About MiGOThe Misawa Geocachers Organization is an unofficial organization based in Misawa, Japan, in Aomori Prefecture in the northern portion of Japan's main island, Honshu. MiGO seeks to promote Geocaching in the Tōhoku region (and Misawa specifically), to include educational and environmental activities designed to promote knowledge of GPS navigation, geography, history, local culture, and good stewardship of the Earth.
Although it is aimed specifically at US military service members, US civilian contractors, and family & dependants, membership in MiGO is open to all persons of any nationality. All that is required of membership is an interest in geocaching and in activities that forward MiGO's goals.
For more information, please read the draft MiGO Constitution and the MiGO Bylaws.
What's Geocaching?Geocaching is often referred to as a "high-tech treasure hunt"; it is a GPS-based sport or game (depending on your point of view) in which a GPS receiver is used to navigate to coordinates of a hidden container (a "geocache", or "cache" for short). The coordinates are typically listed on websites like www.geocaching.com and the container must contain, at minimum, a log book or -sheet which the finders sign to provide physical proof that they did, in fact, find the cache. Depending on its size, a cache will typically contain other goodies, or "treasures", generally of a dollar-store variety but sometimes more valuable. The cache is also (theoretically) supposed to be hidden someplace interesting or challenging, so that the process is as much about the finding of the cache and appreciation of its location or the cleverness of its hiding as it is about the actual finding of the cache. It is a family-friendly past time and many caches (and cache-related activities) are aimed specifically at families with (young) children. Also, geocaching promotes an appreciate for nature and stewardship of the Earth; one of its major activities, for example, is "CITO" ("Cache in, Trash out"), in which geocachers assemble for the purpose of cleaning up a trash-ridden area.
MiGO Board of GovernorsNothing here yet, but once we come fully online, there will be short bios of our board of governors (president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and committee heads) here.
"So you set out to travel to Rome... and end up in Istanbul. You set off for Japan... and you end up on a train across Siberia. The journey, not the destination, becomes a source of wonder. "