Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:School Event

February 10, 2020 Skiing in Ichirino

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Finally! We got enough snow to go skiing! This winter has been strange with record-breaking warm weather. However, the skies smiled upon us for this weekend's ski excursion. After morning classes on Saturday February 8, members of  the Nature & Adventure club geared up and we drove to Ichirino Ski Resort, which is about a ten minutes from the Hakusanroku campus. Most of the students were skiing for the first time or had not skied in a while. Owari coach began with some lesson and the members were enjoying zooming down the mountainside in no time. We spent the afternoon enjoying skiing and the students voiced their hopes to go again this season. I'm glad that everyone liked skiing more than they expected. After all, we are living in the Mt. Hakusan foodhills.





January 20, 2020 Global Winter Camp

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Last month we held the Global Winter Camp where fourteen student from Thailand came to ICT to take STEM courses and learn about Japanese Culture. This year's Global Winter Camp was a week long program starting on December 15. During the program, the Thai students stayed in our dormitories at Hakusanroku campus and participated in STEM classes and Japanese cultural classes hosted by ICT teachers, various activities, and visited a local elementary school and tourist spots in Ishikawa prefecture.

Day 1

Sadly there was no snow yet at ICT.

On the first day, students arrived at Hakusanroku campus after a long journey and checked in. We held a orientation ceremony and introduced our school and each other. In the evening we held a mini workshop to make key chains using the laser cutting machine.

Day 2

On day two, students first received a lecture on Japanese culture and language. In the afternoon, we visited the Hakusan Folk Museum in Shiramine, which is a town about fifteen minutes up the mountain from ICT. We also cut and made cups out of bamboo and experienced cooking rice over a bonfire.

Day 3

Group photo with Hakurei six-graders.

Day three was the day we visited Hakurei Elementary School, a local public school about five minutes from ICT. Both students had prepared a presentation of their culture and a kids game that they could play together. The Japanese students introduced the game "Darumasan-ga-koronda." In this game, one person covers their eyes and the other players sneak up on him/her while the person says "Darumasan-ga-koronda", which means "the daruma falls down." When the person opens their eyes, all the other players must freeze and cannot move or else they will be captured. After they are touched, the person has ten steps to tag another player.

In exchange the Thai students introduced a type of stilts made out of two cut coconuts and string. The students practiced walking with these coconuts and finally faced off in a race of Thailand vs Japan. You can see both games in action in the video at the bottom of the article. We also challenged ourselves with cooking some Japanese "dango" (dumplings). Both students mixed, boiled, and covered the dumplings with kinako powder. Afterwards, we ate lunch together in the Hakurei cafeteria.

In the evening back at ICT, the students enjoyed bouldering with the assistance of Philip-sensei.

Day 4

The STEM courses began from the fourth day. These include the Digital Fabrication Introduction by Omi-sensei, Circuit Board Decoration Workshop by Hayato-sensei, Chemistry & Biology Workshop by Nagwa-sensei and Jason-sensei, and the Paper Rocket Design Challenge by Anne- and Ryan-sensei.

Day 5

On day five, students participated in the Design Thinking Workshop by Omi-sensei, Drone Programming Workshop by Maesa-sensei, Laser Cutter Workshop by KK-sensei, and AI & IoT Workshop by Fukuda-san. The students experienced a wide assortment of STEM courses during the span of two short days, hopefully sparking an interest as a engineer of the future.

Day 6

The sixth and final full day was dedicated to sightseeing in Ishikawa prefector. We first departed ICT for Kaga Fruit Land to pick strawberries. There were green houses where you could pick and eat as many strawberries as you want. The strawberries were fresh and delicious and everyone ate their fill.

Next, we moved to Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) to eat lunch in the cafeteria and take a campus tour. Students especially enjoyed the PMC's (Popular Music Collection) collection of records and special chairs to listen to them. After KIT, we did some sightseeing in Kanazawa city. Kanazawa is often called "small Kyoto" and we made time to visit Nagamachi Samurai District, Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle, and Higashi-chayagai. At Nagamachi, we visited Nomura-ke, which is a samurai residence open to the public. Here, the students had their first taste of Matcha green tea. At Kenrokuen Garden, some students discovered their love for Mitarashi-dango. (dumpling with sweet soy sauce) Finally, we joined a gold leaf experience at the shop "Sakuda." Here, students decorated small boxes with gold leaf. We returned to Hakusanroku and packed our bags for it was our last night at ICT.

Day 7

On the final day, students gave presentations on their experience at ICT. It was interesting to see how each students had taken alike to a different activities. I am glad that they all have special memories that they will take back to their homes in Thailand. You can see a video of their presentations and some scenes during the trip. I look forward to the next camp and hopefully seeing our friends from Thailand again someday. Thanks for coming and take care!



December 4, 2019

 Hi everyone, its Ryan again! Today I’d like to talk about one of the highlights of November, the school’s Sports Festival (球技大会).
 On 11/16, the S class students travelled down the mountain to compete with their classmates in the school’s annual Sports Festival. This year, the S1 and S2 students combined forces in badminton, basketball, and dodgeball to compete against the upperclassmen. 
 The S class teams faced tough opposition against bigger, stronger, and more experienced students, but they still fought hard. Their tenacity and enthusiasm were impressive, and the underclassmen were able to win many matches against their seniors. Ultimately, S class teams were able to secure 5th place in both the basketball and dodgeball tournaments. 
 Results aside, the festival was a good opportunity for the students to break up the monotony of their schoolwork while working together with their classmates. The students enjoyed their chance to get moving and test their skills while being supported and cheered on by their friends and cleverly took advantage of the nearby bookstore to purchase the latest volumes of their favorite manga and light novels.
 In the end, the Sports Festival was a great experience for all the students. The only complaint that anyone seems to have is that they weren’t able to stop at McDonald’s on the way back!

Ryan J. Vicencio




December 2, 2019 BBQ Party

Hello, it's Jonathan, the camera man. On November 30 (Sun), we held a barbecue party at the Hakusanroku campus. This was no regular barbecue party with  beef, pork, and yakisoba. We had wild boar, venison, and bear meat as well, and lots of it!  There was even bear soup cooked "tonjiru" style with vegetables and miso. The nurse ladies also brought a wood stove, which the students used to make original pizzas. Students and teachers sat down around the grills and ate delicious food to their heart's content. Thankfully, we had sunny blue skies and the heat from the flames kept us warm. There was a lot of chatting, laughing, and merriment all around. This event was only made possible with the help of many people. It has been an annual event for two years and I hope it continues to be so.





November 8, 2019 餅つき



津田 明洋

There are already some articles about the "Kosensai" on the website, but I would like to talk some more about our school festival. This year's Kosensai was subtitled "Connect" and was a collaboration between ICT and KIT. As if to fulfil this theme, there were sites of connection between various departments, ages, and clubs. One good example of a strong connection between the school and guardians is the annual "mochi-tsuki (sticky rice pounding)." It was only held on Sunday. However, it was so popular that there was a long line to buy the mochi, which we sold about 300 to 400 packages in a few hours. "Mochi-tsuki" is a Japanese tradition and I hope ICT will continue to cherish local Japanese cultures like this even as we transform into an international community. Also, technological advancements make automated mochi pounding possible, but I believe the mochi we made with our hearts and hands tasted much better and special.

I would like to thank the staff who prepared the rice, the fathers who pounded the rice several hundred times from early morning, the mothers who flavored the mochi with anko and kinako, and the teachers who lent us the hammer and mortar. Thank you so much.

Akihiro Tsuda

October 31, 2019 “School festival”

Hi everyone. On 19th and 20th of this month, we celebrated our school festival. This year, the festival was special, because KIT and ICT held their festival at the same days and in shared spaces. It was a good idea to connect and link out the two schools. This kind of connection will build up a strong relation between the students of both schools, as well as teachers and staff. My family and I enjoyed and participated in many events. One of the most interesting events was the flower arrangement event. My children enjoyed learning how to arrange their flower pots. After they finished, they could take their pots back home. I saw many beautiful arrangements, some of them made by students and others made by teachers. Below this article I show you some of those amazing pots. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the student councils of both schools, as well as teachers and staff who supported them.

Thank you so much.

Alaa Hussien




September 24, 2019 Anamizu Seminar

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. Today I would like to give my report on the first-year students' Anamizu Seminar held from September 19 to 21. The Anamizu Seminar is a traditional school event going back more than 50 years. Students stay at a seminar house in Anamizu (about three hours north in the Noto peninsula) for three days to learn about leadership, teamwork, and courtesy towards others.

The first day at Anamizu is mostly orientation and learning the rules of the seminar house. Most of the action is on day two. In the morning of the second day, we held a morning assembly where we exercised and rehearsed for the upcoming cutter boat race. After breakfast, we walked down to the harbor for a cruise and rope work activity. During the one hour cruise of Anamizu bay, we were lucky enough to meet a school of dolphins! Students and teachers waved and called out to them and they began to follow our ship. You can see them in the video below. In the rope work activity, students learned various ways to tie a knot. The staff at Anamizu are veteran sailors and every year first-year students learn how to tie knots used at sea. At the end of the activity, students and teachers used the "moyai musubi" they learned to tie a large circle and test its strength by leaning outward to see if it would hold their weight.

In the afternoon, the main event of Anamizu began, the cutter boat race! Students and teachers watched a demonstration by the Anamizu staff before breaking up into their two teams to practice. The cutter boat we used is powered by six rowers (three on each side) and controlled by the captain who holds the rudder and gives orders. Other passengers are the first mate, who supports the captain, and reserve rowers, who sit in the front of the cutter. Rowing a boat needs technique and all six rowers must work in unison for the cutter to move efficiently. Also, the captain must learn how to steer and give out orders at the correct timing. The objective of this exercise is to teach teamwork, leadership, and followship. Both teams practiced until they were ready for the race. In the race, both teams start at the harbor and row out to the first buoy. There, they turn right and head down the final stretch to the second buoy. The team with the shortest time wins! You can see what the race looks like in the video below. Both teams put in their best efforts and it was a close race. This year team two won with a time of 6:31, only twenty second faster than team one with 6:51. Mr. Sugawara, head of the seminar house congratulated the students' teamwork and said that their time was even better than most KIT university student teams.

After dinner, the learning mentors held a special Learning Session English activity. Students were broken up into three teams and given an assortment of LEGO blocks. Hidden behind a white board was a assembly of LEGO blocks (see the picture below). The students' objective was to send two of their members to look at the assembly and communicate it to the remaining builders using only English. This activity is used in many universities in America, so to do it in a secondary language is an difficult mind exercise. To the surprise of the learning mentors, the first-year students caught on extremely quickly and most groups were almost finished by nine o'clock. 

On the final morning, students presented their book reports on three books they read during the summer break. There was also a lecture by president Lewis Barksdale about English poetry. Finally, we held our closing ceremony. Mr. Sugawara spoke about how he wishes our first-year students will become respectful and ethical "professional" engineers in the future. Kihara sensei, the students' homeroom teacher, expressed how he noticed the first-year students are "genki" (full of energy) and hopes they will stay that way during their years at ICT. Yoshiki Hatakenaka spoke in behalf of the first-year students and said "We have strengthened our bond as a class and will remember the spirit of discipline, courtesy, and teamwork that we learned at this seminar house. We will return to show the Anamizu staff how much we have grown next year." After lunch we departed by bus and returned to our regular lives at Hakusanroku.

I believe the Anamizu Seminar is an essential element of school life at ICT. The students spend two busy year living together in such a close radius that sometimes they do not have the opportunity to confront their differences and bond as a team. The three days at Anamizu are for better or worst out of the ordinary. This gave students opportunities to hang out with people they usually would not or see new characteristics of other classmates. The Anamizu Seminar gave the students an opportunity to grow as a team as well as an individual.








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 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.






August 21, 2019 ICT Summer School

Hello, it's Jonathan the camera man. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. During August 8 (Thu) - 10 (Sat), we held our annual Summer School at Hakusanroku campus. The ICT Summer School is a three day program in which junior high school students come to ICT and experience our school. They stay in the dormitories and eat meals at the cafeteria just like ICT students. Also, the teachers organized a program to experience ICT's engineering education. The 35 participants were divided into six groups with two to three ICT student advisers. Their mission was to design a new experience that will draw tourist to the Hakusanroku area. During the three days they must create three things: a souvenir prototype, a video, and a poster presentation introducing their idea.

Day 1

On the first day, the 35 participants gathered at Hakusanroku campus. After lunch we started with self-introductions and an orientation activity. Each group was given a paper with pictures of locations inside the campus. A secret envelope with stickers inside was hidden at each location and gathering all stickers would reveal a riddle for the groups to solve. We also took a trip to the Michi-no-eki Sena across from ICT. Sena acts as a rest stop for tourist and sells local goods and souvenirs. Participants used this time to inspecting the souvenirs on sale and gather information about the Hakusanroku area from traveling brochures. This information was used to decide the focus for their project later.

In the evening, Maesa-sensei taught the students how to fly drones. These drones would be used to gather video footage of Hakusanroku's beautiful nature at the river on the following day. After learning how to control the drones, each group went outside to take turns practicing. The drones are controlled using a tablet controller and can preform several programmed movements such as flying or landing on you hand. Students were excited to fly the drones and you can see them in the video below. 

Day 2

Day two was the only full day of the program, and a packed one as well. After breakfast we departed for Chugu Nature Conservation Center where students learned about the Nature of Mt. Hakusan by watching a video about the four season, listening to a lecture by local nature specialist Shinichi Hiramatsu, viewing the displays within the conservation center, and taking a short hike into the forest. Next, we moved to a nearby river to enjoy the cool water and take videos with the drones. 

After returning to ICT, participants broke up into two group to work on their video editing and souvenir prototypes. Maesa-sensei explained how to edit videos using Windows Movie Maker while KK-sensei took charge of the rapid prototyping of the souvenirs. Students brainstormed and designed ideas until they decided on one, which they brought to KK-sensei. Prototypes of their ideas were then created in the maker studio using machines such as the laser cutter. After dinner, we returned to finally work on the presentations and posters. ICT student advisers helped the participants generate and organize their ideas using design thinking. Many groups worked late into the night to complete their poster, video, and presentation.

Day 3

The presentations took place on the morning of the third day. Each group introduced their video, idea, and souvenir in English. You can view their presentations in the videos below. Later, there was a poster session where teachers and parents could view the posters and ask questions. Finally, we held our closing ceremony. President Lewis Barksdale congratulated each student and presented them with a certificate for their fine work. Students had lunch together one last time before departing from ICT.

The 35 participants worked hard and the ICT student advisers also learned a lot from taking on the role of teaching them these three days. I am looking forward to seeing our participants in the near future.








国際高専へ戻ったあとはビデオ編集とオリジナルのお土産のデザインに取り掛かりました。メイサ先生がWindows Movie Makerを使った動画編集を教え、KK先生がお土産のプロトタイプ制作を指導しました。各グループはブレインストーミングなどを使ってデザインしたいアイデアを選出し、KK先生に提出しました。これらのアイデアのプロトタイプはメーカースタジオにあるレーザーカッターなどの機械を使用して作られました。夕食後はいよいよプレゼンテーションとポスター制作が始まりました。学生アドバイザーはデザインシンキングの手法などの指導を行い、アイデアをまとめる手助けをしました。各グループは熱心に取り組み、活動は夜遅くまで続きました。





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