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

June 26, 2020 鷲走ヶ岳 登山

Hello, it's Jonathan the cameraman. On June 21 (Sun), the Nature & Adventure Club finally held its first activity of the year in the form of a hike to the top of Wasso-ga-take. Due to COVID-19, clubs here at Hakusanroku Campus were restricted from doing any group activities. This restriction was lifted on the 19th and this was our first weekend after it. Our first chance was a beautiful sunny Sunday and we jumped to the opportunity.

The Nature & Adventure Club is one of Hakusanroku Campus's three clubs and focuses on interacting with the local community and nature surrounding the school. Twelve first and second year students, Yamazaki-sensei, Katabe-sensei, Philip-sensei, Owari coach, and myself gathered at the campus entrance at 8:30 am for total of 17 people. Wasso-ga-take is a mountain a couple of miles southwest of Hakusanroku campus near Tedori Lake. We started our hike from Higashi-Futakuchi. It was sunny. However, the trees protected us from the sun and most of the climb was through the cool shady woods.

We reached the top of Wasso-ga-take a little before noon and enjoyed the view over lunch. This peak is 1096m high and we could see green mountains and even Mt. Hakusan in the distance. After lunch, we split into two groups as we descended. One group went straight down and the other group, who wanted more, made a detour to a second mountain called Shironuki-yama (891m). Here, we could see Tedori Lake below. We regrouped and walked down through the woods, arriving at Higashi-Futakuchi around 2:30 pm.

Mountain climbing is one of the Nature & Adventure Club's main attractions and I was glad to finally get one done. Today's climb also gave new students a taste of what it is like, which they can use to decide whether they want to participate in the Mt. Hakusan climb planned on July 5. It seemed like the students enjoyed their walk through the woods and I hope they take up the challenge. Until then, see you!







June 22, 2020 ヒルクライムサイクリング

こんにちは。今年も研究プロジェクト主事とNature & Adventure Club顧問を担当している山崎です。新型コロナ感染防止に伴う外出制限が解除された週末、学生たちと一緒に近くの山にサイクリングに行きました。サイクリングと言っても、スキー場の山頂ゴンドラ駅までの林道を登るもので、キャンパスから山頂まで約9.5km、標高差726m、平均勾配7.6%という本格的なヒルクライムコースです。この日参加したのはS1の田窪君、中里君、 S2の畠中君の3名。同行するスタッフは体育のフィリップ先生と事務局の本田さんと私。田窪君は自身のロードバイクを持参、他の学生はNature & Adventure ClubMTBを駆って参加しました。

Hello, this is Yamazaki, still in charge of Research Projects and the Nature & Adventure Club. Restrictions due to COVID-19 have been loosened so I went cycling with some of the students on Sunday. This isn't your typical cycling though. It's a 9.5km long, 726m total elevation, average slope of 7.6% serious hill climb through woods to the gondola station on top of the ski resort near the Hakusanroku Campus. Three students joined us today: Takubo and Nakazato (both S1) and Hatanaka (S2). Accompanying staff were Philip-sensei, our PE teacher, Honda-san of the office, and myself. Takubo brought his own road bike and the other students used the mountain bikes own by the club.


We left the campus at 9 am and reached the entrance to the path in about 10 minutes. Here is a photo we took before the hill climb. This was Nakazato's first time and he looks a little nervous.  



Philip-sensei and Honda-san were trying for a personal best and rode out of sight immediately. Hatanaka and Takubo followed them at their own pace. Nakazato struggled getting used to controlling a bike on a mountain path and tried to keep up. I rode alongside him hopeful that chatting would keep his spirits up. After about an hour, Philip-sensei and Honda-san rejoined us on their way back. Apparently, they reach the top in about 50 minutes; astonishing work. Nakazato also reached the top after about an hour and a half with the moral support of the team. He did a great job. Hatanaka and Takubo's time was 1 hour and 7 minutes. Well done everyone.


We took a group photo at the top and you can see the feeling of accomplishment on the faces after completing the run. The view was extraordinary and you can see Tedori Lake and even the Hakusanroku Campus. ICT has many mountain paths like this a is a wonderful environment for cyclists. 

Shuntaro Yamazaki

March 23, 2020 Extracurricular Activities

Hello, Jonathan the camera man here. Today I would like to introduce the special workshops we held here at ICT Hakusanroku campus. Students have their final exams in the end of January. However, they do not go home for another month. What do they do? During the month of February, students participate in various activities and workshops. Some of these workshops are held by special teachers we invited from various fields of the business world. Here are a peek into what we did this year. For last year's workshops, check the journal entry here.


PR Video Editing Workshop Using Adobe Ai and Premiere (Feb.7)

The first workshop was the "PR Video Editing Workshop Using Adobe Ai and Premiere" conducted by Mamoru Yoshida of Yoshita Design Planning Co. In this workshop, students were divided into groups of three and given the task of creating an ICT promotion video. They also created a logo for their team and a thumbnail for their video. Yoshida-san showed several examples and methods to create effective images and explained that dividing the workload among the team members was key. Below are the results of each group. During reflection, Yoshida-san said "ICT students had a unique point of view and I learned a lot. I hope that you tackle each obstacle from multiple angles and use teamwork. Seeing other people's ideas is always worthwhile."

27日(金)、「Adobe Ai及びPremiereを活用したPR動画作成ワークショック」が(株)ヨシタデザインプランニング代表取締役 葭田護氏の指導のもと行われました。この活動では、学生がグループに分かれて国際高専のプロモーションビデオを制作しました。終了後、葭田氏は「国際高専の学生は発想が独特で勉強になった。これからもチームで協力して課題に取り組んで欲しい」と語りました。

Lecture about studying abroad (Feb.8)

On February 8 (Sat), students listened to a lecture by Gen Ueda, a graduate of ICT from 2011. Ueda-san participated in most of the oversea programs including a year in New Zealand. Following his passion, he created the company ENGLISH CORES (English Consulting & Resources) and helped many Japanese students study abroad in the United States. In the lecture, Ueda-san spoke about his experience with helping students studying aboard, and gave advice based on what he had learned.

The story he told was of a high school student that homestayed in the United States. After a while, the student called Ueda-san saying that his elderly homestay parents did not talk much or take him out on the weekends. It turned out that the student's family normally went out together every weekend and therefore the student felt robbed of this entertainment. Hearing the student's complaint, Ueda-san gave him the advice to talk to the homestay parents and find out what they are interested in. It turned out that the father was a sports enthusiast and they began to watch games together on TV and go out to stadiums on the weekends.

The moral of the story is that every homestay student Ueda-san has setup always encounters some form of distress sooner or later. However, instead of falling into depression or giving up, it is important to "find positive aspects of what you think is a negative situation." Ueda-san explained this as having a "Plan B".

The second and third pieces of advice Ueda-san gave the students was from his personal experience studying English in school. The first he titled "I CAN AND I WILL". This was a reminder that you need to put effort into something if you want to achieve a high goal. "Effort may not always pay off. However, successful people are always the ones that put in the effort" he explained. He also warned the students about overdoing it. Ueda-san spent a lot of time studying English in his student years, which sometimes lead to him burning out. He recommended finding a hobby or something enjoying to do to avoid this.

The final piece of advice was to help each other. Ueda-san observed many examples of students who are trying hard being pulled down by other students who did not take a liking to their effort. He emphasized the importance for supporting each other for a better future, not only for oneself by also for mankind.

28日(土)、国際高専を2011年に卒業した上田源氏が「英語学習と海外でのキャリアについて」と題して講習を行いました。上田氏は卒業後、海外留学コンサルティングや英会話教室を行うENGLISH CORESを設立、講習ではニュージーランド留学前の後輩に対して体験談をもとにアドバイスを送りました。「ホームステイをすると必ず不満が出てくる。しかし、人生はネガティブの状況からポジティブ要素を見つけることが大事だ」と語りました。さらに上田氏はライブラリーセンターに籠って猛烈に勉強していた学生時代を振り返り、「高い目標を達成したければ継続力が必要だ」「努力が実るとは限らないが、成功している人は少なからず努力している」と述べました。しかし、反対に自身の経験から燃え尽きることを避けるために趣味の時間の大切さにも触れました。また最後に、卒業してからも協力し合える仲間でいて欲しいと訴えかけました。

SDGs Lecture and JICA Report (Feb.13)

On February 13 (Thu), Students listened to a lecture by Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) professor Yasuhide Suzuki, Satoshi Kato, and JICA oversea volunteer Kazuha Tamba. KIT is conducting a project to create a sustainable source of oil from Jatropha plants in Mozambique. You can read more about the project here. Professor Suzuki explained the history of the oil crisis in the 1970's and how various resources became more valuable. The Jatropha project aims to turn deserts into Jatropha fields, which they can harvest and create oil. The merits are that Jatropha will not damage the environment since the land it grows on is starting out as a desert. Other plants are quickly eaten by roaming animals. However, Jatropha is poisonous so it is left to grow. Currently they are researching how to efficiently remove the toxin, produce fuel, and sustain the business with local workers.

Next, professor Kato introduced the Mozambique culture and his experience there. Mozambique is a small country east of South Africa. The KIT group built a shop to sell the fuel they created from the Jatropha plants and generators that use it to create electricity. The village where this shop is located has no electricity so people are dependent on such generators to use electronic devices such as cell phones. Professor Kato explained how they developed an affordable lease system to adapt to the needs of the local people.

The final speaker, Kazuha Tanzawa served as a volunteer for one year in the Jangamo district of Mozambique helping the local people starting new businesses and farms. Kazuha-san explained that the people of Mozambique are very kind but also lazier compared to people in Japan and take a lot of coaxing. Projects she started or helped out with include several farms, the making and selling of soap, beeswax cream and honey, and a general store.

Kazuha-san continued to share some of her hardships. When Kazuha-san introduced herself to the local people as a volunteer, many of them expected she would simply give them money. It was difficult for her to explain that she wanted to help them in a sustainable way. Most of the local people were unfamiliar with farming and needed a lot of coaching. Also, language and cultural differences, such as the Mozambique people's belief in witchcraft were matters that needed special attention.

In return, volunteer work is a good opportunity to experience starting a business with limited money. Also, it felt great when the projects took off successfully and the local people could sustain them. Kazuha-san recommended applying for an oversea volunteer as there is always something you can do and the experience is worth it.



Performing Arts Workshop (Feb.18)

On, February 18 (Tue), we held a Performing Arts special session in the Maker Studio 3 area in front of the big staircase. Daikoku-sensei, our Performing Arts teacher and jazz singer invited two professional musicians for this special occasion. Chirori is the leader of the Beat Box Academy, and a beatboxer himself. He hosts the "BeatBoxBattle", the first beatbox tournament in the Hokuriku region, performs regularly, and opens workshops for kids, old people's homes, and on television. Yuhi Taka is professional pianist who both performs and writes. His style is unique with its foundation in jazz, adding elements from all sorts of music genres. After apprenticing to renowned pianists such as Takashi Mizoguchi from age fourteen and Hiroshi Tanaka from age twenty, he began his carrier as a university student.

During this special workshop, the first and second-year students listened to solo and collaborative sessions by Uozumi-sensei, Chirori-san, and Yuhi-san. Afterwards, they each received an instrument and we held a grand finale concert together. Most of the students were shy and needed some coaxing, but began to enjoy themselves as soon as the session began. Here are some pictures of the one and only "ICT Band".


Future Insight & Design Library Workshop (Feb.21)

The workshop on February 21 (Fri) was "Future Insight & Design Library Workshop" led by Naoki Yamamoto of Kawai-jyuku. Yamamoto-san is a specialist of books and libraries. He works for the Future Research Program at Kawai-jyuku, writes monthly articles on the book review website "HONZ", and is a designer of libraries and bookshelves.

First, Yamamoto-san gave a lecture about the history and current state of books in Japan. Books have lost their popularity due to the accessibility of the internet. Less and less books are selling and books stores are going out of business all over the country. Yamamoto-san lamented this movement. However, he also described it as an opportunity for innovation. Writers and publishers are finding clever ways to sell books such as designing new book covers by famous artists, and opening bookstores with stylish cafes.

When asked if they used the Hakusanroku library regularly, none of the students raised their hands (much to the grief of the teachers in the room). Yamamoto-san explained that ICT had a wonderful library and asked the students to go and find three books they had never read before. After their exploration of the library, students returned with several interesting books each. They showed their findings to each other and talked amongst themselves.

The next task was to design new methods to draw people and books together. Each group began brainstorming and designing a new service using the format provided by Yamamoto-san, which they gave presentations about at the end of the workshop. After the students had left, Yamamoto-san remarked that he was pleasantly surprised with ICT students' creativity and their experience with the design process.

221日(金)、「Future Insight & Design Workshop」と題して河合塾未来研究プログラムの山本尚毅氏による特別活動が行われました。山本氏は河合塾のプログラム開発担当として人材育成に努める他、本のスペシャリストとしておすすめ本を紹介するサイト「HONZ」で数多くの書評を行っています。このワークショップでは、まず日本における本の歴史と現状について説明しました。現在、インターネットを通じて情報が入手しやすくなって本の需要が落ちています。その結果、年々閉店する本屋が増えています。山本氏はこの現状を嘆きながらも、生き残るために、表紙を有名なイラストレーターの絵に変えたり、おしゃれなカフェを設置した本屋など、クリエイティブな手法もたくさん生まれていると伝えました。



Branding Workshop by DMM.com (Feb. 25)

The last workshop was titled "Branding Workshop" by Yurie Maruyama from DMM.com. Yurie Maruyama is a graduate of ICT and one of the first students to join the one year program at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. In this workshop, students were divided into groups and given the task of creating a catchphrase for the ICT open campus. Maruyama-san explained the importance of developing a "concept", especially when working with other. A concept is an idea or direction when creating something new. Different people have different images of words such as "cool" or "cute". Therefore, at DMM.com, teams create a cluster of pictures that match the concept so that all team members share the same image. Also, Maruyama-san emphasized the importance to create a customer persona in order to have a clear picture of who the product is aimed for. Students used the methods Maruyama-san uses in her work and gave a presentation of their results at the end.



I enjoy this final month perhaps more than any other in the school year. Students are learning different things, using their free time to work on personal projects, and winding down for the end of the year. This year's extracurricular classes were unique, educational, and a good opportunity for students to notice their growth over the year. It is also a chance for first and second year students to work together. This is something I believe we need more of in the future. Thanks for reading this long report, see you all again next year.



大脇 ジョナサン・幸介

January 8, 2020


デザコンは幾つかの区分に分かれていますが、私たち白山麓キャンパスの学生が参加できるのは、プレデザコン(高専1から3年生対象)となります。プレデザコンと言っても、分野が空間デザインフィールド(建築の透視図)、創造デザインフィールド(ロゴデザイン)、A Mデザインフィールド(3Dプリント)の3つに分かれており、それぞれの学生の得意分野で取り組むことができます。私自身は創造デザインフィールドを選択して今年の東京大会に参加しました。



S科2年 鷺島悠人

Hello everyone. My name is Sagishima and I am a second-year student of the department of science and technology. Today I would like to write about the Kosen Design Competition (DezaCon), which I participated in and is counted as one of the three big Kosen Contests along with the ProCon and RoboCon.

The DezaCon is divided into several divisions. The division that students from the Hakusanroku campus can participate in is the Pre-DezaCon (first- to third-year students). This Pre-DezaCon is further divided into three fields: the Space Design Field (architectural perspective drawing), Creative Design Field (logo design), and AM Design Field. (3D printing) Students can choose which fields they wish to compete in. I selected the Creative Design Field and entered this year's Tokyo tournament.

This year's theme was to create a logo based on the concept "Passing down the bond between people of Natori city who overcame the trial of nature." I would like to briefly describe how I reached my final product. First, I broke down the theme. This year's theme was complex, so I simplified it to the sentence "Display the bond between people who overcame the earthquake." Next, I brainstormed and began the brushing up process. These took the longest amount of time; about one week for each stage. The brush up stage was especially tiring because it was an intricate process of comparing the effects of tiny differences. Finally, I submitted the necessary documents. It was an amazing experience to see my ideas take shape and exceed my expectations. I was able to rediscover the joy of ideation through this experience. Also, my efforts were happily paid off as I received the Special Award. (award from the judging committee)

I recommend this field to newcomers because good ideas can carry you far and there are supporting teachers at ICT. If you are interested, why not test your design skills here at ICT?

S2 Sagishima Yujin


December 21, 2019 加賀友禅




 Hello, this is Kihara, the first-year homeroom teacher. Time flies and this year is almost over. After the long awaited by students winter break, classes will finish in almost one month. Students have grown from their experience living here, not only through classwork, but also through club activities and extracurricular activities. In today's journal, I would like to talk about the first-year student's last event this year.

 At ICT, we aim to foster exceptional innovators not only through high tech science and technology, but also through classical and traditional art. Following this objective, we visited the Kaga-yuzen Hisatsune Kobo workshop on September 24. There, we learned about the graceful world of Kaga-yuzen, its craftsmanship, the difficulty of protecting traditional kimonos, and the ingenuity put into cultivating a new audience. We also discussed possible solutions to the issues traditional art faces and presented them to Mr. Hisatsune.

 On December 21, I finally had my chance to try Kaga-yuzen dyeing. Each student chose a picture of their liking and colored it. Even if the students chose the same picture, the finishing result was totally different depending on the colors and pattern they used. Each piece of work reflected their taste and personality well. We spend most of our time studying engineering here at ICT. Therefore, the pleasant sight of our first-year students engrossed in art gave me a feeling of confidence for their future.

December 12, 2019 全国高校生コマ対戦を終えて

S科1年ロボコンチームの畠中 義基です。

2019年11月23日(土)に愛知県で行われた、第7回全国高校生コマ大戦 名古屋モーターショー場所に出場してきました。出場メンバーは、僕と、同じく国際理工学科1年の佐藤俊太朗と杉晃太朗の3人で1チームとして参加してきました。僕たちがコマの大会に出場することになったのは、9月の下旬に先生に勧められたことからでした。出場が決まってから約2か月間放課後にコマの製作と研究を何度も繰り返し約80個のコマを製作しました。最初のほうは、回転時間があまり伸びず嫌になることもありましたが、何とかやり遂げることができました。僕が最後までやり遂げることができたのは、同じデザイン&ファブリケーションクラブのプロコンチームが全国高等専門学校プログラミングコンテストで本選に出場するなど、結果を残している中で、ロボコンチームは、何も結果を残してないということに何か結果を出さないといけないと思っていたからです。大会の結果は予選敗退(7勝3敗)でした。負けた3試合は、すべて自分の失投(コマの投げミス)によるものだったのですごく悔しいです。もっと練習をしておけばよかったとすごく後悔しています。この負けを次のコマ大戦やほかの活動に活かしていきたいと思います。

畠中 義基

My name is Yoshiki Hatanaka. I'm a first year student of the Department of Science and Technology.

On November 23 (Sat), I participated in the 7th National High School Spintop Battle Tournament (Koma-taisen) at Nagoya Motor Show. Fellow first year students and teammates Shuntaro Sato and Koutaro Sugi also participated in this tournament. We learned about this tournament from our couch in the end of September. For two months after school, we manufactured and analyzed over 80 spintops. In the beginning, we could not improve our spining time and I felt like giving up at times. However, we stayed strong and pushed through to the end. The reason we were able to continue is because the ProCon team from the same Design and Fabrication Club participated in the National Kosen Programming Contest and we as a team felt pressure to achieve a result of our own. We were eliminated in the preliminary round with a record of seven wins and three losses. The three games we lost were due to a miss throw from myself, which was very frustrating. I regret that I didn't spend more time practicing spinning the tops. We plan to use this experience in future spintop tournaments and other activities.

Yoshiki Hatanaka



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.






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