The Snow Festival is in full swing here in Sapporo, all this week, Feb 5 through the 8th. Yesterday, I walked along the whole length of Odori Park to see the carvers still hard at work. The judging was today. I spoke to the Malaysian team and the two US teams . They worked 12 hours a day for four days. It was bitter cold but the Malaysian guy said last year when they were in China the temperature was minus 26!!! The guys from Malaysia are fruit and vegetable carvers from the Crowne Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. They carved an Iban mother and child from the state of Sabah. There were a few really large ones, so tall that I cannot imagine how many people it took to carve them. Japan did a huge one of Egyptian Pharoahs and the what looked like a pyramid.
Go check out this website. The carvings are only a few days old and what is so cool is that i watched some of them taking shape! www.snowfes.com
A few blocks from this park is the Susukino street area – big shopping area. They blocked off the center of the road for several blocks and filled them up with ice carvings of flying fish, dragons, owls, santas – all sorts!
I hope the carvings will still be here when Dave gets in next week end.