Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2018年12月の記事

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









December 12, 2018


Hello everyone it's your friendly teacher Hayato! Yeah. Weather is strangely warm this early December but the cold is coming. The nice autumn colors are leaving the trees and now everything is a dark pine green or a brown color around campus, but inside our campus it's still full of color and life. When the weather isn't looking too well for outdoor activities, good thing we have great facilities at Hakusan campus. I love sharing and experiencing what the campus has to offer and area with my students and my own family.

In late November we had a thanksgiving event with the faculty and staff where we did a pot luck. I love bringing my kids and wife along with me to these events to share my family experience with my students. My children are a bit shy when it comes to talking to the boys and girls at our school but after a short bit of time, they become very comfortable around everyone and become very active.

After the pot luck my children and I went over and used the climbing wall and showed them how to use and climb the wall. The kids loved the colors, shapes and all different level of difficulties they had to face trying to get to the top. My daughter tried several different paths and completed a good amount. Even though we didnʼt get to climb with the students that day the kids had a blast. I hope to find another opportunity to share some time in the climbing gym with the students and my family to share an experience and have an indoor adventure.

This coming week ICT will be hosting students and a faculty member from Singapore Polytechnic, and I will be hosting the chaperone from SP on the mile program. I hope this experience will broaden my children's view on the world and see how they grow with our students at ICT.

Hayato Ogawa







December 5, 2018 Robocon International

Hello everyone. When I was a high school student, I used to participate in the academic contests of my prefecture board of education to assign the best school. In those contests, students from different schools were competing in all subjects including math, science, Arabic, English and social studies. Our school team had very strong motivation to study hard and prepare well for each game. I remember how happy the students, the teachers and all staff were after winning one of the first places at such contests. Teachers used to praise our effort when we lose and encourage us to work harder to win in the next times. I recalled all those memories when I went to Tokyo last week to support our Robocon team B who participated in the “NHK 2018 Robot contest”.

I saw many teams from different schools around Japan applying what they have learnt at the mechanical design, electronics, programming, math and science classes. It was a lot of fun to see different and brilliant design ideas of the teams to flip pet bottles on the tables to get more points. Although our team lost the first game with only one point, we were proud of them because they have been awarded as one of the best robot design. During preparation for this contest, they used to stay until late time at school collaborating with each other trying different ideas, everyone in his favorite area. At the contest, I could see their strong motivation and affiliation to their school ICT. They tried their best to win, every sub-group did their job well, beginning by the one responsible of setting the machine to the one drives and operates the machine. I believe that this team is very promising and they can develop their ideas and achieve a lot of progress in the near future.

In the next years, our Robocon teams are going to be stronger and more promising, especially when the students from Hakusanroku campus participate the Robocon club activities. They will have the skills of scientific thinking as they studied more advanced and worldly standard curriculums. This will help them to think out of the box and create new ideas and designs for their machines. The one year of study at Otago polytechnic in New Zealand will help them developing their hand shills as many of the classes at Otago polytechnic are hands-on and project based. In addition, they will gain the experience when they cooperate with the current Kanazawa campus students who participated many times in such contests. Kanazawa campus students understand very well the contests rules and have many techniques and plans to play well and get more points. In some situations of having sudden troubles in the machine right before starting the game, they can handle the situations and figure out such problems without being embarrassed. That kind of cooperation between our students will lead to a great success.

As, we are an international college, I wish after few years our teams participate in not only the national contents, but also are dare to participate in international ones. As we are preparing our students to be global innovators, providing them with all facilities and resources, I think they will have the capabilities to be a strong rival at such international contests. Going to international events is a good opportunity for our students to have contact with people of different cultures, values, languages, and knowledge. I look forward to seeing our teams win one of first places in the national robot contests as well as our first Robocon international participation.

Alaa Hussien







December 2, 2018

In today's journal, I would like to give a report about the NHK Kosen RoboCon National Championship held on November 25.

Each year, that year's RoboCon regulations are announced in April. This year's theme was "bottle flip", creating a robot and successfully throwing and landing plastic bottles. The RoboCon themes are never easy. However, I believe this year's theme was especially difficult.

At ICT, our participating students consist of two teams: the A team, consisting of fifth-year students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, working on their graduation project, and the B team, consisting of volunteers from second- to fifth-year Yumekobo project students from multiple departments. I have been in charge of the B team for the past five years and it is the first time we have advanced to the championship stage.

At the RoboCon, robots are judged for their creativity and originality even more than actual scores. In the regional qualifiers, the teams who advance to the national championship besides the overall winning team are decided by the judges' votes. This year, ICT B team received the Idea Award at the Tokai-Hokuriku Regional Qualifier and the right to compete at nationals.

After the regional qualifiers in October, we continued to test and redesign our robot to improve its accuracy. The day before the national tournament, we encountered a problem on our test run, in which the sensors would malfunction due to the strong lights in the venue. However, we overcame this problem by making covers around the sensors, which let our robot function properly in the competition.

We were defeated by National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College in the first stage at a close score of 13 to 14. However, I believe we put on a great show for the viewers. Also, we received the Special Award from Yaskawa Electric Corporation. Obviously, it was our first time at the nationals since the school's name changed to ICT, but also was the first time we received an award since 1993 as Kanazawa College of Technology. The first-year students who came to cheer us enjoyed the tournament and spoke about creating a team at Hakusanroku campus.

The required level of skill was high, and I was happy to see growth in our students participating in this competition. My wish is that more students continue to challenge themselves through RoboCon, and raise technology to a higher level.

Taisei Ise

2018 11月29日








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