Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Student

August 14, 2021 The Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Hello everyone! This is Afaf Alaa second year. Summer vacation has started and I hope everyone is enjoying it to the fullest. I am relaxing and sleeping a lot as I did a lot of hard work and spent many sleepless nights when I was in school. Especially when I participated in a video-making competition two months ago. I will walk you through my video-making journey.

International contest named “The Breakthrough Junior Challenge”. This contest requires making a three-minute video explaining a concept in life science, physics, or mathematics. This year, to celebrate 60 years since the moon landing, space exploration was also in the topic. I participated in this contest because I wanted to achieve something and gain experience. Since many of the students participate in domestic competitions, I wanted to do something different. So, I chose this competition.

I broke down the video-making process into four steps. The first is to decide the topic and understand it well. The second is to make a storyboard for the video. The third is shooting all the needed scenes. Finally, editing the video. I had about two months to complete those steps.

The first stage was a hard one for me. I knew well that I love topics about space, so I searched about many topics in space exploration. However, everything was too interesting and I couldn’t choose just one topic. I tried linking two interesting topics. However, my physics teacher Ito sensei advised me not to do that as it is just a three minutes video so it will be too much information and confusing.  It was very hard for me to select just one topic. After a lot of research, I found a topic that is very interesting that I could visualize my video and my explanation when I read about it. It was about space debris or space “trash”. I decided on that and made more research. This step took more time than I expected. I thought It would take a week. However, it took about one month.

The deadline was coming near. I had to be very quick with the following steps. I had already visualized my video. I made a script and a storyboard. I showed it to another physics teacher Brandon sensei. He suggested cutting some parts because that would take too long. Three minutes was a strict rule in this competition. He checked my script and gave me some advice. Based on that I made my final script by making priorities and recording my time. I finished this process in about a week.

There were only three weeks left to the deadline, and I had many other school projects such as making a website for my Engineering Design class. Things were getting really stressful, but I had to continue. I used a blackboard to do the shooting. I wanted to make it animated so I would put a cut every letter I write. That took a lot of time.  I tried to concentrate well in class and finish my work so I can use all my free time in finalizing my video. I used all the after-class time in the shooting, all night to practice the script and make the hand-made tools for the video. I wake up at 6 am and sleep at 3 am on the weekends. I was in a rush and got less sleep.

I had only one week left for editing. I had to make all the videos I took in two weeks into a three minutes video.  All I had to do is to cut the videos little by little and adjust them with the narrating. I had to also search for free music and free sound effects which also took a lot of my effort. Several times my app crashed and everything I did was gone. That was very frustrating and I felt like giving up.  However, I didn’t give up for two main reasons. First, I had worked so hard for about two months. I felt like if I quit here I will betray myself and crush my self-esteem. I wouldn’t be able to believe that I can achieve anything anymore if I quit. The second and the main reason is that I wanted to make my parents proud of me. My parents have always been my number one supporters. Throughout the video-making process, they would give me calls to encourage me and send me my favorite snack to school. I appreciated that.

 I thought finishing this video will make them very happy and proud. Throughout the sleepless nights, I reminded myself of that and wiped my tears while continuing editing.

I was finally done with the editing the night before the submission deadline. I showed my parents and they were so happy! I did some final adjustments and was ready to submit. However, I realized that there were a lot of other steps needed for the applications. The school number, my address, about six paragraphs I had to write about the importance of science and why I applied, and so on. I had only 2 hours left. I had my video and everything so I had to be very quick with my writing and application process. While I was writing, I felt like I couldn’t make it. However, my teacher Pauline Sensei helped me a lot with grammar checking and guidance. Finally, I was able to submit just 30 minutes before the deadline. I was so relieved and checked my video on YouTube. When I rechecked my time, I felt like I was going to die. The time said three minutes and 1 second. I was devastated. In my app, I had 3 mins and 0.23 seconds. I didn’t think that it would count. I have already submitted my link so I cannot reupload it. Pauline Sensei told me that editing on YouTube itself was possible. So, she helped me cut the 0.23 seconds on YouTube. I could finalize the submission only 15 minutes before the deadline.

I felt so relieved and happy! I have finally achieved something that I can feel proud of. I had a very short time but I didn’t give up! From that video, whenever I feel like I cannot continue, I remind myself that I made this video! That’s what is keeping me going for a while. Many people congratulated me and I even got the chance to share my experience in this journal. I will keep trying my best to elongate my limit and become a stronger person. The results are going to be in November. It is very competitive so I am not expecting anything. But I had a great experience!

Afaf Alaa

Afaf's video


参加した海外のコンテストの名前は「The Breakthrough Junior Challenge」で、ライフサイエンス、物理、数学に関連するテーマについて解説する3分間の動画を制作するというものでした。今年は人類が月に着陸してから60年が経つ記念すべき年で、宇宙探査もテーマのひとつでした。コンテストに参加しようと思った理由は、何かを成し遂げたかったことと、経験を得たかったからでした。国内のコンテストに参加する学生はたくさんいるので、違ったことをしてみたいと思ってこのコンテストを選びました。







提出期限の前夜、ようやく編集が完了しました。両親に見せるとすごく喜んでくれました!コンテストに提出しようとしたら、申請のためにいくつかのステップがあることに気づきました。学校の電話番号や、自分の住所、科学の大切さとコンテストに参加した理由について書く6段落くらいの文章などです。残り2時間しかありませんでした。動画は完成していたので、急いで申請しなければなりませんでした。書きながら間に合わないのではないかと心配になりましたが、ポーリン先生が文法チェックと指導をしてくれました。そして、締め切りの30分前に提出することができました。ほっとした私はYouTubeの動画をチェックすると、死ぬかと思いました。動画時間が3分1秒と表示されていたのです。絶望しました。アプリでは3分と0.23秒となっていたのですが、それがカウントされるとは思っていませんでした。すでに提出していたので、再度アップロードすることはできません。しかし、ポーリン先生がYouTube上で動画を編集できることを教えてくれて、0.23秒削ることを手伝ってくれました。これを完了したのは提出期限の15分前でした。 すごくほっとして嬉しくなりました。ようやく誇りに思えることを達成できたのです。足りない時間の中で諦めませんでした。この動画のおかげで、くじけそうになった時は、このコンテストのことを思い出せばいいのです!ここ最近はそのおかげで頑張ることができています。たくさんの人が褒めてくれて、このジャーナルに体験を掲載することもできました。これからも自分の限界に挑戦して、より成長した人間になるように頑張ります。コンテストの結果は11月に発表されます。とてもレベルが高いので、入選は期待していません。ですが、本当に良い経験となりました。





July 10, 2021





Hello, I'm Shii Yamazaki, a second-year student of the Department of Science and Technology. Last month, we visited Yamadachi-kai as part of the Engineering Design class. We listened to Arimoto CEO's lecture and experienced sheep shearing. The thing I remember the most from Arimoto-san's lecture was why he decided to start Yamadachi-kai's sheep business. I have lived in Ishikawa for sixteen years, but I never thought about its good points or how the Ichikawa brand could grow. However, Arimoto-san gave the reasons "Ishikawa has no special livestock", "there is no place to play in Hakusanroku", and "sheep are unaffected by wild animals and snow." Hearing this, I realized that it was different from any other local speciality or tradition in Ishikawa prefecture has tried or forced on to tourists. I felt like it is a new perspective that tourists can relate to.

Also as Arimoto-san said, not only are statuses such as animal welfare important to create a new brand, but also design, logo, and concept. I believe the suggestions that Afaf proposed have a lot of demand too.

The sheep shearing looked easy at first, but was actually very difficult because the clipper was heavy and the vibration transmitted to me. However, it felt good when I could smoothly shear the wool off the sheep after I had a lot of practice and got used to it. Also, I fell in love with the sheep and wanted to be become better at it. I want to try again in the future.

Shii Yamazaki

May 26, 2021







 I'm S2 Masamune Katsukata. During the Golden Week holidays, when students could not return home due to COVID-19, the N&A Club held a welcome hiking event for the new members.

 May 2 (Sun) morning was rainy, so we changed our plans and Owari coach taught us rope work and bamboo craft using a knife in the Maker Studio. We learned interesting knots such as the bowline knot, taut-line hitch, and fisherman's knot. These knots will come in handy when doing farm work for Engineering Design class, so I am happy that I learned them. For the bamboo craft, I was surprised that you can make so many things with bamboo. We ate delicious homemade stake curry at Katabe sensei's house. It was super cool of him to make us lunch like that. It was also fun to talk about stuff like the effects of a chimney while listening to the sound of rain in front of a warm fireplace.

 In the afternoon, we viewed the Dainichi dam in the Ate district of Torigoe. Hiking along the reservoir in the rain was an extraordinary experience that I enjoyed very much, even though I was cold. We found a small waterfall and everyone stuck their head in. We were all shivering and our shoes were soaking wet by the time we got back to ICT. But we warmed up in the onsen and no one caught a cold.

 It started to rain harder and the temperature dropped in the evening, so we set up tent in the second floor of the gym. We listened to the sound of Katabe sensei's guitar in front of a fire shown on an iPad, and relaxed in a hammock. It was very nice and cozy. We also enjoyed playing cards. I hope we can camp outside next time. Just as we felt a little hungry before going to bed, nurse Ueno-san brought us some rice balls. They were delicious. Thank you so much.

 Thankfully, the following morning (Monday, May 3) was sunny and we could enjoy blue skies and the cool breeze on our hike up the mountain to Torigoe Castle ruins. The view from the top was beautiful and I could see at a glance how Tedori River carved this landscape. On the way, Owari coach gave us lectures about mountain herbs. He knows a lot about mountain herbs and it was very educational to listen to him. Exactly what you would expect from someone who studied agriculture at Tokyo University. I think that ICT is not only surrounded by wonderful nature, but also has no lack of unique teachers and staff. Philip sensei, the PE teacher from New Zealand can knit. Kodaka sensei, who studied art in university, teaches an interesting and informative Visual Arts class. Ueda sensei, the history teacher actually used to be a professional tennis player. I think we should utilize the teachers' unique talents and advertise ICT's strong points to the world. This way, many new students will come and ICT will become a lively and fun school.

Masamune Katsukata

January 25, 2021 Fusion360 学生コンテスト特賞受賞



国際理工学科1年 山崎史依

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Due to the unusual amount of snowfall and COVID-19, it has become a terrible season to go outside at Hakusanroku. I don't hate spending time indoors, but I'm not as good at playing games as other students, so I've been messing around in my room all the time.

It was Fusion 360 that changed my life. Fusion360 is CAD software that we learned the basics of at the beginning of the first semester of Engineering Design.  I happened to have the opportunity to use it again in Engineering Design in the second semester, so what I did as part of the project activities in the class gave me the opportunity to use it in earnest.

At first, I forgot how to use it, and I wasn't motivated, but before I knew it, it became my hobby. When I noticed, I was so absorbed that I wanted to stay up all night.

One day, I found an Autodesk student contest in mid-December. At first, I didn't feel like participating, but my friend and teacher who saw my prototype encouraged me and decided to participate. About a week later, I finished making the work for the contest, had my friends render it, and I submitted it during the winter vacation. I was contacted by Autodesk on January 6th when I just returned to school, and I was able to win the best award!

In mid-January, I received gifts from Autodesk: an Autodesk T-shirt and a book worth less than 10,000 yen, and the results were announced on YouTube. I was focused on things that I wasn't enthusiastic about, and I entered a contest that I wasn't enthusiastic about, but as a result, I think it was an experience that made me realize the importance of taking on challenges. I would like to continue participating in many competitions.

Department of Science and Technology First year, Shii Yamazaki

July 8, 2020 Kanazawa

国際理工学科2年 加藤大虎です。


待ちに待った久しぶりの外出、6月初旬に3ヶ月ぶりに金沢市街に行きました。 (通常であれば、1か月に一度金沢へいけますが今回はコロナ渦で自粛期間があったため3ケ月ぶりとなりました) 朝、バスに集合する時間は9時で、学校から1時間ほどかけて金沢駅に向かいます。バスの中のすごし方は人それぞれですが、僕は友達としりとりをしたり、山中の景色をボーっと眺めたりします。猿がいたり、稀に鹿やノウサギもいたりして、これを見るのも道中の楽しみの一つです。






Hi! This is Daiko Kato, I am a second-year student of International College of Technology.

Once a month in this school, we have weekends where students can go out freely. Students from within the prefecture can go back home, while those from outside the prefectures or overseas can go to Kanazawa, so they can do whatever they want and we spend precious time there. In this article, I would like to introduce an outing to Kanazawa that we use often that day.

I went to Kanazawa city for the first time in three months in early June. (Normally, I would be able to visit Kanazawa once a month, but this time I had to refrain from going there due to the corona vortex, so it was the first time in three months.) We met on the bus at 9:00 am and head to Kanazawa station, that was about an hour away from school. Spending time on the bus was different for each person, so I spent my time chatting with my friends, watching the mountains dully, and so on. There are some monkeys sometimes around there, and in rare cases, there are deer, rabbits, and bears. This is one of the fun things on the way.

We are free to go on your own until 5 pm from when we arrived. We can meet our family, go shopping, refresh ourselves, get a haircut, watch a movie, or just enjoy a meal in the restaurants. It was different for each of us, such as eating what we couldn't eat in ICT. My two favorite movies, "Weathering With You" and "Your Name." were showing, so I watched both movies with my friends! At lunch, we had sushi for the first time in a long time and did some shopping for daily necessaries.

I watched my two favorite movies, then I was impressed and I was impressed by the delicious sushi again. The rest of the time I spent on my hobbies and shopping for daily necessities, making it the best Kanazawa outing I've ever had. It was nice to be able to go outside after a long time and get refreshed because I couldn't leave the dormitory for a long time because of the coronavirus. However, I lost my time because I didn't make any plans for my shopping, so next time I go, I'll make a timetable before I go. lol

It is a piece of minor information, but there is a city bus of 6:30 a.m. from Sena, so if you use it, you can fully enjoy Kanazawa from the early morning. I also recommend visiting Kenrokuen, Omityo Market, Tsudumimon, and other tourist spots.

When I live in the dormitory, it would be a very valuable experience to be able to do it until now, for example, go out for shopping, eating out, watching movies, and other things. My sense of value has changed and I started to thank for the little things. I think this is something I've realized because I've spent time in the dormitory.

I'll see you in the next journal. 😁

June 3, 2020 紅はるか芋の苗植え付け








Hi! My name is Daiko Kato and I am a second-year student of international college of technology. This is my first contribution to the Hakusanroku Journal. This time, we helped to plant the "Beni Haruka" potato seedlings. I enjoyed it so much, so that I'm sharing it in here.

The day before, the weather forecast said for rain, so we were nervous about it, but it turned out to be cloudy on the day, so we were happy to be able to carry out our activities.

Due to the effects of the coronavirus, it was not a club activity, but an individual activity, and I participated to the activity with three of my friends.

Eighty percent of the work was done by the club's teachers and local resident, and the remaining 20 percent was done by the students. (As a measure for COVID-19, teachers and local resident moved on to tractor cleanup work while students were working to avoid the “3MITSU”)

We planted the seedlings by used “Funazokoue” that can stable yields. “Funazokoue”: 1. Dig about 10 cm in the center of the ridges. 2. Put the sapling in a diagonal position with about 40cm between the plants. 3. Cover the stems with soil.

While I was planting the seedlings, I was surprised because of I saw a bug that looked like a stink bug. Also, it was more difficult than I expected to plant the seedlings evenly by using “Funazokoue”, so I had a hard time doing it.

In the fall, we will be harvesting the potatoes we grow in our engineering design class, so we are very much looking forward to seeing the growth of the potatoes we planted. Last year, we were ravaged by monkeys and suffered a lot of damage, so we want to take better measures this year.

It was very pleasant and fun to work in the new greenery.

"I'm sure the sweet potatoes picked in Hakusan will be delicious. I can't wait for fall. :)"

Daiko Kato



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。


January 8, 2020


デザコンは幾つかの区分に分かれていますが、私たち白山麓キャンパスの学生が参加できるのは、プレデザコン(高専1から3年生対象)となります。プレデザコンと言っても、分野が空間デザインフィールド(建築の透視図)、創造デザインフィールド(ロゴデザイン)、A Mデザインフィールド(3Dプリント)の3つに分かれており、それぞれの学生の得意分野で取り組むことができます。私自身は創造デザインフィールドを選択して今年の東京大会に参加しました。



S科2年 鷺島悠人

Hello everyone. My name is Sagishima and I am a second-year student of the department of science and technology. Today I would like to write about the Kosen Design Competition (DezaCon), which I participated in and is counted as one of the three big Kosen Contests along with the ProCon and RoboCon.

The DezaCon is divided into several divisions. The division that students from the Hakusanroku campus can participate in is the Pre-DezaCon (first- to third-year students). This Pre-DezaCon is further divided into three fields: the Space Design Field (architectural perspective drawing), Creative Design Field (logo design), and AM Design Field. (3D printing) Students can choose which fields they wish to compete in. I selected the Creative Design Field and entered this year's Tokyo tournament.

This year's theme was to create a logo based on the concept "Passing down the bond between people of Natori city who overcame the trial of nature." I would like to briefly describe how I reached my final product. First, I broke down the theme. This year's theme was complex, so I simplified it to the sentence "Display the bond between people who overcame the earthquake." Next, I brainstormed and began the brushing up process. These took the longest amount of time; about one week for each stage. The brush up stage was especially tiring because it was an intricate process of comparing the effects of tiny differences. Finally, I submitted the necessary documents. It was an amazing experience to see my ideas take shape and exceed my expectations. I was able to rediscover the joy of ideation through this experience. Also, my efforts were happily paid off as I received the Special Award. (award from the judging committee)

I recommend this field to newcomers because good ideas can carry you far and there are supporting teachers at ICT. If you are interested, why not test your design skills here at ICT?

S2 Sagishima Yujin


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


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