Geocachers Care – Worldwide Well Wishes for Japanese Geocachers

Sendai Airport before and after (courtesy: "Smell the Roses")

Worldwide well wishes pour in for Japanese geocachers caught in the chain reaction tragedy: a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a tsunami and then a nuclear disaster.

A Japanese geocaching family, tmiya, is located near the flood ravaged epicenter of the deadly March 11th earthquake. Tmiya, a married couple with two daughters, live in Miyagi, Japan. The geocachers placed GC2173Z “Underbody of a jet plane” in 2009.

The traditional geocache was hidden in the port city of Sendai. Eleven geocachers logged a smiley on the difficulty 1.5, terrain 1 geocache before a wall of blackened water scoured the coastal landscape.

Location of GC2173Z

The cache page for GC2173Z now has more than 130 notes. Most are well wishes from the global geocaching community. The notes read: “May you and your family have much strength during these tough times for you” and “Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this terrible time. I have found a lot to admire about the Japanese people.”

They are posted from countries around the world such as Germany, the U.K., Canada, France, the United States of America, the Czech Republic and from inside Japan itself. One note from a French geocacher is simply signed, “Fraternité Geocaching” or the “Fraternity of Geocaching.”

This fraternity united in their compassion for a family most will never meet. Perhaps the most endearing post came just three days ago. Japanese geocacher strikeeagl wrote: “We were Tokyo geocaching community confirmed a cache owner tmiya and his family both alive in safe.” Another note posted more recently reads, “We could confirm that he is fine 5 days after the earthquake… I would appreciate you if you could encourage him.”

Join the geocaching fraternity and post your own note of encouragement to tmiya and the Japanese geocaching community on the cache page.



  • “We were Tokyo geocaching community confirmed a cache owner tmiya and his family both alive in safe.” – that’s great!
    Hope our japanese friends, geocachers or not, will never give up their hope!

    Thanks for that great (and official!) article!
    – Benny (1/2 “Das C-Team”), Germany

  • Mike_B

    I just sent a personal email to tmiya and wished him and his family well.

    Mike Belanger
    Prescott, AZ., USA

  • c&s 143 Susan

    I consider the geocaching community family so that includes you and those affected by this horrific event. I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through in these days and what you will face in the days ahead. But I do know that everyone there is in my thoughts and prayers and hope that life can return to some normalsy very soon. Hang in there and stay strong!

  • Chetas

    Prayers are coming to you and your family. Thank God you were OK, but I know you have a long way to go. Please realize the global community united through silly caches are all praying for you. Try to take a quiet moment and feel those prayers hugging you and your family. God bless. TFY Thanks for You.

  • Jacqueline Caching

    Hang on, only last week this cache page was locked and groundspeak condemned people who posted there.

  • Anonymous

    A reviewer locked it since it is usually against the terms to have conversations via logs, but Groundspeak made an exception in this exceptional case. We hardly condemned anyone.

  • Chrysalides

    I’m worried that this might attract trolls. There was at least one such post last week, which was quickly deleted by Groundspeak (seems to be before tmiya logged on). Not that hurtful remarks are going to do much harm to people who still face so much difficulty and suffering, but they shouldn’t have to deal with such things right now.

    Wishing all in Japan, geocachers and non-geocachers alike, all the best. Hopefully, I got this one right and did not totally waste my months of Japanese language lessons : 頑張ってください

  • Dpeckham

    Are prayers are with all of Japan. May God show himself in many powerful and miraculous ways to strengthen and guide you all.

  • Michix

    My thoughts, compassion and sympathy are with all Japanese.
    I have a friend in Tokyo and I was very much relieved to hear from him that he and his family are OK.

  • Jacqueline Caching

    Perhaps you don’t read the forums then? Those posts have since been removed also.

  • Cindymelancon

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I don’t tend to read the forums. However, I haven’t heard of Groundspeak condemning anyone.

  • Hanando

    Make GC2173Z a favourite and make this cache a legend.
    Our feelings for international disasters can be really strong at the time but so often rapidly fade with time.
    Perhaps by making this a favourite (and asking all your fellow cachers to do the same) it will put Sendai permanently on the geocaching map for ever.
    Over 400 comments and climbing. I’m definitely going to put this on my “Places to visit before I die” list.
    I remember visiting Auschwitz and the profound effect that had on me. I feel that visiting this cache will be a fitting memorial to all everyone whose lives were changed for ever on 11th March 2011.