Ken Demura / Marubeni Business Machines (America), Inc.
Known as the Sunshine State, Florida ranks fourth in the U.S., both in terms of its population and scale of economy, and these are centered on the city of Miami, which is located at the southern tip of Florida. Hot and humid any time other than the dry season, there are squalls, and a treasure trove of wild birds and crocodiles in the Everglades National Park, with its expansive of wetlands.
The first thing that hits you when you arrive and deplane at the airport is the Spanish that you hear spoken all around you. That's right—Miami is said to be a business capital and a hub for the flow of goods, money and people to Latin America and the Caribbean.
More than 60% of the population is Hispanic, and “Miami Time” is one example of the broad-minded temperament—things are rarely executed according to schedule. Voting for the presidential election was conducted on November 6 of last year, and although votes were counted and victory was declared in the early hours of the November 7, voting continued in Miami at that time! What's more, the results were determined three days after that! And speaking of Miami, although it is well known for the extensive damage wrought by hurricanes, I would like to focus on some local points of pride this time.
First of all, there is the never-ending outpour of sunshine and brilliant clear blue sea. Then, there is the especially superb view from the Seven Mile Bridge of the Overseas Highway—known as the “most beautiful road in the United States”—toward Key West.
Next, there is the Miami Heat basketball team that has made it to the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship finals for three straight years. Clinching the successive championships this summer made native Miamians cut loose and go wild. They say that LeBron James went from king to god when he was selected as MVP.
Now, the meal I recommend that you enjoy is the stone crab. You only eat the claws of the stone crab, and these are packed with sweet white meat. Add a bit of mustard and mayonnaise sauce then feast on this crabmeat and you will find yourself in a state of bliss. Bear in mind, though, that stone crab season is only from the second half of October to the beginning of May.
With the only tropical monsoon climate in the United States, Miami is a Latin city where hot winds blow. Although there are unfortunately no direct flights from Japan, I certainly invite you to visit Miami!
Marubeni Group magazine "M-SPIRIT" VOL.78 (November, 2013)