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The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan

The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan - Alan Booth Alan Booth's travel classic narrates 2000 miles walking through Japan, wherein Booth turned down repeated offers of rides and eschewed buses, trains, bicycles, or any other alternate form of transportation. A "smart, subtle" writer, and somewhat wistful to boot, Booth was a clear Japanophile, but he avoided stupid glorification of superficial details to characterize inner truth and genuine sentiment. One is bombarded, traveling around Japan, with the resident foreign expert in every bar or watering hole, ready to drown you in detail of some one specialty;

(a/k/a the famous 'My Japan' syndrome; all expats to some degree afflicted)

Booth on the other hand accepts the country for what it is and does not gloss over the industrialized or overdeveloped areas, even as he routes himself through the more rural sea of china coast rather than the more populated pacific ocean side (mostly).

in the end, we have a sad, elegaic tale, Kawabata-esque, made all the more tragic by Boothes' eventual fate.

readers will also enjoy [b:Hokkaido Highway Blues|37438|Hokkaido Highway Blues|Will Ferguson|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347801602s/37438.jpg|37308]. which is a little weaker...

but if you can't get enough Roads...