Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Local Community

June 17, 2022 北陸ロマンティックデートコース

えたつ蛍々 物言はで笑止の蛍
              from "閑吟集" (a collection of Muromachi period songs)

(My love is like fireflies burning by the water. I’m a poor firefly, unable to say a word to you.)                         
The word "mizu ni" is a cross between "by the water" and "not seeing".
 Namely it means "I want you, but I can't hold you or even say the word".

This is KTB, the N & A Club advisor. When I was walking around my house in Kanazawa City every night in preparation for climbing Mt. Hakusan in July, I started to see fireflies. Hokuriku is blessed with a rich natural environment. Let me introduce you to some of romantic date ideas in Toyama, Kanazawa, and Noto areas.
First was the Toyama Prefectural Art Museum (3-20 Kiba-cho, Toyama City). This museum has a permanent collection of works by Chagall, Duchamp, and others. Previously, my wife and I visited the exhibition of photographs by Mika Ninagawa, a well-known photographer and film director (we made it just in time for the last day of the exhibition, May 15th). The leaflet stated that "All exhibition rooms are open for photography. Photos taken can be shared on social networking sites." So, whatever you do, please take a look at Ms. Ninagawa's amazing works.




*The projection mapping work was a highlight of the exhibition. However, sorry to say that I can’t show you a video of it, because other visitors were also caught on video.

The 21st Century Museum is always crowded with tourists. Therefore we recommend this museum in Toyama, where you can enjoy the exhibition in a relaxed atmosphere. In honor of Atsuhiko Misawa's bear sculpture (three of them, large and small, are displayed inside and outside the museum), visitors who bring their own bear goods can get a 200 yen discount on the admission fee. Hence, anytime I visit there I'm wearing a Grateful Dead bear T.
After enjoying Ninagawa's marvelous works, we went to the Fugan Canal Kansui Park adjacent to the museum.
It was a cloudy day, but fortunately we were able to view the peaks of the Tateyama range.

And more luck: ......

STARBUCKS COFFEE in Toyama KANSUI PARK is said to be the most beautiful coffee shop in the world. We started that day so early that we were able to easily enter this café, prior where we had always given up on entering after seeing the long line at the entrance.
The next stop was 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (1-2-1, Hirosaka, Kanazawa). June 5th was the last day of Ishikawa Prefecture's comprehensive art exhibition "Art Exhibition for High School Students". My wife, who works as an art teacher at a high school in the prefecture, had to work on her day off in the afternoon to clean up. The weather was so fine that I decided to accompany her. The rule of thumb is to act early to avoid the crowds in Kanazawa. Therefore my wife parked her car in the museum's underground parking a little after 10 a.m.

Museum Logo & Phots: from the official web page

Photos: from the Shiinoki Geihinkan official web page (http://www.shiinoki-geihinkan.jp/about/index.html)

First, we went to the Shiinoki Geihinkan, located across the road to the north. The Shiinoki Geihinkan is a comprehensive tourist information facility. The front of the building has been unchanged since 1924, while the back has been renovated into a modern glass space. Two 300-year-old shiinoki trees stand as symbols in front of the building. The building is also equipped with a restaurant,gallery, etc.
It just so happened to be the last day of the "Contemporary Kanazawa Butsudan and Handicrafts" exhibition, and we took a look at some stylish contemporary butsudan pieces. 

My favorite was a small one named "Mandala" about 20 cm high, an exotic and elegant piece with beautiful mother-of-pearl inlays on the door. Inside the mandala is what appears to be a statue of Ganesha, reasonably priced. I told my wife, "This is the one I’d like to enter after I was called to heaven". She smiled gently and took a pamphlet from the workshop.
Afterwards, we had an early lunch (my wife chose cabbage rolls and I chose bouillabaisse) and entered the 21st Century Museum....... And we were overwhelmed by the energy of the high school students! Photography of the exhibited works was allowed, but my wife said "You can't post the works without her permission! 

No, no, no!” I followed my wife's advice, (it was as it were categorical imperative) and refrained from posting the photos I took, (I just only wanted to introduce a self-portrait of a female student at the same high school as my son, she posed as Ryunosuke Akutagawa).
After seeing the high school students' masterpieces, my wife went to work and I went back to the Shiinoki Geihinkan. The reason was that the "Hyakumangoku Kanazawa Classic Car Festival 2022" was being held in the plaza, where about 100 classic cars were on display. I could not help but be impressed by the fact that all of the old cars, including Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia and more, had license plates, meaning that they were all still in use and had driven themselves from far away to participate in the festival.  

Portrait of Ryunosuke Akutagawa 芥川龍之介 Source: 'Portraits of Modern Japanese', National Diet Library (https://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/



Among those cars, I was most attracted to this car, the bright red Mazda Cosmo. It was my mother's car when I was in the sixth grade of elementary school (My mother has already passed away, but was considered a beauty at the time). I was so happy and felt nostalgic that I was taking a lot of pictures of it, and then the owner of the beautiful car came. I talked to him and I found out that Masayuki Kawahara, the owner, was born in 1962, the same school year as me who was born in early 1963. I explained to him about ICT and the Hakusanroku Journal, and he readily agreed to give me permission to use his name and photos for this journal. Mr. Kawahara, I made good on my promise.



The last stop was Togi town, Noto. On May 5th, I went touring in the Noto area on motorcycles with my friend of over 20 years, Naoya Ukita (Uki-chan). Uki-chan is a chemistry teacher at a high school in the prefecture. We became colleagues at another high school in Ishikawa Prefecture (although we worked together for only about three years,) 

but we hit it off right away over the same hobbies such as skiing, mountain climbing, motorcycles, and we are still friends today (we no longer drink alcohol together after the Corona disaster, but sometimes we drink coffee and talk together about world peace & original sin of mankind, or the beauty of João Gilberto's voice and guitar.etc.).It has been a long time since I had the liberating feeling of riding leisurely along the coastal road of Noto Sotoura with a pleasant breeze. We got off the motorcycles at Ganmon in Togi and headed for the sightseeing boat pier. There were not many tourists because it had not been long since the painful case of sinking Shiretoko sightseeing boat (April 23rd “rest in peace”),but it was a good time to "board and cheer" and board the boat. There were five passengers in all on that boat, 2 of us and 3 other parents and son.

It was a slightly windy day and there was a swell from the waves, but it was also pleasant. It was a good decision to board. We had sashimi set meals at a Japanese restaurant in Togi town, stocked up on convenience store sweets (the Japanese sweets shop we were looking for was unfortunately closed on that day), and headed to the beach. I had a blissful time with a fresh cup of coffee brewed by Uki-chan while the sea breeze blew. It's great to have friends.
Togi High School, long since closed, where I worked when I was still in my twenties. After riding our motorcycles slowly through the nostalgic town, we went to
Samon Food Store. There, I bought a pack of "Samon no Shiokara" (Not salmon. "Samon" is the name of the store. It is a very tasty "salted squid", a specialty of Togi town).We drove our motorcycles home safely, thinking that tonight would be the night for sake, and happily finished the last day of the Golden Week.


Dear guardians of ICT, Hokuriku area offers wonderful sights, relaxing hot springs, fresh and delicious fish, Noto beef, and good sake. You and your child can also enjoy a relaxing stay together in Hokuriku by using the dormitory's monthly overnight stay permit.

Please come and visit us. 

Yutaka Katabe, Japanese Language Department
* Text and photographs (except 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Shiinoki Geihinkan, the leaflet of "Contemporary Kanazawa Butsudan and Handicrafts" exhibition, and the Portrait of Ryunosuke Akutagawa ) are by KTB.
* I have studied "Medieval Songs" in college, and "Medieval Buddhist Discourses" in graduate school. Hence, I have not had any education in English for 40 years since I finished my liberal arts course at Kanazawa University. Therefore, after finishing this article, I asked Edward Basquill sensei to check it out. Translation software has its limitations and there are nuances that I just can't understand unless I'm a native speaker. Ed helped me a lot. Thank you Ed! There are things that can only be learned from native teachers. The education system of the I C T makes this possible. I would like to study from now on. I want to be still in progress.

我が恋は水に燃えたつ蛍々 物言はで笑止の蛍            閑吟集(室町時代の歌謡集)より



世界一美しいと言われるSTARBUCKS COFFEE 富山環水公園店、今日は時間が早かったためか、いつも入り口の行列を眺めて入店を諦めていたこのお店に、すんなりと入店できたのでした。


                                    国語科 准教授 潟辺 豊


December 23, 2021 English Cafe

Hello everyone! On the 22nd December I held a Christmas-themed English Café event for local residents at Oguchi Community Centre, just down the road from Hakusanroku Campus.

This time, 4 adults from Oguchi, Shiramine, and Yoshinodani attended. We started the event by learning about how to write Christmas cards in English, and then everyone had a go at writing one themselves. Meanwhile, 2 primary school children and 1 nursery-age child did Christmas-themed colouring, mazes, and other similar activities too. After that, everyone helped to decorate the Christmas tree. Father Christmas even made an appearance! The children and the adults were excited when he came in!

The staff at the Community Centre worked very hard to prepare everything for this event, as they do every month. I’m very grateful for their help.

I’m looking forward to continuing English Café into 2022 – it’s a great opportunity to meet and talk to members of the local community.

 James Taylor







October 11, 2021 1・2年生自然教室 三方岩岳ハイキング




木原 均

 On September 21 (Tue), the first- and second-year students went on a hiking trip to Sanpoiwatake as an extracurricular activity. Participants were seven first-year students, ten second-year students, seven teachers; a total of 24 people. Sanpoiwatake is located along the Hakusan-Shirakawago White Road and takes about 50 minutes up and 40 minutes back down.

 Everyone boarded a bus at 9 am and departed for the starting point adjacent to Sanpoiwatake parking area. On the way, Owari coach talked about each location of Mt. Hakusan’s nature that we could see out the windows, such as the names of waterfalls, avalanche chutes, and wildlife living in the area. His lecture was fascinating and students especially showed interest in stories that he actually experienced in the area. Episodes such as exploring Jyatani-keikoku (snake valley) and finding out that there actually are many snakes as the name suggests, and encountering multiple bears when traversing the mountains. They were exciting stories none of us had ever experienced. We stopped at “The Great Waterfall of Fukube” about ten minutes into the White Road and took a break and a group photo, and began our climb a little past ten o’clock.

 The weather was perfect and the students hiked along in good spirits. It seemed that they had more than enough energy because we reached the top 30 minutes before schedule. What a wonderful thing youth is. I was additionally surprised to hear that one student had climbed Mt. Hakusan the previous day. He didn’t show any sight of fatigue and stood out in my mind. In contrast, some teachers and myself could feel the strength running out of our legs as we returned to the bus. At the parking lot we showed each other our shaking knees and laughed as we boarded the bus. We returned to the campus at noon and that was the end of the event. However, some students still had energy to burn and turned right around and went swimming in a nearby river with Owari coach. For a while we could not go anywhere due to COVID-19, but this day was an opportunity to refresh our body and mind in the nature near Hakusanroku Campus, and spend time with students somewhere other than a classroom.

Hitoshi Kihara

October 5, 2021 3年生が食文化体験






黒田 譜美

The third-year students visited the Zeniya Gohei Memorial Museum and the Yamato Soysause & Miso Kouji Park as part of the Global Life and Culture class.

Zeniya Gohei was a successful merchant who sailed the Japan Sea during the late Edo period. The museum displays his handwritten journal, antique items such as compasses and telescopes, and a 1/4 scale model of his Kitamae-bune cargo ship “Jyohou-maru”, so you could get a picture of what it was like at the time. There are theories suggesting that Zeniya Gohei sailed to Tasmania and even America during the period of isolation; which Pauline sensei was surprised to hear. (Inoue-kun and Sato-kun translated for her. Thank you!)

Next, we visited the Yamato Soysause & Miso Kouji Park near Kanazawa Port. (*Kouji = malted rice or other grains) We bathed our hands in warm kouji water (it makes your skin silky smooth!) and compared smell and taste of miso with different fermentation periods. It was an opportunity to experience kouji and miso with all five senses. The six-month-old miso was a paler color and gently sweet compared to the one-year-old miso, which was rich in flavor and in smell. Kouji is a national fungus that the Japanese have passed down threw the ages. Miso created with kouji is an excellent fermented product that includes mold, yeast fungus, bacteria all in one. The students received eight-month-old miso as a souvenir and immediately declared that they planned to make “tonjiru” (miso soup with pork and vegetables). On the way home, we viewed old boilers, chimneys, Ono River estuary where merchants used to unload their cargo, and the Japan Sea; and imagined the days when Kitamae-bune cargo ships sailed the ocean.

The topic was a familiar food we eat every day. However, the educational content scaled from small microorganisms to large topics such as trading and history. It was a beneficial trip that let us rethink the culture of food in Japan.

Fumi Kuroda

September 22, 2021 檜細工に関する講義とワークショップ

伝統工芸士の香月久代さんとスーザン メイさんを講師にお招きして






志鷹 英男

On September 17 (Fri), nineteen first- and second-year students participated in a “cypress weaving” seminar/workshop conducted by Ishikawa prefectural traditional craftsman, Hisayo Katsuki and Susan May, who belongs to the Hakusan-Tedori Geopark Promotion Council and studies cypress weaving under Kastuki-san while making and promoting works of her own. The seminar and workshop was held at 1:00 pm at the Hakusanroku Campus.

Cypress weaving is said to originate in Hakusanroku when a traveling monk taught the people of Fukase in Oguchi village (current Hakusan city, Fukase) how to weave an umbrella 400 years ago. In 1988, cypress weaving was certified as an official traditional craft of Ishikawa prefecture. The process of weaving thin cypress strips called “hinna” by hand has continued to this day. However, most of its successors are old age and the sustainability of the technique is becoming an issue.

After Susan-san’s 30 minute lecture in English, students began weaving a coaster. Each student received ten strips of “hinna”, which they sprayed water on before weaving because they break easily when dry. Our young engineers are accustomed to making digital things on their computers, but not so much with their hands, as many of them weaved and undid their work multiple times. Kastuki-san and Susan-san watched the students’ progress and took turns giving them detailed support. Everyone finished their coaster in about an hour and a half.

Katsuki-san explained that “The method we used today is called ‘ajiro-ami’ and is the most basic way of weaving. You can make a placemat if you use longer strips.” It was a valuable experience to learn directly from a traditional craftsman and see her skills.

At ICT, students have the opportunity to experience local industries and traditional arts and crafts, and communicate with different age groups of the community through our education focused on the SDGs and regional revitalization. This cypress weaving workshop is part of that goal and is the second time we have held it at the Hakusanroku Campus since last year. This year we also shared the experience with Thailand’s Geopark Promotional Region, which is associated with Hakusan-tedorigawa Geopark, via Zoom.

Hideo Shitaka

September 14, 2021 ICT探検隊、瀬波川を遡上す



ここが本日一番の景勝スポット。学生たちは次々と岩の上からジャンプ。エメラルドのしぶきを跳ね上げながら水中に身を躍らせました。帰りの車中でフィリップ先生から感想を尋ねられた木下観くんは笑顔で、“The coldest experience of my life.”と答えていました。

潟辺 豊

It's KTB, the N&A Club supervisor. On September 12 (Sun), the N&A Club held the annual Senami rivier gorge climbing activity. Senami river is about 5 kilometers from the Hakusanroku Campus, and is a tributary to the larger Tedori river.Tedori river is often muddy with sand broken off from Mt. Hakusan, but Senami river is clear and beautiful (as you can see in the pictures above).

Members gathered at 12:30 pm and moved to Hakusanroku Shonen-no-ie to gear up with helmets and lifejackets. When everyone was ready, we drove to the parking lot in front of Hakusanri Onsen and made our descent to the river bed. After getting our feet used to the water, Owari coach gave a lecture about the dangers in the river before we began our journey. There is no set path for gorge climbing. You can walk along the rocky bank, swim (this however will give you the shivers before long because the water temperature was only 18 degrees celsius), and use ropes to pull yourself along. Each student chose paths that they liked, and we finally reached a small pool of jade green crystal clear water.

This beautiful site was the payoff of our journey. Students took turns jumping of the rocks above, diving into the water with emerald colored splashes. When asked by Philip sensei on the way home, Kan Kinoshita remarked that it was "The coldest experience of my life" with a big grin on his face.  

Yutaka Katabe


August 27, 2021 イングリッシュカフェ





Hello everyone! Every month I lead an event called English Café at Oguchi Community Centre. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic and the extreme summer heat, we have only been able to hold one event in the 2021 academic year.

This year, the community centre staff and I decided to focus on English that would be useful for travelling. For June’s English Café, the situation was buying souvenirs in a shop. For the first half of the hour, we learnt and practiced useful phrases together. At the halfway point we took a quick break, then came the really fun part: the community centre staff had worked really hard to buy a selection of snacks, print off paper “money”, and prepare paper bags so we could pretend we were in an old-fashioned sweetshop! Everyone took turns to come up and “buy” their favourite snacks using the phrases they had just learnt. Everyone, from older people to nursery-age children, had fun.

The next English Café is scheduled for September, and we are planning to focus on useful phrases for the airport and on an aeroplane. I’m really happy to have this kind of opportunity to interact with other members of the local community.

James Taylor (English Department)

July 28, 2021 白山登山




潟辺 豊

KTB, coach of the N&A Club here. The N&A Club held our annual Mt. Hakusan climb on July 16 (Fri). We left the Hakusanroku Campus at 5 am and arrived at the starting point (Betto-deai) at 6. After submitting a climbing registration form, we began our climb. This year we chose the more advanced but more beautiful and less crowded Kanko-shindo instead of the Sabo-shindo that we used last year. Student members that participated were Oishi Imaru, Okuyama Mahiro, Kan Kinoshita, Lucas Kusamoto (S1), Katsukata Masamune, Sakei Ryo, and the captain Nakazato Yuma (S2).

Kanko-shindo is a path along the mountain ridge, so there is always a beautiful view and a cool breeze to push you along. The sweet fragrance of Japanese lilies (language of flower: elegant) surrounded us as we pushed on steadily up the mountain. We rested at Tono-ga-ike shelter hut, took a group photo at Mida-ga-hara at 10:30, and arrived at Murodo at 11 o’clock. Students happily dug into their packed lunch prepared by the cafeteria and cup noodles their brought with them. Initially, we planned to leave at noon, but the students were so eager to get going, so we began our final assent at 11:40. By 12:30, everyone had reached the peak with blue skies and bustling white clouds and showed big smiles for the camera.

To go nice on our knees, we chose the less steep Sabo-shindo on the way down. The weather forecast predicted some rain so we came prepared but never saw a single drop the whole way. Instead, students’ skin was red from sun burn. Still, two invincible students (Lucas and Yuma) had enough strength for a three hour bike ride to the ocean the very next day.

Katabe Yutaka

July 19, 3年生が永光寺で参禅体験

 3年生が「生活と文化」の学外授業で洞谷山永光寺(とうこくさん ようこうじ)を訪れ、参禅体験を行いました。







黒田 譜美

The third year students visited Dokosan-Yokoji temple as fieldwork to practice Zen meditation for their Global Life and Culture class.

Yokoji is a temple of the Soto school. After walking through the wooden sanmon (main gate), we passed many Buddhist monks and I could sense the students nervousness. We learned basic manners from Mr. Manjo such as the correct hand positions for praying and meditating, and how to walk. Then, we returned to the main temple and listened to a lecture about the correct mindset and how to sit. Finally, we moved to the monastery that holds the Buddhist statue Monju-Bosatsu (文殊菩薩座像) and meditated for forty minutes. The students' goal was to find peace in their heart by sitting while facing the wall, appreciating the sound of the bell and birds, and concentrating on their posture and breath.

Some comments by the students after the meditation:
Inoue-san said "My legs are stiff. I need to do this more often" with a wryly smile.
Hatanaka-san looked refreshed and said "It only felt like 10 minutes"
Sato-san was still contemplating the experience and voiced the question "I wonder what the purpose of sitting is?"
Kato-san, who requested "Don't hesitate to strike me harder when its my turn" later remarked that "It hurt A LOT" with a big smile on his face as always.

Afterward, we drank tea and ate sweats, and listened to Majo-san talk about how life is born from life, words exist, therefore "I" am, and that "I" exists only once. Also the following haiku:

careful watching_
shepherd’s purses in bloom
under the hedge

a sound of a frog
jumping into water_
the old pond


Both are famous haikus by Basho. We were given the homework to contemplate what he wanted to convey with them.

It was a short field trip, but the students were able to leave their busy routine to appreciate nature and history, and observe themselves within.

Fumi Kuroda

July 10, 2021





Hello, I'm Shii Yamazaki, a second-year student of the Department of Science and Technology. Last month, we visited Yamadachi-kai as part of the Engineering Design class. We listened to Arimoto CEO's lecture and experienced sheep shearing. The thing I remember the most from Arimoto-san's lecture was why he decided to start Yamadachi-kai's sheep business. I have lived in Ishikawa for sixteen years, but I never thought about its good points or how the Ichikawa brand could grow. However, Arimoto-san gave the reasons "Ishikawa has no special livestock", "there is no place to play in Hakusanroku", and "sheep are unaffected by wild animals and snow." Hearing this, I realized that it was different from any other local speciality or tradition in Ishikawa prefecture has tried or forced on to tourists. I felt like it is a new perspective that tourists can relate to.

Also as Arimoto-san said, not only are statuses such as animal welfare important to create a new brand, but also design, logo, and concept. I believe the suggestions that Afaf proposed have a lot of demand too.

The sheep shearing looked easy at first, but was actually very difficult because the clipper was heavy and the vibration transmitted to me. However, it felt good when I could smoothly shear the wool off the sheep after I had a lot of practice and got used to it. Also, I fell in love with the sheep and wanted to be become better at it. I want to try again in the future.

Shii Yamazaki

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