Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル: 2022年8月の記事

August 24 2022, BBQ Party!

 Hello, this is Edward Basquill.  
 On Sunday, July 24th, we had our second annual Hakusan Campus BBQ. Just like last year, there was food, fun, and sun! Most importantly, it was a great time for students and teachers to come together and relax. 

 The day started around noon, when I arrived to start the fire for BBQ. We almost had a disaster because I forgot the grill tops and some other important supplies! Luckily, my wife jumped into action and drove to get the grill tops. I am lucky a man, I have a wife that can save me from myself! While my wife went to fix my mistake, I started the fire. Last year, it was difficult to start the fire but this year Apirak saved the day! He brought a mini fan that we used to make the fire grow quickly. Not only that, but Jomkit also started a second grill. ICT is fortunate to have so many helpful teachers.
 As we worked to get the coals ready to cook the food, Apirak and Brandon set up yard games for the students to play. They brought bats and baseballs, basketballs and some other games. There was also the triumphant return of Brandon’s cornhole game, which is a famous American yard game. Please see some of the pictures!
 Right at 2:00pm, my wife arrived with the grill tops and we started cooking! The students were able to enjoy hotdogs and cola. Some students…mostly Sansar…had a lot of food. I’ve never seen a student eat so much. I was very impressed. Maybe we should have an eating contest! After the hotdogs, we made some beef ribs and they were delicious! A little garlic salt was the only seasoning they needed.
 After finishing cooking for the students, the teachers brought out some steak. Brandon mastefuly cooked up the steaks and the teachers were kind enough to share with the students. The teachers and students gathered together and did cheers using their steak. Please notice that Apirak had much more steak than everyone else.
 The students and teachers played a lot of games togethertoo. I played a little basketball, Apirak and Brandon played cornhole, and the students found creative ways to use the baseball bats. Even Kushima sensei played some yard games. Other students took it easy. For example, Eiki slept in his chair and I must admit, I was very jealous! He looked so comfortable even though he wa

s in a lawn chair. He must be a master of sleeping. Maybe I should ask him to teach me.
 For desert, we made icecream sodas and the students loved it. I was very lucky because Jomkit was kind enough to roast a marshmallow for me. It was perfect…I even dreamt about it that night. I also saw Jomkit and Ema roast marshmallows too. I was happy to see all the students and teachers having fun together.

  I want to end by focusing on the last sentence of the previous paragraph. Seeing our teachers and students together doing fun activities reminded me of why I love working at ICT. Seeing our little community getting together and enjoying a lovely Sunday is something worth writing about. It is something worth remembering, and it something that makes us look forward to more events in the future.

Edward Basquill

 7月24日(日)、白山麓キャンパスで2回目のBBQを開催しました。昨年同様、食べ物あり、楽しみあり、そして太陽がありました! そして何より、学生と教員が一緒になってリラックスできる素晴らしい時間でした。

 午後2時、妻がグリルの天板を持ってきたので、調理開始です!学生たちはホットドックを食べ、コーラを飲みました。何人かの学生...主にサンサル君は、たくさん食べていました。こんなに食べる学生を見たのは初めてです。とても感動しました。いつか大食いコンテストを開催したらいいかもしれません!ホットドッグを食べた後、ビーフリブを作ったのですが、とても美味しかったです! 味付けはガーリックソルトのみです。



August 2 2022, Senami River Adventure with the Nature & Adventure Club

 Hello this is Philip Cadzow, one of the Physical Education teachers.

 The nature and adventure club held a river climbing activity in the Senami river on July 16th. I explored the Senami river two weeks before the club activity was going to be held to get a feel for the water levels, and things seemed to be looking safe. Although the water level was a little low, officially the rainy season was announced to have ended, and we hadn't had much rain but in the following weeks it was looking like there was going to be plenty of rain. So it wasn't certain that it would be safe until the day of the trip.

 The day of the trip arrived and it looked like there would be a small shower in the afternoon and the water level had risen a fair amount, but nothing too serious. We set off from Hakusanroku campus at 9am with the plan to walk down the road, and climb/swim up the river to have some lunch by the cars. Then walk to the Senami campground 1.5km away and float down the river back to the cars. If it started to get too rainy or students were slow in climbing the river then we would finish at lunch.
 With the plan set we slipped our way down a muddy river bank using a hand-rope and then set off up the cold river. Immediately upon entering the water was up to our waists and very cold. The water was a beautiful clear green and blue, and the stones were slippery underfoot. We set off at a pace that was double what I was expecting from the previous year, the 10 club members, Yamazaki sensei, and I raced passed boulders, taking the more exciting path of trying to climb all the small rapids that were torrents of white bubbles and very loud for their sizes. it was great fun and it was fantastic to be outside. The last obstacle just before the halfway point, after an hour of racing up the river, was a rock sitting in the middle of the river with water pouring over either side of it, and leading into a green pool that you couldn't see or feel the bottom in. Swimming through the pool you had to stay in the center as the sides carried the swift current and you had to approach the rock head-on. Climbing the rock was the only way though and just a little further upstream there was a safe island in the sunlight. One by one the students would enter the pool and I would throw a rope and pull them to the rock for them to climb. Sometimes it would take several throws to get the rope into the students waving hands which reminded me a lot of throwing hoops onto rings at carnival games. (Picture:11) Life-jackets kept everyone safe and we were out having lunch in the sunlight much earlier than I had expected.
 After a quick food break we wandered up the road to the campsite, warming up in the process, and then found a beautiful swimming hole that I and pushed a few unsuspecting students into. I jumped in afterwards attempting a flip and didn't quite get all the way around - slapping the water with my back which was punishment for pushing the students from the universe.
 We started out very relaxed from the pool, just floating down the river, and even finding some natural water slides. We also discovered some small waterfalls, felt excitement in getting washed down some rapids, and walked around anything too dangerous. It got cold quickly being constantly in the water, and after another hour of floating and walking downstream we reached the cars just as students started to get properly cold.

 It was a wonderful day that encapsulated bring part of the Nature and Adventure Club. Wonderful nature with it's beauty and fresh air, and exciting (sometimes risky) adventure that pushes what you think you can achieve.

Philip Cadzow





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