63rd Sapporo Snow Festival !


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The Sapporo Snow Festival this year was held from 6th of February-12th of February 2012 and this being our last year in Japan,we had to had to go ! So we had booked the tickets to and fro Chitose airport,2 months in advance on Skymark airlines (pretty good deal as compared to the last minute ones).Even the accommodations were done with and now there was only the wait and the excitement to make the most of this 3 night 4 day trip.

We reached Chitose Airport at about 10am on 8th February and hopped on the rapid train to Sapporo.Reaching Sapporo,the rush and the crowd said it all…the festivities were in full swing ! We came across this convenient arrangement of temporary shelves for baggage…and we quickly checked in ours there.We then checked with the information desk for any special deals of the season and other tiny doubts we had…and i must say…the ladies there were so kind and helpful and of course efficient in their job…i guess anything done with a smile always makes it all the more special ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

After a quick lunch at an elaborately decorated Indian restaurant…we set off for the real fun! One thing that was always on our mind was the slippery ice on the crossings and side walks…at times there was only just a pavement of ice to walk on…actually to march on…only that avoided the falls..though not for long ๐Ÿ˜‰ And holding hands…stepping one step at a time…we finally reached the Odori park all decked up with huge snow exhibits.The themes were many…and so were the sizes and the countries…and the food and the people.. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Now let me cruise you through the snow wonderland…

Walrus,Snow Aquarium
The Food Stalls – adding the warmth in the freeze
What say ??
Be Magical ! The Disney way !
The Taj Mahal,India
“Japan main Aapka Swaagat hai” i.e. “Welcome to Japanโ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

We were so thrilled to see the Taj Mahal here too…this was built in commemoration of 60 yrs of diplomatic relationship between India and Japan ! What a lucky coincidence for us ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tsuruga Castle,Fukushima

Pinnochio !
Popular Animations, Toriko and One piece

And then there were rows of foreign artisans working on their sculptures depicting messages from their home countries.

Hong Kong
India

While walking through the many sculptures what caught my attention was Odiya..my mother tongue ! Amazed to hear it in such a far away place,when i looked around..i saw these artisans from India…and guess whom we met..the Internationally acclaimed Sand Artist Mr.Sudarshan Patnaik and his top students Mr.Bulu Mohanty and Mr.Jitendra Kishore Jagdev.Not only from India,but they are actually from our native place Odisha,in eastern India.We were simply so thrilled to find them here! We had long conversations with this celebrity from our homeland and felt so proud and honored to have met this humble man and his team ! You can know more about him and his sculptures at his siteย SandIndia.Their sculpture at the Snow Festival depicted the effects of climate change on us humans and the Mother Earth.

International Sand Artist Mr.Sudarshan Patnaik (left) with his top students Mr.Bulu Mohanty and Mr.Jitendra Kishore Jagdev
Malaysia
Hawaii
Thailand
Sisiter City,Daejeon Metropolitan City,Korea

Time for some Fun !!

Children enjoying snow slides
Steam in Snow ๐Ÿ™‚
Snow Fun !!

Sapporo Station

So within about 3 hours we were done with Odori Park and returned back to the station for our trip to Otaru for the Gleaming SnowLight Festivals.But wait,thereโ€™s still more to these lovely sculptures.As advised by our friends on various travel sites,and especially thanks to my blogger friend Ben of Japanese Ties,we had decided to see the sculptures at night too…so next evening we were back to the Odori Street and Susukino for the snow and ice sculptures respectively !

The Lion King
Ice Aquarium?
The Owl
The Dancing Phoenix
Playing with Goldfish

Artisans @work
The Dragon-Amazing!

The Raptor
What caught my eye !
Fairy !

Love
Cheers !!
Ice Fishing !
Dancing Peacocks

The Susukino area is famous for its nightlife and food…and is a walkable distance from the Odori Park site but to save time,we decided to use our subway pass to the optimum and were greeted by the dazzling Sapporo Clock Tower on the Odori exit.

Sapporo Clock Tower

The National Palace Museum,Taiwan

The Seikatei / Spring has come

Bonsai

A woman weaving Cual,Indonesia
Jangseung,Korea
Imagination,Russia
The Leaping Dragon,Hong Kong
Effects of Climate Change,India
The Gecko,Hawaii
The Leatherback Turtle,Malaysia
The Moose,Sweden no Omiyage
Manohra-a local art form,Thailand
Friendship,Singapore

For more details about the sculptures and the winners you can visit the official site here.And guess what i found..on the given page,in the snap under ย the 39th International Snow Sculpture contest,the girl in pink cap and guy in yellow jacket..is US !!..he he…what coincidence again…we were unaware of it being taken while we were chatting with Mr.Sudarshan Patnaik and his team,the renownedย artisans from our state,Odisha,India.

I hope u enjoyed this post ! Lookout for more of Sapporo in my upcoming posts ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a Great Day ! Cheers !!

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10 thoughts on “63rd Sapporo Snow Festival !

  1. Great post – and fantastic photos. We have been planning on going back to Japan at the end of the year, and I’m working hard to convince everyone we should stay through to Feb for the Yuki Matsuri… it’s been too long since I’ve been. Definitely worth going back for the night time views as it really adds to the atmosphere (if detracts from the temperature). Brrrr looks cold.

    1. Oh then u must definitely stay back till the festival ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad u liked the post and snaps! Ur valuable inputs and suggestions really helped us plan the trip pretty well! Thanks so much! Cheers !

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