The Sapporo Snow Festival started yesterday and will continue until 11th February this year. This is the 64th Sapporo Snow Festival, which has its roots in six ice and snow sculptures made by high school students in Odori Park back in 1950. In 1955, the Self Defense Forces joined in to make the large sculptures seen to this day.
The main places to see the ice and snow sculptures are: Odori Park, Tsudome Community Dome and Susukino - the main entertainment area of Sapporo, south of Sapporo Station. Among this year's 216 ice sculptures are a large replica of Tokyo's Kabuki-za Theater, replicas of Sapporo's own Hoheikan in Nakajima Park, Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan, Wat Benchamabophit in Bangkok, the Hokkaido University Museum and an ice statue of local team Nippon Ham Fighters' young pitcher Shohei Otani.
As well as the amazing ice sculptures, other entertainments include an "Ice Queen" contest in Susukino, snow slides, ice mazes and lots of great Hokkaido food and drink such as hot potatoes, seafood and Sapporo ramen.
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Wednesday, February 06, 2013