Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

November 13, 2019 Climbing Mt. Sanpoiwatake

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. On October 21, a group of students from the Hakusanroku campus climbed Mt. San-po-iwa-take. (三方岩岳) Sanpoiwatake is a mountain on the Hakusan-Shirakawago White Road. The White Road runs from Hakusanroku to Shirakawago in Gifu prefecture and is a popular tourist spot, especially in the autumn. The leaves were beautiful shades of red, yellow and green as we made our way up the path. This event was a collaboration with the Oguchi Community Center and some members of the local community joined us in the climb. Shinichi Hiramatsu is a specialist of this area and gave lectures about trees and animals. It took about an hour to reach the top, where we rested and ate lunch. Hiramatsu-san pointed out that we could see Mt. Hakusan's peak from Sanpoiwatake. Altogether, it was a refreshing and fun way to spend a beautiful autumn day.




November 12, 2019

              Hello everyone, in my free time I like to travel to famous sightseeing spots in the area around Hakusanroku.  A little while ago I went and traveled the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine route.  It is accessible from Toyama station (about 30 minutes by shinkansen from Kanazawa Station), and is a series of trains, busses and cable cars that takes you from Toyama, up to Mt. Tateyama, across to the Kurobe Dam, and finally down into Nagano.  The whole crossing takes 9-12 hours one-way, but is well worth the time.  As we move into winter there is a famous “snow corridor” (Yuki-no-otani) that you can walk through that looks like a canyon cut out of the snow!  Why not visit it sometime?

Davis Evans



November 8, 2019 餅つき



津田 明洋

There are already some articles about the "Kosensai" on the website, but I would like to talk some more about our school festival. This year's Kosensai was subtitled "Connect" and was a collaboration between ICT and KIT. As if to fulfil this theme, there were sites of connection between various departments, ages, and clubs. One good example of a strong connection between the school and guardians is the annual "mochi-tsuki (sticky rice pounding)." It was only held on Sunday. However, it was so popular that there was a long line to buy the mochi, which we sold about 300 to 400 packages in a few hours. "Mochi-tsuki" is a Japanese tradition and I hope ICT will continue to cherish local Japanese cultures like this even as we transform into an international community. Also, technological advancements make automated mochi pounding possible, but I believe the mochi we made with our hearts and hands tasted much better and special.

I would like to thank the staff who prepared the rice, the fathers who pounded the rice several hundred times from early morning, the mothers who flavored the mochi with anko and kinako, and the teachers who lent us the hammer and mortar. Thank you so much.

Akihiro Tsuda

November 8, 2019

                   On October 1st, Koutaro Sugi, Daiko Kato and Shuntaro Sato from the year 1 Listening/Speaking class interviewed members of the community class as part of an ongoing Oral History Project for 15 minutes. Students came up with and asked questions about what this area was like before ICT. Specific questions included, “What was here (ICT Campus) before “Kanpo-no-yado” was built,” “What was here before Hakusan campus and the Sena Roadside Station (Michinoeki Sena) were built,” “How was the atmosphere around here before the Hakusanroku campus was built,” and “How has the atmosphere changed by the building of Hakusanroku campus.” Students also asked about what they wanted to come to Hakusan next.

                  The members of the community class were eager to participate and had a lot to say about what was here before ICT, what they want to come to this neighborhood and how monkeys get into their gardens and eat the daikons. The students found the interviews interesting and fun and Daiko said he would like to do this again.

                   The interviews were conducted in Japanese, but students will record a 2 to 3 minute summary of the interview in English. This summary will focus on what they found most interesting and be supported with photos. This is a new class project and is inspired by oral histories such as Studs Terkel, “Working,” The Foxfire Project and Junichi Saga, “Memories of Silk and Straw”

Ian Stevenson



                   インタビューは日本語でしたが、学生たちはその内容を英語で2~3分口頭でまとめたものを録画するのが課題でした。まとめには面白かった点や写真なども載せてあります。この活動はStuds Terkelの"Working"、The Foxfire Project、佐賀純一氏の霞ヶ浦風土記などの口述歴史を参考に計画しました。


November 6, 2019 Halloween


Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Last week was Halloween, and many students dressed up to enjoy the occasion here at Hakusanroku campus. Halloween is an interesting event because it takes place on a regular school day. As you can see in the pictures below, teachers also dressed up and taught classes in their costumes. The Language and Culture club carved jack-o'-lanterns which were put on display in the Living Commons to ramp up the mood during learning session after dark. Ed sensei, who is famous for his sweets baking, cooked a delicious pumpkin cake with frosting. I hope next year's Halloween is as exciting as it was this year.




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