When kayaker and photographer Darin McQuoid first started planning his two-week kayak expedition with his crew, things were looking up. Japan has a vast pool of quality rivers, ranging from tight creeks to raging rivers.
Then, two months after tickets were bought and the trip was dialed, the earthquake and tsunami occurred and they were face with the inevitable –should I stay or should I go, now?
As you’ll see through the gallery, they went –and scored a kayaking and feel-good trip of a lifetime.
Thanks to local guide Yoshihiro Takahashi, they found plenty of falls and fun, technical paddling. When they weren’t on-water, they contributed to the disaster clean-up and discovered how a little tourism and assistance can help heal a community.