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Assistance Provided to the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival

Assistance Provided to the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is a popular event that draws two million visitors each year. The SDF has provided assistance with creating the festival’s snow sculptures every year since 1955.

The GSDF’s 18th Infantry Regiment, 11th Engineering Regiment, and 11th Communications Regiment spent 30 days creating a huge snow sculpture of India’s Mausoleum of Itmad-Ud-Daulah that was 12 meters tall, 21 meters across and 23 meters deep. The regiments used 2,250 tons of snow carried in 450 five-ton truck loads. Using a proprietarily developed ice block building method, the team put together assembled over 1,100 sections of 24 different section types to re-create the structure with surprising accuracy.

The team also constructed the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and a snow sculpture called, “Winter Sports Paradise Hokkaido.”

Assistance Provided to the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival
Assistance Provided to the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival
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