It’s an interesting idea — walking a country from top to bottom. The Roads to Sata: A 2000-Mile Walk Through Japan was the third travel masterpiece I read after launching my Year of Japan books back in 2012.
Booth's story of 128 days walking the length of Japan from north to south is what all travel writing should aspire to be - part glimpse into a place, part glimpse into the author's mind. Booth delivers both - and makes you wish you had the energy to do the same walk.
Written about a journey in the late 1970s it's also the story of a now vanished Japan. Sadly Booth passed away at a young age leaving us with only one other book.
Reading this also made me realize that in English at least no one seems to have tackled a good Japanese travellers tale in some time.