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In 1977, British author and long-term Tokyo resident Alan Booth made a journey on foot from the northernmost point in Japan, Cape Soya, to Kyushu’s southernmost tip, Cape Sata.

Booth’s account of that epic trek, “The Roads to Sata,” became one of the classic Japan travel books of the modern age, with its vivid but witty portrayal of rural Japan in the ’70s and the quirky characters who populated it.

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