Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

February 14, 2019

This is my 1st winter in Hakusan-roku and, oh boy, it is very different.

The snow here is very wet and very abundant. Living on the west coast of America I became accustomed to believe all the snow is nicely tucked away on a mountain, reachable if you want to make the drive. A few years ago I brought in the New Year with my wifes family in Hiroshima. Although it does snow there, none of the snow seem to stick to the ground. Though she is from Japan, she was also surprised how different the weather is on this side of Japan.

The Hakusan-roku area is great for us with its amount of snow and close proximity to the mountains! Both of us are snowboarders and living here gives us the opportunity to go snowboarding almost every weekend. With at least 3 different mountains in the area, it gives us enough variety to keep things interesting. Fortunately, as well, the students are also into skiing and/or snowboarding. Hopefully I will have a chance to spend time with them on the slopes since one of the ski resort is close to campus. I hear one of the students is a Pro.







February 12, 2019


Hello everyone! Winter vacation has ended and the end of the school year is already in sight. Time flies by so fast!

Since the beginning of winter, it has snowed quite a lot in Hakusanroku. It’s pretty staggering driving from Kanazawa or Komatsu and see it rain to then coming closer and closer to Hakusanroku and seeing the rain become snow and seeing snow slowly piling up on the ground when there was nothing a few minutes before. This snow reminds me a lot of my home country Canada. With this snow comes all the winter activities that come with it. During the first big snowfall during a weekend in December, students and teachers spontaneously met on the school grounds to make snowmen, snow forts, have snowball fights, sleigh down hills etc. It was a nice break from the stress of studies and homework. No later than last week, students were invited to do these snow-related activities for physical education class as well. They seemed happy to be able to let off some steam in that way.

Of course, snow and mountains also invites skiing and snowboarding. There is a ski resort about ten to fifteen minutes by car from the campus called Ichirino onsen. The view from the top of the mountain is beautiful and I was very surprised when I realized that we can see Hakusanroku campus from the top! Some students have also started working part-time there which is good to develop their sense of responsibility and professionalism. In the end, winter in Hakusanroku offers as much activities as in the summer!

Jason de Tilly






February 5, 2019

The school semester is coming to a close in a few short weeks. Students are diligently preparing for their exams, completing the final parts of their projects, and looking forward to the break that comes after working hard for fifteen school weeks. Because of where the Hakusanroku Campus is located, however, the students will be facing a final foe before they’re ready to tidy up their school year: the weather.

In the last 4 days, what seems like 50 centimeters of snow has fallen. For the skiers and snowboarders, they get to enjoy a ton of powder days at the two nearest ski resorts: Ichirino Onsen Ski Area and Seymour Ski Area. But for the locals, this amount of snow means getting up earlier in the morning to shovel out a path to the road, clearing any stuck snow on rooftops, and braving near blinding snowfall conditions. Many are thankful for the snow plows that go through every morning making sure that the roads are safe to drive on and ensuring that car accident risk is at a minimum.

While this winter’s sheer snowfall is impressive, the snow that sits on the roof is what captures everyone’s attention. Students and teachers can’t help but to look up and out the window when nearly a ton of snow comes crashing to the ground; meanwhile, a rumbling roar resonates as the stress from all that snow releases. Thus far, this rooftop snow has collected in nearly two meter piles around the perimeter of every building. Underneath one roof the snow pile has reached the second floor.

Bartosz Miskowiec






February 4, 2019 Snowball fight in PE


Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. Last week, I found myself dodging left and right through a battlefield of... snowballs! Philip sensei, the PE teacher, organized a snowball fight for PE! Can you imagine having snowball fights for PE? I wish my school had them. Students and teachers gathered on the basket court, which was covered with kneen-deep snow, to blow off some steam from their daily studies. Teachers from the English, math and science courses joined and we almost had an even number of participants from both sides.

Students and teachers were divided into two teams. In the first twenty minutes, both teams were given time to build their fort. We dug and piled snow into a wall to hide behind during the snowball fight. (Although, they were quickly demolished by opposing suicide attackers diving into them.) After building the forts, we played two rounds of snowball fights: first students and teachers mixed, and then students versus teachers.

I can tell you students and teachers are very serious about their snowball fights at ICT. There were people throwing snowballs from behind the forts, dashing left and right, and launching suicide attacks with huge basketball size lumps of snow, which they dumped directly on their victims. Some students found creative ways to sneak around the other team on a flank attack. However, they were usually met with raining snowballs once spotted.There were no complicated rules and everyone had a genuine good time. Soon we were hot and sweaty despite being covered in snow. 

In the final ten minutes, both teams built a snowman before heading off to the onsen for a hot bath. This awesome snowball fight was possible thanks to the snow here at Hakusanroku and the family-like atmosphere of students and teachers living together.


2019年2月4日 体育で雪合戦







February 1, 2019 The Kobi Kronicles

Looking back over the months of living at Hakusan-roku, I recognize that things are always changing. I am in awe of how many creatures we live amongst. Kobi has been in close contact with wasps, bees, ants, centipedes, geckos, cow-flies, dragonflies, crows, monkeys, and stink bugs! While I busy myself setting the creature free from the cottage, Kobi is not disturbed. Since it is winter, he does not see monkeys often

-- just now and then at night, he smells them outside and whines to go out and run them off.

Like everything else, Kobis life is eventful and he too is changing. He is a tropical dog. He was born on Guam where is always hot and winter is a new thing for him. He has taken to it like a champion. He loves running in the snow, but shivers from the cold easily. His fur comes in thick and he sheds more than hes ever done before. When he runs in the snow nothing takes the balls of snow off except a hot bath in the tub.

Yes, he like the O-furo!

Kobi enjoys the company of people, especially children and has the opportunity to do home-stays. Having homestays at Hayato-senseis home on many occasions allowed me to discover different sides of Kobi. For one, hes learned to climb stairs at Hayatos house, something hed never done at my house. In Guam, our home had no stairs. I learned that he climbs on the table --at Hayatos. He never does at my house! He is a learner.

ICT is a language environment where language is learned. Not only the students are learning another language, but Kobi is too. It seems that he is adding Japanese to his fluency in “dog language and English language. My, my, he is becoming multilingual; if there is such a thing for a dog.  At Hayatos house he gets to play with his kids, family, and friends. And Hayato tells me that Kobi follows commands in Japanese language. Well, I am shocked. Now that I know that he has an aptitude for language learning, I have to quit telling old ladies in the Sena area who talk to him that he understands English and Japanese. At least I can let him learn, right?

Pauline Baird








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