Behind-the-scenes information about the creation process of the large snow sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival, Sapporo ‘s most famous winter event
Sapporo Snow Festival is the first event that comes to mind when thinking of winter in Sapporo. Odori Park, one of the event venues, is adorned with ice and snow sculptures of all sizes. Every year, the large snow sculptures which measure between 12 and 15 meters tall draw the most attention from the crowd. The creation process of these sculptures is actually carried out onsite from January, while preparations begin in autumn of the previous year. Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind these large snow sculptures unknown even to Sapporoites. In this issue, we will examine the creation process for the large snow sculptures used by the Sapporo Snow Festival Large Snow Sculptures Creation Committee and Self Defense Forces’ ice block technique.