These three books were written long time ago, 1972, 1976 and 1987, respectively. The reason why I borrowed them from a library was that I’ve known the author by name, who won the Japan Essayist Club Award. Hori used to be a professor of physics, but he resigned from the secure position, leaving 10 years till his retirement age.
Though geography or geology was not definitely the scholar’s area of expertise, he knows everything about maps, and introduces many interests which can be found from the illustration of lands, including the transition of the area and the reason. I was also impressed a lot to know that the author’s description with wits is quite logical and persuasive.
The gentleman of culture used to continue walking around many places, bringing maps, not only in Japan but also the worldwide in his “Golden Years”. I yearned for his life, because he was able to lead his “afternoon life”, seeking what he really wanted to enjoy in his irreplaceable life.
PS: I learned the basics of Physics from the professor. It was more than 50 years ago.