Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

March 13, 2021

اَلْسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُم As-salamu Alikom.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ اَلْسَّلَام Wa Alikomu as-salam

 That is how to greet people in Arabic language. It is the salutation in Islam, that means you can use it with Muslim people whether they are Arabic language speakers or not.  “As-salamu Alikom”, means “peace be upon you!”, Wa Alikomu as-salam, means “And peace be upon you, too”

  Wishing people to have peace and live in peace is a meaningful wish. We learned throughout this difficult time that peace is not only the opposite of war. To live without pain, disease, and fear is peaceful. The 2020 academic year is coming to an end, our year three students couldn’t travel to New Zealand to study at Otago Polytechnique as planned because of the pandemic. They may have missed chances and experiences living and studying in another country. However, they have a peaceful life over here in the university`s International House. Part of the courses are held online with Otago Polytechnique, other courses were designed carefully by professors at ICT to help students get as much experience and learning as possible. Language and Culture course is an example of those courses. I and prof. Dr. Alaa Hussien were invited to introduce Arabic language to year 3 students last week.

 Students seemed to enjoy learning about Arabic language, and its importance as the first or a second language of more than 1.9 billion people around the world. They practiced basic Arabic daily conversation amongst themselves and with us. They were excited to know about different Arabic cultural perspectives such as calls for prayers, calligraphy, and arabesque. They were also surprised to listen to music pieces played using Arabic musical instruments and know how the music key is different in that part of the world.

This week, Students learned about food hidden cultures of both Egypt by myself and Guyana by Prof.Dr. Pauline Baird. They also watched previously recorded interviews about personal stories of Diana Stevenson (Prof. Ian Stevenson`s mother). She is an American citizen originally from Scotland. She shared her experiences on the subject of thrift during and after the world war II. I personally learned a lot from that video.

 Traveling to different countries might not be as easy as it used to be these days, but those places can be a lot closer and more accessible than what we think. I advise all of my students to keep digging down and look for all the opportunities to know and understand other cultures and ways of life. That is one main reason and meaning we are here in this life. As one of my favorite verses in Quran says "O Mankind, We created you from a single pair of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may know one another. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you" (Quran 49:13).

Nagwa Fekri Rashed

*This journal was written in February

اَلْسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُم アッサラーム・アライクム

وَعَلَيْكُمُ اَلْسَّلَام ワ・アライクム・アッサラーム


他人に平和と平穏を祈る行為は素晴らしいことです。この大変な時期を通じて、平和とはただ単に戦争が無い状態ではないことがわかりました。苦しみ、病気、不安なしに生活できることこそ平和です。2020年度が終わりを迎え、新型コロナウィルスのパンデミックで、3年生は結局ニュージーランドのオタゴポリテクニクに留学できませんでした。彼らは外国で暮らしながら勉強する機会を奪われてしまったのです。その代わり、国際交流会館で穏やかに過ごしています。オタゴポリテクニクの授業をオンラインで受けながら、国際高専の先生が丁寧に組んだ専用の科目を受講して、可能な限り経験と知識を獲得しています。そのひとつがLanguage and Cultureの科目です。先日、アラー・ホセイン教授と私がゲストとして呼ばれて、3年生にアラビア語を紹介しました。






March 9, 2021 Sports Day

Hi, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Today I would like to share some pictures I took for the Sports Day event held on February 22 in the Hakusanroku Campus gym. This was the second sports day event held at Hakusanroku Campus this year. The first and second year students enjoyed the first one some much that we planned a second one. Check this entry if you want to read about the first Sports Day. 


This time students and teachers competed in basketball, soccer, volleyball, and badminton. All in one day! Here are the results and pictures.


First year vs Second year
Score 8-9

Teachers vs Students
Score 18-4


First year vs Second year
Score 9-8

Teachers vs Students
Score 0-2


First year vs Second year
Score 12-25, 15-25

Teachers vs Students
Score 25-19, 16-25

*Badminton was mixed and I could not keep track of the individual records.

Since this was the final event with the current second year students, Matsushita sensei ended the event by saying "Today was a hard schedule but you all played very well. I'm glad this was the final event we spent time together, and I am very very proud of you."




March 1, 2021 課外活動とデザイン&ファブリケーションクラブ最終発表会





徳山奏太さん、バシュロ・琉海ジェームズさん(両方1年)の2人はバンドを組んでギター演奏とソフトウェアを使って作曲した音楽を披露しました。勝方正宗さん(1年)はUnityの勉強のために取り組んだスマホアプリの制作と、今後制作予定のゲームアプリについて語りました。戸塚裕基さん(1年)はPythonを使って制作した辞書プログラムを紹介しました。これは入力した単語の意味を表示し、データが存在しない単語は質問をして記憶するプログラムで、顧問の伊藤周先生は「プログラム何行あるの?」「けっこうすごい」と個人プロジェクトの完成度に舌を巻いていました。山崎史依さん(1年)は参加したFusion 360のコンテストの制作過程と感想について述べました。





February 15, 2021 Is Thrifty Living a Global Thing?

Thrift is a concept that promotes reusing, recycling, up-cycling, and avoiding waste. The students in the 3rd year studied how about people practiced thrift. Our topics included: Hidden Cultural Foodways, Thrifty Living: The Parent’s Stories and Thrifty Living; Vermont and Canada.

Nagwa-sensei introduced food in Egypt. Pauline from Guyana talked about the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on Guyanese foods. Students tried to make a dish of items they were given (on paper). They named the dish by themselves and later learned how Guyanese used the ingredients to prepare a one-pot dish called Cook-up Rice from leftovers.

Ian introduced students to the words associated with thrift, such as: tightwad, stingy, spendthrift,  Portmanteaus. The students tried to figure out the meanings of freegan = free+vegan; shopaholic= Shop +alcoholic. Students voted based on their spending practices. One was named the thriftiest (always keeps receipts), and another the biggest spendthrift.

Our guest on video was Mrs. Diana Stevenson (Ian-sensei’s mother), who shared her stories of practicing thrift after WWI in Scotland, where she grew up.


In pre-recorded video interviews with Pauline-sensei, we listened to Mr. Frank Tan and Mrs. Betty Tan (Anne sensei’s parents), who taught us about thrift in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the USA, respectively.

Our other overseas guest was Miss Zeona from South Africa living in Switzerland. She introduced the history of South Africa, its economy and inequities. Students learned about wealth distribution and the use of a traditional banking system called STOKVEL. Lastly, Keith Ikoma-sensei shared how is thrifty or not. Stephanie Reynolds – sensei talked about being thrifty in Vermont. Students learned about garage sales and thrift shopping. Additionally, she shared how she up-cycles her clothing. Stephanie taught the students how to knit using chopsticks!

Students completed journals that included:

  • A Summary from Cornell notes
  • What you knew and/or didn’t know before
  • What surprised you and/or questions arising from the lesson

Excerpts from Journal Entries:

Student A: “We have watched several videos on stories of teacher’s parents. First, it was Ian-sensei’s mother. She experienced tough times when food supply and other things were running out. She needed to be thrifty on lots of things. Ration was also being used to make sure that everybody got supplies equally. She still uses some of these techniques today. Second, it was Anne sensei’s parents. They also have some experiences where they were having thrift in life. Her mom once was given the big shoes and pants in order to save some money when she was a child. Now they’re careful when they go shopping. I didn’t know about the ration thing that existed to help people, and I think it’s a great idea to organize things. I was not that surprised to know that they all have experienced thrift in life because there are lots of problems long time ago, especially after the war.”

Student B: “I heard about Ian sensei’s mother. What she did during the war contributed to her saving money food or anything. She said that she kept wrappers, and ribbons for gifts. I do so even now. When I buy something, the shop gives me good quality bags ribbons and wrappers.  I use them when I have to bring something somewhere or wrap something or so do some decorations. I think this action is really good because it doesn’t waste money to buy them and it helps avoid global warming. I didn’t know the word tightwad and miser they mean greedy I want to use these words from today.”

Student C: I know in South Africa white people are being given preferential treatment and have power in each country in Africa. However, it is more than I could have imagined. I am very surprised because in Japan we don’t have distinction for something, so it was hard to imagine to distinguish but other countries have distinction culture. I have never heard of STOKVEL, too. In Japan, we don’t have that kind, so living in Africa is probably difficult, but I want to live there because I went to America. I got culture shock. I want to see every country and touch directly with their culture.

Student D: With Miss Pauline, we cooked our own dish. I made Mixed Fish Rice dish. I really hate to call this this “Chinese.” I really hate this, but I know this has a good taste. I also mixed words and explained why my dish is a mixing dish. Everyone voted for the thriftiest and the spendthrigt. What are the good points for thrift or what is a bad point for thrift? The good point is to save money and the bad point is to be greedy or too economical. For me, I don’t have money, so I am not thrifty.

Pauline Baird




ナグワ先生はエジプトの食文化について紹介しました。ガイアナ出身のポーリン先生は大西洋奴隷貿易とそれがガイアナ共和国に与えた影響について話しました。学生は(紙で)渡されたモノを使って料理を作ることに挑戦し、自分たちで料理名を付けました。その後、残り物をひとつの鍋で作るCook-up Riceというガイアナ料理について学びました。

イアン先生は節約と関連する英単語を紹介しました。Tightwad, stingy, spendthrift, Portmanteausなどです。その後、学生はfreegan (free+vegan)とshopaholic (Shop+alcoholic)の2つの単語の意味を推理しました。学生は自分たちのお金の使い方の癖ごとに投票し、ひとりはthrifiest(レシートを集める者)、もうひとりは最強のspendthriftに任命されました。





  • コーネル式ノートの要約
  • すでに知っていたこと/知らなかったこと
  • 驚いたこと/授業に対する疑問





February 9, 2021 Snow Hiking

2021年26日(土)、白山麓キャンパスの特別活動としてスノーハイキングを行いました。このイベントはNature and Adventure Clubの尾張コーチの企画運営によるものです。参加者はアファフさん、本田さん、勝方さん、酒井さん、中里さん(全員1年生)、尾張コーチ、潟辺先生、フィリップ先生、ナグワ先生と私です。朝9時に白山麓キャンパスを出発し、20分ほどのところにある岩間林道入り口に車を駐車しました。そこからカンジキを履いてハイキングを開始しました。途中、尾張コーチによるカンジキ歩行や動物の足跡観察のレクチャーが行われました。見晴らしの良い尾根に出たところで休憩、春の兆しを感じる日光浴をしながら、気持ちの良いひと時を過ごしました。11時過ぎに目的地であるブナオ山観察舎に到着し、双眼鏡を覗いたりイヌワシなどの剥製を観察しました。今シーズン初めて実施したスノーハイクは、全員が安心して楽しむことができたため、来年度以降Nature and Adventure Clubの定例イベントにしていこうと思います。

On February 6 (Sat) 2021, a group of students and teachers went snow hiking near Hakusanroku Campus. This event was organized by Owari coach of the Nature & Adventure Club. Participants were Afaf, Honda, Katsukata, Sakei, Nakazato (all first-year students), Owari coach, Katabe sensei, Philip sensei, Nagwa sensei, and myself. We departed from ICT at 9 am and parked near the entrance to Iwama Rindo, which is about a 20 minute drive from Hakusanroku Campus. We put on our snow shoes and began hiking. On the way, Owari coach gave advice about how to walk with snow shoes and how to observe various animal tracks. There was a nice ridge with a beautiful view and we stopped to take a group photo and enjoy the warm sun. It was a our first glimmer of spring. We arrived at our destination, the Binao Mountain Observatory, and spent time looking through the binoculars and observing the stuffed animals on display such as the golden eagle. I'm glad students were able to safely enjoy this year's first snow hike. Hopefully it can be an event we do every year.



Shuntaro Yamazaki

写真提供:酒井遼(1年)Photos by Ryo Sakei (first year)

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