Diary: 10/20/2012 Sat.

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One Young World Summit 2012 Day 3

Today was the memorable day for me at the session about health. The theme of the health session was equal opportunity for people with disabilities. After the speakers’ presentations, I threw a question to the floor audience. I wrote about that as an essay here.

The evening was also precious time. Delegates had opportunities to visit local residents and had dinner with them. After the several sessions and breakout discussion, we got on a bus and went through the town, and arrived at on house. It was just like an typical image about traditional ages of American life. The house was much larger than the average ones in Japan, and the family welcomed us. After chatting for 30 to 40 minutes with wine and light meal, we sat on the same table. The housefather gave us a short greeting with a few jokes, thanked god for our meeting and then started dinner. I heard from the housemother that there are many international residents here in Pittsburgh, and restaurants of foreign cuisine. Today’s dinner also consisted of various countries’ food including Italian gnocchi, Spanish and Pittsburgh local cuisine (which I didin’t remember the name). It was delicious, and the talk was fun. After finishing the dinner, the housefather played the piano for us. One of the songs was one favorite “Piano man” by Billy Joel. It was so delightful time.

Here Pittsburgh is a beautiful city. Autumn air and trees gave me a peaceful time.

サミット2日目。Healthがテーマのセッションがあり、そこで少し、記憶に残る出来事と経験があった。そのことについては別エントリーで書いた。(日本語版は別途近いうちに…)

この日の夕食は、小さなグループに分かれて各地のピッツバーグ住民のお宅にお邪魔して、ご馳走になるという趣向だった。空港に降りてからも各地でこのサミットのフラッグが見られたし、地域ぐるみでこのサミットに協力しているようだ。古き良きアメリカの家庭イメージ通りの、大きなお宅での晩餐だった。ピッツバーグにはけっこう外国人移民も多く、日本料理屋含めエスニックレストランもそこそこあると聞いた。夕食もイタリアン、スパニッシュ、ピッツバーグの郷土料理など、国際色豊かなメニューであった。こちらに来て、誰かの家庭で手料理をご馳走になるというのは初めてのことだったが、実に美味しかった。最後はお父様(恰幅の良い)によるピアノ演奏。豊かな時間を過ごした。

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