Sapporo Snow Festival
Every year Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, hosts a seven day Snow Festival. If you ever have the chance to attend, do not hesitate. Dress for the cold and plan to be awed by the detail of the nearly 400 snow sculptures.
I don't know how many people viewed the sculptures the year I attended, but it is estimated over 2 million people attended in 2007.
The larger sculptures like the one shown in the photo had attached ice slides. The kids were having a ball.
In front of every sculpture is an area for photos. My friends and I stopped for a Kodak moment. Shown are fellow teachers Margo Harper, Rae White, me, and Wendy Barry.
More Snow Festival photos will be featured in future Foreign Fridays.