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Sapporo Snow Festival Opens, Featuring Trump and Star Wars

Sapporo Snow Festival Opens, Featuring Trump and Star Wars

The annual Sapporo snow festival began Monday in the Hokkaido capital, featuring 200 sculptures made from snow and ice, including one of new US President Donald Trump.

Over 2 million people are expected to visit the weeklong 68th Sapporo Snow Festival, which is held at three sites in the city and runs through February 12.

Image: South China Morning Post
Image: South China Morning Post

 

Among the larger attractions, which are illuminated at night, are sculptures of “Star Wars” characters to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the movie’s release as well as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

There is also a sculpture of the Central Golden Hall at Kofukuji, one of the most prestigious Buddhist temples in the country located in the western Japan city of Nara, ahead of its scheduled completion of reconstruction in 2018.

image: Easybranches
image: Easybranches

 

Among other exhibits are smaller statues created by local citizens, including one featuring Japanese comedian Pikotaro, whose song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen, now holds the Guinness World Record as the shortest song to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart.“I had always wanted to visit here and was surprised that (the statues are) are made with such detail,” said Chieko Tsuyuzaki, a 47-year-old from Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, who visited the festival sites with her daughter.


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Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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