Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Other Classes

December 11, 2019

Brrr. It’s getting cold, but it’s going to be exciting! Winter Camp is starting next week, and I’ll be leading the Drone Programming experience! We started using drones during last Summer Camp by manually controlling them and taking aerial videos that the students later used in their presentations.

This time we will program the drones to fly automatically indoors. I have some obstacle courses for the campers to try out and hopefully we can end with an autonomous drone race! But 1st, the drones need some time recovering in the “hospital”.

Luckily, we have some great teachers here who can help nurse the drones and get them back up again. They are very hard-working drones. We also use them to teach programming in our Computer Skills 2B classes, so they pretty much are used to “hospital” visits.

Until next time. 








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。


February 19, 2019

Hello, it's Kihara, the first-year homeroom teacher. Time flies and the school year is nearing its end. During the upcoming couple of weeks, students must finish their homework, reports, presentations, and final exams. It is sure to be a busy time and I wish them the best of luck.

In today's journal, I would like to talk about a course we have at ICT called "Career Design." In this course, students first set goals they want to achieve during the year. Later, they reevaluate their progress, and make the necessary adjustments to fulfill their goals. We visited the Kaga-Yuzen Kobo Hisatsune and experienced Kaga-Yuzen in this course as well. In today's Career Design class, we looked back on this year and asked the questions "What goals did I actually achieve?", "What goals did I not?", "Why?", and "How did I grow and what skills or knowledge did I acquire?" The aim of this class is for students to understand their current state and implement it into new goals for their second year. I heard some students mumbling to themselves "Did I grow at all this year?" and "I can't remember doing any extracurricular activities."

It seems recalling activities and recognizing ones growth is not easy sometimes. However, there was another phrase I heard constantly. That phrase was "What's wrong with this English?" Apparently, they were reading the goals they wrote at the beginning of the school year in April and the reflecting sheet they wrote in October. The students wrote both in English and seemingly noticed flaws in them. These were followed by phrases such as "Why isn't there a period here?", "I don't understand this sentence.", and "I can't believe how bad this English is." Watching my homeroom students mutter complaints to their own sentences, I thought to myself "We did a lot of different things this year, but maybe English is where we progressed the most after all."

Students' remaining time living together here at Hakusanroku campus is little over a year. Until that time, study well, play well and make the best memories you possibly can.

Hitoshi Kihara






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February 4, 2019 Snowball fight in PE


Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. Last week, I found myself dodging left and right through a battlefield of... snowballs! Philip sensei, the PE teacher, organized a snowball fight for PE! Can you imagine having snowball fights for PE? I wish my school had them. Students and teachers gathered on the basket court, which was covered with kneen-deep snow, to blow off some steam from their daily studies. Teachers from the English, math and science courses joined and we almost had an even number of participants from both sides.

Students and teachers were divided into two teams. In the first twenty minutes, both teams were given time to build their fort. We dug and piled snow into a wall to hide behind during the snowball fight. (Although, they were quickly demolished by opposing suicide attackers diving into them.) After building the forts, we played two rounds of snowball fights: first students and teachers mixed, and then students versus teachers.

I can tell you students and teachers are very serious about their snowball fights at ICT. There were people throwing snowballs from behind the forts, dashing left and right, and launching suicide attacks with huge basketball size lumps of snow, which they dumped directly on their victims. Some students found creative ways to sneak around the other team on a flank attack. However, they were usually met with raining snowballs once spotted.There were no complicated rules and everyone had a genuine good time. Soon we were hot and sweaty despite being covered in snow. 

In the final ten minutes, both teams built a snowman before heading off to the onsen for a hot bath. This awesome snowball fight was possible thanks to the snow here at Hakusanroku and the family-like atmosphere of students and teachers living together.


2019年2月4日 体育で雪合戦







October 16, 2018 Singing in Performing Arts class


Hakusanroku campus does not have a music class. However, as you can see, we are singing! Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera guy. Today, I would like to introduce our latest activity in the Performing Arts class.

In Performing Arts, students learn to express themselves through various mediums such as art and music. Currently, we are learning to sing under the instruction of Yuri Daikoku sensei, a professional vocalist and voice trainer. In the video, you can listen to the students singing "Do-Re-Mi" from the movie "The Sound of Music."

Daikoku sensei is a jazz singer, and we also sang classics such as "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Tennessee Waltz." For these songs, students and teachers took turns singing.

After the class, I asked Daikoku sensei about teaching music at ICT. She explained "It is different from teaching at a music school where all the students are already interested in singing. My major goal is to avoid any students disliking music. Also, I admire Hakusanroku campus' atmosphere. People enjoy expressing themselves freely."

Personally, I was surprised at how little hesitance the students showed singing in front of the group. There may be credit due to the teachers and atmosphere. However, I believe that they are definitely becoming individuals of high caliber.


2018年10月16日 歌で表現力を養う








May 21, 2018 Bouldering in PE

Today’s PE was an introduction to bouldering using the brand-new bouldering room. Philip Cadzow, the PE teacher is a real-life climber and I think it is wonderful that the students are receiving guidance from an experienced climber. I talked to Cadzow sensei before the class and he explained that the aim of the class was to teach students that climbing is not about power or physical ability, but instead about skill and mental power. 


The class started by watching several videos about climbing. I could tell Cadzow sensei’s enthusiasm and focus on skill over strength from the videos he choose. After that, we moved to the bouldering room and did some climbing.

I was surprised at how many creative activities Cadzow sensei had up his sleeve on the very first day. Some examples are in the video. Students are very interested in bouldering and spend their free time using the facility. I hope it helps them develop their body as much as their academic mind. See you next time. 

Jonathan May 11, 2018




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