Kita e Iku Tabibitotachi begins with the scene at Totsukawa Village in Nara Prefecture. In 1889, Totsukawa Village has a heavy downpour. An earthquake, landslips, and floods also cause great damage. Tsuda Fuki loses her parents in this disaster. With her elder brother, she joins the troop of 2600 people to go to Hokkaido. They struggle to survive in the severe nature of Hokkaido, and also gain the power to live from the nature, and make up New Totsukawa Village (Shin Totsukawa Mura).
  In this book, two years of Fuki's life are told. Kawamura (1931 -) regarded this book and its sequel Koya no Tabibitotachi [Travelers on the Wild Land], as one story, dealing with ten years of Fuki's life. At first Kawamura himself did not know how long the series would be; in the end, it became a series of ten volumes describing Fuki's life of about eighty years.
  Kawamura said that Fuki was his original creation with no model. He had not intended to write her story; in later volumes, another character became a protagonist. He wanted to describe the feelings and senses of value of four generations in their childhood. Kawamura received the Robô no Ishi Literary Award with this series. In 1989, this series received the Sankei Award for Children's Literature and Publications and Japan Association of Writers for Children Prize.
This is made into a television drama by NHK from 1991 to 1992. There is a Museum of Shin Totsukawa Monogatari (opened in 1993) with a statue of Fuki in Shin Totsukawa Town.