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

August 2, 2018

Hello everyone, my name is Hazwan Halim. I teach Basic Analysis at ICT's Hakusanroku campus and Electrical Engineering at Kanazawa campus.

 I still remember last January when we have heavy snow in some part of Japan. Some said that it is the heaviest snow in 20 years and some said 30 years. The snow falls rapidly and causes 1,500 cars stranded on the main road in Fukui as reported by the Japan Times news. Then in late June to mid-July, successive heavy downpours in southwestern Japan resulted in widespread, devastating floods and mudflows. An official at Japan Meteorological Agency describes the event as  "heavy rain at a level we've never experienced". It has cost 225 death (as of 20th July) and at least 50 are missing. Now, we are currently been struck by the phenomenal heatwave. While I am writing this journal (accompanying with air conditioner of course), BBC news just announced that the temperature in Japan has exceeded the national records. The searing heatwave has cost 40 lives and landed thousand in the hospital due to heat stroke.

This series of event is not only occurring in Japan but also in several another country in the world. These worldwide phenomena have been attributed to human-induced global warming. In 2015, the United Nation has come out with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to promote sustainable developments and to combat climate change. ICT Kanazawa takes an initiative to support the program by driving its research and education toward achieving the goals. I am very proud and keen to progress and work together to achieve the goals.

 Hazwan Halim





July 19, 2018

It's Ise from the Science and Technology department. Today I would like you to join me on a day at Hakusanroku campus.

  In the morning, we gathered to discuss details of the Engineering Design class in the afternoon. Today's class was the student's mid-term report of the prototyping process. The final presentation date is two weeks from now. We debated how to support the students during this period.

  After the meeting, I worked on a personal engineering design project of my own: improving the cleaning staff's working experience. This morning I built a bottle holder to attach to their tool cart. Currently, there is no space to put drinks or cellphones and the staff members do not want to put them with the cleaning utensils. I made the bottle holder from plywood, which I cut of using the laser cutter. The cleaning staff were extremely happy and I am considering making more for the remaining three carts.

After lunch, it was time for the Engineering Design class. The students gave presentations on their project's prototype and received advice from teachers and other students. Many of the students were nervous during the preparation time at the beginning of the class. However, everyone completed his or her presentation without any problems. There were many things students could not anticipate before actually creating the prototypes. I believe that they are beginning to understand the complexity of monozukuri.

We continued improving the prototypes based on the advice given. Each group divided its members depending on their strengths to increase efficiency.

After school, students worked on either the extracurricular activity Rube Goldberg machine (pitagora switch), or personal projects. It seems like they are living a fulfilling life at the campus. I hope students utilize the campus's facility fully to expand their monozukuri ability.

Ise Taisei






放課後には、クラブ活動のRube Goldberg machine(ピタゴラスイッチ) 製作、自主的なものづくり活動などを行い、充実したキャンパスライフを送っているようでした。このものづくりの環境を学生に最大限に活用してもらい、技術力を高めて欲しいと思います。

伊勢 大成

June 26, 2018

Hello. It's KTB, the Japanese teacher. I teach Japanese Language Expression and Japanese Literature at Hakusanroku. Today, I'd like to introduce the extracurricular activity of Kento Nomura, a Science and Technology department first-year student. That activity is skateboarding, which he first started during sixth grade. Last year, Kento won third prize in an under15 tournament held in Toyama. This year, he plans to compete in an open tournament in Kanazawa in August and is practicing hard.

Usually Kento practices on Hakusanroku campus's outdoor basketball court. However, today we drove to the skateboard park in Yoshino. First, we said hello to the man in charge of the skateboard park (who runs a Japanese oban-yaki shop nearby). There were two others already practicing when we arrived at the park. One in his twenties (a pro-skater!) and the other a junior high school student. Both of them knew Kento and exchanged greetings. Soon after, skateboard school boys arrived and began to warmup.

I asked Kento why skateboarding appeals to him. He told me that he likes how people from elementary school to adults in their forties can enjoy it together and the feeling of unity when the skater pulls off a street trick and the crowd goes wild. Also, he said that it taught him to respect his elders and rules of society, such as following proper procedure.

Kento practiced the trick “50 50 grind late shove-it out” for about an hour and a half before we said goodbye and returned to ICT. The junior high school student even bowed slightly to me. After dinner, it's time for Evening School. Extracurricular activities are a precious peak to refresh our minds in between study time.

Yutaka Katabe



1時間半くらい、“フィフティ フィフティ グラインド レイト ショービット アウト”という技を繰り返し練習して、最後にもう一度挨拶して学校に帰ります。中学生が私にもちょこんとお辞儀してくれました。夕食が終わったらNight Schoolです。課外活動は勉強と勉強の間の、頭の中を真っ白にしてリフレッシュする貴重な時間です。

潟辺 豊

June 25, 2018 News from an Alumnus

The other day, one of our alumni, Gen Ueda called and gave me some fantastic news about him. The news really made me happy. The news he told me was that he got full marks (990 points) on the TOEIC he recently took. Wow, it's marvelous! Everyone who has taken the English Test knows it is so difficult to get full marks on the test. I truly admire his super English skills and comprehension.

I remember that he was working so hard to improve his English when he was at KTC (now ICT). The biggest thing I remember about him was that he participated in all of the international and English programs that we offered. He always tried to make good use of the chances that were in front of him. As a result, his English was improved as he was participating in these programs. He acquired great English skills from his experiences, not only from books or classrooms. I am proud of him and respect his great achievement.

I'm certain that I will share Gen's success story with ICT students. I will tell the students about the importance of taking chances. At ICT, on both Kanazawa and Hakusanroku campuses, students enjoy an excellent atmosphere and a lot of chances. I honestly hope ICT students will learn and acquire a great deal from them and be ready for launching out into the world in the future.

Mamoru Mukai
ICT Vice-president





国際高専 副校長
向井 守

June 20, 2018 Tedori Canyon Road

“What do you do out there,” I get asked that question a lot when I tell people I work out in Hakusanroku. Then they say, “There’s nothing to do out there!”

I disagree there is lots to do out here – it just takes a little effort, because it’s not immediately obvious. I have been doing lots of exploring on the Tedori Canyon Road. The road starts across the street at Sena Roadside Station and goes all the way to Jyuhachigawara Park for a total of 20km. On the way you can stop off and visit Bird Humming Torigoe, Lake Kobo and Tedori Gorge. Besides that, the road goes past lots of rice paddies and mountains, so the scenery is very nice.

The one problem is that from ICT to Jyuhachigawara Park, the road goes downhill. Getting back to ICT takes more work. If you are tired when you start back to ICT, then you will be really tired when you get back.

Ian Stevenson







June 15, 2018 

Hello everyone. My name is James Taylor. I teach Listening & Speaking and English Expression here at ICT’s Hakusanroku Campus.

Many visitors to ICT’s Hakusanroku Campus – and the teachers and students who live and work here – are impressed by the brand new buildings here. But this campus has some older buildings too, because this site used to be a hotel. Some faculty and staff live in cottages where you can see some remnants of their use for paying guests, such as alarm clocks in the bedroom walls and a shampoo and body soap dispenser in the bathroom.

The cottages are behind the Innovation Hub, which was the main hotel building but now contains the cafeteria and bouldering wall. On the second floor of the Hub you can see what I think is the most interesting piece of renovation in the building: old karaoke rooms have been turned into radio studios, which are used by FM-N1 76.3 to broadcast a live programme about Hakusanroku life every Thursday at 1PM. I’m excited because I’m going to be a guest on the programme on 21st June – if you have time, please tune in! Perhaps future ICT students will want to set up a Broadcasting Club? If they do, they have ideal facilities for it.



国際高専の白山麓キャンパスを見に来る人たちとここに住んでいる教員と学生のみなさんはこのキャンパスの新しい建物は素晴らしいと思っていますが、このキャンパスには古い建物もあります。なぜかというと、このキャンパスは昔ホテルだったのです。イノベーション・ハブの裏にある教職員が住んでいるコテージにそのホテル時代のゲスト用の物がまだ残っています。それは、寝室の壁の目覚まし時計や、お風呂場の壁のシャンプーとボディソープのディスペンサーです。イノベーション・ハブは昔、ホテルの本館でしたが、今は、カフェテリアとボルダリングのウォールがあります。でも、ハブの2階に一番面白いリフォームがあると思います。昔のカラオケの部屋はFM-N1 76.3の新しいラジオのスタジオになりました。そこで毎週の木曜日の午後1時からFM-N1のパーソナリティーが白山麓の生活などについての番組を生放送しています。僕は今月21日に出演するので、楽しみにしています。もし時間があれば、ぜひ聴いてみてください!将来、国際高専生が放送部を作ったとしても、白山麓キャンパスにはそのアイデアをかなえる施設があります。

June 14, 2018 Undampering Awe

It is easy to get caught up in the grind of everyday life. Wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, eat lunch, finish work, go home, make dinner, go to bed, and do it all over again. As time carries on, a person can start feel like a cog in a complex machine. Turn the correct way, it is your only option. It makes life sound a little depressing I think but this is the reality for many people.
Yet, we who live in Hakusan Roku are quite lucky. Everyday, we are surrounded by beautiful mountains that reach for the sky. We are encircled by forests and flowers. And unlike the people that are lost in their daily lives the mountains and the forests do not become stale. It is as if the very essence of the word awe was born from these foothills. That is why I think we are so lucky. No matter how engrossed we get in our daily routines we are living surrounded by awe itself. It seems like everytime I think I have grown accustomed to mountains, they realize it and produce a scene so wonderful all I can do is watch as my breath escapes me.
In those breathtaking moments, the monotony of life is realized and I am left with a humble feeling. The nature that encomposses Hakusan Roku seems to do more than provide us with fresh air. It recycles our feelings and breaks the machine of daily life. That is why I think we are fortunate. That is why I smile to myself when people tell I am crazy to live so far from the city. That is why I have grown to love the undampering awe gifted to us from Hakusan Roku.

- Ed Basquill




- エド・バスクェル

June 5, 2018

Hello, it’s Shinobu Ohara, one of the English teachers. It has been two months since students began living at ICT’s Hakusanroku Campus. I also have gotten used to my life at the cottage. The leaves of the mountain behind the Sena Michinoeki are becoming greener every day and I appreciate their beauty every morning eating delicious yogurt for breakfast at the Golden Eagle Café.

Students are now studying for their mid-term exams starting on June 7. However, next week they will be busy working on their extracurricular activities. Currently, extracurricular activities consist of English activities, programming, Pythagora Switch (Rube Goldberg machine), badminton, and capoeira (Brazilian martial arts). Professor Yamazaki is planning research projects to connect these activities to regional and industrial collaboration. For example, the English activity group making a presentation about the history and culture of the local Oguchi area, or the programming group creating exciting programs such as skill development for the Amazon Echo or embedded devices using IchigoJam.

Also, Hakusan Nature Conservation Center has contacted us suggesting events connected with Hakusanroku’s nature and four seasons. The fresh verdure beech forest, dogtooth violet flower (also called the fairy of spring), and mountain herbs (we tasted olive oyster and butterbur) in the spring, sculpin and fireflies in the summer, chestnut tiger butterflies, wild nuts and berries, and Japanese monkeys in the autumn, and snow shoes and golden eagle observation in the winter. Oguchi community center has proposed adventures in nature in the beech forest, firefly and chestnut tiger butterfly observation, and river recreation. Many of these activities can only be experienced in Hakusanroku and I am very excited to try them out.





June 5, 2018 ICT Sprouts

It has been about 2 months now, since the beginning of the school year. Everything around in Hakusanroku campus is changing to the better. Back in March, out from the windows, there was a lot of snow that caused a delay in the gardening completion. The snow was cleared up and I was following how architectures, engineers, and technicians are working hard and step by step through the whole procedure of removing the mud and planting the new sprouts.

That was similar to what we teachers and students were going through in the learning process. We are building up our learning community, where we remove the misconceptions about learning process and building up the good skills necessary to acquire knowledge. Science is not a set of facts to memorize. It is a process, a way of thinking, an adventure to discover and be able to handle facts, then make a good use of them towards a better life and a better world for all. As any other life skill, to gain scientific thinking skills, students at ICT are trying their best to make it their good habit and way of life. Our role as teachers is to provide opportunities for students to get curious, ask questions, and seek answers for those questions.

In Chemistry course, students are gradually learning how to follow up all different scientific procedures which will lead to clear and accurate results. They are also learning how collaboration and communication amongst their teams will save their time and effort. Students are getting through the importance of following the safety procedures and avoiding the careless and unsafe actions.

As we live in 21st century, there are plenty of resources besides books to find answers of many of the questions we might think of. That has advantages and disadvantages. When I was student, it was not as easy and fast as it is now to find references, to get a full published paper in a topic, I had to travel for hours or to wait for weeks for the hard copy of the paper to be sent to me by the author. Technology has saved a lot of our time and made it possible to access an endless amount of resources.

However not all of the accessible information is correct, and we might get lost with the rushing life routines. To define the good resource and the adequacy of the information found in those resources may seem to be very complicated. Learning to slow down and define your needs need a reflection and deep thoughts that are only available in the beauty all around in the nature.

Here at ICT, our students are very lucky. They are getting the advantages of technology full equipped campus that is built in the middle of the beautiful and inspiring nature. I can see how students are growing up their knowledge as the beautiful sprouts all around in Hakusanroku campus. They are all promising young people.楽しみ!!

Nagwa Fekri Rashed






しかし、全ての情報が正確とは限りません。そして、これによって毎日を忙しく 生き急いでしまうことになるかもしれません。どの情報源が良いのか、どの情報に妥当性があるのかを発見する作業はとても複雑に思えるかもしれません。本当に必要なものを見極め、のんびり生きるためには、周りの美しい自然からのみ得ることができる深い思考に浸る時間が必要なのです。



May 25, 2018 サプライズバースデーパーティ&BBQ

Hello everyone. My name is Hitoshi Kihara and I am in charge of the first grader’s math classes. The Hakusanroku Campus of International College of Technology is a brand new campus. Here, students, teachers, staff and everyone involved in the school is working together to come up with creative and fun classes, activities and events. Many ideas are born and carried out every day. It’s interesting and exciting. Today, I will introduce two events that took place lately.

The first is a birthday party. The students have been living together in the dormitory for more than a month and have become quite close. It feels like they are longtime friends or brothers and sisters. This month we had our first surprise birthday party. We didn’t know if we could pull off a surprise party while using the same living space. However, this is where creativity and team play come in. The party was a heartwarming success.

The second is a barbeque party. This was a strong request from the students. However, the Hakusanroku campus is far from the city and there were several problems to solve. Where would we buy the food? How about the equipment? Where should the barbeque take place? How do we get everyone there? We decided that faculty members should backup the students since they have little knowledge of the local area and were struggling to plan the event all by themselves. The weather was a chilly for May on the day of the barbeque but the heat of the grill blew it away. I give my thanks to all faculty members who helped prepare it.

There are countless unique events, classes and activities at Hakusanroku campus that I wish to show you. Maybe I can talk more about them next time. Please look forward to it.

Hitoshi Kihara




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