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May 21, 2018 Bouldering in PE

Today’s PE was an introduction to bouldering using the brand-new bouldering room. Philip Cadzow, the PE teacher is a real-life climber and I think it is wonderful that the students are receiving guidance from an experienced climber. I talked to Cadzow sensei before the class and he explained that the aim of the class was to teach students that climbing is not about power or physical ability, but instead about skill and mental power. 


The class started by watching several videos about climbing. I could tell Cadzow sensei’s enthusiasm and focus on skill over strength from the videos he choose. After that, we moved to the bouldering room and did some climbing.

I was surprised at how many creative activities Cadzow sensei had up his sleeve on the very first day. Some examples are in the video. Students are very interested in bouldering and spend their free time using the facility. I hope it helps them develop their body as much as their academic mind. See you next time. 

Jonathan May 11, 2018




ジョナサン 5月11日

May 21, 2018 Monkey Tracking

I am Dr. Pauline Baird. It is never a dull day for me living and working at the Hakusan Roku Campus because I keep myself busy. Besides teaching English, I explore the neighborhood with my dog Kobi. 

Kobi is the only official non-human residents at the Hakusan Roku. He is a 10-year old mixed breed dog (Maltese-Pomeranian) who loves walking and running every day. Each morning, we get our exercise, fresh air and vitamin D when we go walking. For half an hour, before 7:00 am, we run and walk on the sidewalks all the way to the post office and back. 

We usually pass early-morning cyclists, walkers, runners, and motorists who sometimes wave to us.  

In the evenings, you can find us either spending time at the dog-park across from the campus, near Michi no Eki. We visit with transient dogs and their families as they take a break from their long drive to and from Hakusan area. Kobi gets to play with dogs of all breeds and is not afraid to make friends. I get to make new human friends, too. 

Now that it is spring, many people in the neighborhood are beginning to plant their gardens and rice-fields. And Kobi is the delight of old ladies who come up to pet him and talk with him. I think he is beginning to understand Japanese—smart dog!

Because of Kobi, I have a new hobby - Monkey Tracking. This is how it goes. I lead Kobi out of the cottage on his leash. At the foot of the stairs, he leads the way in a sprint. He stops and smells something left there by the monkeys. He sniffs all along the pathway leading away from the cottages. Next, he leads the way around the periphery of the parking lot, up the bank, to the foot of a tall tree. 

Yesterday, Kobi insisted on going around the cottage and he led the way. We tracked the monkeys to the embankment behind the cottages. He refused to leave all the while looking into the bushes. Suddenly, he sprang towards the bushes and barked. Several monkey raced into the trees. By walking with Kobi the Monkey Tracker, I am appreciating nature, both flora and fauna in Hakusan. When he barks at 3 am, I wonder what more lies in the bushes and forests and roams our campus at night. Kobi might help me find out!

Pauline Baird








May 17, 2018

“Hi everyone, my name is Jason de Tilly. I teach biology at hakusanroku and assist in teaching chemistry there. Learning science in another language is definitely a challenge, but I have been pleasantly surprised at the students’ progression and motivation since the beginning of April. They seem to be very interested in the scientific and critical ways of thinking that we teach in the science classes. Even though there is a language barrier, they seem determined to overcome it.

We have done a few laboratory classes that they have seemed to enjoy. Before Golden Week, we did observations of cells under the microscope in biology class. It was a less stressful, more relaxing class and the students seemed to appreciate that. Some even came after class to continue observing different slides under the microscope. I was happy to see that scientific curiosity emanate from the students.

I have also had the chance to supervise some of the learning sessions we have at the campus with the learning mentors. It is very interesting to see the students in a more relaxed environment working on their different projects.

I have been enjoying interacting with the students very much and I am looking forward to seeing how they will grow during their time here at hakusanroku.

Jason de Tilly






May 15, 2018

With the lofty green mountains in the background, I walk to the office with a cup of coffee in my hand, breathing in the fresh cool air. This is a refreshing new experience for me, coming from a country filled with concrete buildings and skyscrapers. I am Kah Keng (K.K.) and I am from the city state of Singapore. I am one of the teachers who has the opportunity to live and work at the new Hakusanroku campus.

To be able to work and live with nature itself invigorates me, not only at work but also in my personal time with my family. We have enjoyed watching the ever changing colors of the mountains as they have turned from white in Winter to the fresh green of Spring. We look forward to the rest of the year as the canvas of nature changes and brings us new sights of all its wonders.

I hope that the students will benefit from studying and living at this unique campus, and allow nature to renew our senses, rejuvenate our minds and revitalize our quest for knowledge. Afterall, it is said that nature unlocks the imagination and inspires creativity. Perhaps, being away from the hustle and bustle of city life will allow us to focus on the development of the self, the learning and practice of new skills and knowledge, and the enjoyment of community life.

Tan Kah Keng



自然の中で生活していると活力が湧いてきます。仕事だけではなく、家族と過ごす私生活もです。移ろいゆく山の色が、冬の白から春の新緑へ変わるのを毎日観察しています。これから自然がこのキャンバスにどんな色を描いてくれるのか楽しみです。 学生たちがこのユニークな環境で学生生活を送ることによって、得るものが多いことを願っています。自然の中で感覚を研ぎ澄ませ、脳を活性化し、より一層知識の探求に臨んで欲しいと思います。昔から自然の中にいると想像力と創造力が解放されると言われています。車の行きかう町中よりも自己開発、新しい知識と技術の修得、そして仲間との交流に集中できるのかもしれません。


May 12, 2018 Sports day

Today was ICT’s sports day. First-graders from the Hakusanroku campus and second-to-fifth-graders of the Kanazawa campus gathered to compete in a variety of games. At first, Hakusanroku students were nervous to interact with their seniors, but soon blended in and began to enjoy themselves. I was impressed at how many older students came to chat with our new students. It really helped break the ice.

Hakusanroku students participated in the tug of war, group jump rope, ball toss, and obstacle race. You can check them out in the video. There were all sorts of other games that I look forward to seeing students participate in next year. See you next time. 



2018512日 校内体育祭




May 9, 2018

Hi there. This is Maesa and I’m one of the new teachers at the Hakusanroku campus. This semester I help teach the Computer Skills and Design Thinking classes. This past Monday was our first day of classes after Golden Week and as well as our Computer Skills class together. I started to stay after class to help the students with any of the computer applications we use. I’m glad when the students stay since it gives me a chance to interact with them on an individual basis. K.K. sensei and I are assigned to lead the 3D modeling class. Earlier in the school year we asked the students what did they want to create. One of the students suggested creating an iPhone case. Although I enjoyed my Golden Week, I’m happy to be back to work on incorporating the students’ suggestions into the course. I look forward to sharing what I have in store for them.

Maesa Poolschup



May 9, 2018



How did you spend your time afterschool? I bet some people enjoyed playing games with their friends. How about actually making one?
The other day I ran across two students who have launched a long-term project to create a real-life shooting game using infrared laser pistols and headbands. The headbands will detect the infrared laser and notify if the person was hit. Their final goal is hold a student versus teacher tournament on campus. Sounds exciting, if a little violent. But hey, they’re teenager boys and I think it’s great that they are motivated to learn about what they are interested in. The project is still in the early stages so I will keep you updated if I hear more. Stay tune.

Jonathan April 26, 2018




ジョナサン 2018年4月26日

May 7, 2018

Learning to process metal

In today’s Engineering Design, we learned how to use some of the tools for prototyping. Making a prototype is an important process in the problem-solving process. The class was divided into two groups. One group learned how to use the 3D printer, while the other group learned how to process metal in the Maker Studio. Students used the handsaw, drill, and many other tools to make the final product in picture three. Then, we connected all the metal tablets into a chain. The chain would not work if any of the tablets were manufactured incorrectly. However, as you can see in picture four, they were a perfect match! It’s nice to have an end result that you can see and feel good about after all that hard work. I hope to show you more of the 3D printer group in the future. Stay tune.

Jonathan April 26, 2018

May 1st, 2018

 After I finished my first engineering context class, I was relentlessly busy with work of the research project manager just before the Golden Week. This mission is to plan and conduct extracurricular project activities through industry-academia collaboration and regional collaboration. However, since this year is the first year, we mainly focus on the inventory of planning ideas and the possibility of implementing them. Today I would like to introduce two topics being realized from several candidates.
 The first one is to introduce research activities of energy management system being implemented at the Institute for Regional Revitalization and Innovation of KIT to which I also belong to college students. Experiments on energy independence by renewable energy and storage batteries are currently being conducted in the cottage (staff dwelling) in the Hakusanroku campus. This activity is promoted by industry-academia collaboration with Seiko Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, 4R Energy etc. I thought that it would be an opportunity for students to be interested in the smart energy field expected to grow in the future by looking at the equipment used in this experiment. The picture is the actual tour scene. Everyone was very enthusiastic, so I became happy too. In the future, as research at Kanazawa Institute of Technology progresses, I will get involved again in college students. 



  The second project is a collaboration with preservation society of Bunya-Ningyo(Puppet)-Joruri literature which is an important intangible folk cultural property. There is a village called Higashi-futakuchi immediately after passing the Sena tunnel adjacent to Hakusanroku campus. In this village, Bunya puppet joruri is inherited for 350 years. However, with the rapid depopulation and aging population, the culture is facing a crisis of survival, and Kanazawa Institute of Technology has provided support for puppet performances and video archive productions so far. At International College of Technology, we hope to contribute by promoting puppet joruri globally, with the cooperation of English teachers. Recently, I visited Higashi-futakuchi Historical Folk Museum with Mr. James, an English teacher, and met with Mr. Michishita, president of Ningyo Joruri Preservation Association, to discuss about cooperation. The picture  is like Mr. Michishita explaining the old script of Joruri Tayu. After finishing the meeting, I realized the significance and difficulty of inheriting the tradition, and I thought that we, who became inhabitants of this area, should also contribute to this activity even if we are not powerful. First of all, I plan to organize a tour for the students by the summer and start to exchange with local people.


International College of Technology
Professor of Science and Technology
Dean of Research and Project

Shuntaro Yamazaki




April 27, 2018

Hello, My name is Bart Miskowiec, and I am one of the four learning mentors that will live and work at the Hakusanroku Campus this year. This is shaping up to be a very exciting year with an exciting program to look forward to! The students are in their fourth week of classes and they are finally breaking out of their shells and being a lot more outgoing with themselves and with the teaching staff. Since they have been attending classes for almost a full month now, they have already gotten back into the rhythm of being a student, and they are all looking forward to Golden Week. As a learning mentor, I assist the students at their evening learning sessions; this means that I’m a resource to help them succeed in their studies.

Last week, I asked the students to prepare for a mini interview that I would hold with each of them. I asked them about two topics: what the students did that Friday morning, and what they wanted to do in Engineering Design class. I asked about their morning classes because, as a learning mentor, I generally don’t attend them. Friday mornings, they have basic analysis; a math class, as well as English reading and writing; a class where they currently working on their reading speed and comprehension. For the second topic, I learned a lot about what the students want to make not just in the class, but what they would like to create well into the future. By the way, did I mention that the entire interview was held in English? While everyone is still learning the language, they know enough to express what they did earlier that day and what dreams they have.

Have a wonderful Golden Week,

Bart Miskowiec





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