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Japan Photo of the Week #2

Sapporo Snow Festival (札幌雪まつり)

On the first or second week of February in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, a festival is held celebrating the wonders that can be produced with snow. Up and down the central park of Odori, one can bear witness to: ice sculptures, filled with multicolored lights which turn on and off according to the music being played nearby; snow sculptures the size of small buildings, recreations of Japanese castles (above), Disney characters, and great whales; ice karaoke bars, where one may drink Bailey’s out of ice buckets and then sing surrounded by ten-inch walls of ice.

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