Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル

January 22, 2019

Happy new year everyone. Winter break is over and our students all returned in one piece. I am most happy as a teacher that they enjoyed a fruitful vacation, Christmas and New Year's.

I am in charge of Physics at ICT. So, I would like to introduce the experiment we conducted in class last week. Currently, we are studying circular motion. Last week, we conducted an experiment to find the formula of centripetal acceleration using a conical pendulum. I asked Ise sensei (who is skilled at making machines) to help me build the contraption for the experiment. It still took a whole day to build between the two of us. Changing the voltage applied to the motor of this homemade machine changes the angular velocity, which changes the vertical angle of the cone created by the rotating spindle… I guess that's enough complicated lecture. In the experiment, I asked students to measure the spindle's rotation period and the vertical angle of the cone. From their data, we calculated the centripetal acceleration, which was only off by 3% of the theoretical value. Great work! The error of my results when testing the experiment before the class was 6%, so I must admit younger students have better reflexes and are more accurate with a stopwatch.

My aim for this experiment was to have students to experience the formula we learned in earlier classes through actual physical phenomenon. How far my intention actually reached the students is beyond my knowledge. As for me, I was worried if the contraption would work properly at first. However, I was finally relieved when, after many trial and error of changing the material and shape of the spindle and rearranging the rotation unit, we finally made it work. I learned a lot from this class, even as a teacher. As always, physics, the connection of reality and theory is a profound subject.

Meguru Ito






January 21, 2019

Hakusanroku is enclosed by snow in winter, and students tend to stay in their dormitories. To prevent a lack of exercise, I decided to take charge of the winter sports promotion here at ICT. My choice of winter sport was skiing. However, many of the students do not have any skiing equipment. So, I contacted Kozakura-Sou, which provide rental ski service at Hakusan Ichirinoonsen Ski Resort, and have a relationship with us through regional cooperation activities in the past. They kindly provided us with an assortment of skiing equipment they were not using. Now the first floor of the Innovation Hub has transformed into a ski shop and students have no lack of skiing gear to enjoy.

January 13 and 14 severed perfect weather, and I took the students to Ichirinoonsen Ski Resort, which is located about 7 kilometers from the Hakusanroku campus. After riding the ropeway, you can actually see the campus from the top. Katabe sensei, our Japanese teacher and experienced skier, accompanied us and took charge in teaching the students the ropes. I believe this excursion served well as a chance for our students to move their bodies and enjoy the magnificent nature of Mt. Hakusan.

This year's winter is warm and there is less snow that usual. However, we, teachers, staff and students alike are excited to stay fit until spring by taking ski trips every weekend.

Dean of Research and Projects

Shuntaro Yamazaki







December 25, 2018


With their midterm exams finishied, I assume students are planning and looking forward to their winter vacation. The colorful trees on the way to Hakusanroku campus have changed to a world of monotone. The transition from color to no color reminds one of many things; Light to dark, movement to stillness, heaven to hell, natural to modern, elegant to simple, etc. Everyone sees color in a different way. And color has many meanings.

Color can produce many images and enrich our hearts. However, it is important to select each color carefully when using them. You need sensitivity, observation and insight. While driving to Hakusan, the mountain colors reminded me of the importance of color. In the same way, you need observation to be an innovator. I feel strongly that my studies as a student developed these qualities within me. This journal was a quick look into my train of thought. How my mind wonders how to cultivate our students' creativity as I drive through the Hakusanroku foothills.

Arihiro Kodaka





December 25, 2018 Hakusanroku Kamemushi

*This journal was written in November.

This year's Kamemushi (stink bug) outbreak has been a concern for students and teachers at Hakusanroku campus. It was just last month that I saw a student contemplating "how to rid of kamemushi from the dormitories." At the hot spring facility "Hime-no-yu" next to the dormitories, kamemushi are wanted criminals with their picture on posters on the wall warning the visiters to keep the windows and doors closed. However, two kamemushi were casually walking over their own pictures as I passed by.

As the season changes from autumn to winter and the mornings become colder, these insects maneuver their thin bodies expertly through the tiniest spaces into the building. Even at my house, they crawl around the window panes, walls and floor, and fly about the lamp after dark. Whenever anyone tries to catch them, they release that unpleasant odor. The veranda is their assembly hall and an airfield for dragonflies in the afternoon. Ten or more of them line up, all facing the rice fields and take off into the evening sky. This will continue tomorrow and the days to come. In the mountains, insects rule.

The locals told me that "kamemushi only live where the air is clean." Their existence proves how clean Hakusanroku air is. Hakusanroku campus is surrounded by beautiful nature and we humans are a part of it. There are less kamemushi as I write this journal in late November. The harsh winter of Mt. Hakusan is approaching. I hope our students will have many experiences in the beautiful natures outside our campus.

Kiyoshi Ueda

2018年12月25日 「白山麓のカメムシ」 ※このジャーナルは11月に書かれたものです。





December 19, 2018

Hello Everyone. Last week marked the first real snowfall in the Hakusanroku area.  On Sunday afternoon many of the students and teachers met up in in the basketball court area of the campus for a snowball fight and to play in the snow.   Phillip-sensei directed a group effort to build an igloo which you can see in the picture above.

On the subject of igloo construction, can you guess what was used to shape the square blocks?

The correct answer is laundry baskets; yes, the kind with large holes in them.  Despite what one would think, the snow in the Hakusan area was sticky enough that it didn’t fall through the slots in the side and bottom of the basket, I was quite surprised at first.  By the way two different shapes of basket were used in the construction, which caused the final product to come out a little lopsided, however the end product was still quite sturdy, and was still standing when I returned to the campus on Tuesday.

Ryan-sensei and many of the other students created a competing design, a pile of snow with the middle dug out, known as a Quinzhee.

While not as elegant a design as an igloo, it is easier to build, all you need is a big pile of snow and a shovel.  Just be careful that your design is sturdy, and doesn’t collapse on your head while you are inside it!

Everyone please take care as the weather gets colder and snow continues to fall.  Make sure to wear warm, dry clothes, and beware icy patches on the road and sidewalks.

Evan Davis









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