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

February 25, 2020

こんにちは、国際理工学科二年 瀬戸悠華です。今回はEngineering Design IIでの活動内容をみなさんに紹介したいと思います。

私たちTeam Event は、東二口文弥人形浄瑠璃に関する活動を一年間にかけて行ってきました。地域活性化というテーマのもと、私たちは「ミニ人形製作体験」、物語の「四コマ漫画化」を企画しました。東二口文弥人形浄瑠璃は、担い手の減少、観客の年齢層の固定化が指摘されていました。そこで私たちは、東二口文弥人形浄瑠璃について知らない方々を対象に、興味を持ってもらう入口を提供することを目標に、これらの企画を提案しました。


 地域活性化プロジェクトは、今まで行ってきた校内のプロジェクトとは違い、多くの人々が強く関わってきます。失礼な態度はもちろん、無責任に終えることは許されません。これらは私にとってすごくプレッシャーで、プロジェクトが進むにつれてそのプレッシャーはさらに大きくなっていきました。この負担も地域活性化プロジェクトの一部であると同時に、Engineering Design IIでは、地域活性化プロジェクトの難しさを改めて実感しました。

 今回の一年間のプロジェクトは多くの方々のお力添えをいただいたおかげで成功に終えることが出来ました。多くの人々が関わることで、自分たちが気づけなかったことや地域の方々の率直な意見を得ることが出来ました。この繋がりを通して、多くの方々に白山麓地域の伝統や魅力が発信できればいいなと思います。東二口文弥人形浄瑠璃保存会の皆様、イベント実施の際に関わってくださった皆様、Team Eventのメンバーのみなさんありがとうございました。今後も今回の経験を活かし様々な問題解決活動に取り組み、責任感を養っていきます。

S207 瀬戸悠華

 Hi everyone.  My name is Yuka Seto and I am a second-year student of the Department of Science and Technology. Today, I would like to introduce our project in Engineering Design II.

  We, Team Event, worked on a project about Bunya Ningyo Joruri for a year. Bunya Ningyo Joruri is one part of the culture of the Hakusanroku area. It started more than 350 years ago. Recently, the number of successors decreased and the age of the audience is stable. Under a theme of regional revitalization, we planned to hold mini doll making events and make “4-block manga” of the stories. We planned that because our purpose was to provide chances for people who do not know about Bunya Ningyo Joruri to become interested.

 Mainly, I worked on making posters about the characteristics of Higashi Futakuchi Bunya Ningyo Joruri and the doll making events. We held the first event at the second floor of Sena road side station. Through the conversation with participants and surveys, we got a lot of opinions. Their opinions were so helpful for improving our project. We held the event on Bunya festival. I watched the play of dolls, called Ningyo Joruri. I noticed the puppeteers’ passion and history of Ningyo Joruri. During making several documents, some teachers and puppeteers gave me advice. It was a nice opportunity to think about who I make documents for, how I should summarize information that I correct and how I should visualize them. I am grateful for their valuable advice.

 Regional revitalizations are different from the school projects that we did in Engineering Design I. It is related strongly to a lot of people. Rude and irresponsible attitudes are not allowed. Because the project affects people’s lives, I felt a lot of pressure not to make mistakes. I noticed that this burden is a part of a regional revitalization. In Engineering Design II, I understood how difficult regional revitalizations are.

 We couldn’t finish up this project without people’s help. Having relationships is so important to get advice and opinions that we cannot notice. I hope this wonderful tradition and culture spread more and more. People from Higashi Futakuchi Ningyo Joruri, people who helped us to hold events and members of Team Event, thank you so much. From now on, I will try more problem-solving and take responsibility for being more involved in the community.

S207 Yuka Seto

February 25, 2020 In Engineering Design IIB class

Hi, I am Issada Pracharktam, the student from Thailand who’s now come to study abroad in Japan. I will write about the reflection for the Engineering Design class.  In Engineering Design IIB class, we have done the project under the topic of doing something for the Hakusan area. It was a one year long project, where we had to start from researching the area, finding and narrowing the problem, and think of the solution. My team did work under the topic of event, which focusing on Ningyou Joruri (one of the Hakusan traditional culture). Our goal was to keep and spread the culture to others, especially children. We held a doll making event that has a purpose of letting more people, focusing on children, to know more about the culture. For this project, I have created the 4-blocks manga with the simpler and easier to understand version of the Ningyou Joruri story. This were displayed in the event for the visitors to understand the story too. In total, we have held the event for 2 times, the first one held on 23rd November 2019 and second time on 9th February 2020.

Both events went on smoothly than we had expected. The first event was held at the Michi-no-eki’s second floor. We held the event from 13 to 16 pm. People continued coming one after another for some time. This was something I didn’t expected, I thought people would hardly come. This is the event which we just start, and the culture itself isn’t that famous. So this part we could say that we archive the goal. The event was more tired than I thought. The unexpected amount of visitors and for talking endlessly was quite exhausting.

For the second event, it was the same day as the “Bunya festival”. This day is the day the Ningyo Joruri would be played for once a year. We decided to do a little event for visitors who came to see the play.  This time we held for much shorter time and it was much smaller than the first time, so it wasn’t that tired. After the event, we had a chance to see the play too. Many things in the show were unexpected, the props, like the door sign, the door, were there and easy to recognize what is it. I thought that it would be like impossible to understand the story, but it is not that bad. It is still hard for foreigners to understand, since it was all in Japanese. Maybe we should add some English translated story for foreigners to read.

In overall, it was a good opportunity to be able to experience the Japanese culture. The Ningyou Joruri culture is full with Japanese style, which is not similar to Thai’s at all. There is also some kind of this culture in Thailand, it is called “Nang Talung”. However, Thai’s would use the shadow instead, not the real doll to show. The doll will be behind the screen, and the light will be shine from the back of the doll so that the doll’s shadow would be shown for the audience to see. The first time I heard about the Ningyou Joruri, I reminded of this Thai’s culture. For this project, I felt that I can do something for the local people. I have more confident in myself; especially communication skill. I need to communicate with the local people using Japanese, which help me realize my level of Japanese skill. This is the thing that the more we do the more we improve, so I am glad to have this kind of opportunity.

Issada Pracharktam




振り返ると、日本の文化に触れる良い経験となりました。人形浄瑠璃はとても日本らしい文化です。タイにも「Nang Talung」という似ている文化がありますが、これは本物の人形ではなく影を使います。人形はスクリーンの裏にあって、観客に見えるように人形が光に照らされるのです。初めて人形浄瑠璃の話を聞いた時、タイのこの文化のことを思い出しました。このプロジェクトを通して、地域の方々のために何か自分にもできることがあると感じました。前よりも自信がつきましたし、特にコミュニケーション能力が伸びました。地域の方と話す時に日本語を使う必要があったので、自分の日本語のレベルを知ることができました。こういうことはやればやるほど上達するので、このような機会があって嬉しかったです。


February 4, 2020 English Café

Hello everyone. I’m James Taylor from the English Department at ICT. We’re coming towards the end of our second year at Hakusanroku Campus. The Hakusanroku area is a beautiful and interesting place to live, and we are very lucky that the residents of what used to be known as Oguchi Village have welcomed us into their community.

As a way of strengthening relations between the school and the community, and as a way of thanking local residents for being so welcoming, members of the English Department have engaged in various community outreach activities. Ed and Ian (and Pauline in 2018) go to Hakurei Elementary School to read stories to the children, Pauline teaches an English class to some local residents, and I have been working on translating exhibits at the Hakusan Folk Museum in Shiramine.

Last week, Pauline and I started a new event: English Café, which was held at Oguchi Community Centre. Thirteen members of the community, including elderly residents, mothers with very young children, and staff at the Community Centre, came along to chat, get to know each other, and learn some English over a cup of tea. The hour went very quickly, with much laughter, and everybody left looking forward to the next English Café.

We’re very grateful to the staff of the Community Centre for their hard work in helping to organise the event, and to the local residents who participated. I’m looking forward to the next English Café, too!

James Taylor





January 28, 2020 Inviting Spaces

Soft music, conversation, and coffee, anyone? Recently, ICT students, faculty, and visitors have been spending more time in the space above the stairs. It’s an inviting space thanks to Mr. Rikichi Izumiya. Now a meeting point where informal conversations happen around 4:30 pm each day, the brand-new coffee corner—with its shiny machine, bar height table and stools, and a pair of comfy seats facing the roadside view of Sena—provides what the water cooler did in most office spaces—a  place to socialize.

It is becoming normal to see several first- and second-year students make and sip their hot chocolate and coffee at leisure, linger over their laptops, seemingly stress-free. Coffee time is an additional time to engage with others over a drink in a place that is not the cafeteria. Students make use of this inviting space after lunch and dinner as well. Some students boast about drinking their coffee “black.” Not a coffee drinker of any caliber, I surmise that drinking black coffee is a marked status in the coffee-drinking world! ICT students have arrived!

While this space on top of the stairs is among the newest addition to our comfort here at ICT, it would be remiss of me not to mention another space that is inviting. It is the small classroom 3, next to the Living Commons. On Tuesdays, each week, members of the Hakusan community can be found there laughing and having fun. It’s been more than a year since the community members have been enjoying English language conversation classes on the Campus. Having community members, of whom two are senior citizens, is a reminder that our learning community is diverse. And local people are a part of our learning community. These citizens certainly demonstrate what live-long learning can look like and what reciprocity by the school can be. I facilitate Life-long learning using stories. The community members and I enjoy reading aloud from children’s books and sometimes accompanying movies. To date, we have finished reading at least eight children’s books. We enjoy learning new words, expressions, and sounds as much as we like to laugh, and talk about holidays, culture, and food!

Having the coffee corner and the community conversation class at ICT enhance our ongoing efforts in making our valuable learning community thrive.

Pauline Baird



国際高専の真新しい癒しの空間である階段上のコーナーについて話したのですから、もうひとつの癒しの空間について話さないわけにはいきません。リビングコモンズ横のClassroom 3です。毎週火曜日、白山麓地域の方々とここで笑顔の絶えない楽しい時間を過ごしています。白山麓キャンパスでこの英会話教室を始めてから1年以上が経ちました。参加しているメンバーのうち2人は高齢者で、新しいことを学ぶことに年齢は関係ないことを思い出させてくれます。参加しているのは地域の方々です。学校が生涯学習に一役買えることを身をもって証明してくれました。私の授業では絵本を使って英語を教えます。声に出して読んだり、時には映画を使って楽しく勉強しています。現在、8冊の絵本を読み終えました。新しい単語や表現を覚えることも、笑って休日の過ごし方や文化の違い、食べ物の話をするのも大好きです。



December 24, 2019 バイオマス発電見学

国際理工学科一年の佐藤 俊太朗です。




佐藤 俊太朗

Hello, I am Shuntaro Sato who is first year student of department of science and technology.

I thought that I could see beautiful autumn leaves in October, then suddenly I could see snow at the Hakusanroku campus. It has become the season for eating mikans indoors.

The other day, I went on a tour of the biomass power generation that is researched by Kanazawa Institute of Technology. The heat generated during the biomass power generation is sent to a strawberry green house. Biomass power generation consumes a lot of chips of wood. We use it based on the concept of carbon neutral. Carbon neutral is the idea that “if carbon dioxide emissions and absorption are the same, it is eco-friendly”. We make a cycle of planting young trees with high carbon dioxide absorption and generating electricity using old trees with low carbon dioxide absorption. By this, areas of forest which the part where human have touched becomes the border between humans and animals such as bears, monkeys and boars. In addition, we can expect activation of local forestry.
This time, we actually entered a mountain near the campus, cut small thin pieces from the already cut cedar trees, and put them in a crusher to make chips. This was the first time I saw a chainsaw cutting a tree. I used an electric chainsaw, which is also environmentally friendly. If this biomass power generation spreads, the environment will be better and the forestry can be activated. In addition, I think that regional revitalization can be expected in areas surrounded by mountains.

Next is the strawberry greenhouse. The frame of this greenhouse is made of wooden materials with excellent heat insulation. The heat generated from biomass power generation is used for heat insulation. In addition to adjust the temperature, volume of water, and amounts of bees, this greenhouse uses LED lights to adjust the amount of solar radiation. When I went to the greenhouse this time, I was shown the first strawberry. In the future, I realized again that it was time to leave AI and robots to work. However, instead of relying entirely on AI, I thought it was important to find a method that could be recognized and improved by someone after hundreds of years by keeping a record of the technology and knowledge. It was a good experience to be exposed to new technologies at this tour. The contents learned in the class of Engineering Context 1B actually came out and deepened my understanding.

Shuntaro Sato


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.

November 29, 2019 Soba Festival

A few weeks ago, there was a soba festival here in Hakusan. At the festival, they had a variety of delicious local foods. There were many stands selling soba, beef, pork, takoyaki, melonpan, oysters, and even expensive Noto beef! I got to try deer meat for the first time in the form of a sausage!

The ICT students were helping at the festival as well! The second year students worked on Saturday and the first year students worked on Sunday.

 When I went on Sunday, I saw many of the students working hard at a variety of tasks, including guiding cars to vacant parking spaces and emptying and replacing the trash cans when full. It was quite refreshing to see the students in a different setting, as part of the local community! Many students seemed exhausted after the day of work and several told me that it was indeed very hard and tiring work.

I'm glad the students have the chance to participate in local community events and I look forward to seeing such interaction again in the future!

Anne Isobel Tan






November 21, 2019 手取川ダム見学

現在1年生が履修しているEngineering Context IBでは、エネルギーを題材にした授業が行われています。毎回様々な発電技術や各国のエネルギー政策を取り上げながら、技術には光と影があることを踏まえた技術者倫理を学生たちは学んでいます。



In the first-year student's "Engineering Context IB" class, we are currently studying about energy. Each class we pick up various power generation technology and different countries' energy policies, and discuss the good and bad of technological advancement from an ethical stand point.

Recently, we took a trip to the JPower Tedori River Dam 1 near the Hakusanroku campus. This was our second visit to the dam. However, it is evolving each year. First, Mr. Tanaka, the chief manager of JPower, distributed dam cards and gave a lecture about different types of dams and the characteristics of Tedori River Dam. Tedori River Dam is the fourth rock-fill dam in Japan and has served not only as a water-power generator, but also as adjustment for floods, and provider for waterworks and construction water. After the lecture, we moved to the top of the huge dam to see the spectacular view. Sadly, it was chilly and drizzling, but we enjoyed the beautiful panorama of Tedori Lake decorated with colored autumn mountains as we listened to Mr. Tanaka's humorous explanation.

Shuntaro Yamazaki

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



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