Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Extracurricular Activity

November 13, 2019 Climbing Mt. Sanpoiwatake

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. On October 21, a group of students from the Hakusanroku campus climbed Mt. San-po-iwa-take. (三方岩岳) Sanpoiwatake is a mountain on the Hakusan-Shirakawago White Road. The White Road runs from Hakusanroku to Shirakawago in Gifu prefecture and is a popular tourist spot, especially in the autumn. The leaves were beautiful shades of red, yellow and green as we made our way up the path. This event was a collaboration with the Oguchi Community Center and some members of the local community joined us in the climb. Shinichi Hiramatsu is a specialist of this area and gave lectures about trees and animals. It took about an hour to reach the top, where we rested and ate lunch. Hiramatsu-san pointed out that we could see Mt. Hakusan's peak from Sanpoiwatake. Altogether, it was a refreshing and fun way to spend a beautiful autumn day.




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 12, 2019 Volunteer work at the Ultra Marathon

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. On, September 8th, Hakusan city held its annual Hakusan Shirakawa-go Ultra Marathon and seven students from ICT's Hakusanroku campus volunteered as staff members for the 44 km water station. The Ultra Marathon is 100 km long, so 44 km is only almost half way. However our water station near ICT was the first stop after crossing the mountain and runners happily stopped to drink, eat, or refresh themselves. We had beautiful skies, which meant is was also extremely hot. Students served cool drinks and poured water on runners, which many requested. There were more than 2000 participants in the Ultra Marathon and three from ICT: our Robocon and Engineering Design teacher Ise-sensei, our PE teacher Philip-sensei, and Honda-san from the Hakusanroku office. The students cheered on the runners and the water station ran smoothly throughout the race thanks to their hard work.


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.






August 25, 2019 インターンシップを終えて





My name is Hinata Honmaru and I am a second-year student of the Department of Science and Technology. On August 1st, I participated in a one day internship held by TeamLab. 

This internship was held at TeamLab's main office in Tokyo. When I entered the office for the first time, I was surprised at the bright and cute design of the floor, and the various decks with top boards that you can write on or have artistic designs. It was very different from my image of a office.

The main activities of the internship were lectures by the worker and workshops. The other participants were all university students or graduate students and I was nervous at first to be the only Kosen (technical collage) student. I was especially nervous when I realized my workshop group was mostly sophomore and junior year students. However, there were many things linked to classwork and extracurricular activities at ICT and I was able to participate confidently. This activity taught me how students of management, engineering, and design interact and work together in a group. Actually, at TeamLab three groups of specialists: catalyst, technology, and creative work together as a team on every product. I believe I can use this knowledge in my Kosen Robocon team. Our team is divided into the software team, hardware team, and management. Each team works individually to create the final product. I am good at creating presentations and paperwork so I do the management. I cannot do the programming and circuit making that the software and hardware team are doing. We are working together everyday to finish our project and I am grateful for the first-year students of the software and hardware team. We could not have come this far without them. I relearned the importance of collaborating and using what we are good at.

There was much to learn from this internship. I will always be grateful for my family and teachers who let me participate in this program. I hope to utilize what I learned and experienced in my life at ICT.

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 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。



May 10, 2019

4月の新年度を迎えてから、GWの休暇を挟んで、すでに1か月が経ちました。4月はオリエンテーションや新学期の準備で様々なイベントなどがありましたが、3月の春休み期間にも国際高専が推奨するグローバル人材育成の海外プログラムが行われました。ラーニングエクスプレスです。これは、グローバル人材を育成する教育の試みとして、異なる国の学生達が発展途上国やその地域を訪問し、フィールドワークを通して、地域発展、環境問題、持続可能な社会などの観点からの問題発見、問題解決策を提案し実施するという、国際的ソーシャルイノベーションプロジェクトです。今回は高専・工大合同で11名の学生がインドネシアのジョクジャカルタを訪問してきました。このジャーナルには書ききれないほど学生たちは多くの経験をし、成長してきました。特には、国際理工学科の中心ともなるデザインシンキングの問題解決手法を用いての活動であるため、ぜひ2年後、NZ留学で英語力を向上させた後に、このより実践的な国際協働プログラムにも挑戦し、グローバルイノベーターに近づいてほしいと思います。今回の旅を含めた過去の活動内容は、https://www.ict-lex.com/ に掲載されていますので、ぜひご覧ください。

津田 明洋

It has been one month since school started in April. Last month, before the Golden Week holiday, we had several orientation events in preparation for the new school year. However, there actually was an oversea program in March during the spring break. This program was the Learning Express (LeX). This international social innovation project is part of ICT's education to foster global innovators. Students travel to developing countries and conduct fieldwork to find problems in the local community using viewpoints such as regional development, environmental issues, and a sustainable society. They then produce prototypes of their solution to the local people. Eleven students participated in this year's Learning Express and traveled to Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The experience they gained is so great that I cannot write how much they have grown from this program in this journal. I look forward to the students from the Department of Science and Technology participating in this program because it uses problem-solving via Design Thinking, which is a core theme in their current studies. I hope that two years from now they will strengthen their English skills in New Zealand and challenge themselves in this international co-creation program on the pursuit to become "Global Innovators." Please check out the website https://www.ict-lex.com/ where you can see more of our activities in Indonesia.

Akihiro Tsuda

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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