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1st Overseas Training Departure Ceremony

March 4th, 2015 (Wed) — Cloudy with occasional rain

Thirty-eight students in the Course for Inqiury gathered together in the Toyama Kitokito Airport, with a great expectation for the 8 days’ training in the States (Boston and New York).

The ceremony was held in the reception room at 10:00 a.m. Principal Sakura gave them the encouraging words of “Do experience other cultures”. The leader, Vice-Principal Kushita responded, “During this travel, safety comes first’” and the student leader Ms. Ueno expressed their expectation for the coming 8 days’ training, “We are looking forward to making our English presentations and having interactions with the local students there or the host families”.

They left Toyama Kitokito Airport for Haneda Airport at 11:45 a.m.

Let’s hope they will come back safely. We are sure they will be stronger after this training in a different environment away from their family.



1st Overseas Training

sgh2015-3-02Day 1, March 4th — Clear in Tokyo
They flew from Toyama to Haneda Airport, then traveled by bus to Narita Airport.

Everyone was wearing thick clothing in anticipation of the cold weather in the States, but we were too heavily attired for the warm climate in Tokyo.







sgh2015-3-03Day 1, March 4th (Wed) — Clear in Chicago and Boston

We arrived in Boston even though we had some small trouble, but in safe after the long flight. We all were fine.






Day 2, March 5th (Thu) — Cloudy with occasional snow

We gathered at Harvard Square in the morning after leaving our host families’ homes, we moved to Lesley University to go through the orientation. We ate lunch after enjoying the Harvard University Campus Tour and some shopping at the campus co-op.

In the afternoon, after Professor Sara’s lecture on microbes, we communicated with Harvard University students.

We made a presentation to 8 university students on: “Introduction of Takaoka High School”, “Cool Japan”, “Introduction of Toyama”, and “Energy Issues”, and responded to the students’ questions. Then, our students asked them some questions in a panel discussion style.

After an hour strolling around Harvard University, we headed back to our host families.

All were done safely, but with some sleepy faces due to jet lag.

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sgh2015-3-08Day 3, March 6th (Fri) — Clear

On a clear morning with a temperature of 14 degrees below zero, we gathered at 7:30 in the Boston Library in front of Copley Square Station.

In the bitter cold weather, we moved to Snowden International High School on foot.

During the welcome ceremony, all were a little nervous, but through the presentation and having lunch together, we made friends with each other.

After a difficult farewell to the befriended students, we moved to the State Hall of Massachusetts on foot, where we learned about Boston history and got a glimpse of parliamentary politics.

We moved to MIT by subway, getting a taste of MIT student life through the campus tour. Then, we went to communicate with the MIT students after some shopping at the campus co-op.

After their two presentations of “‘…’ and ‘=’~What do they tell us~” and “Easy as π” with questions, We communicated with them in 5 separate groups.

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Day 4, March 7th (Sat) — Clear

On a fine and comfortable morning, we all gathered at the Park Street Station without any issue. In our freedom trail tour, we got divided into 2 groups and traced their independence history, led by guides in traditional costume.

Then, we enjoyed our lunch and did some shopping at the food court in Quincy Market.

In the afternoon, walking through the fruit market open only on weekends, we visited the Boston Public Library by subway. We also visited the Old South Church across the street. We then enjoyed the view of the city of Boston by looking down from the Prudential Tower’s observation deck.

Today was our last day in Boston. The leader of each group made a speech on the theme “What is the qualification of leadership?”, after their internal discussion, looking back on the past 3 days.

After shaking hands with the trip leaders, Tim, Derek, and Kaori, and receiving the program completion certificate, we closed the session by taking a group photo together.

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Day 5, March 8th (Sun) — Cloudy in Boston and clear in New York

In the morning, we gathered in the Park Street Station, dragging heavy suitcases containing a lot of souvenirs. We moved to New York by bus, looking back on the memories with our host families, saying goodbye to Boston.

Arriving in New York, we strolled around the Empire State Building and Madison Square area.

At 5:00 p.m., our last session, “Exchange with the Toyama Society”, was held and we had our last presentation/discussion on this trip. All groups presented and were asked questions and given advice from the society. This was followed by a banquet with the society members in a local Chinese restaurant, where we learned a lot from their rich experiences.

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Day 6, March 9th (Mon) — Clear

The second day in New York. We headed to the National September 11Memorial & Museum by bus in the morning after the rain stopped, taking photos of the Statue of Liberty in the distance on our way.

Our next destination was the United Nations Headquarters, where we learned about the function of the UN, saw a real conference, and listened to the guide’s explanation.

After a busy lunch on the bus, we divided into 4 groups and visited the local companies, such as ANA, the Kitano Hotel, Fuji Television, and TKP. Each company’s staff gave us a talk based on their global view of actual activities in different cultural environments.

We enjoyed our last dinner in the States, while talking about our good memories of the last few days, knowing we leave the country tomorrow.

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sgh2015-3-17Day 7, March 10th (Tue) — Clear

We left New York.

We moved to JFK Airport from the hotel by bus, and got on the plane for Narita Airport.







sgh2015-3-18Day 8, March 11th (Wed) — Clear in Tokyo, snowy in Toyama

After a long flight of 13 hours, we finally came back to Japan. On the bus from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport, we summarized our trip, looking back and thinking about what had been done and what had not, or about our future after the training.

The plane from Haneda did take off on time, but due to bad weather in Toyama it was unable to land. After circling above Toyama Airport, it had to go back to Haneda.

The Shinagawa Prince Hotel was reserved for us and we headed there by bus.

sgh2015-3-19Day 8, March 12th (Thu) — Clear in Tokyo, Rainy in Toyama

We enjoyed the buffet breakfast in the hotel, and moved to the airport.





1st Overseas Training Dismissal Ceremony

Day 9, March 12st (Thu) — Snowy in Toyama

In the snow, many teachers, headed by the Principal, were waiting for the return of the students, in front of the main entrance. At 3:50 p.m., the overseas training students arrived at the school with a handful of souvenirs, a day later than planned.

The dismissal ceremony was performed in the Keisetsukan Hall, and the Principal made a speech, “The training of this time will be the base of our future overseas training programs. I expect you to convey your experiences in the States to your fellow and junior students”. Representing the students, Mr. Sumitani of the Course for Inquiry on Natural Science stated, “I came to have my own opinion after understanding both the superior and inferior sides of Japan after seeing the States. Please watch us from now on to see how we utilize our experience.” He impressed us with his explanation of their growth.

The teacher leader, Ms. Matsukura, talked about their growth in these 8 days and her expectation for the future programs by stating, “It was a great experience for them to be able to touch the actual things and encounter various incidents. Now they have acquired strength with which they can live through any troubles.”

They came back a day late due to the snow the day before, but in safety, which made us happy. We hope that they will utilize their experiences for their future studies and their own future lives!

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The 4th Toyama High School Student English Debating Competition

photo_r1_c4Debating is a team game!

On September 28(Sun), the 4th Toyama High School Student English Debating Competition was held at Toyama University. 18 teams from 7 high schools competed. They exchanged heated discussions in English.

From our school, 3 teams competed in Session A and 1 team in B. The team in B session advanced to the final tournament and confronted the team from Toyama University of International Studies High School. They could not beat the team from Toyama University of International Studies High School who performed in fluent English and with perfect logics, but won 3rd place after competing against Katayama-Gakuen High, utilizing what they had practiced.
Also, a 2nd grader Ms. Asano Nagisa in Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences was entitled with the Best Debater Award.


A Session Theme:The Japanese government should abolish nuclear power plants.

B Session Theme:All high schools in Toyama should be closed on the weekend.

【Student comments】

-On top of insufficient preparation, I ended up bitterly realizing my inadequate listening and speaking skills, but at the same time, I was happy to come to know what I was lacking.

-Debating is a team game, so you will never win alone. During hard competition, each individual started to realize the importance of trusting his teammates, and fought out in collaboration, which led us to win the 3rd place, I believe.

-Debating preparation was in very condensed hours. It was very rich to discuss logically and profoundly among our team members or other students.

-The best debaters from other schools impressed me very much with their dignified posture, excellent English communication skills and highly flexible response. I felt that those abilities are required to perform in international society.


Mid-term Project Research Presentation(the 2nd graders in Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences / Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences)

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photo_r5_c1The English group made a presentation in English

On September 27, the 79 2nd graders in  Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences / Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences made a presentation of Mid-term Project Research on the theme they have been working on since April in poster session.
The instructors from Toyama University and Toyama Prefectural University were also invited and they gave them a lot of helpful advice for the future about their research, poster design and presentation techniques.
Since that was a part of open school festival, a lot of other students, their parents or neighbor residents had attended. They gave encouraging comments with constructive criticism like, “Easy to understand so that I could ask many questions”, “the presentation was a little too long”, “Expect them to learn from failure”etc..Theme in Project Rsearch

Theme in Project Rsearch

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【Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences】

-Exploring Toyama from the folklores-“・・・” or “-“ means something?-Proactive protection against natural disaster to save lives-What is the fascination of living in snowy Toyama?-Are you aware of the reason for seat selection?

【Course for Inquiry on Natural Sciences 】

-Glaze and tinting -Salt bridge for Daniell cell -Scientific understanding of mirage -Green plastic made from paper -Building robots for nursing care -Temperature dependent conductivity changes the measurement of the conductive plastics -Study on surface tension -Inventing a flexible tin can telephone -Acceleration of a Gauss accelerator -Slime mold -Observation of a volvox life cycle -Eternal research on irrational numbers The suggestions given at the Mid-term Project Research Presentation will be duly taken into account for our future research.

Project Research Presentation

  Time: 2014 December 20th 10:00-  Venue: Takaoka Culture Hall

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What is essential for proactive protection against natural disasters? Clarifying the characteristics of slime mold



The Association of Japanese Geographers presentation competition, poster session (the 2nd graders in Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Geography group)

Taka-ko participated in The Association of Japanese Geographers presentation competition, poster session.
On September 20(Sat), we, the Geography?group made a presentation on the poster titled “What is the fascination of living in snowy Toyama?”
We were nervous when we started because other presenters were mostly university level researchers, who gave us various suggestions such as “Might have been better if the difference among the coastal, plain and mountain areas had been compared”, “Maybe even deeper research on the fascination with Toyama would have made it better” or “Probably a little more consideration on graph coloring or font design might have made it better”, which made us relaxed. We asked questions back? positively at the end.
After the session, we got to talk with high school students from other prefectures, discussing the hard time that we all had.
The same theme?will be presented at the Mid-term Project Research Presentation?on the 27th. We will make it even better taking those suggestions into account.

【Student comments】

– It turned out to be a precious experience to join the session as a presenter.

– Some pointed out that the data in our consideration?is insufficient or the research path is not clear. That gave us some clearer ideas of where we should go.

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About the relationship between Toyama prefecture residents’ personality and the snow,, A group photo with the students of Kobe University Secondary School


SGH Basic Lecture “Global Human Resources: 3 viewpoints to succeed in an international workplace”(all the 1st graders)

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On September 6 Ms.Ayako Sano gave a lecture titled “Global Human Resources: 3 viewpoints to succeed in an international workplace” to 280 1st graders as part of the SGH basics program.
She is a Taka-ko Graduate and advisor in International Coya.
In her lecture, based on her experience in international business and cross cultural exchange in Japan, the USA, Taiwan and Singapore and international education, she talked in easy form with some humor advising the students to “See what has not been seen”, “Know the names and learn languages”, or “Put a spotlight on your own feelings”.

【Student comments】

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High school is the time to acquire English or communication skills, or knowledge on “My Hometown, Toyama” to leap in the future. I would like to acquire the self confidence in front of overseas people.

Her lecture encouraged me to feel that I may also have a possibility to work outside of Japan. If I think “never”, the world I did not see remains invisible forever. I still do not know what I would be doing or in what environment, but I would cherish my feelings and thoughts, be responsible for the decisions I make, and make my best effort with integrity.


Field practice at the Toyama Prefectural University(1st graders in TKE:Taka-Ko Experience)

On July 8 (Tue), 80 1st graders in TKE went out to the Toyama Prefectural University for study. The session was divided into 3 programs and they learned about technologies to improve barrier free environment for the handicapped or to suppress crime rate.

photo_r1_c1【Program 1】 Biometrics : life information measurement and human interface

Biometrics is a security technology used to recognize individuals by face, fingerprint, retina, or vein.
In the program, the following technologies were practiced.
-Biometrics for recognizing individuals by retina

-Detection of dozing by measuring eye blinking

-Operation of computer or nursing care machinery using real time tracing of eye ball movement

photo_r5_c1【Program 2】 Computer Analysis of hand written characters
The students learned about computer writing and oral recognition. They studied how computers read the order of strokes or recognize who wrote the characters.

photo_r9_c1【Program 3】 Electrocardiographic Observation and Analysis
The students detected the number of heartbeats through electrocardiographic Observation by measuring the pulse in their finger.  In addition, the university representative explained the development on the technology for visualizing one’s dreams or operating vehicles using brain waves was under way.


Field work at the Takaoka Manyo Historical Museum (the 2nd graders in TKE of the Course for Inquiry on the Humanities and Social Sciences)

As the SGH assignment of “Study on My Hometown, Toyama”, the new 2nd graders were able to experience and learn about Takaoka, the hometown of “Etchu Manyo”

On the afternoon of July 18(Wed), Mr. Hideo Shintani, the curator manager of the Manyo Historical Museum, gave a presentation titled “Introduction of Home Town Literature, Etchu Manyo ?Why Takaoka is the ‘Home of Manyo’”, as preparatory study.
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On July 23(Wed), they visited the Manyo Historical Museum and related locations.
In the morning, Mr. Shintani introduced the museum and gave a lecture on the Manyo poems which were related to their afternoon field work. In the afternoon, they visited related locations, such as the Nunooyama Burial Mound from where Amaharashi Beach or Fuse-no-umi can be observed and Futagamiyama Manyo Line.
They filled their imagination on the scenery which the Manyo poets might have seen. They should have discovered that there are such marvelous cultural assets so close to their town where they commute every day without knowing it.


Special English seminar for the 3rd graders

The 9th, 16th and 23rd of June, 3 day special seminar for the 3rd graders was held inviting Prof. Simon Peter Bahau

【 June 9 】

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Prof. Bahau gave the audience a lecture on his country.

【June 16】

Lesson 2 “Presentation on my home town”

Each student made a one minute presentation to the professor in English about their home town focusing on attractive points, what should be improved and changed.

photo_r5_c1Lesson 3 “Presentation on “My home land, Toyama”

Intending to invite more overseas visitors, they made a presentation about Toyama in small groups. Their presentation reflected not only its attractive aspects but also what needs to be improved together with the corrective measures.

Many good presentations with rich originality were seen.

e.g.1:Promotion of Takaoka city linked with the Manyoshu poetries.

e.g.2:The issue of the decreasing number of visitors to the UNESCO world heritage site, Gokayama and counter ideas to improve it.

Prof. Bahau gave them suggestions such as making their speech looking up to the audience, not looking down at their papers, or giving comparative expressions for easier understanding.


EU comes down to your school(all second year students)

On the afternoon on May 13th, a lecture titled “EU comes down to your school” was held performed by the EU representative to Japan and the embassy of EU affiliates.

The presenter, Mr. Corado Moltini from the Italian embassy gave a lecture in fluent Japanese with sporadic English on the EU structure and functions. 280 of the second grader had a chance to learn about the EU and its international status.


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 Student comments

-Though we have studied about the EU in our classes, I could feel the reality by hearing from EU affiliates directly

-Despite the fact that the speech or slides were in English, there was complementary narration in Japanese which helped me to understand. That was a great way to learn.

-I wanted to ask the presenter how he(she) mastered Japanese.

-I started to feel like going to Europe for study.