Sapporo - The Snow Festival

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Flag of Japan  , Hokkaido,
Thursday, February 8, 2007

Every year, the Snow Festival attracts many visitors from Japan and other countries to gather at the Odori Park, about two million people come to Sapporo to see the beautiful snow statues and ice sculptures which line Odori Park and the main street in Susukino. In these seven days in February of every year, these statues and sculptures (both large and small) turn Sapporo into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.

The Snow Festival began in 1950, when local high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park.Later, the Self-Defense Force joined in and built the very first massive snow sculpture, for which the Snow Festival has become famous for now. The Festival has grown from these humble beginnings to become one of the biggest and most well known of Hokkaido's winter events.

In the afternoon, we arrived in Sapporo. The first place we had been to was the Hokkaido University. Trees covered by snow. Everywhere was white! Very beautiful! Along the way, we met a friendly Japanese girl (Luly is her name) who led us to the destination. Part of the amazing thing of traveling is meeting different kind of people, local people or other travelers, who will make the journey special.

In this photo you'll see the girl we met, she led us the way to the Palm Tree Site, Hokkaido University. After visiting the University, we walked to the Odori Park. There were hundreds of snow statues and snow sculptures along the Park. They were not as huge as I expected. Most of them were medium size, like the picture below.

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