2010 Sapporo Snow Festival

2010 Sapporo Snow Festival

(Yuki Matsuri) 2/18/2010

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The Snow Sculptures

I'll put these first, since it was the main point of the trip.
They started this tradition back in the '50s when some school kids
built a few sculptures in Odori Park, in the center of Sapporo. The
practice grew, and now there are about 7 or 8 main sculptures, and
dozens of smaller ones. The main sculptures are the size of a large
house... the people in the foreground of some shots show the scale.
The smaller ones are maybe 7 or 8 feet tall.

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This was my favorite... a collection of animals from around the world
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To commemorate the anniversary of some long-running animated TV show
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This one won first prize... a Thai legend of a warrior who kills a crocodile/demon
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Seafood

Hokkaido is perhaps best known as having the best of certain types
of seafood, including crabs of all sorts. There are many different
types (hairy crab, red queen crab, etc) but expensive. In one photo
you can see the prices in yen... over a $100 for a large one!

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Some shops also operated a small grill, where they would prepare your choice right there
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Otaru

This town near Sapporo was our first stop. Famous for it's glass
and preservation of some of the old buildings

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An old "steam clock"
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Sapporo Beer Hall / Museum

The home of Sapporo beer, now a museum and beer hall.
signature meal is called a "Ghengis Khan" and features
meat, seafood, and vegetables that you cook youself on
a dome-shaped griddle.

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Susukino

Sapporo's entertainment district, and the site of a large number
of ice sculptures (as opposed to the snow sculptures)

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A sort of famous sign for Nikka whisky
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That's real seafood frozen in the ice
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They can get some great detail using ice
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Random Sapporo shots

Near the hotel where I stayed

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And "ice bar"
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Lake Shikotsu

Yet another site for ice sculptures, this one is at a nearby
lake, which supposedly has the clearest water in Japan. These
sculptures tend to be "interactive"... that is, you can climb
on them, walk through them, etc

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Yuki-san, our guide. By coincidence, "yuki" also means "snow"
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Ice combined with pine branches, giving a unique effect
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Cute Kids

Well, ya gotta have cute kid shots...

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