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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Yukidaruman, the word play character supporting snow removal in Sapporo

On Wednesday I had to give a presentation at a meeting regarding snow plowing and snow removal in Sapporo. We get 6 meters of snow every year in a city with 2 million citizens. This leads to huge problems, and the city spends 150 million dollars every year on keeping everything running during the snow season.

Another presenter mentioned that there is now a character called "ゆきだるマン" ("yukidaruman", a word play on "yukidaruma", snowman, and "man" as in "superman" or "batman"). He is used to inform people of what to do or not to do when it comes to snow in Sapporo (stop parking in the no parking zones, for instance).

The same presenter also mentioned that every night that they do remove snow in Sapporo they cover 5000 km in one night. They use about 1000 snow plowing/removing machines for this.

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