Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2018年10月の記事

October 25, 2018 Just keep swimming

Assalmu alikom! I enjoyed my summer vacation back home in Egypt with family and friends. It was so exciting to see as many as I could of all of them. I was also lucky to have the chance to see different places and enjoy taking pictures like the ones you see at the bottom. Beautiful! Right? When I showed these pictures to friends in Japan they liked them, but not the same way I did. To me, the pictures had more meaning than just beautiful seen like those millions of beautiful pictures you can see on internet at any time.   The pictures hold knowledge that I gained, memories and experiences that I went through. It is always fun to know and learn more. Just watching is totally different from learning. No matter how long you stay in front of TV watching great swimmers win the races, you will never be able to be able to win the race or just swim yourself before trying.

Swimming is a very similar sport to how our brain process information and gain knowledge. Swimming is one of few sports that people of all ages can enjoy. Babies can start learning how to swim from day 1. Similarly, babies start gaining knowledge of all types from the very first moment in life. Our brains are like muscles and knowledge is like water. The more children get familiar to water and enjoy being in water the easier it is for them to swim.

We teachers, parents, or a society in whole are expected to provide the free chances for our children to enjoy water or knowledge gaining. But, can children be good swimmers by only being in water and enjoying it? They may be able to swim occasionally. But, can they be good or professional swimmers without enough and proper training for their muscles, they need to practice and struggle at some points to get better. Struggles and challenges are what make us better swimmers. We can always take our children to the pool, but it has to be their decision if they just want to enjoy swimming, or be professional swimmers.

It has been almost 7 months since ICT Hakusanroku campus opened and the new educational program has started, students might feel things are getting more challenging, and more effort is needed to be done. To my promising ICT students, I know you are now in the water all by yourself worried about the depth of water. Do not worry, all of us your teachers are all around watching, following your progress, and ready to jump in and help whenever needed.  Remember!  When life gets you down, do you want to know what you got to do...……… There is one thing to be done as my favorite anime character Dory said   “JUST KEEP SWIMMING!”

At one point you will reach your goals! 

Nagwa Fekri Rashed

Arabic famous quote “Seek knowledge from cradle to the grave”


2018年10月25日 泳ぎつづけてごらん








October 24, 2018 The Kobi Kronicles

One day this semester, the school placed a roving avatar robot-like vehicle on the front lawn. It is quite interesting just to see it move up, down, and across the grass all day long. It operated peacefully, until Kobi, the resident, 10-year old maltese-pomeranian came along!

One September morning, Kobi and I went out for our walks later than 7:30 am, when the robot was in operation. As soon as he saw the machine, he bolted towards it.

When he caught up with it, he began trying to use his little paws to catch it. The machine kept moving. It was a sight to behold --dog versus machine. Not to be outdone, Kobi darted around to the left and to the right, touching it here and there. It was something to see.

I couldn’t let him off his leash for fear he may injure himself or wreck the machine but he could not get enough of playing with it.

I am not sure what the machine is meant to do, but I have been thinking. What if I learn some programming and what not? An what if I make a toy, the automated kind? What if the students help me? I think this is a good idea and what better place to do it than at ICT. Stay tuned!

Pauline Baird


2018年10月24日 コビ物語







October 18, 2018 Kaga Yuzen Workshop Part Two at Hakusanroku

On Saturday, we held our follow-up Kaga Yuzen workshop in collaboration with Kobo Hisatsune. You can read about "Kobo Hisatsune" and our career design trip in Yamazaki sensei's journal from October 9. For our second workshop, Hisatsune sensei and staff visited us at the Hakusanroku campus.


Hisatsune sensei visited us at Hakusanroku campus.


The workshop began with students giving presentations on new ideas they came up with for Kaga Yuzen. There were many interesting ideas such as creating designs for license plates and glass corridors. Hisatsune sensei commented that "Experience comes with the tradeoff of flexibility. Fresh minds and ideas are always welcome."

Student explaining ideas they came up with for Kaga Yuzen.

In this workshop, students and teacher actually dyed a picture on a piece of fabric. The people of Kobo Hisatsune provided an assortment of designs to choose from as well as dyeing material. The pictures were outlined with thin lines that can be washed off with water after the coloring is complete.


At first, the cloths looked like white pages of a coloring book. However, we soon discovered that it was not that simple. First, the liquid dye soaks into the fabric, so it is difficult to sustain the colors inside the lines of the picture. Second, utilizing this characteristic is a fundamental technique in Kaga Yuzen; adding a second color for more depth of field or a realistic look. For example, the Kobo Hisatsune staff demonstrated how adding yellow to the tips of green leaves gave them a more natural look.

Yellow on the tips give leaves a more realistic look.

Each student used different colors and dyed the cloths differently. Even if they chose the same designed cloth, the pictures looked totally different. Hisatsune sensei remarked that he enjoys observing how everyone thinks and percepts color differently.

Same picture but looks totally different.

Kaga Yuzen dye does not come off with water. After rinsing the cloths and drying them, the color is permanent. After a couple of hours, everyone had their own Kaga Yuzen handkerchief.

Everyone's finished product.


Everyone seemed to enjoy the workshop and I hope it does not end here. Both sides promised to collaborate in the future, and I am looking forward to which ideas the students came up with may actually come true.



2018年10月18日 友禅染教室








October 16, 2018 Singing in Performing Arts class


Hakusanroku campus does not have a music class. However, as you can see, we are singing! Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera guy. Today, I would like to introduce our latest activity in the Performing Arts class.

In Performing Arts, students learn to express themselves through various mediums such as art and music. Currently, we are learning to sing under the instruction of Yuri Daikoku sensei, a professional vocalist and voice trainer. In the video, you can listen to the students singing "Do-Re-Mi" from the movie "The Sound of Music."

Daikoku sensei is a jazz singer, and we also sang classics such as "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Tennessee Waltz." For these songs, students and teachers took turns singing.

After the class, I asked Daikoku sensei about teaching music at ICT. She explained "It is different from teaching at a music school where all the students are already interested in singing. My major goal is to avoid any students disliking music. Also, I admire Hakusanroku campus' atmosphere. People enjoy expressing themselves freely."

Personally, I was surprised at how little hesitance the students showed singing in front of the group. There may be credit due to the teachers and atmosphere. However, I believe that they are definitely becoming individuals of high caliber.


2018年10月16日 歌で表現力を養う








October 12, 2018

Hello. It's Kihara, the first-year homeroom teacher. Today, I would like to introduce our math class at Hakusanroku campus.

Here at the Hakusanroku campus, there are four math teachers. Hazwan sensei, Alaa sensei, Steven sensei, who just joined us this month, and myself. Our nationalities are all different: Malesia, Egypt, America and Japan. Together, we teach math in English. Can you imagine taking a math class in English? Many people may picture their junior high school or high school math class and think "understanding lectures and solving problems in English sounds difficult." I agree. High school math is difficult enough in your first language. At Hakusanroku campus, we have math lectures in English. However, the time teachers use the blackboard and slides is less than half of the period. Most of the class is devoted to time where students teach each other and solve problems together. For example, the following question was created by our first-year students. Can you figure out the answer?

Calculate the following:

Lately, more and more students are writing their answers in English and speaking with the international teachers. It seems they are gradually adjusting to using English in math class. This class is different from simply sitting and listening to a teacher, or taking notes written on the blackboard and solving problems. If you are interested in this style, maybe ICT is the right school for you. Oh, by the way, the answer to the previous equation is 1. Did you solve it? See you.

Hitoshi Kihara





木原 均


October 9, 2018 Career Design Trip to Kobo Hisatsune

On September 25, we took a special career design trip to Kanazawa. This time, we visited "Kobo Hisatsune", the workshop of Toshiharu Hisatsune, who is a successful Yuzen Artist in the field of Kaga Yuzen. Kaga Yuzen has a history of 500 years. Hisatsune sensei inherits its history and is an innovator of new styles and expression of Kaga Yuzen.

At the Kobo Hisatsune workshop, Hisatsune sensei not only does Yuzen dying on kimonos, but also other material such as wood, gold leaf and Tennyo-no-Hagoromo (robe of angel). The workshop is constantly developing new Yuzen technology to express Yuzen art on mediums such as interior, chinaware, tea boxes, stage costumes, etc. An example can be seen on the wall of the Starbucks coffee shop in Korinbo 109 in Kanazawa city. His work has received praise both nationally and internationally.

In this career design trip, we first listened to a lecture from Hisatsune sensei on his life as a Yuzen Artist and the difficulties he overcame. Being an ordinary businessman most of my life, I was fascinated by his experience. Also, we had a chance to view his workshop and actually try the dying process using Hisatsune sensei's coloring materials. The students were nervous, but managed to successfully color the fabric.

I was interested in how the students felt about the experience. The next day I read their reports and was surprised at how much they had to say. On October 13, the Kobo Hisatsune staff will pay us a visit at Hakusanroku campus and conduct a Yuzen dying workshop. Both students and teachers are welcome and I am very excited to participate.

Dean of Research and Projects

Shuntaro Yamazaki


キャリアデザイン特別活動 「工房久恒」訪問







October 5, 2018 STEM Fair

Students have been on vacation for about one month and a half from the beginning of August to the end of September. During that time, they went back to their homes and could relax. They also had to work on a STEM project of their choice and then present it at a fair at Hakusanroku campus. “STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, so students had a wide variety of choices for their projects depending on their interests.

The STEM fair was held on September 26th. Students each presented their project in English with a poster and some even brought props from their project. These projects ranged from building a remote controlled car to measuring the effectiveness of house cleaning products on killing mold to surveying Japanese people and foreigners on their ratio preference for pictures. The students put a lot of work and effort into their projects and it was nice to see the fruits of their labor. Doing projects of that scope in a second language is not easy, but they did a great job.

All teachers who came to see the projects were invited to evaluate them. The two best students were awarded with a first and second prize. Furthermore, an additional four students were awarded with a special award. These six winners will have to present their projects again during the ICT school festival that will take place on October 20th and 21st. Good luck to the students and I hope many people will come to encourage them!

Jason de Tilly


10月5日 STEMフェア






October 2, 2018

Hi again.  This is Maesa and I’m one of the facilitators at the Hakusan-roku campus.  I hope everyone had a good summer break and are ready to come back to learn something new and exciting.  This semester I continue to teach Computer Skills and Engineering Design classes.   One great thing about having the same course for multiple semesters is that we can explore more advance topics since these courses build upon one another.  During the last semester the students were able to build something amazing with an introductory knowledge.  I cannot wait to see what they build next after a little bit of experience and more advance topics.





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