The police officers at Hirafu’s temporary police box celebrated “110” with Niseko’s woodpecker mascots Nicky and Anniky, and Makkari’s lily mascot Yurine-san. January 10 (1.10) coincides with the police phone number 110 and that’s when all the officers get their free annual hug from the fluffy mascots.
The policemen operate out of the Safety Information Centre next to Seicomart and have been busy telling people not to ski down the streets. If you ski or snowboard down the roads, drivers may not be able to spot you and brake in time. Other than that they would like to remind you not to drink and drive or allow drivers to drink! If there is a problem though, call 110 or drop by the Safety Information Centre.