Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

July 3, 2020 Article No. 5 “Giza pyramids”

Hello everyone! Last March, I went to Egypt with my family to visit our relatives and enjoy the sunny warm and dry weather. I used to go there in summer, but this time we decided to spend the spring vacation as it becomes longer than the summer one. When we started our trip, COVID-19 was not declared as pandemic yet. So we could enjoy going out and having tours in many different places at least in the first 10 days. I live in Giza, very near from the pyramids. It takes 5 min by car to get to there from my place. So, on one of the sunny days we visited Giza pyramids to show our children the history of their forefathers and how astonishing the pyramids and Sphinx are. My children were so impressed and they kept asking how those people could make such great buildings and how they could lift such huge blocks more than 5000 years ago without the technology that we have nowadays. The answers of these questions are still mysterious and Egyptologists are trying to demystify that. As an engineer and a math teacher, I utilized that chance to explain to my kids how the ancient Egyptians invented Trigonometry to adjust the pyramids angles, side lengths and the inclination of the surfaces. After spending nice time and taking many pictures at the place, we all went back proud of our ancestors.

Alaa Hussien



June 26, 2020 鷲走ヶ岳 登山

Hello, it's Jonathan the cameraman. On June 21 (Sun), the Nature & Adventure Club finally held its first activity of the year in the form of a hike to the top of Wasso-ga-take. Due to COVID-19, clubs here at Hakusanroku Campus were restricted from doing any group activities. This restriction was lifted on the 19th and this was our first weekend after it. Our first chance was a beautiful sunny Sunday and we jumped to the opportunity.

The Nature & Adventure Club is one of Hakusanroku Campus's three clubs and focuses on interacting with the local community and nature surrounding the school. Twelve first and second year students, Yamazaki-sensei, Katabe-sensei, Philip-sensei, Owari coach, and myself gathered at the campus entrance at 8:30 am for total of 17 people. Wasso-ga-take is a mountain a couple of miles southwest of Hakusanroku campus near Tedori Lake. We started our hike from Higashi-Futakuchi. It was sunny. However, the trees protected us from the sun and most of the climb was through the cool shady woods.

We reached the top of Wasso-ga-take a little before noon and enjoyed the view over lunch. This peak is 1096m high and we could see green mountains and even Mt. Hakusan in the distance. After lunch, we split into two groups as we descended. One group went straight down and the other group, who wanted more, made a detour to a second mountain called Shironuki-yama (891m). Here, we could see Tedori Lake below. We regrouped and walked down through the woods, arriving at Higashi-Futakuchi around 2:30 pm.

Mountain climbing is one of the Nature & Adventure Club's main attractions and I was glad to finally get one done. Today's climb also gave new students a taste of what it is like, which they can use to decide whether they want to participate in the Mt. Hakusan climb planned on July 5. It seemed like the students enjoyed their walk through the woods and I hope they take up the challenge. Until then, see you!







June 26, 2020 Operation

Classes are starting to get back to normal. I am quite happy about that as it is going to allow me try out a cross disciplinary team project in the Bridge Biology class.

Are you familiar with the game “Operation”? If you’re not, here’s a link to an early 80s tv advertisement for the game. 

To play this game, you have to choose a card and remove the problem from the patient with tweezers, without touching the sides. The problems are things like Brain Freeze, Butterflies in the Stomach and Funny Bone. If you can successfully remove the problem, you get points. The player with the most points wins the game. If the tweezers touch the sides as you are removing the problem, it completes a circuit and an alarm sounds and you don’t get any points. I used to play this game when I was a boy, but always lost to my father. It was an unfair competition, since he was a surgeon.

Anyhow, to learn about cell biology, cell organelles and their functions, the Bridge Biology class is going to build versions of “Operation.” Plant and animal cells are going to take the place of the patient and organelles like nucleus, chloroplast and ribosome are going to take the place of the problems. After choosing a card which gives the organelle function, for example, “Where a plant cell makes food,” students will have to identify the organelle (chloroplast) and try to remove it from the cell without setting off an alarm.

This is not just a Biology project. Besides the cell organelles and their functions, students are going to learn English, Electronics/Engineering, Design and Programming. To complete the project, student teams are going to have to design their game, program the game with Scratch, build the game with a Makey-Makey microcontroller and do it all in English. After each team finishes building their game, they will demonstrate their game and let other teams play it. By building and playing these games, students will be able to learn and review key Biology concepts and the games will be available for future students to help them with their Biology classes.

Ian Stevenson







June 22, 2020 ヒルクライムサイクリング

こんにちは。今年も研究プロジェクト主事とNature & Adventure Club顧問を担当している山崎です。新型コロナ感染防止に伴う外出制限が解除された週末、学生たちと一緒に近くの山にサイクリングに行きました。サイクリングと言っても、スキー場の山頂ゴンドラ駅までの林道を登るもので、キャンパスから山頂まで約9.5km、標高差726m、平均勾配7.6%という本格的なヒルクライムコースです。この日参加したのはS1の田窪君、中里君、 S2の畠中君の3名。同行するスタッフは体育のフィリップ先生と事務局の本田さんと私。田窪君は自身のロードバイクを持参、他の学生はNature & Adventure ClubMTBを駆って参加しました。

Hello, this is Yamazaki, still in charge of Research Projects and the Nature & Adventure Club. Restrictions due to COVID-19 have been loosened so I went cycling with some of the students on Sunday. This isn't your typical cycling though. It's a 9.5km long, 726m total elevation, average slope of 7.6% serious hill climb through woods to the gondola station on top of the ski resort near the Hakusanroku Campus. Three students joined us today: Takubo and Nakazato (both S1) and Hatanaka (S2). Accompanying staff were Philip-sensei, our PE teacher, Honda-san of the office, and myself. Takubo brought his own road bike and the other students used the mountain bikes own by the club.


We left the campus at 9 am and reached the entrance to the path in about 10 minutes. Here is a photo we took before the hill climb. This was Nakazato's first time and he looks a little nervous.  



Philip-sensei and Honda-san were trying for a personal best and rode out of sight immediately. Hatanaka and Takubo followed them at their own pace. Nakazato struggled getting used to controlling a bike on a mountain path and tried to keep up. I rode alongside him hopeful that chatting would keep his spirits up. After about an hour, Philip-sensei and Honda-san rejoined us on their way back. Apparently, they reach the top in about 50 minutes; astonishing work. Nakazato also reached the top after about an hour and a half with the moral support of the team. He did a great job. Hatanaka and Takubo's time was 1 hour and 7 minutes. Well done everyone.


We took a group photo at the top and you can see the feeling of accomplishment on the faces after completing the run. The view was extraordinary and you can see Tedori Lake and even the Hakusanroku Campus. ICT has many mountain paths like this a is a wonderful environment for cyclists. 

Shuntaro Yamazaki

June 11, 2020



潟辺 豊

June 1 was our school's 63rd anniversary and students had the day off. Since the coronavirus outbreak, students have been cramped in their dorms. At 9:00 am, the first bus to Kanazawa departed from Hakusanroku Campus. You might or might not be surprised to hear that everyone was on schedule this morning. I was decorating the café corner with some flowers when the earliest student, first-year Shii arrived. When asked, she replied that she would spend the day with her parents at home. Runner-up was Morisuke as usual. He answered that he planned to eat lunch at a popular ramen shop "真打 Shin-uchi" and go to "みなと模型 Minato Model Shop" and buy one of his favorite car model kits. The rest of the students climbed into the bus one by one; with their masks on. Some were dressed up and said they would go to a beauty parlor. Others spoke about watching the movies "天気の子 Weathering with You" and "君の名は Your Name" back to back. Everyone looked excited and happy. The monthly bus to Kanazawa was nothing special before the corona situation, but that has changed.

My daughter's junior high school will also reopened, and we went shopping at a 100 yen one coin shop in Nonoichi. I was almost staggered at how many people were there. I assume that Kanazawa will not be as crowded on a Monday, but hopefully everyone will stay safe and enjoy their day off.

Yutaka Katabe

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