e-Jump (January 2000)

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Published January 18, 2000
e-Jump January 2000

A report detailing Hirohiko Araki's adventure in America from the January 18, 2000 issue of the e-Jump magazine.


Hirohiko Araki Goes to America! ~ A little trip to America by Hirohiko Araki ~

A vast swampy area! Can you imagine the end of the story (Stone Ocean)?

A 30-minute drive from Miami, a metropolis with a population of 3 million, and you're in a swampy area 35,000 square kilometers in size!

The beginning of Araki's new story takes place in Florida, a year-round warm peninsula with a large Latino population that is not only the most cheerful place in the country, but also one of the most beautiful. Not only is it one of the most cheerful places in the U.S., but it is also one of the most transformed areas in the U.S., having been cultivated from scratch by humans from what was once a swampy area. Miami, now a metropolis with a population of more than 3 million, was once a desolate place where only river grasses grew in the midst of water, alligators, many birds, and many more small animals lived. And even now, within a half hour drive from the coastal cities of Miami and Palm Beach, there are still wetlands as far as the eye can see, an overwhelming kingdom of wildness! It's a place where it's impossible for humans to casually set foot. The only place where ordinary people without any special training or equipment can go is Everglades National Park, which stretches over 6,570 square kilometers in the southwest part of the peninsula. Here, even in the swampy areas, paths are maintained and observation points are set up in various places so that people can experience a part of Florida's nature. However, an alligator walks in front of us like a loose cat. Or there is an alligator around the corner. That's what this place is. Some of them even attack humans, so you can't be too careful. What I have shown you this time is only a small part of Florida. Araki-sensei is enthusiastically taking pictures and doing research, but first of all, what will happen to this story that started in a "detention center"? Can you read it from these photos?

Is it good in America?

The hot dogs I ate in the real place were awesome! I was actually worried about the daily diet for Mr. Araki, who loves Italy, but he was so happy to eat hot dogs every day!

[Translated by RealEgyptianSilk]

荒木飛呂彦 Goes to America! ~荒木飛呂彦のちょっとだけアメリカ取材紀行~



荒木先生の新たなる物語の始まりの舞台は『フロリダ』だった。1年を通して温暖で、多くのラテン系の住人が住むこの半島は、全米で最も陽気な土地柄であるだけではない。かつては一面の湿地帯だった場所が人間の力で一から開拓された、全米でも最も大きく変化を遂げた地域でもあったのである。今では人口300万以上を誇る大都市マイアミも、一面水浸しの中川草が生えるだけの、荒涼としたワニとたくさんの鳥やもっとたくさんの小動物が棲むだけの場所だった。そして、マイアミやパームビーチといった海沿いの都市から車に乗ってものの30分もすれば、今でもそこは、ただもう見渡す限りの湿地帯が続いて、圧倒的な野性の王国!気軽に人間が足を踏み入れる事は不可能な場所だったりする。特別な訓練も装備も持たない一般人がいけるのは、半島の南西部に6570平方キロに渡って拡がるエバーグレイス国立公園ぐらいだろう。ここでは湿地帯の中でも道が整備され、ところどころに観測ポイントが設けられているのでフロリダの自然の一端に触れる事ができる。ただし、人間の見ている前をのら猫のようにワニが平然と歩いていく。あるいは角をまがったところにワニがいる。そんな所だ、ここは。なかには人間を襲う種類もいるから、あまり油断はできない。今回読者のみなさんにお見せしたのはそんなフロリダのほんの一端だけ。荒木先生は何やら熱心に写真をとったり調べたりしているけど、まずは「留置所」から始まったこの物語が今後どんな展開を見せるのか? キミはこの写真から読み取る事がデキルかな?


本場で食った『ホットドッグ』はサイコー!イタリア好きの荒木先生には毎日の食事が実は心配だったけど、毎日『ホットドッグ』を食べてゴキゲンでした! [1]



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