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My YouTube video of Iolani Palace at the Sapporo Snow Matsuri in 2010.Jun 06, 2010
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My YouTube video of the Sapporo Snow Matsuri in 2010.Jun 06, 2010
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My YouTube video of Iolani Palace at the Sapporo Snow Matsuri in 2010.Jun 06, 2010
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This is the real Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is next to Hawai'i's State Capitol in downtown Honolulu's King Street.Feb 13, 2010
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This is the real Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you're not particularly interested in Iolani Palace, see my Sapporo Snow Festival 2010 photos here.Feb 13, 2010
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Inside Sapporo Community Dome, nicknamed Tsu-dome.Feb 13, 2010
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Entrance to the dome. Feb 13, 2010
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Another ice slide.Feb 13, 2010
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Okadama Airport is right next door.Feb 13, 2010
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Snow raft rides for 300 yen.Feb 13, 2010
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Map of Tsu-dome snow festival site.Feb 13, 2010
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Ice slides at Tsu-domeFeb 13, 2010
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Tsu-dome snow festival site.Feb 13, 2010
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Shuttle bus from Sakaemachi Station to Tsu-dome.Feb 13, 2010
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This is Sakaemachi subway station, the closet station to the third snow festival site at Tsu-dome (Sapporo Community Dome).Feb 13, 2010
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Hina matsuri dollsFeb 13, 2010
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Pulsating heart. The snow festival is held near Valentine's Day.Feb 13, 2010
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Frozen fishFeb 13, 2010
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Long life and happinessFeb 13, 2010
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GundamFeb 13, 2010
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Many of the ice sculptures are also advertisements.Feb 13, 2010
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T-rexFeb 13, 2010
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SalmonFeb 13, 2010
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Another 1st place winnerFeb 13, 2010
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Eagle catching fishFeb 13, 2010
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Unicorn for 2nd place.Feb 13, 2010
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Dragon ice sculpture wins a 1st place award.Feb 13, 2010
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The Susukino ice sculptures compete for 1st and 2nd place awards.Feb 13, 2010
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Brandenburg Gate in ice. The ice sculptures in Susukino are lit up until midnight.Feb 13, 2010
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Illumination tunnelFeb 13, 2010
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Another definition of "frozen fish."Feb 13, 2010
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Crabs and fish frozen in this ice sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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The Sususkino festival site features ice sculptures along the main road called Ekimae-dori which originates from Sapporo Station.Feb 13, 2010
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The second site of the Sapporo Snow Festival is here in Susukino, a short walk from Odori Park. Susukino is a well-known nighttime entertainment area.Feb 13, 2010
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More snow sculptures in Odori Park.Feb 13, 2010
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In the foreground is the snowboard jump hill. At the top is the Northland animal sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Odori Park at night during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Feb. 2010.Feb 13, 2010
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The skating rink next to the foot of the TV Tower had a Christmas tree with heart-shaped lighting not noticeable from the ground.Feb 13, 2010
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It was worth the wait. The night views of the snow festival was very nice. This is Odori Park at night during the Sapporo Snow Festival.Feb 13, 2010
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Skating rink at the foot of the Sapporo TV Tower. I decided to go up the tower to photograph the night views of the Odori Park festival site. It took about 30 min. to get on the elevator to the lookout deck. 700 yen admission.Feb 13, 2010
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Booth for signing a petition to return the Northern Territories (Habomai, Etorofu, Shikotan islands) off Hokkaido, held by Russia.Feb 13, 2010
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Back to the other end of Odori Park is the TV Tower.Feb 13, 2010
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When you see this building, it means you are at the end of Odori Park and snow festival site. This is the Sapporo Municipal Museum.Feb 13, 2010
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Hideki Matsui in Godzilla's mouth.Feb 13, 2010
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Hatsune MikuFeb 13, 2010
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Buddha snow sculpture/statueFeb 13, 2010
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Homer Simpson snow sculpture/statueFeb 13, 2010
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Another tigerFeb 13, 2010
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Moomin snow sculpture/statueFeb 13, 2010
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Okinawa's shiisaFeb 13, 2010
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Ichiro snow sculpture/statueFeb 13, 2010
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage snow sculpture/statue 座禅草Feb 13, 2010
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Doraemon snow sculpture/statueFeb 13, 2010
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The last block in Odori Park was 12-chome featuring numerous small snow statues made by city citizens.Feb 13, 2010
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International food stallsFeb 13, 2010
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Here and there were souvenir stalls for official merchandise of the snow festival. Feb 13, 2010
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11-chome also had a cross country ski track where you could try out ski walking for free.Feb 13, 2010
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Ghost Warrior Zhong Kui by Hong Kong.Feb 13, 2010
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Round Dance for Peace by Russia (Novosibirsk, Sapporo's sister city)Feb 13, 2010
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Ghost Warrior Zhong Kui by Hong Kong was very impressive.Feb 13, 2010
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Bowl of Life by USA (Portland, Oregon, Sapporo's sister city).Feb 13, 2010
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Sauna, Sisu, and Sibelius by Finland.Feb 13, 2010
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Grandmother's doll cabinet by SwedenFeb 13, 2010
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Korea's sculpture was the sexiest of all.Feb 13, 2010
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Dream of Hanbat by Korea.Feb 13, 2010
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More international snow statues.Feb 13, 2010
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Smiling Great Buddha by People's Republic of China.Feb 13, 2010
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About the Hawaii team's snow statue.Feb 13, 2010
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Honu snow statue by HawaiiFeb 13, 2010
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Freyderyk Chopin by PolandFeb 13, 2010
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Honu "flying" turtles by the Hawaii team.Feb 13, 2010
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Kraithong by Thailand showing an alligator killer.Feb 13, 2010
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Kraithong by ThailandFeb 13, 2010
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The Gift, by the Netherlands.Feb 13, 2010
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Hanoman Duta by IndonesiaFeb 13, 2010
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Taniwha by New ZealandFeb 13, 2010
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Snow sculpture by SingaporeFeb 13, 2010
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At 11-chome, the International Square featured small snow sculptures made by international teams. As listed on this sign, fourteen national teams participated in 2010. Feb 13, 2010
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This booth gave away hot matcha green tea.Feb 13, 2010
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Here and there at the Odori Park site, freebies were give away. This line was for miso paste.Feb 13, 2010
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Rear of Chibi Maruko-chan snow statue.Feb 13, 2010
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Too tall to be Chibi Maruko-chan.Feb 13, 2010
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The Chibi Maruko-chan snow sculpture marked the 20th anniversary of the cartoon's TV broadcast.Feb 13, 2010
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Chibi Maruko-chanFeb 13, 2010
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Chibi Maruko-chan at night.Feb 13, 2010
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Chibi Maruko-chan classmatesFeb 13, 2010
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Chibi Maruko-chan snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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10丁目 ちびまる子ちゃんFeb 13, 2010
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The last giant snow sculpture at Odori Park was at 10-chome. It was the famous Chibi Maruko-chan.Feb 13, 2010
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Mini train was popular. Notice the long line in the background.Feb 13, 2010
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Ice slides for kids.Feb 13, 2010
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Ice slide at 10-chome called "Familyland."Feb 13, 2010
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Dirt sprinked on the snowy and icy paths gives your shoes better grip. It is very easy to slip and fall while walking on Sapporo's icy roads and sidewalks.Feb 13, 2010
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Strange English on sign. Feb 13, 2010
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Hatsune Miku was much photographed. 初音ミクFeb 13, 2010
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Playing with grandpa.Feb 13, 2010
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Mother helping son to study.Feb 13, 2010
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Sento-kun, official mascot for Nara's 1200th anniversary. Not a good likeness, but acceptable.Feb 13, 2010
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Castle in Noda, Chiba.Feb 13, 2010
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Ultraman by Navy Misawa in Aomori.Feb 13, 2010
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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pro baseball team is based in Sapporo. This sculpture depicts their victory parade.Feb 13, 2010
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A food court faced the Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Smaller snow sculptures dot 9-chome.Feb 13, 2010
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In 9-chome was this medium-size snow sculpture of Hokkaido University's Agricultural Dept. 9丁目 北海道大学農学部棟Feb 13, 2010
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Night view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Night view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Night view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Scale model of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Side view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Rear view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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About the Baekje Royal Palace in English.Feb 13, 2010
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On-chanFeb 13, 2010
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Entering 7-chome which was the HBC (Hokkaido Broadcasting Co.) German Square. 7丁目 HBCドイツ広場Feb 13, 2010
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Baekje was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. 8丁目 韓国・百済Feb 13, 2010
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Next at 8-chome was the Baekje Royal Palace of Korea. The sculpture is 25 meters wide and 18 meters high. Apparently it was built on the occasion of the Great Baekje World Festival to be held during Sept.-Oct. 2010.Feb 13, 2010
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Back of Dresdner Frauenkirche.Feb 13, 2010
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TV event in front of Dresdner Frauenkirche.Feb 13, 2010
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Dresdner Frauenkirche snow sculpture lit up at night.Feb 13, 2010
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About Dresdner Frauenkirche in English.Feb 13, 2010
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Dresdner Frauenkirche means "Church of Our Lady."Feb 13, 2010
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German Square's main snow sculpture was this Dresdner Frauenkirche, a Lutheran Church in Dresden, Germany. フラウエン教会Feb 13, 2010
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Medium-size snow sculpture of Germany's Wartburg Castle. ヴァルトブルク城Feb 13, 2010
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Sign for 7-chome.Feb 13, 2010
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Tora-san in an ecological car. (Tora means tiger, and 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.)Feb 13, 2010
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Food stall staff shouted to attract customers' attention.Feb 13, 2010
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6-chome also had the festival site's largest food court called, "Hokkaido Winter Food Park." There was also a large TV monitor showing how the snow sculptures were designed and constructed.Feb 13, 2010
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6-chome had this medium-size snow sculpture called Seitokai no Ichizon. 生徒会の一存Feb 13, 2010
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Crossing the road to 6-chome. 6丁目Feb 13, 2010
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It was not the first time Iolani Palace was built at the Sapporo Snow Festival. In Feb. 1982, it was built of snow as one of the largest sculptures.Feb 13, 2010
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This is how it looked like in Feb. 1982. Notice King Kamehameha on the right. More photos of this Iolani Palace snow sculpture here.Feb 13, 2010
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On the final night of the snow festival, they had yosakoi soran groups perform. More photos of this Iolani Palace ice sculpture here.Feb 13, 2010
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The Iolani Palace ice sculpture was especially beautiful at night, lit up with colorful lights. It was built by over 250 members of the Japan Ice Sculpture Association, most of whom were chefs working at Sapporo hotels.Feb 13, 2010
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A flag-raising game held in front of the ice sculpture. The Iolani Palace ice sculpture is 16 meters wide and 8 meters high. It was built with 700 large blocks of ice weighing 135 kg (298 lb.) each.Feb 13, 2010
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Iolani Palace, a giant ice sculpture at the 61st Sapporo Snow Festival during Feb. 5-11, 2010. During the day, it has a translucent, blue look. This block is officially called the Mainichi Shimbun Ice SquareFeb 13, 2010
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Also in 5-chome was the snow festival's largest ice sculpture: Iolani Palace, Hawaii's most famous building and built in 1882 by King David Kalakaua as the royal residence.Feb 13, 2010
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Michael Jackson snow sculpture Feb 13, 2010
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An impressive snow sculpture of Michael Jackson drew crowds.Feb 13, 2010
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Michael Jackson snow sculpture at the 2010 Sapporo Snow Festival. Coiled wiring is used for the hair dangling below his hat.Feb 13, 2010
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Smaller snow sculptures made by companies and organizations also dot the festival site.Feb 13, 2010
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Display of Uemura Aiko's ski wear and skis used in previous seasons. Uemura is a freestyle mogul skier who is competing in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.Feb 13, 2010
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Candle lightsFeb 13, 2010
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Facing Mickey and Minnie Mouse was this PR booth by a soft drink maker. Inside was a display of Uemura Aiko's ski wear and skis.Feb 13, 2010
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Mickey and Minnie lit up at night.Feb 13, 2010
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Entertainment held here included a talent contest for young wannabe idols.Feb 13, 2010
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Mickey and Minnie MouseFeb 13, 2010
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At 5-chome was "Place Where Dreams Come True" featuring sculpture of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Cinderella's Castle. Disney is popular in Japan.Feb 13, 2010
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Smoking was prohibited while walking at the festival site, so these smoking stations were provided.Feb 13, 2010
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Back of the "Zoo of the Northland" sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Booth for Poland.Feb 13, 2010
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"Zoo of the Northland" sculpture lit up at night. Feb 13, 2010
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Snow leopard at night.Feb 13, 2010
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A cutie poses with a fake salmon in front of the Northland sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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About the "Zoo of the Northland" in English.Feb 13, 2010
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At a few of the big sculptures, they offered to take a picture of you in front of the sculpture with your camera. At the same time, they offered to sell you a picture they took with their camera.Feb 13, 2010
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People taking advantage of the picture-taking service in front of the Northland animals.Feb 13, 2010
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Stage event Feb 13, 2010
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Snow leopard, very impressive.Feb 13, 2010
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PenguinsFeb 13, 2010
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WolvesFeb 13, 2010
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Steller's sea eagle オオワシFeb 13, 2010
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GorillaFeb 13, 2010
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Bear and cubsFeb 13, 2010
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With a very impressive carving of animals, this was clearly the crowd favorite. "Zoo of the Northland" features endangered animals at the 61st Sapporo Snow Festival.Feb 13, 2010
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Back of the snowboard jump hill.Feb 13, 2010
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In 4-chome was the first giant snow sculpture called "Zoo of the Northland" in STV/Yomiuri Square.Feb 13, 2010
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Also ski jumpers. 3丁目 スノーボードジャンプ台Feb 13, 2010
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Figure skater. The weather was mostly cloudy with occasional light snowfall during most of the festival week. The temperature was around freezing, so wearing a ski cap or jacket hood kept my ears warm.Feb 13, 2010
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Female snowboard jumper Feb 13, 2010
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In the next block at 3-chome was the Snowboard Jump hill standing 24 meters high and 65 meters long. They held snowboard jump tournaments during the snow festival. Free to watch.Feb 13, 2010
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They had a Yamaha keyboard player providing music coordinated with the colorful lighting. 2丁目 ウィンタースポーツ王国・北海道Feb 13, 2010
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Ice figures of winter sports athletes. When the freezing wind blows, your unprotected ears will feel it first. But in Sapporo, warm shelter is always nearby, either below ground or in a building.Feb 13, 2010
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Beautiful at night as well. The snow festival sculptures are lit up until 10 pm nightly during the festival. It's too cold to keep standing to watch something for more than 20 min. It's best to keep moving.Feb 13, 2010
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The main sculpture in 2-chome. "Winter Sports Kingdom Hokkaido!"Feb 13, 2010
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These blocks of ice lighted in red have carved reliefs of various winter sports. I was in Sapporo for three days and visited the festival sites every day, during the day and evening.Feb 13, 2010
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The 61st Sapporo Snow Festival was held during Feb. 5-11, 2010 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The main festival site is at Odori Park anchored on the east end by this Sapporo TV Tower where I started exploring this site.Feb 13, 2010
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Odori Park is a long, rectangular park divided into numbered blocks called "chome." Next to the TV tower was 1-chome with a skating rink (free of charge) and 2-chome featuring a group of sculptures called Winter Sports Kingdom Hokkaido!Feb 13, 2010
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1982 Sapporo Snow Festival Sayonara ceremony. Very low-key, with few people attending. Also see my Sapporo Snow Festival 2010 photos here.Feb 13, 2010
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Makomanai site: Snow slides with Arare-chan, anime character popular in 1982.Feb 13, 2010
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Kinkakuji Gold Pavilion in Kyoto, made of snow.Feb 13, 2010
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Back in 1982, the second festival site was at Makomanai, a short subway ride. They had more sculptures and ice slides for kids.Feb 13, 2010
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Odori Park from the TV Tower. On the left and right sides, you can see the huge crowd of people blackening the pathways. You can see the Iolani Palace sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Nandaro (What's this?), sculpture made by a local English school. It's a dog with a hammer head. Whoever thought of this must have been a crazy guy. Feb 13, 2010
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Odori Park from the TV Tower. Feb 13, 2010
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John LennonFeb 13, 2010
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Hong Kong snow sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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The USA team sculpted the American Circus.Feb 13, 2010
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The large citizens' area feature smaller snow sculptures created by city citizens. Snow blocks are provided.Feb 13, 2010
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The international section of sculptures.Feb 13, 2010
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I think this was the lion dog at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka.Feb 13, 2010
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This is a lion dog at a shrine in Fukuoka.Feb 13, 2010
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A Shinto shrine made of ice.Feb 13, 2010
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Ice sculpture of a church in Helsinki, FinlandFeb 13, 2010
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Building an ice sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Icy foundation for the ice sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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They haul numerous blocks of ice.Feb 13, 2010
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The Sapporo Snow Festival also features at least one giant ice sculpture. The foundation is made of ice.Feb 13, 2010
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Each giant snow sculpture becomes a pile of snowy rubble.Feb 13, 2010
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Even the veins look realistic. Pterodactyl made of snow.Feb 13, 2010
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Day after the snow festival: Destroy all dinosaurs!Feb 13, 2010
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Dinnosaurs lit up at night.Feb 13, 2010
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Hello baby!Feb 13, 2010
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T-rex twins.Feb 13, 2010
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BrontosaurusFeb 13, 2010
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Looking mean.Feb 13, 2010
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Dinosaur snow sculpture at 1982 Sapporo Snow Festival.Feb 13, 2010
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Incredible dinosaur snow sculptures. I can tell you, this was really awesome.Feb 13, 2010
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Putting on the finishing touches on the sculpture.Feb 13, 2010
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Shaping the pterodactylFeb 13, 2010
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Shaping up very well.Feb 13, 2010
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Head of T-RexFeb 13, 2010
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Pterodactyl wingsFeb 13, 2010
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Filling the mold for a tall neck of a dinosaur.Feb 13, 2010
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Guess what this part will be.Feb 13, 2010
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The reinforcement beams are covered with snow. A crane is used to carry the snow to high places.Feb 13, 2010
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