Tohoku: Hitchhiking Through Japan’s Deep North

This absolutely brilliant and true-to-life short video documentary was created by David Shuff, a videographer who spent a year in Japan. What I love most about it is there’s no embellishment whatsoever. David has given me permission to redistribute it through my feed. I’m truly grateful, because anyone who’s interested in learning about what Japan is really like should watch it.

How he not only managed to capture so many interesting moments but also got all those people to act so naturally in front of the camera is a testament to his talent. He really ought to be videocasting more of the footage he took while he was here. Please write to him at and let him know what you think of his work.

On his web site, David writes,

The remarkably diverse individuals I met there left me with the impression that despite how radically different our cultures may appear at times, Americans and Japanese are startlingly similar. The consistent and overflowing kindness that I encountered (towards a stranger no less) touched and inspired me like nothing before.

Information about his other films is available at

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

4 thoughts to “Tohoku: Hitchhiking Through Japan’s Deep North”

  1. Same as Dana, thanks for sharing this with us Rich. A brilliant piece of short film making (as was the tour round your house)! A flovour of Japan through another’s eyes. Tony W

  2. I really like your videos. At least the ones i can watch. I really want to see this Video, but after i downloaded it and tried playing it. It says “Error-2048 This File is not a Movie File.” Same thing happened with the House Tour Video.
    So maybe someone smarter than me can give me advice on how to fix this.

    I have the Quicktime 7.0.4 already that should have the H.264 codec in it.

    Any Help is appreciated.

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