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Thursday, 5th February 2009
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The Sapporo Snow Festival

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival has begun, with one of this year's highlights being a reproduction of the Namdaemun Gate in Seoul made entirely from snow.

Visitors to the week-long celebration of all thing snowy will be able to sew sculptures and statues of various sizes.

Among the sculptures will be one sponsored by the Tokyo 2016 Bid Committee which features three medal-winning Olympic athletes, including swimming star Kosuke Kitajima.

Snow slides and mazes are open for the public to enjoy in the Tsudome.

Meanwhile, the Susukino Ice Festival which is also taking place near Susukino Subway Station will feature a zoo sculpted from ice, including crabs and squid.

The Sapporo Snow Festival first took place in 1955.

Many of the featured sculptures are created by members of Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force which has several of its bases in Hokkaido, reports the Japan Times.