Friday, 21st February 2014
In Events In Japan,
Sapporo Snow Festival opens
While the inhabitants of Tokyo are undoubtedly cursing the arrival of snow, which has been known to cause problems in the city - another metropolis has an entirely different attitude to the chilly weather.
Sapporo, capital of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, has been celebrating the opening of its annual snow festival, with the public being granted access to 198 snow and ice sculptures throughout Odori Park in the city centre.
These vary in size and shape, but include a 15-metre high group of figure skaters and ice hockey players, in honour of the Sochi Winter Olympics that commences this weekend.
Attendees this year can also expect to see a collection of historic buildings from Malaysia and India, painstakingly recreated using ice and snow.
The festival gets bigger every year and is one of the most popular attractions for those visiting Japan in the winter months.
With Sapporo achieving its lowest temperature this winter yesterday at minus 12 degrees celsius, these structures are likely to be around for a while yet.
Written by Mark Smith