From Library Journal
Sata is the cape at the southernmost tip of Kyushu in southwest Japan. Booth, an Englishman living in Japan, walked there from Cape Soya at the northernmost tip of Hokkaido in northern Japan. It took him 128 days, following a mostly rural route down the eastern side of the islands. His book is a delightful series of encounters with and impressions of local people who were astonished to find a foreigner speaking Japanese. He was treated as a friend by many, and as a freak by some. Booth has much to say about modern Japanese life that fails to come out in the more numerous books on urban and industrialized Japan. And thanks to Booth's ability with both Japanese and English, his book is much more enjoyable to read. Recommended for all libraries wanting good books about Japan. Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland
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"A marvelous glimpse of the Japan that rarely peeks through the country's public image."-Washington Post Book World
"An illuminating book."-The Economist
"Alan Booth has given us a memorable, oddly beautiful book."-Asian Wall Street Journal
Fluent in the language, well-informed and disabused, [Booth] is in the fine tradition of hard-to-please travelers like Norman Douglas, Evelyn Waugh, and V.S. Naipaul. A sharp eye and a good memory for detail...give an astonishing immediacy to his account."-Frank Tuohy, Times Literary Supplement
"Alan Booth was not only the best travel writer on Japan, but one of the best travel writers in the English language."-Ian Buruma, author of The Wages of Guilt
"[Booth] achieved an extraordinary understanding of life as it is lived by ordinary Japanese....Frequently brilliant in his insights."-F.G. Notehelfer, The New York Times Book Review
"One of the best foreign observers of Japan today...his book is unsurpassed."-Far Eastern Economic Review
"To Travel with Alan Booth is to travel in very civilized company indeed, but also close to the ground. He has a mind that illuminates and enlivens everything it encounters."-Nigel Barley, author of The Innocent Anthropologist
"Booth's capacity for rueful, discerning observation will keep him in the front ranks of travel writers for years to come."-Kirkus