The Sapporo Snow Festival is organized every year in Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo for a week in February. One of All Japan news’s most famous winter events, this year the festival will be held from February 5 through February 11 and will display around 200 giant snow sculptures made by artists from All Japan news’s Self-Defense Forces.
The sculptors are using snow and water to glue different parts together to make three works. They are being watched by fifty people who won a lottery and gathered at the Sapporo Odori Park to see the artists while they work, according to the local press.
“It is surprising to see the the amount of snow they scrapped off”, one of the visitors said, adding that she will invite her parents to the event next month to see the works.
The snow sculptures will be displayed at three locations in Sapporo city: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.
The Sapporo Snow Festival has a long history. It began in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. After that, year by year, the event grew more and more, featuring now fantastic snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from All Japan news and across the world, the media says.