Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2018年11月の記事

November 30, 2018 Wata-ga-daki Waterfalls

This place is called Wata-ga-daki. It is about 40 minutes by bicycle (or 15 minutes by car) from ICT's Hakusanroku campus. It is about halfway to the famous Yamaboshi sweets shop. Yamaboshi is famous for delicious Oban-yaki. Oban-yaki are a Japanese sweets similar to pancakes and filled with red bean paste or custard cream. They are 150 yen each. However, one person can only buy two. Today, a friend invited me to go and try them. The outer crust was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. There was more sweet red bean paste inside than I have ever seen. It was by far the best Oban-yaki I have ever eaten.

There is a skateboard arena near Yama-boshi. My friend likes skateboarding and he invited me to join him. Wata-ga-daki is on the way. Students often stop by on their way to eat Oban-yaki. I felt all my worries and stress melt away when I see this view, so I'm suspicious it is a power spot. It looks very different in real life, so I recommend anyone interested to come to Hakusan to see it. It is a majestic sight.

Department of Science and Technology / First-year

Abudourra Zahido

2018年11月30日 綿ヶ滝




ザヒド アブドゥッラー

November 20, 2018

Group photo with Singapore Polytechnic students

Our school changed its name from "Kanazawa" Technical College to "International" College of Technology and as the name suggests, we have deployed a variety of international programs. Our oversea programs include the second-year Summer English Program in Vermont, third-year studying abroad at New Zealand, fourth-year Singapore Field Trip and Learning Express. Recently, about 100 fourth-year students traveled to the beautifully developed country of Singapore. We visited Merlion Park, Mount Faber, URA Gallery and Woodland Waterfront Park near the border between Malaysia. In addition, we visited Singapore Polytechnic, a partner school for over 30 years, and students participated in international exchange programs there. These exchange programs are unique to our school and are an effective way to enhance diversity by interacting with local students.

Next month in December, we will hold our MILE Program in which we receive twelve students from Singapore Polytechnic. They will homestay at households of our students and participate in activities of Japanese culture, society and customs. These are only some of the international programs at ICT. Please check our Facebook page etc. to see our students participating in more global activities. We update these pages regularly so stay tune to see their growth.

English teacher Tsuda




英語科 津田

November 19, 2018 Fall Colors


Mountains behind Hakusanroku campus

I spent some years in Vermont, U.S.A when I was young. I was a graduate student studying Applied Linguistic at a college there. Vermont is famous for its spectacularly beautiful fall colors. In the fall season, all of the trees turn their colors into red, yellow, and orange and it was a breathtakingly gorgeous scene. In the fall season, Vermont becomes the most beautiful place in the world.

Now, at the Hakusanroku Campus area, fall colors are at their peak and many tourists come up to enjoying the colors. The fall atmosphere at the Hakusanroku campus reminds me of the fall season and its color in Vermont. I am quite happy to find myself again in the atmosphere I used to experience when I was young. I never thought I would be able to experience this natural beauty again.

I remember it was the best time to study in the library and in my room. I was able to study comfortably in the beautiful atmosphere. I truly enjoyed the scenery from the window and was able to study effectively during that season.

I am sure people at the Hakusanroku campus are entertained by the beautiful scenes around campus and can study and work comfortably. It is the best time for studying, sports, and other activities. Everybody, enjoy the season!!

Mamoru Mukai

2018年11月19日 紅葉





向井 守


November 14, 2018 Skype-a-Thon with Vice-president of Microsoft


On November 14 (WED), Microsoft held its annual global education event "Skype-a-Thon." Skype-a-Thon is a 48 hour charity event in which Microsoft connects classrooms all over the world. See here for more information about Skype-a-Thon. ICT participated as one of the two schools from Japan out of 102 countries and first-year students connected with Vice-president Anthony Salcito at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, USA. Also, Teacher Engagement Manager Education Group Public Sector Hidenori Harata from Microsoft Japan visited us at Hakusanroku campus. The skype session was about 30 minutes long and was divided into two parts. In the first half, students took turns introducing the Hakusanroku campus, local community, personal projects and extracurricular activities in English. Vice-president Salcito listened intently, occasionally commenting on the students' presentation. A list of their presentation is as follows:

  • Introduction of Hakusanroku campus

  • Position of ICT and distance from Seattle

  • Projects using the 3D printer and laser cutter

  • Activities in Engineering Design

  • Extracurricular Activities at local junior high school festival

The second half was Q&A with Vice-president Anthony Salcito. Students asked questions such as "What innovative technologies are you paying special attention to?", "How do you make time to enjoy your hobby?" and "What kind of skills do I need if I want to become vice-president of a multinational company?" Despite being on a 48 hour marathon event, Vice-president Salcito answered these question sincerely and in length. You can listen to his answers in the video. After the Skype session, Mr. Harata also gave a speech to the students, talking about work life balance that was touched upon in the session saying "Recently, the boarder between work and personal time is blurring. I sometimes join a meeting from home while I'm playing with my kids. I bed you sometimes play games while you do your homework."

The students seemed stimulated from talking with the Vice president of Microsoft. I hope the experience of speaking with a top-runner of the IT industry will give them confidence and help them in the future.



2018年11月14日 マイクロソフトの副社長とスカイプで対話授業「Skype-a-Thon」


  • 白山麓キャンパス紹介

  • ICTの位置、シアトルからの距離

  • 3Dプリンターやレーザーカッターを使ったプロジェクトの紹介

  • エンジニアリングデザインの活動紹介

  • 課外活動で訪れた地元中学校の文化祭での活動




November 13, 2018 Storytelling at Hakurei Elementary School

One of the important ICT principles is involvement with the local community and being good neighbors. As part of this policy, Pauline Baird and I go to Hakurei Elementary School 2 times a month to tell the students stories in English. The students are split into 2 groups, grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6. I teach one group and Pauline teaches the other group and the next time we go to Hakurei we switch groups.

So far we have told the students the following stories; The Enormous Turnip, Six Dinner Sid, Edward the Emu, I Want My Hat Back, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Little Engine That Could.  It’s quite enjoyable as the students are eager to be involved in the storytelling and to act out the story. It’s a way to help them and their classmates understand the story.

Next year I hope to bring ICT students to Hakurei Elementary School to help tell the stories. This way the students can become more involved in the local community and use their English skills to teach others English. If you have any suggestions for stories we should tell, please let Pauline or I know.

Ian Stevenson

2018年11月13日 白嶺小学校で絵本読み教室


これまで読んだ本は「おおきなかぶ」「Six Dinner Sid」「Edward the Emu」「どこいったん」「うさぎと亀」「The Little Engine That Could」です。子供たちが授業に積極的に参加して、物語を演じてくれるので、とても楽しいです。演じることで、自身とクラスメイトの理解を助けることにもなります。



November 9, 2018

KTB, the Japanese teacher here. First, congratulations to first-year student Hinata for passing the paper test for English Proficiency grade two! Today, Yuka and Ichika joined us as we set out to take her ID photo needed for the interview test. On the drive back through the tinted mountains, we stopped at the café "Detza" in Torigoe for some sweets. Our conversation varied from all the era names in Japanese history (which Ichika has memorized), how to say Bangkok's formal name (in Thailand they learn it by song), the girls' future and looking forward to skiing in the winter. 

Students are becoming increasingly busy in this second semester. However, today became a pleasant lull in their busy life. Lately, the girls are practicing for their performance in music class. I hear they are practicing morning, evening and nighttime, using most of their free time between classes and the learning session. What will their performance be like? On the drive back they spoke about their plans to go to Universal Studios Japan. They seemed reenergized by the time we got back to school, saying the sugar will help them through the learning session.

(*"Detza" is next to the Torigoe Ikkou Ikki History Museum. The people who run the place are parents of my daughter's classmate. Their baked sweets are so delicious you'll want to squeal.)

Yutaka Katabe





潟辺 豊

November 6, 2018 Yaki-imo Party

It has been more than six months since I began living at the cottage at Hakusanroku campus. Since then, I have experienced spring, summer and autumn, and am dreading how much snow we will get this year while I enjoy the beautiful tinted mountains. In Japan, we call autumn "the season of appetite", and as such, we held a yaki-imo party on October 28. ICT students, teachers and local people harvested and the roasted sweet potatoes we planted in April. It was a large and lively party with 20 local people and 25 ICT teachers and family members, a total of 45 people.

My biggest mistake was to eat lunch before the party because I thought there were only yaki-imo sweet potatoes. On the contrary, local people prepared "Kachiri", a local cuisine of potatoes boiled in sugar and soy sauce, seasoned rice, local mountain herb tempura, shiitake mushrooms, boar meat, huge Iwana fish, and dough rapped around thin bamboo sticks. We roasted these over the fire and there even were marshmallows for dessert. These seemed to make the international teachers especially happy.

I enjoyed speaking with the local people even more than eating the delicious food they brought. I was especially grateful for their advice about how to capture kame-mushi (stink bugs). Pour a little water and detergent into a plastic bottle and drop the kame-mushi into it with chopsticks. I will definitely try this.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to Yamazaki sensei of ICT and Yamashita-san of KIT for planning and preparing such an enjoyable event.

Shinobu Ohara


2018年11月6日 焼き芋大会






November 5, 2018 Best Time of the Year?

River crossing from route 178

    The other day I was returning to Hakusan from Kanazawa. The car in front of me was driving very slowly! So, I decided to take the back roads instead of route 157 to get back my apartment. It was the best decision I have made all month! Not only did I get home faster but the view on the backroads was amazing. The rice has been harvested and the area felt very wide and open. I had my window down and the mountain air was crispy and cool. I also had a hot cup of coffee with me. The combination of the open fields, the perfect air, and the hot drink made me very nostalgic. In my home, we love this time of year. Actually, most people like Autumn the best for the same reasons I mentioned above. It truly made me feel like Hakusan is becoming my second home. So, if you have the time, I highly recommend that you grab a hot drink and go for a drive on the backroads of route 178. Lower your windows, get cozy, sip your hot drink slowly and take in the scenery. The experience is simply amazing.

Edward Basquil Jr.


2018年11月5日 最高の季節?



November 1, 2018 Fighting Robots

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera guy. Today, I would like to introduce this week's activity in the Engineering Design class. You can read more about Engineering Design here. It is the course where students use design thinking and engineering skills to make things for society. This week, we are building robots using Lego Mindstorms. Lego Mindstorms is a platform for robots that can be programmed and built using Lego blocks, motors, gears, sensors, tires, etc.

This week's Engineering Design class was divided into two parts. In the first part, students were given a list of challenges to program their robot; such as "turn exactly 90 degrees", "move forward and bring back a box" or "move along a fixed path." Mindstorms has a visualized programming interface, and users can program their robot simply by connecting orders on a computer and uploading them to the robot. Students could do the challenges in any order they wished. There was much trial and error. However, students completed the challenges one by one thanks to Mindstorms' user-friendly interface.

Mindstorms' interface is visually intuitive

The second part was more interactive. The goal was to build and program a robot to fight Sumo wrestling style. Students were given 45 minutes to build and program their robot. Afterwards, they would hold a single elimination tournament. Students quickly began preparing their robots for battle. Many students added weapons to the front, while some worked on reworking the tires. 45 minutes passed in no time, and many students rushed to finish up their programs. Students could not control the robots after the battle started and they had to predict and program their robots as best they could. Students completed their robots and the tournament began.

Student working on robot

It was interesting to see the individual strategies each student came up with for exterior and movement. Some students programmed their robot to advance forward, while others took a more "clever" approach and programmed their robot to back off to the side and flank the opponent. You can see a couple of the battles in the video below. As you can see, things do not always go as planned. The robot that won the tournament looks innocent without any added weaponry. However, its secret is in the tire mechanism. The builder explained that working with the gear ratio of the motor and tires, he was able to create a robot that moves slow but powerfully. After the tournament, students gave a presentation on their robot and about what they would do differently next time.

I asked the students about the class and many answered that they enjoyed it. It was an intense schedule, but a fulfilling one. Ogawa sensei, who is in charge of the class, explained that Mindstorms is a perfect way to prepare students for more complex programming and robot building in the future. This technology can be utilized to create robots for manufacturing lines, rescue robots, etc. in the future. There is a distinct muscle in the brain for programming robots the way you wish them to move and I believe this class was a fun and effective way to tap into that field. Thanks for watching. See you next time.


2018年11月1日 戦うロボット

こんにちは、ジョナサンです。今日は今週のエンジニアリングデザインの授業内容を紹介したいと思います。エンジニアリングデザインは学生がデザインシンキングや、ものづくりの技術を使って社会に役に立つものを作ることを学ぶ科目です。今週はLEGO Mindstormsを使ってロボットの製作をしました。LEGO Mindstormsはロボットのプラットフォームで、ブロック、モーター、ギア、センサー、車輪などを使ってロボットを組み立て、プログラミングを使って動かすことができます。





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