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

April 27, 2021 A month into the semester

Hi, this is Jonathan, the camera man. To kick off this journal entry, here is a short video of the entrance ceremony when we welcomed our new members to the Hakusanroku Campus. It has almost been a month since the first year students joined us on April 1. At first, many of them were shy, but that has changed in the past weeks. Much of this is thanks to the friendly second year students and teachers.


Wednesday is a special day at the Hakusanroku Campus because there are no classes in the afternoon. Learning Session (nighttime school) is optional so students have the leisure to enjoy their free time afterschool. It's interesting to walk around and see all the things students and teachers are up to. Here are some of the things that were going on last Wednesday, April 21.

First, the Design & Fabrication Club held its annual orientation event, the LEGO EV3 Robot Sport Tournament. This is a competition between the first and second year students that are considering to join the club. Each year, they decide on a sport and create a robot to compete in that sport. Here is last year's article. This year's sport was bowling and the students created four teams: one second year boys team, two first year boys teams, and one girls team. Out of the four teams, the second year boys team and girls team both built a more straightforward robot. However, both the first year boys teams came up with something more creative. Team 1a found a loophole in the rules and designed a robot to push the ball through the pins. (However, they were deducted any pins knocked over by the robot body) Team 1b, who ended up winning the tournament, created a belt conveyor to lift and drop the ball towards the pins. It was extremely accurate and got two strikes and 3 spares out of the five frames of the tournament.

Later in the Living Commons, I found Anne sensei, Stephanie sensei, and Pauline sensei gathered with the students for a nail-art party. Pauline sensei would call in anybody and everybody that passed by and as result the area was bustling with students, teachers and even some staff members. It was a sight to see people of all ages and nationalities painting each other's nails. You could tell ICT is a global community.

Also, Wednesday was warm and sunny, the perfect weather for a game of basketball at our outdoor court. Some first and second year students were playing and this attracted Ed sensei, Philip sensei, Apirak sensei, and some other students to start a game. Everybody was having fun and played until the sun went down. Full day classes start again from Thursday so I hope this was a good opportunity for everyone to refresh themselves and get ready to tackle to rest of the week.


*All students at the Hakusanroku Campus have taken a PCR Test. Considering that all of the results were negative, they are given the choice to take off their mask during sports and/or hiking.



4月21日(水)に行われていた活動のひとつが、デザイン&ファブリケーションクラブの恒例行事、LEGO EV3を使ったロボット球技大会です。これは入部希望者の1、2年生による対抗戦で、毎年違う球技を競うロボットを製作します。去年の記事はこちらです。今年の球技はボウリングで、2年生男子チーム、1年生男子2チーム、女子合同チームの計4チームが参加しました。堅実なロボットを作った2年生男子チームと女子チームに対して、1年生男子両チームは独創的なロボットを製作しました。優勝したのはベルトコンベヤでボールを持ち上げてピンに向かって落とす独特の投球フォームの1bチームで、5フレームでストライクを2回、スペアを3回出しました。1aチームはルールの隙を突いてロボットごとボールを押す作戦を決行しましたが、ロボット本体が倒したピンを減点されてしまいました。



March 9, 2021 Sports Day

Hi, it's Jonathan, the camera man. Today I would like to share some pictures I took for the Sports Day event held on February 22 in the Hakusanroku Campus gym. This was the second sports day event held at Hakusanroku Campus this year. The first and second year students enjoyed the first one some much that we planned a second one. Check this entry if you want to read about the first Sports Day. 


This time students and teachers competed in basketball, soccer, volleyball, and badminton. All in one day! Here are the results and pictures.


First year vs Second year
Score 8-9

Teachers vs Students
Score 18-4


First year vs Second year
Score 9-8

Teachers vs Students
Score 0-2


First year vs Second year
Score 12-25, 15-25

Teachers vs Students
Score 25-19, 16-25

*Badminton was mixed and I could not keep track of the individual records.

Since this was the final event with the current second year students, Matsushita sensei ended the event by saying "Today was a hard schedule but you all played very well. I'm glad this was the final event we spent time together, and I am very very proud of you."




December 7, 2020 JOES-ICTオンライン体験型ワークショップ



第2部は「DIY実験 フルーツバッテリー制作」と題され、事前に準備をしていただいたレモン、バナナ、トマトなどのフルーツに刺した様々な金属の釘をケーブルでつないでLEDランプが点灯するかを実験しました。参加者はZOOMのビデオ機能で手元を映して作業をし、ナグワ先生とアラー先生はその様子を見ながら指示を出したり、質問に答えたりしました。映像を見ていると子供たちは待ちきれない様子で、説明を聞くや否や、準備したフルーツにケーブルをつないだり、点灯したLEDランプをカメラにかざして見せたりしていました。第3部の「Interactive Computer Simulation」ではオンライン上で回路を組めるブラウザソフトでオリジナルの回路を作って、スクリーンショットをチャット欄に共有しました。個性的な回路がたくさんあり、ナグワ先生は参加者たちの積極性に感激している様子でした。



Hi, it's Jonathan, the camera man. On November 29 (Sun), 2020, the JOES-ICT Online Workshop was held at the Hakusanroku Campus. We host a summer workshop with Joes (Japan Overseas Educational Services) students every year. However, this year it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, and an online event was created instead.

The online workshop began at one in the afternoon and 27 elementary students logged in from their home. After some opening words from both sides and a short introductory video about ICT, Nagwa sensei and Alaa sensei (in charge of chemistry and math respectively) started the workshop. The first part was titled "Chem-melody." First, Nagwa sensei gave a lecture about how electricity works. Then, she connected 10 yen and 1 yen coins to a speaker and music chip before putting them in salt water; displaying that electrons were in fact traveling through the circuit as music came out of the speaker. There were quiz questions during the experiment which the participating students answered using Zoom's survey function.

In the second part of the workshop, titled "DIY Experiment Fruit Battery Making", Nagwa sensei showed the participants how to make a battery using fruits, such as lemons, bananas and tomatoes. The fruits were connected to a LED lamp via cables and nails made of different metal. Participants had prepared these items in advance and apparently could not wait to do the experiment because we could see them starting even as Nagwa sensei was still giving the instructions. Nagwa sensei and Alaa sensei watched their progress and answered any questions the students had. In the third part, "Interactive Computer Simulation", participants created an original circuit using a browser software, took screenshots of their work and posted it in chat. There were many creative circuits and Nagwa sensei expressed her joy for their enthusiasm.

I'm happy that we were able to continue the tradition of this relationship with JOES, even if it wasn't in the flesh. Hopefully the situation will be more favorable next year.


October 20, 2020 Mt.Hakusan Climb





Hello! It's Jonathan, the camera man. On October 18, 2020, the Nature & Adventure Club held their annual Mt. Hakusan climb. Mt. Hakusan means "white mountain" in Japanese and is located across Ishikawa prefecture and Gifu prefecture. It is 2702m high and is one of Japan's three sacred mountains along with Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tateyama. The Nature & Adventure Club was scheduled to climb Hakusan in September but this was canceled because of a typhoon. October 18 was our last chance and we were rewarded for our patience with perfect skies. We gathered at front entrance of the Hakusanroku Campus at 5 am and drove to Betto-deai, the starting point on the Ishikawa prefecture side. It just snowed for the first time this year on the day before, and the parking lot was full of climbers, possibly prompted by the news.

We began our assent around 6:30 am. It was chilly at first but warmed up as the sun came up. The leaves were beautifully colored with many reds, oranges, and yellows. After Jinnosuke Cabin, the scenery opened up and we could see the panorama of mountains surrounding Hakusan. Students enjoyed this view, some with cameras and binoculars. For most of the students, this was their first time climbing Mt. Hakusan and the going was not always easy. However, students pushed on at their own pace. After Kuroboko-iwa, we could see the white peak across from Mida-ga-hara, with a blue sky background. The temperature began to decline as we approached Murodo. There, we geared up and made the final climb to the peak, Gozen-ga-mine.

The temperature dropped below 0 degrees celsius past Murodo and wind felt like a blizzard in mid winter. When we finally reached the top around 11 am, we were greeted by a freshly coated Gozen-ga-mine and blue skies so clear that you could see Noto peninsula in the distance. We enjoyed the awesome view as long as we could bear. Some students even began shouting for the fun of it. After returning to Murodo, we all ate lunch and began our decent. Temperatures finally rose again after Kugoboko-iwa and we could appreciate to cool breeze. We arrived at Betto-deai around 3:30 pm, concluding our trip with a group photo. The students' reactions to the experience differed. Some enjoyed it, some found it easier than they expected, and some vowed to never do it again. In any case, it was an unique opportunity to see new sites and try something new.


September 28, 2020 Some of the things students have been doing in September

Hi! It's Jonathan, the camera man. Today I would like to briefly talk about some of events that happened during September. Students returned to the Hakusanroku Campus between late August and early September. However, classes did not begin until the 24th. Instead, there were several special events organized as we waited for the two weeks to confirm the lack of COVID-19 to pass. (There was none, thank god.)


World Language

On September 10, several teachers organized a special class to teach languages "other than English". This special class was titled "World Language" and students could choose two languages from Arabic, Malay, Thai, and French. Teachers native to these languages taught the basic alphabet, some common phrases, how to write your name, and other interesting things depending on the teacher. The Arabic class was conducted by Nagwa sensei and Alaa sensei, the Malay by Hazwan sensei, Thai by Apirak sensei, and French by Jason sensei. 



Book Review

On September 16, the first year students gave their book review presentations. Each student chose three books to read during the summer and give a brief presentation in English and Japanese. There were novels, how-to books, English books for beginners, and many unique books depending on the students' interests. All the presentations were extremely interesting, however we had to choose a "best book review" and so teachers and students voted on three presenters. You can see the first year students giving their presentations and the results in the pictures below.



Sweet Potato Harvest

A group of second year students planted sweet potatoes as part of their Engineering Design project during the first semester. September marked the time for harvest. Actually, this is our second attempt at growing sweet potatoes. Last year, we were raided by the local monkey population just before harvest and lost 90% of our crop. To avoid the same outcome, students built a electrical fence and decided to harvest at the first signs of monkey attack. As a result we succeeded in collecting about 95% of this year's sweet potatoes. The four students of the group really got their hands dirty as they dug through the soil. You can see them and the sweet potatoes in the pictures below. These sweet potatoes will be branded, packaged, and sold by the students at local shops and farmer markets. I cannot wait to see what that will be like.



Sports Day

On September 17 and 19, we held a special Hakusanroku Sports Day. This Sports Day event was organized by the P.E. teachers to give the students a chance to blow their steam from being crammed in isolation. Three teams: first year, second year, and teacher and staff, played against each other in basketball, volleyball, and badminton.

Basketball was a battle between the second year students and the teachers all star team. The teachers are much larger and more experienced. However, basketball is a popular free time activity among many of the second year students and they had secretly practiced leading up to this event. Teachers dominated the first half, but the second year team fought back and ended the exciting game with a draw of 8-8. Volleyball was also a close game between all three teams. Students enjoyed it so much that they created a student all star team to challenge the winning teacher and staff team after the tournament. 

The badminton tournament was a twelve-round three-way competition. There were three courts and each team chose two pairs to compete each round. The winner would be the team with the most wins and the least losses. The great part of this system was that more people had the chance to play. Each team was hungry for the final victory, and each round was both competitive and fun to play and watch. In the end, the first and second year teams ended with the exact same points. Takimoto sensei was about to end the event with a draw, but the students insisted on a deciding match between the best two pairs. The second year students won this game and were declared the winners of the badminton portion.

Basketball: Second Year Team, Teacher and Staff Team (draw), First Year Team (3rd)
Volleyball: Teachers and Staff Team (1st), Second Year Team (2nd), First Year Team (3rd)
Badminton: Second Year Team (1st), First Year Team (2nd), Teachers and Staff Team (3rd)

The event was a great success and I heard many students remarking that they enjoyed it so much that they wished we could do it EVERY month.





Voting Simulation

On September 18, the second year students participated in a voting simulation by the election association of Ishikawa prefecture and Hakusan city. Students first listened to Ms. Natsumi Nakao from the Ishikawa Election Committee talk about the importance of voting, laws of to voting and election campaigning, and the how the election system works. Afterwards, the students participated in a simulation where they considered the manifest of two imaginative candidates and went through the process of posting a vote. The simulation was quite realistic and hopefully gave the students a taste of deciding their representor in the future.



July 7, 2020 Writers’ Celebration

The Writers’ Celebration is an opportunity for students to showcase their writing to students, teachers, and staff in the ICT Hakusanroku community. First and second year students in World Literature and English Expressions displayed various writing pieces--name affirmations, short stories, essays, etc.

We held Writers’ Celebration last year and it was beneficial for both students and teachers. Students who displayed pieces received feedback and compliments, as well as suggestions for improving their writing. Other students got to read each other’s writing and practice giving feedback and comments. Teachers had the chance to see what students were writing about, how they expressed themselves, and get to know the students a little better through their writing.

The night before the start of the celebration, many students, even those who were not displaying writing this time, stayed in the library until curfew to help set up and decorate. Even before the celebration started, there was already a festive atmosphere. Students were drawing characters, making sentences with word magnets, and putting up balloons and decorative washi tape. The students had to be chased away to make it to curfew on time.

During the Writers’ Celebration, students and teachers gathered to read the writing pieces, eat snacks, and talk and laugh together. Chips and salsa were provided and Mr. B made a special bacon cheese dip that was a huge hit with all the students. Each student’s board had a comment sheet where students and teachers could give feedback and encouragement.

Although students can often view writing as a tedious or boring part of school, the Writers’ Celebration gives our students a chance to be proud of their work and builds positivity in our community. For teachers, we get the chance to get to know our students more and reading their honest opinions and views in their writing is a delight.

Anne Isobel Tan

Writers' Celebrationは学生たちが自分の書いた作品を白山麓キャンパスの他の学生と教職員に披露できるイベントです。世界文学と英語表現を受講している1、2年生は様々な作品(Name Affirmations、短編小説、エッセイ等)でその才能を発揮しました。

去年開催したWriters' Celebrationは学生にとっても先生にとっても有益なものでした。作品を掲示した学生はフィードバックや称賛の言葉、アドバイスを貰いました。他の学生は他人の作品を読む機会と、フィードバックと称賛を与える側を体験できました。先生たちは学生がどんなことについて書いているのか、どんな風に自身を表現するのかを見て、その作品を通して学生のことをもっとよく知ることができました。


Writers' Celebration開催中は学生と先生が作品を読むために集まって、スナックを食べたり、楽しくお話したりしました。チップスとサルサソースが登場し、Mr.B特製のベーコンチーズディップは学生たちに大ウケでした。それぞれの学生のボードにはコメントシートが用意されて、他の学生や先生がフィードバックや称賛の言葉を書けるようになっていました。ライティングの課題は地味でつまらない作業というイメージもありますが、Writers' Celebrationでは学生が自ら書いた作品を自信もって披露しますので、クラスの雰囲気も良くなります。先生にとっても学生が普段思っていることや、率直な意見を読むことが出来て大変嬉しいです。


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

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