Japan A Distinct Society

Japan A Distinct Society

The following was submitted by Elizabeth Perreault from the Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre presents a lecture on JAPAN: A DISTINCT SOCIETY

Quebec CiMorrinCentre_Logo_Redty, February 28, 2013 – Different religion, and it’s never been colonized by the West.

According to Dr. Owen Waygood, guest speaker at the Morrin Centre on Wednesday, March 13, these are two of the reasons why Japanese culture is so different not only from European but from North American culture. Dr. Waygood is an multi-disciplinary expert on travel and carbon emissions, and is especially interested in how Japanese architecture and its transportation system are tied to Japanese social life, environmental conditions, and its economy.

His talk will briefly introduce architectural and religious differences, city development (historical and modern), and how radically day-to-day life differs between there and here. Waygood has published research (Japanese and British) on children’s travel, carbon-aware travel choices and sustainable transportation systems. He held a research position at the UK’s Centre for Transport and Society in 2012, and obtained a PhD in Transportation Behaviour from Kyoto University. He has a Masters in Biomimetics from the University of Toronto and degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He is Assistant Professor of Transportation Planning at Université Laval.

Don’t miss this talk given in English at the Morrin Centre on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information or to reserve your seat, call 418-694-9147 or visit www.morrin.org.

About the Morrin Centre
The Morrin Centre is an English-language cultural centre that promotes the heritage of the English-speaking community of Quebec City, fosters cultural exchange and offers a wide range of activities including library services, guided tours, readings by prominent authors, writing workshops, a writers’ festival and much more. This 200-year-old building, listed as a National Historic Site, is managed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

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