For one man, getting down on one knee just wouldn’t do it. Instead, the proposal he would make to his girlfriend would be so epic that it would be visible from outer space. Now, how many guys can boast such a feat?
To make it all possible, Japanese artist Yasushi Takahashi — a.k.a Yassan — had to quit his job, and he did not hesitate to do it. He then spent the next six months trekking through Japan, covering more than 4,349 miles in the process, mostly on foot, but sometimes by car, ferry or bicycle. GPS technology tracked Yassan’s every movement and directed his journey from Hokkaido island to Hyodo Cliff on Kyushu island where the trip ended.
At the end of Yassan’s trek, the GPS records of his travels around Japan spelled out the phrase “Marry Me” — with an arrow through a heart sign added afterwards, for good measure. Each point Yassan crossed during his travel was carefully planned beforehand, so that the GPS tracking would spell out the phrase clearly. The artist said:
I wanted to write the world’s biggest proposal, and I found GPS drawing was the way to do it. It wasn’t a waste of time. After I explained, she said yes. It is a sweet memory.
Yassan’s work has officially been recognized as the world’s largest marriage proposal, and also holds the Guinness Record for the world’s biggest GPS drawing, covering 4,349 miles. As a part of his one-of-a-kind proposal, Yassan also created the video you will see below, in which he describes his epic journey through the country. The footage shows him walking along on difficult roads, climbing Mount Fuji and visiting hot springs. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The final stage of Yassan’s romantic journey included an arrow struck heart after the giant proposal.
2. Yasushi Takahashi also made a video of his entire trek to show his girlfriend afterwards. At the start of his record breaking journey he straps on his GPS tracking equipment, above.
3. Seen from above, the GPS tracking leaves a trail wherever Yassan walks.
4. Yassan quit his job to go on the trek of his home country, visiting locations the length and breadth of Japan.
5. He documents many steps of his epic journey with a video capturing some of his favorite moments.
6. Some of his journey was taken by car but in this episode he films the aftermath of leaving the road (unhurt).
7. Yassan starts the first letter of his carefully planned proposal.
8. Yasushi Takahashi split his video into seven ‘chapters’ documenting his journey.
9. Yassan journeyed from Hokkaido island to Hyodo Cliff on Kyushu island where his trek ended.
10. Not only a record breaking trek but a particularly romantic use of GPS.
11. All lit up at night, the giant proposal is the only one in the world which can be seen from space.
And here is the video coverage of the artist’s unique proposal:
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