Hokkaido is located in the north of Japan and going there in the winter is like taking a plane right to the fucking Ice Cap Zone. Hokkaido is so cold and there is so much snow everywhere that they don't really bother trying to remove it properly, they just have big ass trucks come in the night and shift it to the side of the pavement in huge piles so that cars don't spin out and kill people. There is also some mild gritting of roads but aside from that they just let it all happen.
So I went up there for the Snow Festival, a famous festival in Japan where people come on down and build huge sculptures out of all that aforementioned snow and ice.
Aside from the big sculptures there is also an international competition where teams of 3 from all over the world come to Hokkaido to build snow sculptures. These smaller ones are judged and then a winner is picked but I have no idea what the reward for having the best sculpture is. I heard that each team is given about 4 days to create their stuff and it was cool to walk around the festival seeing the teams at work on their creations
|Dudes from Poland working on their snow sculpture|
There was another snow/ice festival in a place called Otaru too which was on a much smaller scale but kind of spread a bit wider and was certainly less busy. All around the town shops had built little snow sculptures and then left a candle either on or by the side of it somewhere. It was cool to walk down Otaru's streets and see all the sculptures dotted around town.
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