Wednesday, 6th February 2013
In General Japan News,
Sapporo Snow Festival to attract 2 million visitors
As news hits that more snow is due to bring misery to many across Japan, it is good to know that something positive is being created out of the chaos in the form of the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Now in its 64th year, the festival features 216 ice sculptures and snow statues, some of which are 15 metres high.
Characters from Japanese mythology, fairy tales and cartoons are depicted with the event attracting some two million people over the course of the festival which takes place from February 5th until February 11th.
Visitors can see the statues and snow sculptures at Odori Park, on the principal street in Susukino, and in the grounds of the Community Dome Tsudome.
The inaugural snow festival in 1950 saw just six snow statues produced by a group of local high school children.
In 1955, the Japanese Self Defense Force was asked to help build one of the biggest snow sculptures at the festival - a tradition which still remains today.
Written by Mark Smith