Most viewed - Sapporo Snow Festival 2010 第61回さっぽろ雪まつり
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Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido is held for about a week in early Feb. These are photos of the 61st Sapporo Snow Festival held during Feb. 5-11, 2010. The main festival site is at Odori Park anchored on the east end by Sapporo TV Tower. 314 viewsI started exploring this site from here.
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Entrance to the dome. 200 views
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Inside Sapporo Community Dome, nicknamed Tsu-dome.187 views
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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.145 views
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An impressive snow sculpture of Michael Jackson drew crowds.140 views
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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.129 views
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A cutie poses with a fake salmon in front of the Northland sculpture.122 views
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Snow leopard, very impressive.116 views
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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 Square116 views
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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.115 views
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Chibi Maruko-chan snow sculpture.110 views
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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.95 views
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Another ice slide.94 views
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Kraithong by Thailand93 views
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Honu snow statue by Hawaii93 views
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Snow raft rides for 300 yen.87 views
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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84 views
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Okadama Airport is right next door.84 views
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Entertainment held here included a talent contest for young wannabe idols.82 views
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Steller's sea eagle オオワシ81 views
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Female snowboard jumper 80 views
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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.80 views
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Dresdner Frauenkirche means "Church of Our Lady."80 views
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Honu "flying" turtles by the Hawaii team.80 views
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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.78 views
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Mickey and Minnie lit up at night.78 views
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Michael Jackson snow sculpture 78 views
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The main sculpture in 2-chome. "Winter Sports Kingdom Hokkaido!"77 views
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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.77 views
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In 4-chome was the first giant snow sculpture called "Zoo of the Northland" in STV/Yomiuri Square.76 views
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Kraithong by Thailand showing an alligator killer.76 views
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Homer Simpson snow sculpture/statue76 views
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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pro baseball team is based in Sapporo. This sculpture depicts their victory parade.75 views
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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.74 views
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Hatsune Miku74 views
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Stage event 73 views
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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.73 views
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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.73 views
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My YouTube video of the Sapporo Snow Matsuri in 2010.73 views
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Dream of Hanbat by Korea.72 views
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Doraemon snow sculpture/statue70 views
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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!69 views
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Bear and cubs69 views
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Gorilla69 views
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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.69 views
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Unicorn for 2nd place.69 views
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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.68 views
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Penguins68 views
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"Zoo of the Northland" sculpture lit up at night. 67 views
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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.67 views
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Mini train was popular. Notice the long line in the background.67 views
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Moomin snow sculpture/statue67 views
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Illumination tunnel67 views
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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.65 views
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People taking advantage of the picture-taking service in front of the Northland animals.65 views
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Snow leopard at night.65 views
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Mickey and Minnie Mouse64 views
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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.64 views
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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.64 views
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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.64 views
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Back of the snowboard jump hill.63 views
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6-chome had this medium-size snow sculpture called Seitokai no Ichizon. 生徒会の一存63 views
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Hanoman Duta by Indonesia63 views
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Booth for Poland.62 views
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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.62 views
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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.62 views
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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62 views
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Taniwha by New Zealand62 views
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Freyderyk Chopin by Poland62 views
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Back to the other end of Odori Park is the TV Tower.62 views
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Dragon ice sculpture wins a 1st place award.62 views
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Also ski jumpers. 3丁目 スノーボードジャンプ台61 views
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Hatsune Miku was much photographed. 初音ミク61 views
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Here and there at the Odori Park site, freebies were give away. This line was for miso paste.61 views
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International food stalls61 views
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Wolves60 views
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About the "Zoo of the Northland" in English.60 views
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Smaller snow sculptures made by companies and organizations also dot the festival site.60 views
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About Dresdner Frauenkirche in English.60 views
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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. 2010.60 views
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Snow sculpture by Singapore60 views
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The Gift, by the Netherlands.60 views
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Korea's sculpture was the sexiest of all.60 views
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Here and there were souvenir stalls for official merchandise of the snow festival. 60 views
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My YouTube video of Iolani Palace at the Sapporo Snow Matsuri in 2010.60 views
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Back of the "Zoo of the Northland" sculpture.59 views
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Candle lights59 views
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Baekje was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. 8丁目 韓国・百済59 views
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Night view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.59 views
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About the Hawaii team's snow statue.59 views
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Smiling Great Buddha by People's Republic of China.59 views
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Ghost Warrior Zhong Kui by Hong Kong.59 views
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Ichiro snow sculpture/statue59 views
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Booth for signing a petition to return the Northern Territories (Habomai, Etorofu, Shikotan islands) off Hokkaido, held by Russia.59 views
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The Susukino ice sculptures compete for 1st and 2nd place awards.59 views
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Gundam59 views
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Back of Dresdner Frauenkirche.58 views
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About the Baekje Royal Palace in English.58 views
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Ice slide at 10-chome called "Familyland."58 views
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Grandmother's doll cabinet by Sweden58 views
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Bowl of Life by USA (Portland, Oregon, Sapporo's sister city).58 views
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Round Dance for Peace by Russia (Novosibirsk, Sapporo's sister city)58 views
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Brandenburg Gate in ice. The ice sculptures in Susukino are lit up until midnight.58 views
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Another 1st place winner58 views
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Many of the ice sculptures are also advertisements.58 views
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Smoking was prohibited while walking at the festival site, so these smoking stations were provided.57 views
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Food stall staff shouted to attract customers' attention.57 views
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Tora-san in an ecological car. (Tora means tiger, and 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.)57 views
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Medium-size snow sculpture of Germany's Wartburg Castle. ヴァルトブルク城57 views
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Night view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.57 views
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Night view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.57 views
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Castle in Noda, Chiba.57 views
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Playing with grandpa.57 views
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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. 57 views
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More international snow statues.57 views
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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.57 views
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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.57 views
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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.57 views
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Odori Park at night during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Feb. 2010.57 views
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The Sususkino festival site features ice sculptures along the main road called Ekimae-dori which originates from Sapporo Station.57 views
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T-rex57 views
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Side view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.56 views
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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56 views
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Ultraman by Navy Misawa in Aomori.56 views
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Ice slides for kids.56 views
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Ghost Warrior Zhong Kui by Hong Kong was very impressive.56 views
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11-chome also had a cross country ski track where you could try out ski walking for free.56 views
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Crabs and fish frozen in this ice sculpture.56 views
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Dresdner Frauenkirche snow sculpture lit up at night.55 views
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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55 views
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Rear view of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.55 views
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A food court faced the Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.55 views
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Sento-kun, official mascot for Nara's 1200th anniversary. Not a good likeness, but acceptable.55 views
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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.55 views
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10丁目 ちびまる子ちゃん55 views
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The Chibi Maruko-chan snow sculpture marked the 20th anniversary of the cartoon's TV broadcast.55 views
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Too tall to be Chibi Maruko-chan.55 views
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Sauna, Sisu, and Sibelius by Finland.55 views
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Eastern Skunk Cabbage snow sculpture/statue 座禅草55 views
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Salmon55 views
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Sign for 7-chome.54 views
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Scale model of Baekje Royal Palace snow sculpture.54 views
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Mother helping son to study.54 views
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This booth gave away hot matcha green tea.54 views
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Okinawa's shiisa54 views
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Buddha snow sculpture/statue54 views
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Crossing the road to 6-chome. 6丁目53 views
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TV event in front of Dresdner Frauenkirche.53 views
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Strange English on sign. 53 views
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Another tiger53 views
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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.53 views
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Smaller snow sculptures dot 9-chome.52 views
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The last giant snow sculpture at Odori Park was at 10-chome. It was the famous Chibi Maruko-chan.52 views
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The last block in Odori Park was 12-chome featuring numerous small snow statues made by city citizens.52 views
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Hideki Matsui in Godzilla's mouth.52 views
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More snow sculptures in Odori Park.52 views
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Another definition of "frozen fish."52 views
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On-chan51 views
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Chibi Maruko-chan classmates51 views
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Chibi Maruko-chan at night.51 views
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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.51 views
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In the foreground is the snowboard jump hill. At the top is the Northland animal sculpture.51 views
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Rear of Chibi Maruko-chan snow statue.50 views
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Chibi Maruko-chan49 views
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Eagle catching fish49 views
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Frozen fish48 views
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Map of Tsu-dome snow festival site.48 views
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Long life and happiness47 views
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Hina matsuri dolls47 views
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Pulsating heart. The snow festival is held near Valentine's Day.46 views
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Shuttle bus from Sakaemachi Station to Tsu-dome.46 views
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Tsu-dome snow festival site.45 views
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This is Sakaemachi subway station, the closet station to the third snow festival site at Tsu-dome (Sapporo Community Dome).44 views
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Ice slides at Tsu-dome44 views
   
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