The Snow Festival almost turned Meg into a snow sculpture too. But we really enjoyed all the things we saw:
Citizen sculptures: these were smaller sculptures made by local groups and organizations. Each group was able to pick their own design and there were about 50 of them total.
The large sculptures are huge buildings of snow made by national groups; towering several stories tall and built from thousands of tons of snow over the last month with hundreds of people working on each one. There were 7 of these total and they were all magnificent in size and detail. Each of them double as a stage for performances as well. The Arc de Triomphe is 1/3 of the size of the original which leaves it slightly over 5 stories tall! It is 17.5 meters tall, 24 meters wide and 18 meters deep. The sculpture of Kofukuji Temple in Nara, Japan is the one pictured below. All of the sculptures have that much detail but it is easy to see on that one. This is a temple we are hoping to see in the summer in Japan.
The snowboarding jump competition, Chris’ favorite, with professional snowboarders doing some impressive tricks. They were quite impressive doing jumps and flips off of the ramp (24 meters high and 60 meters long)!
We also watched J-pop groups perform and saw a dog disguised as a bear.