By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
One of the biggest events of the year in Japan can be found in Sapporo. The Sapporo Snow Festival is held over two weeks in the largest city on the north island of Hokkaido, is the Sapporo Snow Festival. The festival displays giant ice and snow sculptures in Sapporo’s downtown area that are createed by artists from around the globe. The larger sculptures are built and later demolished by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). During this festival Sapporo hosts winter-themed events and offers tasty culinary delights.
Sculptures on display feature celebrities and religious figures while others are pop culture and licensed characters. Past sculptures have included the magical kingdom of Disney, characters from Studio Ghibli films, and animated series Parasyte, Attack on Titan, One Piece, and Yokai Watch.
Some of this year’s sculptures are:
U.S. President Donald Trump
Viral video sensation PIKOTARO
Nintendo’s Super Mario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Final Fantasy VII
A look at some of the attractions of the 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival