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

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.




November 12, 2019

              Hello everyone, in my free time I like to travel to famous sightseeing spots in the area around Hakusanroku.  A little while ago I went and traveled the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine route.  It is accessible from Toyama station (about 30 minutes by shinkansen from Kanazawa Station), and is a series of trains, busses and cable cars that takes you from Toyama, up to Mt. Tateyama, across to the Kurobe Dam, and finally down into Nagano.  The whole crossing takes 9-12 hours one-way, but is well worth the time.  As we move into winter there is a famous “snow corridor” (Yuki-no-otani) that you can walk through that looks like a canyon cut out of the snow!  Why not visit it sometime?

Davis Evans



November 8, 2019

                   On October 1st, Koutaro Sugi, Daiko Kato and Shuntaro Sato from the year 1 Listening/Speaking class interviewed members of the community class as part of an ongoing Oral History Project for 15 minutes. Students came up with and asked questions about what this area was like before ICT. Specific questions included, “What was here (ICT Campus) before “Kanpo-no-yado” was built,” “What was here before Hakusan campus and the Sena Roadside Station (Michinoeki Sena) were built,” “How was the atmosphere around here before the Hakusanroku campus was built,” and “How has the atmosphere changed by the building of Hakusanroku campus.” Students also asked about what they wanted to come to Hakusan next.

                  The members of the community class were eager to participate and had a lot to say about what was here before ICT, what they want to come to this neighborhood and how monkeys get into their gardens and eat the daikons. The students found the interviews interesting and fun and Daiko said he would like to do this again.

                   The interviews were conducted in Japanese, but students will record a 2 to 3 minute summary of the interview in English. This summary will focus on what they found most interesting and be supported with photos. This is a new class project and is inspired by oral histories such as Studs Terkel, “Working,” The Foxfire Project and Junichi Saga, “Memories of Silk and Straw”

Ian Stevenson



                   インタビューは日本語でしたが、学生たちはその内容を英語で2~3分口頭でまとめたものを録画するのが課題でした。まとめには面白かった点や写真なども載せてあります。この活動はStuds Terkelの"Working"、The Foxfire Project、佐賀純一氏の霞ヶ浦風土記などの口述歴史を参考に計画しました。


October 9, 2019 エンジニアリングデザインⅡ 地元食材PRのための試食会

「エンジニアリングデザインII」の授業で地域の活性化をテーマに課題解決をグループで行っています。「食」をテーマとした2年生4名のチームの活動として、白山麓の地元の食材の魅力を伝える試食会「たべまっし じわもん」を企画し、第1回を106日(日)に道の駅「瀬女(せな)」で開催しました。石川県の方言で「たべまっし=食べてみて」「じわもん=地元でとれた野菜、果物、米などの地物」のことを指します。

伊勢 大成

In the Engineering Design II class, we are doing problem solving in groups to draw more people to the local Hakusanroku area. One group consisting of four second-year students chose the theme "food" and conducted a food tasting party "Tabemasshi Jiwamon" on October 6 (Sun) at the Michi-no-Eki "Sena" across the street from ICT. "Tabemasshi Jiwamon" means "try out local food such as vegetables, fruits, or rice" in the Ishikawa dialect. It is the first time we planned and ran a food related event as part of a class and preparations started during summer vacation. Not only did we have to prepare the food, but also necessary utensils, posters, and flyers. There was much more to do than we anticipated. However, everything came together thanks to the assistance of our local helpers.

We served fired Iwana fish, Iwana roe rice bowl, Kata-dofu, and nameko mushroom miso soup. Various local Hakusanroku vegetables and Iwana fish are sold at the Michi-no-Eki but most customers do not know how good they taste. Our group aims to draw people to the area by creating a place that people can casually try Hakusanroku food.

Many people stopped by at our tent to taste the food and we gathered over 130 surveys. The group will analyse these surveys and reflect on their experience to make the second on November 2 event even better.

Taisei Ise

October 1, 2019 Kamino Cafe

In the last couple of months I have been frequenting a small cafe in the area. Kamino Cafe is on the way to Kanazawa from school. Actually, it is right next to the strawberry farms. The cafe is a bit small but it has a welcoming atmosphere. The seating is comfortable, the food is wonderful, and the area is quiet. Moreover, the owners of the cafe are kind people and are very friendly. However, one thing that makes the cafe truly unique is the view. On a clear day, you can see Hakusan looming in the distance. Between the view, the food and the owners, the cafe has easily become one of my favorite places in all of Japan. In fact, I have recently made it a point to bring my friends and coworkers every week. Unfortunately, Kamino Cafe is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you get the chance to go you should. I cannot recommend it enough! See you there!

Edward Basquill Jr.

数か月前から行きつけの小さなカフェがあります。白山麓から金沢へ向かう途中、鳥越のいちご農園の近くのKAMINO cafeです。店内は広くありませんが、居心地の良い雰囲気のお店です。座席はくつろぎやすく、食べ物が美味しく、周りの環境も静かです。オーナーも優しく親切ですが、このカフェの1番の売りは窓から見える景色です。天気が良ければ遠くにそびえる白山を眺めることができます。この景色と食べ物とオーナーのおかげで日本で1番好きな場所になりました。今では毎週友達か同僚を連れていくことを習慣にしています。KAMINO Cafeは残念ながら金土日しか開店していませんが、機会があればぜひ行ってみることをお勧めします。素敵な時間を保証します!そこで会いましょう!


September 27, 2019 Ishikawa Zoo

On September 18, the first-year students visited Ishikawa Zoo as part of their Engineering Design project for the second semester. The Engineering Design class is where students use design thinking and various engineering methods they learned to create innovation. This semester's theme is biomimicry. Each group will find ideas from the animals and use them in their project. I will make sure to keep you updated on their projects.

Many students brought camera's and some of their photos were quite well taken. Here are some of the photos they provided. Enjoy!



September 26, 2019 白嶺小中学校での英語の絵本の読み聞かせ

今日は。英語科の大原です。9月24日(火)午前8時15分から約15分間、英語科の先生2名、イアン先生とエド先生が白嶺小中学校の生徒さん達に、英語の絵本の読み聞かせを行いました。エド先生は下級生約20名にRyan Higgins著”We don’t eat your classmates”を紹介しました。恐竜の子供が人間の学校でどのように友達を作っていくかというお話で、恐竜が子供たちを飲み込んだり吐き出したりするところを表情豊かに読み、生徒さん達は興味深く聞き入っていました。

イアン先生は上級生たちで、残念ながら4年生が課外活動のため不在だったので約10名にNosy Crow著”Open Very Carefully”を紹介しました。物語の冒頭が”The Ugly Duckling(みにくいあひるの子)”と同じように始まり、そのあひるがナレーターを務めます。読者参加型の双方向で楽しめる絵本ということで、イアン先生は生徒さん2人にナレーターのあひる役と主役のワニの役になってもらい、読み聞かせ開始前に少し彼らと練習をして始めました。ワニ役の生徒さんには雰囲気を出してもらうために、ワニのマスクと緑のシャツを着てもらいました。他の生徒さん達を追いかけるシーンでは皆さん大きな声をあげて走り回っていました。




Hello. It's Ohara from the English department. On September 24 (Tue), Ian sensei and Ed sensei went to Hakurei Elementary and Junior High School to read English books to the students for about fifteen minutes in the morning before classes. Ed sensei read the book "We don't eat your class mates" by Ryan Higgins to twenty younger students. It's a story about a young dinosaur who goes to an elementary school for humans. Ed sensei read the scenes where the dinosaur swallows and spits out the human children with great expressions and the Hakurei students listened intently.

Ian sensei read the book "Open Very Carefully" by Nosy Crow to ten older students. (Sadly, the fourth graders were away for fieldwork.) The story begins similarly to "The Ugly Duckling" and the duckling serves as the narrator. This book is designed so that the listeners can play along and Ian sensei asked two students to act as the duckling narrator and the crocodile, who is the main character. They practiced before the reading and Ian sensei gave the student with the crocodile role a crocodile mask and green shirt to get into the mood. The students especially liked the scene where the crocodile chases the other students and everyone ran around the classroom screaming.

This English book reading activity started in 2018 when ICT's Hakusanroku campus opened in Seto of Hakusan city. Last year we visited Hakurei about ten times and this was our fourth time this year. The Hakurei students always greet us with enthusiasm and come to talk with the English teachers after the reading. It is always a pleasure to visit a school with such friendly students and teachers.

Our next visit is November 14.

Shinobu Ohara

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.


July 29, 2019 ICT Global Summer Camp

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Today I would like to give my report on the ICT Global Summer Camp. From July 21-24, six Thai students and 21 Japanese students gathered at Hakusanroku campus for a four day workshop. This Global Summer Camp is actually the collaboration of two separate groups: the International summer camp of Thai students and the summer workshop of Japanese students from JOES (Japan Overseas Educational Services.) The 27 participants, which mostly consisted of middle school students, used design thinking to study the history and wildlife of the local Hakusanroku area and design a new attraction for tourists. Students learned how to use drones, laser cutters, and video editing to document and create a presentation of the various places and activities they experienced during the program.

The six Thai students arrived a couple of days before the program. On July 20 (SAT) we took a trip to Kanazawa. First, we visited President Lewis Barksdale at the ICT Kanazawa campus. Then, we took a tour of the facilities of Kanazawa Institute of Technology's (KIT) Library Center and Yume Kobo. At KIT's library, we viewed the special assortment of rare books written by historical scientists and the PMC (Popular Music Collection), a collection of 250,000 music records. In the afternoon we moved to Kanazawa city to do some sightseeing at Higashi-chaya-gai (east tea house district), Kanazawa castle, Kenrokuen garden, and the 21st century museum. The Thai students took a gold leaf crafting course at Sakuda Gold Leaf Crafts and experienced many forms of Japanese culture for the first time.

The Global Summer Camp officially began with the arrival of the JOES students on Sunday. The next day, we departed from ICT to explore the wildlife of Hakusanroku. After viewing the Fukube waterfall on the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, we moved to the Chugu Nature Preservation Center to listened to the lecture of Mr. Shinichi Hiramatsu, an expert of the wildlife of Mt. Hakusan. Mr. Hiramatsu explained about the four seasons and animals of Mt. Hakusan and showed a assortment of living reptiles and insects. Chugu Nature Preservation Center has many displays including bears, serows, monkeys, and the rare Golden Eagle. Students took pictures and videos to use later in their presentation. Next, we moved to the Jyatani river near the preservation center to test our drone flying skills. Students learned how to control drones on the previous evening, and practiced flying and video recording the beautiful scenery.

For the presentations, students worked in six groups. Each group designed a new attraction for the Hakusanroku area and created a poster presentation to suggest to Hakusan city. They also created a prototype souvenir using laser cutting, and a video to introduce what they learned and experienced during the program. Students worked hard throughout the program and the presentations took place on the morning of the final day. Parents, teachers, and members of the community gathered at Hakusanroku campus to watch their presentations, which you can view in the videos below. Afterwards, there was a poster session where viewers could walk around and ask questions to each group about their propositions and souvenirs. Finally, we held a closing and graduation ceremony. Satoshi Minami, promotional director of Hakusan city commented that he was surprised how thoroughly the students has researched the many aspects of Hakusanroku and that their insights were innovative and will be considered as a method to revitalize the area. Toji Makita spoke on behalf of the participating students saying that he truly appreciated the staff for providing this wonderful opportunity for them all. Students enjoyed one last lunch together at the cafeteria before departing from ICT.

This was my second time assisting the JOES summer program (you can read last year's article here) and I am happy with this year's results. Each group was remarkably organized and well prepared for their presentations. There were no last minute scrabbling or working after-hours. Each member of every group simply did a great job. I have a suspicion that this was partially due to how the facilitators assigned one Thai students to each group. The JOES students have lived abroad and are fluent in both English and Japanese. However, having one Thai student in each group encouraged them to use English during the program. I believe this helped them focus and improve their overall performance. It also added to the experience of working in a team of divers people with different backgrounds.

There were six students who returned to take this program for the second time and I hope everyone enjoyed the program enough that I can see many of them again next year. Your experience here using design thinking and working with your team to create something has grown you as future innovators of our world. Whether we meet again or not, I wish you the best of luck!




プレゼンテーションは6つのグループで行われました。各グループは白山麓に観光客を惹きつける新しい事業をデザインし、実際に白山市に提案するためにポスターを制作しました。さらに、レーザーカッターを使ったオリジナルのお土産のプロトタイプと、プログラムで体験した内容をまとめた動画を作りました。メンバーは連日準備に取り組み、最終日24日(水)の午前中に発表が行われました。発表を見るためにたくさんの保護者、先生、地元白山市の方々が集まりました。各グループの発表は上の動画で視聴することができます。発表のあとはポスターセッションがあり、見学者が歩き回りながら自由に質問ができる時間が設けられました。最後に閉会式と卒業式が執り行われ、白山市観光文化スポーツ部観光課 宣伝係主事の南智史さんは「非常によく白山の歴史や自然について調べていて驚いた。地域活性のための貴重なアイデアがたくさんあった」とコメントしました。また、参加者代表として牧田登治さん(中2)が「この機会を用意してくださった関係者にとても感謝しています」と挨拶しました。生徒たちは昼食をカフェテリアで食べたあと、それぞれ家路へとつきました。




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。



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