Snow sculptures of Sapporo
On the northernmost Japanese island Hokkaido winters are still comparably mild but extremely snowy. After particularly fierce blizzards the whole island could be paralyzed for a several days.
If all you have in surplus is snow it’s really great idea to put it to work. In the 1950 such idea came into minds of Sapporo students. They have build some snow sculptures in the city park. Since that time every year one week of February turns the capital of the Hokkaido prefecture in Japan into the capital of snow sculpture building festival.
Last years hundreds of artists from all over the world are taking part in the Sapporo Snow Festival. They are building more than 400 snow statues and installations in three different locations in Sapporo. More than two million people visiting the event every year.