26 February 2014
Learning means to gain knowledge of areas of information and to communicate it to others. But many questions remain on the table regarding the embodiment of its use for the Knowledge society. How do we give meaning to our experiences is the question at the center of this question. Here is my experience from Japan.
Japan is a country of contrasts even in the context of the countries and people of Asia. Japanese call their country as the "land of the rising sun" (??). They got this this name was first from ancient Chinese, who lent them their writing system (Kanji). For nearly one year, I have been living in the Hokkaido Prefecture of northern Japan. It is characterized by long winters, famous for its high accumulation of snow from October to April. This makes it the first snow area in the world. Snow accumulation reaches up to 2 mts. & temperature drops to about -20 between January & February. Accordingly, it is not a surprise to see an underground city built in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. The underground city is adequately supplied with public service and facility and the people have no worries about interruptions due to weather perturbations in the winter. The society heavily relies on ICT and ICT shapes their behavior and way of life. For example the city plan is well thought out as it has been built based on geographic coordinates.
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