Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Campus Life

July 21, 2021 Competitions

The Olympic games will start in few days. July 23rd is the starting day of one of the most internationally exciting sports events. It is especially exciting this time because it will be held in Japan. Olympics were canceled during world war II. In 1940, both summer and winter Olympics were scheduled to be held in Japan. Tokyo Olympics takes special importance. After the tsunami and the nuclear disaster of Fukushima, Japan has seen an economic recession for a while. That would make the games symbolic of a reestablishment of Japan.

I am thrilled that it was not canceled, even though it comes a year later than planned without spectators. Besides it being a good chance for family gatherings, it is always inspiring for me to watch athletes go through all types of feelings. Athletes participate in Olympics with different motivations and goals. After four, or five years, in this case, some athletes are satisfied and proud of the fact that they were qualified to join in and represent their countries. Others are eager to win medals and raise their country names and flags. Moreover, some athletes are worried about their World or Olympic records. They are competing against their previous selves and other athletes. Why do they have to do all the hard work and go through that kind of stress? I always wanted to understand it and see it from their perspectives.

I thought of asking someone with a similar experience. So, I talked to two of our year two students who recently participated in design and science competitions. I asked them about their reasons and motivations for participating and if they thought it is worth going through all the stress and mixed feelings.

Shii Yamazaki, a 2020 Grand Prize winner of Autodesk Fusion 360 Student Design, participated again this year in the same national competition held by Auto Desk Learning Partener. Shii told me that although she was happy to get the semi grand prize again this year, winning was not her motivation in participating in the competition. Talking about her reasons to join, Shii told me that she enjoyed designing in general and wanted to share her designs with others and see theirs.

Afaf Alaa is the first student in our college to participate in an international science competition. She participated in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge Competition. The competition has three stages of judgments, and the final results will be announced in November this year. Afaf told me that she had to spend two continuous months making a 3- min film that teaches a science concept or topic. “Although it was difficult and exhausting, I learned a lot and gained new experiences,” Afaf said. For reasons to participate in this competition, she said that she wanted to represent her school, her community as a female engineer-to-be in the STEM society. It helped her gain a lot of confidence.

Now I understand why people choose to participate in competitions. They want to learn more. They gain resilience through competing. It helps them understand their abilities and how much they can add to their experiences and improve over time. It seems satisfying and worth all the stress and hardship. You can see the designs made by Shii, and the film made by Afaf on our ICT Facebook Page.

Nagwa Fekri Rashed




Autodesk社のFusion 360 学生デザインコンテスト2020で特賞を受賞した山崎史依さんは今年、同じ大会に再度出場しました。史依さんによれば優秀賞を受賞できて嬉しかったが、勝利への執着はないそうです。参加する理由として、デザインすること自体が好きで、自分の作品を見てもらったり、他の人の作品を見ることが楽しいと話していました。

アファフ・アラーさんは国際高専から初めて国外のサイエンス・コンテストに出場した学生です。彼女が参加したのはBreakthrough Junior Challenge Competitionという大会です。3段階の審査があり、最終結果は今年の11月に発表されます。アファフさんの話では、科学がテーマの3分の動画を制作するために丸2週間かかったと言います。「難しくて大変でしたが、新しいことをたくさん学ぶ良い経験になりました」と語っていました。このコンテストに出場した動機を聞くと、母校と地元を代表する女性エンジニアとしてSTEM業界デビューしたかったと答えてくれました。この経験で自信をつけてくれると良いですね。



July 9, 2021

              Nice to see you all again, Jomkit here. It’s been a while since my last journal entry, and by now all the snow and ice has been replaced with rain and thunder. But I suppose the thunder was here in the winter too, strange thing. Where I come from in the US, thunder during a snow storm is considered a rarity, so when I heard it thunder and saw the sky light up in the middle of a blizzard last winter I was shocked to put it simply. What I would consider the end of the world however, apparently native Ishikawa residents consider everyday business.

              In any case, inspired by the seasonal transition from white to green, I started growing a little indoor garden from where I live on campus. I think it’s very fascinating watching the life cycle of a plant from seed to full maturity. As soon as I was able to start driving myself around, I began making trips to the local Komeri down the road as well as the DCM Kahma home center in town to pick up seeds and other tools for gardening. I chose plants with no particular theme other than how nice they looked and maybe their ability to repel insects. For instance, I planted marigolds, peppermint, and various other herbs because I read about their use in common insect repellants.

              In an unintentional way, I also ended up conducting an informal experiment on how being placed indoors vs. outdoors affects potted plants. The marigolds and herbs I planted on the balcony grew more quickly and flowered much sooner than the ones I grew indoors. I can’t wait to see more of my garden bloom, partly because the plants that have already flowered are gorgeous but also because I have forgotten which seeds I planted in which pots.

Jomkit Jujaroen





July 5, 2021

Hello everyone!

It has already been more than a year since the pandemic has started. This has created many challenges for everyone on our planet and for our school, including teachers and students alike. However, we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines coming. Here is to hoping that everyone can go back to their normal lives by the end of this year and we can put this endeavor behind us.

On a personal note, this will be my last Hakusanroku journal as I will be leaving Japan in September to go back to my home country of Canada. I will have been living in Japan for nine years in August and it is time for me to start a new chapter in my life. I cannot even begin to enumerate and describe all of the incredible experiences I have had in Japan, first in Shimane prefecture, then in Ishikawa prefecture, with some travelling in between. They will stay with me for my whole life, as I will often look back fondly on them. Of course, I plan to return to Japan from time to time at least to visit and see the wonderful people I have met here. I would like to thank the faculty, staff and students of International College of Technology who all have made my time here at this school wonderful. When I first arrived at this school, I had many questions about many things, but everybody has always been kind and helped me when I needed it. I am very grateful for that.

Starting next term, the biology classes will be given by a new member of our staff, Dorsaf Gatri. She arrived here in June and I’m convinced that the students will be in very good hands!

Thank you to everyone again and thank you for reading! May our paths cross sometime, somewhere in the future.

Jason de Tilly







June 23, 2021 Report from Hakusanroku (June)








Hi, it's Jonathan, the cameraman. June has brought warm weather to Hakusanroku and I see more and more people wearing t-shirts as summer approaches. Here are three events that happened in the past month. 

On June 1 (Tue), The Agri-tech team was interviewed by MRO Hokuriku Broadcasting during Engineering Design IIA class. The Agri-tech team has succeeded last year's project, and is creating a system to protect crops from wild monkeys using AI. This year's second year students aim to implement a function to drive away monkeys detected by the system. The television crew filmed scenes of the students asking local farmers about the magnitude of damage on their crops and what they think is the best method to drive monkeys away, and scenes of them explaining their goals of the year. The program was broadcasted on "Leosuta" on June 9 (Wed). Last year's Agri-tech team won the highest award of the "U-21 Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan" and the level of attention on this project is growing.

On June 3 (Thu), four second year students of the Agri-business teams visited Yamadachikai, which has lately begun herding sheep in Kinameri district near Hakusanroku Campus. The Agri-business team is growing and selling local branded sweet potatoes "Kosen Beni Haruka" and Yamazaki sensei organized this visit to listen to the representative of Yamadachikai talk about his experience staring a agricultural business in Hakusanroku.

Yamadachikai's sheep business began when they were approached by the team of Ishida professor of Ishikawa Prefectural University who was doing research on the possibility of a sustainable business model selling lamb meat herded and sold in the local area. Arimoto-san, the representative of Yamadachikai, accepted this offer after agreeing that Hakusanroku lacked local branded livestock and daytime activities for tourists. Also, sheep are unaffected by the harsh winter season and wild animals in the area, which are difficulties of other products. In the presentation he gave to the students, Arimoto-san explained the annual schedule of selling lamb meat, the company's table of income and expenditure, their long-term goal of a profit of 5 million yen in five years, the necessary facilities they plan to purchase, etc. To accomplish this, Arimoto-san has utilized crowdfunding, applied for financial support from the government, and tried multiple methods to increase the price of their meat. He also plans to contribute to the local tourist scene by letting people feed and shear the sheep, and selling BBQ meat to campers. Arimoto-san understood that making a profit with sheep wasn't going to be easy in Hakusanroku, but he took on the challenge and came up with ideas to create a successful business. The second year students listened intently and took notes. There also was a QA session after the lecture that lasted ten minutes as Arimoto-san and students exchanged ideas.

After the lecture, students tried out shearing the sheep. Later, they commented "It looked easy at first but the electric clipper was heavy and difficult to keep steady due to the vibration, but once I got used to it, it felt good as the wool came off" and "I grew fond of the sheep."

On June 20 (Sun), the Nature & Adventure Club went hiking at Mt. Wasso-ga-take, which is a mountain of an altitude of 1,097 meters with a hiking course about ten minutes by car from Hakusanroku Campus. Participants were five club members, Yamazaki sensei, Katabe sensei, Philip sensei, Owari coach, and myself; a total of ten people. Most of the hiking course is through the forest, which shaded us from the hot sun. During breaks, Owari coach showed us wild herbs such as "Kuromoji", trees that bears had peeled the bark off, and flowers such as koajisai (Hydrangea hirta). We left Hakusanroku Campus at 8:30 am and reached the top of Wasso-ga-take around 11:15. Usually you can see Mt. Hakusan from this point. However, sadly it was hidden by low clouds. We ate an early lunch and headed to a neighboring mountain called Shironuki-yama (891m) before descending back down the trail. Students were full of energy and sometimes ran down the path or climbed trees along the way. Next month, they plan to climb Mt. Hakusan itself so this hike was a nice warm up ahead of time.


June 10, 2021




小髙 有普

    Last year, we experienced the largest amount of snow so far at Hakusanroku Campus. That's why when the cherry blossoms began to bloom and the swallows showed up just in time for the entrance ceremony in April, it gave such a strong impression that spring had finally arrived. The snow from the roof that piled up all the way up to the second floor windows was still there at the end of April; a reminder of the heavy snow. However, even that melded with the rain before the Golden Week holidays in May.

    It is currently mid-May as I write this and we are experiencing constant rain that makes me wonder if rainy season  already started. The misty gorge of Tedori River, which runs more than ten kilometers alongside my commuting route, reminds me of a dragon descending from the Hakusan Mountains.

    I am always fascinated by the stories about nature and history local people tell us during class or interactions with the community. Students are living in a place with four beautiful seasons and valuable experiences, here in Hakusanroku.

Arihiro Kodaka


May 19, 2021 Activities in May

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man! April has turned into May, and the weather is almost perfect here at the Hakusanroku Campus. I have gathered pictures of the first and second year students and some of their major activities in the past weeks. Enjoy!


Sports Day

On May 1, the two PE teachers, Takimoto sensei and Philip sensei held a sports event in the gym. Students were not able to return home during the Golden Week holidays, and many events such as this were created to make the days as enjoyable as possible. This time, the sports were badminton and volleyball. In the badminton portion, Philip sensei introduced a new level system. All students start at level one. You level up by defeating someone in your same level or higher, to a max level of four. You can play as many games as you like with anyone you choose. This system seemed to suit the students and the three courts were constantly occupied by players challenging each other. The volleyball portion were games between the students and teachers. I apologize for not taking any pictures of the volleyball portion because I was playing the whole time.



Camping Indoors

On May 2, the Nature & Adventure Club used the whole day to craft, hike, camp, and do all sorts of outdoor stuff. Sadly, the weather forecast was rainy but the club members improvised and enjoyed their first club activity anyway. They did ropework, bamboo crafting, and ate curry and rice for lunch at KTB sensei's house. In the afternoon, they went hiking near Dainichi dam in Torigoe before returning to ICT. Originally, they planned to camp outside on school grounds. However, the rain and wind was too strong and they made the brave choice to camp in the second floor of the gym. Jokes aside, this turned out to be not a bad decision and they spent the evening chatting, listening to KTB sensei's guitar, and playing cards by a digital campfire. (How ICT is that!) One member wrote a journal entry about his experience which you can read here. (Coming soon)


Original T-shirt Design

On May 3, Ito sensei and Kodaka sensei organized an event to make original design t-shirts. Students used their computers to design and print out the design. Then, they ironed on the transfer paper to the front or back of the t-shirts. Students could choose one black or white t-shirt to design. Some students who had a clear vision finished before lunch. However, others took longer to come up with a design or had trouble transferring the design they chose. In the end, it was an exciting experience and many students voiced their joy in their finished product.


Engineering Design II A: Plowing with a Tractor

Returning to school, the agri-business team of the second year's Engineering Design class began working in the fields across the street from ICT. This team's goal is to grow sweet potatoes and make a profitable business model selling them. On May 6, they were joined by members of the local community who lent and taught the students how to drive a tractor. Each student took turns using the tractor to plow the plot of land they will use to plant the sweet potatoes. Unsurprisingly, it was the first time for the students to drive a tractor, and they enjoyed the experience as you can see in the pictures and video below.



Tie-Dye T-shirts

The last activity I would like to show you is the tie-dye t-shirt event, held after school on May 12 by the Language and Culture Club, for all first and second year students. Tie-dye is a method of folding, twisting, or crumpling fabric, and applying dye to create unique patterns. Ian sensei and Pauline sensei provided various colors of dye, t-shirts, rubber bands, gloves, aprons, and bleach for those who wished to dye a black t-shirt. The students quickly began choosing colors and methods to design their t-shirt. The instruction manual that came with the dye listed several techniques, and some students even experimented with original ways to use the dye; some improvised with their fingers, makeshift brushes, and pipes. You can see their finished products in the pictures below.


April 27, 2021 A month into the semester

Hi, this is Jonathan, the camera man. To kick off this journal entry, here is a short video of the entrance ceremony when we welcomed our new members to the Hakusanroku Campus. It has almost been a month since the first year students joined us on April 1. At first, many of them were shy, but that has changed in the past weeks. Much of this is thanks to the friendly second year students and teachers.


Wednesday is a special day at the Hakusanroku Campus because there are no classes in the afternoon. Learning Session (nighttime school) is optional so students have the leisure to enjoy their free time afterschool. It's interesting to walk around and see all the things students and teachers are up to. Here are some of the things that were going on last Wednesday, April 21.

First, the Design & Fabrication Club held its annual orientation event, the LEGO EV3 Robot Sport Tournament. This is a competition between the first and second year students that are considering to join the club. Each year, they decide on a sport and create a robot to compete in that sport. Here is last year's article. This year's sport was bowling and the students created four teams: one second year boys team, two first year boys teams, and one girls team. Out of the four teams, the second year boys team and girls team both built a more straightforward robot. However, both the first year boys teams came up with something more creative. Team 1a found a loophole in the rules and designed a robot to push the ball through the pins. (However, they were deducted any pins knocked over by the robot body) Team 1b, who ended up winning the tournament, created a belt conveyor to lift and drop the ball towards the pins. It was extremely accurate and got two strikes and 3 spares out of the five frames of the tournament.

Later in the Living Commons, I found Anne sensei, Stephanie sensei, and Pauline sensei gathered with the students for a nail-art party. Pauline sensei would call in anybody and everybody that passed by and as result the area was bustling with students, teachers and even some staff members. It was a sight to see people of all ages and nationalities painting each other's nails. You could tell ICT is a global community.

Also, Wednesday was warm and sunny, the perfect weather for a game of basketball at our outdoor court. Some first and second year students were playing and this attracted Ed sensei, Philip sensei, Apirak sensei, and some other students to start a game. Everybody was having fun and played until the sun went down. Full day classes start again from Thursday so I hope this was a good opportunity for everyone to refresh themselves and get ready to tackle to rest of the week.


*All students at the Hakusanroku Campus have taken a PCR Test. Considering that all of the results were negative, they are given the choice to take off their mask during sports and/or hiking.



4月21日(水)に行われていた活動のひとつが、デザイン&ファブリケーションクラブの恒例行事、LEGO EV3を使ったロボット球技大会です。これは入部希望者の1、2年生による対抗戦で、毎年違う球技を競うロボットを製作します。去年の記事はこちらです。今年の球技はボウリングで、2年生男子チーム、1年生男子2チーム、女子合同チームの計4チームが参加しました。堅実なロボットを作った2年生男子チームと女子チームに対して、1年生男子両チームは独創的なロボットを製作しました。優勝したのはベルトコンベヤでボールを持ち上げてピンに向かって落とす独特の投球フォームの1bチームで、5フレームでストライクを2回、スペアを3回出しました。1aチームはルールの隙を突いてロボットごとボールを押す作戦を決行しましたが、ロボット本体が倒したピンを減点されてしまいました。



April 22, 2021

Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie Reynolds and this is my first Hakusanroku Journal entry. I just started teaching at the Hakusanroku campus this spring, but I have actually been living and working in Kanazawa for quite some time. When I first came to Japan I taught English to university students at KIT, and in September, 2020 I started working at ICT’s Kanazawa campus. I usually teach 4th and 5th year courses, but I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the students at the Hakusanroku campus too.

I’m also excited to be working in the mountains and beautiful nature of the Hakusan area. My hometown is in Vermont, USA, which is also called the Green Mountain state, so being around the mountains feels like home to me. Kanazawa is a large city compared to the small town where I grew up, so I definitely feel more comfortable in the countryside. I also like to hike and ski, so I’m looking forward to more chances to explore the trails around the campus during my free time.

When I’m not outdoors, I really like to work on DIY projects. For example, I like taking old clothes and turning them into new items, such as cycling caps, bags, and other accessories. More recently, I have also been learning more about gardening and composting. I hope to grow a lot of vegetables and herbs this summer.

Since I taught at KIT previously, and have worked with some ICT faculty before, it has been easy for me to adjust my new job. Additionally, I’m very thankful to have met many other students, faculty, and staff for the first time. Thank you everyone for welcoming me into the ICT community. I look forward to learning and working together.

Stephanie Reynolds









March 17, 2021 2年生を送る会

Hi, it's Jonathan, the camera man! On February 25 (Thu), we held a farewell party for the second year students in the multipurpose room next to the cafeteria. This was after the Design & Fabrication Club's final presentation, which you can read about here. The second year students have finished their 24 months here at Hakusanroku Campus and will be moving on to their next stage either at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand (if fate favors them) or (sadly more likely) take online courses from home or Kanazawa Campus depending on the situation of COVID-19. I personally wish that they will be able to travel to New Zealand. That said, even if they cannot, they will still be in good hands, taking courses from Otago Polytechnic online, and specially crafted courses from the skilled staff at Kanazawa Campus.

When I first met the second year students, they were only 15 years old. Two years does not sound like much. However, I have seen immense growth during that time. The two year system at Hakusanroku means that first year students start out like any other high school, as newcomers, overshadowed by their seniors, but in just one year they suddenly become the highest class in the campus. This is one of my favorite moments at ICT, where students suddenly show signs of leadership, responsibility, and maturity as their role goes from youngest to oldest. I don't know of any other school can give second year students a similar opportunity to become such leaders at this age. It's not all roses, but I believe it has it's benefits.

This year's second year students had a lot to go through. They were hit directly by the pandemic, which dramatically altered their freedom compared to their first year. Many could not participate in contest they planned to, or goals they aimed for. However, the second year's bounced back. They spent hours of their free time working on new projects, school events, and school work. I would almost always find someone working in the evening, either in the maker studio or project booth after hours. What I want to say is they put in a lot of effort, and it shows.

This is kind of starting to sound like they are leaving us so I am going to move on. They are still with us for three whole years after all! I can't wait to see what they are like then. During the farewell party, first year and second year students exchanged message cards, and the second year students also presented one to the teachers. Each student said a few words, mostly messages of encouragement and/or friendly taunts to the remaining first year students and we watched a slideshow of pictures taken during the two years they were here. Finally, we sang a farewell song together. I hope the second year students can look back fondly at these two years the same way I do. See you again!







February 3, 2021 Things I love about living and working in Hakusanroku

We are approaching the end of our third year of ICT’s new curriculum and new campus. There are many things I love about living and working in Hakusanroku. One of them is the history and culture of this area. I always like to find out about the places I live, and I’ve been trying to do that here by getting involved in the community. I hold monthly English Café events at the local Community Centre, and I made an English translation of the exhibitions at the Hakusan Folk Museum in Shiramine.

Another way of learning about the history and culture of Hakusanroku is through our school’s library, which has some old books about the local area. When browsing one day I pulled a fascinating bilingual book off the shelf: ‘Villages of Tedori River Gorge: The final curtain descends on a way of life, its traditions, and ancient culture’ by Morton W. Huber.

It turns out that Morton Huber was a Professor of Environmental Science at KIT in the 1970s and in his spare time used to travel up to Hakusanroku to paint, draw, and take photographs. This book was published in 1976 and in it Dr. Huber writes about the way of life and culture of people in Hakusanroku, including ningyou jyoruri puppet shows from Higashi-futakuchi and Fukaze, hinoki crafts from Fukaze, and silkworm raising and tree growing in Kuwajima. He also writes at length about the Tedori Dam that was due to be built and many of these villages, and their culture, were due to be lost. As a result, the book has an underlying nostalgia and sadness, along with Dr. Huber’s beautiful photographs and sketches, which evoke a rural way of life that has mostly been lost, but glimpses of which can still occasionally be seen.

I searched for Dr. Huber online and found that he is still alive – aged 97! I think it would be very interesting if his old employer, KIT, got in touch to tell him about the new campus they built in a part of the world that he loved so much.

James Taylor (English Department)


そして、国際高専の図書館は白山麓の歴史や文化についての古い本がたくさんあります。ある日、僕はとても面白いバイリンガルな本を1冊見つけました。それは、モートン・ヒューバー先生の「手取峡谷の村落 終幕の下りるとき」という本です。




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