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A man removes snow in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture on Wednesday.

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I can't believe there are people who haven't yet evacuated Niigata for the winter.

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I would love to have some of that down here in Okinawa! Be fun for a day or so!

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hey yubaru, thanks for rubbn it in ;) and i love the mask on him. i guess it keeps his noseface warm. if i could breath while wearing one, i would!! on another note, u would think their would be more robberies in this country!!

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If I had the time and money I wouldn't mind coming up there and helping move some of that stuff around. I miss snow!

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Yeah, it's pretty bad up here. Too many close calls on the way to work this morning!

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He has a lot of work ahead of him.

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If people evacuated, their houses would be collapsed by heavy snow (3-5 meters thick or more). Therefore house owners would have to take snow out of the roof during every winter.

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This looks really bad down there. On top, they get that really wet, heavy snow down there. Gambatte!

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Evacuated? Where would they go? This is a typical winter in that part of Japan. More than 70% of those killed from clearing roof snow were older than 60-years.

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their houses would be collapsed by heavy snow

Construction methods, then, should have been improved centuries ago. Here are a few pictures of bridges made out of toothpicks that can hold up to 250 kg. Toothpicks and engineering, my friends.

http://homepage2.nifty.com/SUBAL/BCPrE.htm

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As shown in the pictures of the toothpick bridges, the diagonal increases the strength of the bridges. I don't really know why but the diagonal wasn't used in traditional house building but I have seen it used more with modern buildings.

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Snow snow snow. Reminds me of my home back in Finland ^^

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I saw TV news. Some old houses were completely collapsed by wet heavy snow. Roof had about 300 tons snow. Old houses would not make it. That's why they don't want to leave their houses and would stay to watch snow.

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I don't miss that part about living in northern Japan!

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"Evacuated? Where would they go?"

South!

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They need Teflon roofs.

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Evacuated? Where would they go? This is a typical winter in that part of Japan.

Exactly. (some resident say it's heavier than usual, though) I used to live in Niigata. School children, even kindergarten kids, go to school everyday with 集団登校(shudan toko=with group) (sometimes with adults) when the snowstorm is really heavy.

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lol! awesome!

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We are having spring-like weather here in Ohio. I would rather see the winter weather now than in the spring.

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http://danieldiaztecles.blogspot.com/The snow, the kids loved it. Ideally, only lasted a few days. But it misses a photo of a snowman. In Valencia (Spain) the temperature is pleasant.

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YubaruFEB. 02, 2012 - 07:28AM JST I would love to have some of that down here in Okinawa! Be fun for a day or so!

Yubaru I'm with you on that. Sitting here in Sakai waiting for the snow to fall. It's freezing here but i need the snow so i get the full experience. Grew up in a hot climate country so snow is a luxury for mee :)

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Got a tiny little dusting of snow in my part of Osaka this afternoon, but as usual it was sunny at the same time and didn't amount to much. Quite cold, though -- coldest I've felt here in at least a few years -- but I'm not complaining.

As for the north, there should be services (newly formed or not) of people who go around and clear people's driveways and/or roof for them. Would be a choice opportunity for some young kids to offer to do the driveways for a bit of pocket money, methinks, but I also know a lot of the areas don't have many young people. I always did hate the kind of shovel the guy in the pick is using -- I found they end up being more work than other types, and not as effective in piling the snow where you dump it.

Anyway, as has been said, a lot of the older houses simply aren't equipped or built well to handle this much snow. A flat roof is an invitation to have the house flattened, and for injury if you climb up to clean it (okay, less chance of injury than on a slanted roof!). Best of luck to those up there.

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Nice, wish I was there on my skis!

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My friends in America said it is a warm winter there. I ponder at scientists and what they say about global warming. I think it is happening.

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Used to live at lake-effect snow. Even did snow-shoveling to raise funds for the club. Thank goodness for snow-blowers!

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i love the stuff

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If they build the roof pointier - higher incline angle like those old cathedral, the snow would have slide off from the roof.

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@yubaru. If Okinawa was anything like Washington D.C. when it snows, the carnage on the roads would be horrific. Woe be the driver who has to share the road with "snow rookies".

That said, this year we've (the D.C. area) basically had zip-point-squat snow so far. A dusting or two, but nothing that accumulated. 60°F outside right now when we're usually dodging snowflakes this time of year.

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Fadamor,

I'm in the DC area too. The poor confused cherry blossoms have even started to bloom. And yeah, it doesn't even have to snow, a good rain and I try to stay off 95.

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My friends in America said it is a warm winter there. I ponder at scientists and what they say about global warming. I think it is happening.

Global warming may be happening, but the fact that it is unseasonably warm in one country while another has higher than average snow fall is not in itself evidence of global warming.

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naruhodo1Feb. 02, 2012 - 07:55AM JST hey yubaru, thanks for rubbn it in ;) and i love the mask on him. i guess it keeps his noseface warm.

No. It's to protect against the snow germs!

I hope they don't have a quick warm up or the heavy snows will be followed by flooding.

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