Go North is an online guidebook and one-stop resource for independent travellers heading for northern Japan, popularly known as Tohoku. We shed light on area attractions that are often left out from major travel guides. The information contained here is provided by independent writers and locals who share their knowledge, experience and love of the region.
Editor / Writer Rieko Terui
Born in a underpopulated hamlet on the edge of Hanamaki, Iwate where not even newspapers are delivered and 90% of locals share the same family name, Rieko grew up developing a love-hate relationship with her hometown. Her extensive backpacking experience around Asia experience living abroad made her appreciate the peculiarity of her birthplace which hosts a famous phallus festival among other oddities.
Writer / Photographer Quinlan Faris
Hailing from the upper Midwest of the United States, a climate not unlike that of Tohoku, Quinlan moved to Japan in September of 2000. Though not planning to stay for longer than a year or two, a decade has passed while moving between Tokyo and Tohoku. He studied Tibetan language and religion, and was thus pleasantly surprised to hear Iwate is often referred to (derogatorily) as the Tibet of Japan. While in Tohoku he falls into a mild alcoholism spurred by the availability of great local sake.
Editor Adam Halbur
Adam Halbur, a frequent resident of Japan since 1998, has proofread and edited for numerous publications, including for the arts and entertainment section of The Japan Times and for Gakken publishing company. He has lived in Gunma, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures and has traveled to Hokkaido, Miyagi, Fukushima, Tochigi, Nagano, Niigata, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and every end of Tokyo from Mount Kumotori to Disneyland. His own publications include a book of poems, Poor Manners (Ahadada Books, Tokyo/Toronto, 2009).