Masayuki Nishimura / KMA Manufacturing, LLC
What do you associate with the name Pittsburgh? The Steel City that you learned about in Social Studies classes? Or maybe a college town represented by Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh University? This time, I will introduce Pittsburgh—which was selected as the most livable town in the U.S. in 2007.
First of all, let's have a look at sports. Aside from basketball, Pittsburgh is home to three champion perennial-power professional sports franchises representing three out of the four major pro sports in the U.S. As the Steelers are six-time national champions in football, the Penguins are three-time national champions in hockey, and the Pirates are five-time national champions in Major League Baseball, you can enjoy powerful pro sports in Pittsburgh year-round. As a fledgling Pittsburgher, I also give it my all to cheer for the Pirates in the comfortable breezes off the river at PNC Park once in a while.
Next, let's consider culture and the arts. Pittsburgh is an old city in the state of Pennsylvania, which is one of the thirteen states that were signatories to the United States Declaration of Independence. It flourished as a center of trade due to its geographical importance with the confluence of two rivers, and great effort is made even today to preserve history and promote culture here. The downtown cultural district is lined with theaters and concert halls where you can feel the history, such as Heinz Hall, and you can enjoy a broad range of familiar art, including the classical music of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, musicals, opera, ballet, and the like.
Finally, let's turn outdoors. Pittsburgh is a suburban city with a metropolitan population of about 2.5 million, and if you drive just thirty minutes out, you'll find nothing but mountains, rivers, and farms. On weekends, you can not only enjoy sports like golf and tennis, but in summer you can also enjoy camping, fishing, canoeing, and the like, at the state park, which is surrounded by the great outdoors. And you can enjoy the country life to your heart's content in all four seasons, by taking daytrips to go skiing at slopes that are just an hour away in the winter, picking strawberries at a neighboring farm in the spring, and picking apples in the fall, as well.
Although there are no direct flights from Japan to Pittsburgh, I would certainly recommend that you come to relax and stroll around both the urban and rural town of Pittsburgh.
Marubeni Group magazine "M-SPIRIT" VOL.73 (January, 2013)