recorded parts of the trip on video and uploaded it to YouTube in a video titled Tegami-Letter.
The video opens with Yassan declaring his intentions to see Japan with a map and GPS and to draw â€œthe messageâ€ with GPS. He sets off in his car on his 31st birthday and begins to draw. His journey started in Hokkaido as he travelled around the northern Island taking in the popular spots when he could such as the Abashiri Prison Museum cafeteria.
In August of 2008, Yassan continued into the Tohoku region of Japan. In order to write his â€œletterâ€ he had to take some roads less travelled.
Luckily he also stumbled upon a temple in Fukushima which greeted him with statues of benevolent travel gods to bless his journey.
A few days later, he made it to his destination completing both his trip across Japan and the letter to his girlfriend he was making with his GPS logger.
Oh?What happened next? Well, of course she said “Yes”!
Although the marriage was indeed good news, more happiness was in store for Yassan a couple of years later when Guinness World Records acknowledged his letter as â€œthe worldâ€™s largest GPS drawingâ€ at 7,164km (4,451mi) long.
Although impressive, Yassan’s art wasn’t one of its kind.
One of the commenters on the Guinness website pointed out that another had made a GPS drawing covering most of the United States of America, encouraging everyone to read Ayn Rand. Itâ€™s unclear why Guinness has not acknowledged this particular drawing made by Nick Newcomen in 2010.MYNEWSHUB