Takahashi's "Marry Me"

How a Japanese Man Traveled 4,000 Miles to Spell ‘Marry Me’ on Google Earth

In 2008, Yasushi “Yassan” Takahashi decided to propose to his girlfriend, Natsuki, in a very unique way. He travelled 4,000 miles across Japan, tracing out the words “Marry Me” on Google Earth.

Takahashi had been creating GPS art for several years before he decided to use it to propose to Natsuki. GPS art is a form of digital art that is created by plotting a route on a map and then travelling along that route. When the route is added to a mapping tool such as Google Earth, it forms a distinct shape.

Takahashi spent months planning his proposal. He mapped out a route that would spell out “Marry Me” across the entirety of Japan. He then quit his job and set off on his journey.

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Takahashi travelled by car, train, and even bicycle. He faced many challenges along the way, including bad weather and car trouble. But he persevered, and eventually, he completed his journey.

Another of Takahashi's art
Another of Takahashi’s art

When Takahashi returned home, he showed Natsuki the Google Earth map of his proposal. She was so surprised and touched that she immediately said yes.

Takahashi’s proposal is a truly unique and romantic gesture. It is a testament to his love for Natsuki and his creativity. It is also a reminder that anything is possible when you set your mind to it.

A mouse created by Takahashi
A mouse created by Takahashi

Here are some additional details about Takahashi’s proposal:

  • He travelled for 6 months and covered 4,451 miles.
  • He used a GPS device to track his route.
  • He uploaded the route to Google Earth to create the “Marry Me” message.
  • Natsuki said yes!
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Takahashi’s proposal is a great example of how technology can be used to create something truly special. It is also a reminder that love can inspire us to do great things.