Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Club Activities

September 17, 2019 Club Day

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. On September 11th (Wed) and 12th (Thu), the three clubs at ICT held their special club day. Each club could choose what activity they wanted to do during these two days. The three clubs at ICT: The Nature & Adventure club, the Language & Culture club, and the Design & Fabrication club discussed what they wanted to do and here is what they decided.

Nature & Adventure club

The Nature & Adventure club went on a two-day camping trip. On Wednesday, students and teachers moved to a log cabin on the mountainside of Chugu. They setup tent, smoked fish and sausages, made a fire, and barbecued rice, vegetables, and meat. They also carved cups and chopsticks out of bamboo and made a "drum-can bath" out of a oil drum. You can see some of their reactions in the video below. The students enjoyed these experiences, many of which were for the first time. On Thursday, they moved to Senami-gawa river to try river trekking. This trip was almost canceled due to the rainy weather forecast. However, the teachers held their decision to the last minute and thankfully the weather turned in our favor.

Language & Culture club

The Language & Culture club's main focus is learning about different cultures. On Wednesday, they did T shirt dyeing at ICT. Students tied various colored T shirts with rubber bands and dipped them in color dye to create unique patterns. Some students tried removing color with whitening. It was always fascinating to watch the students unravel the T shirt and see how it turned out.

On Thursday, the group traveled to Toyama prefecture to experience Henna Tattooing. Henna Tattoo is a traditional tattoo that is not permanent. Students took time to practice before tattooing themselves and each other. Both activities were artistic and gave students a chance to express themselves.

Design & Fabrication club

The design & Fabrication club consists of multiple groups working toward different robot or programming contests. Therefore, most of their time during the club days was spent working on their project. On day two, the programming team conducted an experiment. Their device detects an approaching car and lights up to warn pedestrians and the driver. It took a lot of positioning, wiring, and many attempts, however the team was finally able to successfully make everything work. The group consisted of only first-year students and I was impressed that they reached a successful result. 

That is my report of the ICT club days.










September 5, 2019 Mt. Hakusan

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. On September 1, we held our Mt. Hakusan climbing excursion. Originally, we planned to go in early July. However, each attempt was canceled due to bad weather. September 1 was our last chance this year, and the weather turned out perfect!

We all gathered in front of Hakusanroku campus at 5 am. Student participants were first-year students Ritsuki Tanaka, Yoshiki Hatanaka, Sora Hayashi, and second-year students Shunsuke Katsumata, Kokoro Aoki, Yuya Kida. Facilitating teachers were Taisei Ise,  Shuntaro Yamazaki, and Philip Cadzow, 10 members total including myself. Also, Yutaka Katabe sensei joined and accompanied us for our descent.

For ICT, we drove to Betto-deai, which is one of the starting points to climb Mt. Hakusan from the Ishikawa prefecture side. Mt. Hakusan is 2702 meters high and accounted as one of Japan's three most famous mountains. We began our climb at 6:10. The path from Betto-deai is primarily an assent of stone steps. The air was cool and pleasant but I could soon see sweat glistening on the necks of the students as we walked in a straight line through the forest. After several hours of climbing, the trees grew shorter and gave way to shrubs as we reached Kuroboko-Iwa. (black protruding rocks) From here, were could see the peak across a wide terrain with a wooden walkway.

We arrived at Murodou, the final stop before the climb to Gozen-ga-mine at 9:30. The mountain peak was in sight but many were tired and we still had the final slope to conqueror. Philip sensei was an exception and had enough strength to even carry Shunsuke and both their backpacks a part of the way. Students huffed and puffed as we climbed the final path. At 10:15, we had reached Gozen-ga-mine, the highest peak of Mt. Hakusan!


There are seven ponds along the top of Mt. Hakusan and walking along the path by them is an old tradition. We decided to follow this costume and began our pilgrimage. The terrain was unlike anything on ground level and there was a strange mystical feeling around. Since we were not climbing anymore and had fulfilled our goal, students had much more strength to appreciate the beautiful scenery and mountain flowers. We returned to Murodou by 12:25, ate lunch, and descended the mountain by 3 pm. Students and teachers spoke with each other on the way down. Many were tired and aching but also satisfied. My limbs still hurt from the aftermath but I am already eager to climb that mountain again. It was an experience I look forward to revisiting.

Here are some random clips I had the energy to take out my camera and tape.






July 4, 2019 祝!高専プロコン予選突破!






伊藤 周

Hello. It's Ito, deputy coach of the Design & Fabrication club. Today I would like to announce that ICT has qualified for the National Kosen Programming Contest! The National Kosen Programming Contest (Kosen Procon) is a program in which Kosen schools (technical collages) participate and compete using information and communication technology. The contest is divided into three sections: the challenge section, free section, and competitive section. Each section is judged based on its individual theme. This year, two teams from the Hakusanroku campus Design & Fabrication club entered the challenge section and competitive section. The challenge section's theme is the same as last year: "regional revitalization using information and communication technology." In the competitive section, teams will compete at an original game called "Dance, dance, and twirl" similar to the territory capturing board game Igo. To participate in the national competition in October at Miyakonojo College, we first had to pass the document elimination stage. The challenge section is especially difficult because there are over 60 entries every year with only 20 seats available. Despite this, ICT was able to advance to the nationals in both sections!

The challenge section team consists of five students, Honmaru (S2), Inoue (S1), Shioya (S1), Sugi (S1), and Tanaka (S1) and the competitive team consists of the three students, Katsumata (S2), Aoki (S2), and Miyama (S2). At first I was worried that our challenge section team, which is mostly made up of first-year students, would struggle to compete against other teams that commonly consist of older students. However, they have put a lot of effort into the preparation and exceeded my expectations with their results. There were some days spent creating documents until 11 pm and I was sometime afraid we would not finish on time, but thankfully their efforts were came through. I express my congratulations to them. However, the true battle is yet to come. The team's next goal is to focus once more and finish the final product until the competition. Good luck!

My role, is to provide students an opportunity to try their hardest at something while they are students here. Whether that be academics, sports, or a hobby, I believe challenging yourself to the limit helps you understand your limits and find room for expanding them. The Kosen Procon or National Kosen Robocon tournaments are good examples. You can try your hardest and still lose. However, it's the experience of trying your hardest that is most important. It's also an opportunity for students to see the high level work of other Kosen schools.

Lastly, I would like to thank Ise sensei, the head coach of the Design & Fabrication club, and Fujisawa sensei and Tamura sensei of Kanazawa campus for providing us with advice for the documents and staying after hours to support the students.

Kosen Procon Website:

Ito Meguru

June 28, 2019

Hey, it's Jonathan. Here is another report from Hakusanroku campus. On June 22 Saturday, the first and second year students had a special field trip to discover and learn more about the nature and history of the Hakusanroku area. We visited Ichinose Visitor Center to hike and learn about the wildlife of Mt. Hakusan, and explored Shiramine village and visited Rinsaiji Temple to learn about the history of the area. After dinner, the Nature & Adventure club joined a local event to go see fireflies. It was a jam-packed day, here at Hakusanroku.

Ichinose Visitor Center is the starting point for those climbing Mt. Hakusan from the Shiramine area. There are some hiking courses, displays of wildlife, an onsen ryokan, and a camping area next to the nearby river. Here we took a short hike into the mountains which lead to a vantage point where you can see Mt. Hakusan. Our guide, Mr. Shinichi Hiramatsu is an expert of the nature of this area, and pointed out various plants and insects as we hiked. It was drizzling slightly. However, we were happily surprised to find Mt. Hakusan beautifully visible from the vantage point.

After the hike, we returned to the visitor center to learn about the wildlife and history of Ichinose. Mr. Hiramatsu explained that Ichinose used to be a bustling town, famous for its many onsen baths and people climbing Mt. Hakusan. However, in 1934 a devastating flood hit Ichinose, destroying everything. This flood was due that year's heavy snowfall melting, and there is even a legend that to this day a thousand snakes are trapped under the eternal snow covering one of the lakes on top of Mt. Hakusan and a flood will occur again if the eternal snow ever thaws. Mr. Hiramatsu also showed many plants and animals of Mt. Hakusan, including how to distinguish plants and trees apart, videos of bears, wild boars, monkeys, antelopes, and gold eagles, and live lizards and insects he brought to the center. On the way to Shiramine, we stopped at the "Million Kan Rock." (1 Kan = 3.75kg) This huge rock was pushed 3 km down the river during the historical flood and stands as a landmark as a testament of its shear power.

In the afternoon, we moved to Shiramine village to investigate and learn about the area. Shiramine serves as a hub for people climbing Mt. Hakusan and has many historic and sightseeing-worthy locations. First, students explored the area on foot. Many students decided to visit the popular Snowman Cafe for some dessert. Fully refreshed, we next visited Rinsaiji temple to listen to the history of Mt. Hakusan and view the many Buddha statues displayed there. Mt. Hakusan was always a focus of worship and these statues used to exist on the mountain peak until the Separation of Shinto and Buddhism policy was deployed in 1863. At this time, many Buddha statues were brought down from the mountain to avoid being destroyed and eight such statues are on display here.

Later in the evening, there was an bonus event. Members of the Nature & Adventure club participated in a local event to see fireflies. This is an annual event held by the Oguchi Community Center. The ICT students and members of the local community traveled to the Dainichigawa river in Torigoe, which is about 15 minutes from the Hakusanroku campus by car. There were a surprising number of fireflies and the participants spent time taking pictures, catching, and simply observing a beautiful sight. Mr. Nakamura, a local and expert of fireflies, gave lectures on the insects and answered the students' questions. Some ICT students made friends with the local elementary school kids and everyone enjoyed a pleasant evening.

June 22 was a long and eventful day. Students learned much about the nature and history of the Hakusanroku area while also having a lot of fun. This is not our first time joining a local event or visiting a local sight of interest and I am continuously convinced that our location is crucial to becoming part of the local community; in addition to the convenience of being close and the ability to participate in such events at night thanks to our dormitories. I hope students had fun and found something of interest in the local area, which will help them create innovation in the future.


ジョナサンです。白山麓キャンパスからレポートをお届けします。6月22日(土)1~2年の学生が白山麓の自然や歴史について学ぶ特別活動を行いました。自然については市ノ瀬ビジターセンター、歴史については白峰村と林西寺をそれぞれ訪れ、地域についての理解を深めました。夕食後にはNature & Adventureクラブのメンバーが地元のホタル観察会に参加し、充実した一日を過ごしました。




日没後、Nature & Adventureクラブのメンバーは地元のホタル観察会に参加しました。このイベントは毎年尾口公民館によって開催されている恒例行事です。白山麓キャンパスから車で15分くらいの距離にある鳥越の大日川へ移動し、地元の方々と1時間ほどホタルを観察しました。驚くほどたくさんのホタルがおり、学生たちは写真を撮ったり、ホタルを捕まえたり、美しい光景を眺めたりしていました。また、ホタルに詳しい地元の中村さんが生態について解説したり、学生の質問に答えたりしました。地元の小学生と遊ぶICT学生もいて、皆が楽しい時間を過ごしました。



June 6, 2019 Farming Experience

On May 26 (SUN), the Nature & Adventure club conducted a farming experience in collaboration with members of the local community. Early Sunday morning, students gathering to plant potatoes in the field right across from the Hakusanroku campus. This event was conducted in collaboration with local farmers who willingly agreed to demonstrate and for us to use a patch of their fields. Students first plowed the field by turning over, watering, and mixing fertilizer in the soil. Next the local farmers demonstrated planting the potatoes, which the students followed in suit. This year we planted regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, both which we plan to harvest later this year. Many students have never farmed before and seemed to enjoy the experience. After planting the potatoes, students volunteered to weed a neighboring field before finishing the experience and heading to the onsen to clean up and a long-awaited lunch.

I was impressed by the students enthusiasm and feel lucky that the Hakusanroku campus is surrounded by such rich nature. I mean the farm is right across from the school; literally a one minute walk away! Students take advantage of this short distance to find time and take turns watering the field. It was also interesting to observe the students' reaction to the local farmers explaining that monkeys sometimes dig up and eat the potatoes right before harvest. They threatened and cursed the monkeys saying "I will never surrender my precious potatoes to you!", in fear of the thought of them stealing the result of their hard work. The experience really gave them a firsthand perspective of being a farmer. I asked the local farmers about our students' farming, who simply answered "They're OK. Everyone's a beginner at some point" with a big laugh. I look forward to the future of this relationship with the local community and especially to harvest season.


2019年5月26日(日)Nature & Adventure クラブによる農業体験が地元農家の方々の協力のもと行われました。日曜日の早朝に白山麓キャンパスの向かいにある畑に集合してじゃがいもとさつまいもを植えました。今回の農業体験は地元の方々が畑や道具などを快く貸してくれたことによって実現しました。学生たちはまず畑を耕すところから始めました。シャベルなどを使って土を混ぜてから、水をかけて、最後に肥料を加えました。土づくりをしたあとは、地元の方々の指導のもと芋の苗を植えました。今回植えたじゃがいもとさつまいもは秋に収穫して食べる予定です。ほとんどの学生は農作業の経験がなく、初めての経験を楽しんでいるようでした。芋を植えたあとは隣の畑の雑草取りを手伝ったあと、温泉で汗を流してから昼食をとりました。



April 23, 2019 Wild Vegetable Picking

 白山麓キャンパスでは今年度からNature and Adventure ClubDesign and Fabrication ClubLanguage and Culture Clubというクラブが結成され、すべての学生が少なくとも1つに所属することになりました。Nature and Adventure Clubの顧問は私と潟辺先生(国語)、フィリップ先生(体育)、山下さん(事務局)の4人に加えて、野外活動のインストラクターで自生熟代表でもある尾張由輝也氏がコーチとなりました。4月は仮入部期間ということで、学生は各クラブを自由に覗いて自分に適したクラブを選択することになっています。

 Nature and Adventure Clubでは、4月21日に体験入部企画として山菜採りを行いました。9名の学生達とともに、キャンパス近隣の野山で尾張コーチの講義を交えながら、山菜採りを行いました。タラノメ、コシアブラ、コゴミなど、都市生活ではなかなか目にすることのできない山菜がたくさん収穫でき、学生たちは、白山麓の自然を学び、満喫した様です。採れた山菜は4月24日に開催予定の特別活動「自然教室」で天ぷらにして全学生ならびに地元住民の方々に振舞われる予定です。

 Nature and Adventure Clubでは、5月以降、農作業、登山、沢登り、ホタル観察、天体観察、釣り、野生動物観察、収穫祭、スキーなど様々なメニューを地域住民とともに用意し、白山麓キャンパスならではの活動にして行く予定です。

 From this fiscal year, Nature and Adventure Club, Design and Fabrication Club, and Language and Culture Club have been established on the Hakusanroku campus, and all students will belong to at least one of them. The advisors of Nature and Adventure Club are me and Prof. KATABE (Japanese), Prof. Philip (Physical Education), and Mr. Yamashita (Secretariat). In addition, Yukiya Owari, an outdoor activity instructor and a representative of Jiseijyuku, is a coach. In April, students are free to go through each club and choose the club that suits them.

 On April 21, wild vegetable picking was held as an experience joining program. We conducted wild plant picking together with nine students at mountains near the campus with Owari coaches. Students learned and enjoyed the nature in Hakusanroku, with lots of wild vegetables such as Taranome, Kosiabura, Kogomi and so on that are not commonly seen in urban life. The harvested wild vegetables will be tempura in a special activity "Nature classroom" scheduled on April 24, and will be served for all students and local residents.

 Nature and Adventure Club will carry out various menus such as farming, mountain climbing, canyon walking, fireflies observation, astronomical observation, fishing, wildlife observation, harvest festival, skiing and so on with local residents, which will be distinctive activities in Hakusanroku campus.

Shuntaro Yamazaki

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








伊勢 大成

September 4, 2018

Yuya trying to "steal" the technique of his seniors.

One downside for having only twelve students on campus is the lack of sport clubs. Many Hakusanroku campus students play sports after school. I often encounter students playing basketball, badminton, table tennis, and volleyball after the evening learning session and there is definitely an upside of living on campus. However, it is difficult to find large competition because the older students currently all study at the Kanazawa campus.

Yesterday, I visited a first-year student who is utilizing his summer vacation to overcome this situation. Yuya Kida is improving his skill by joining the Kanazawa campus badminton club during the summer. Unlike at the Hakusanroku campus where he can beat almost everyone easily (me included), his seniors are much stronger than him. It was interesting to see Yuya be the timid "youngling" when he usually plays so confident.

Even I could tell that his seniors were at a different level. Their speed, strength and precision overpowered Yuya. The sound of their smash was distinctively louder and different from his. I talked to Yuya and he said that defeating them is his current goal, however that it was far from coming true. The two seniors that practiced with him this day were kind and showed Yuya how they practiced and encouraged him to join in. The three practiced for two hours before packing up. I hope similar interaction between the two campuses increases in the future.







June 19, 2018

Hello, my name is Tsuda. I teach two English classes at the Hakusanroku campus.
Did you know that KTC (ICT’s former name) has many proud legacies? One of them is the boys’ basketball team. There used to be a golden age when we won the Hokuriku regional tournament for ten consecutive years, and multiple national championship titles. Sadly, this record has broken off and members have decreased in numbers. However, the basketball team is a tightly bonded group that practices hard every day.

This year, a new gymnasium equipped with air conditioning and an outdoor basketball court were built at our Hakusanroku campus. We did not have enough players to compete in the high school championship qualifiers this year. However, I believe these resources will contribute in the future for basketball and other sports teams.

Apart from sports, there are opportunities for students to test themselves in various fields such as robot contests, design contests, English speech contests, etc. This is important for creating good character within a school community. I believe rivalry between students increases the spirit of competition and motivation.

I hope that these activities generate the hunger to learn and cultivate proactive behavior to become independent and highly sociable. I look forward to the day our students compete on the highest stage of national/international competitions in a variety of fields.


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