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Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

Situated in the north of Japan, Sapporo City in Hokkaido holds the Sapporo Snow Festival in early February, featuring snow and ice sculptures.

The Sapporo Snow Festival dates back to 1950, when local junior high and high school students created and exhibited six snow statues in Odori Park. The festival now is one of the world's three best snow and ice festivals. This year marked the 69th anniveresary of the festival and it attracted approx. 2.54 million visitors from Japan and around the world.

At the Sapporo Snow Festival, visitors can see snow and ice sculptures of various sizes as well as the International Snow Sculpture Contest, in which teams from around the world participate, and Citizens’ Snow Sculptures Popularity Vote event. In addition, visitors can also enjoy activities such as ice skating, skiing and creating snowmen. When the sun goes down, the festival site is lit up with lights and projection mapping gives a magical glow to the city.

The JGSDF Northern Army has been participating in the creation of snow sculptures since 1955. This year, they created two large sculptures: Final Fantasy XIV, Battle of Winter Wonderland (Height: 15m, Depth: 15m, Width: 22m) and Large Lecture Hall of the Yakushiji Temple in Nara (Height: 13.2m, Depth: 21m, Width: 22m). The JGSDF Northern Army is the largest of its kind in Japan. As the army with the largest organizational and equipment capacity in the JGSDF, it also engages in disaster relief operations, provides support to various regional events, and assists in international contribution activities. In the event of situations arising, the JGSDF Northern Army has the duty to reinforce other regional armies in Japan.

Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
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