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View from hotel @ Sapporo After the Olympic Games of 1972 which took place in the city of Sapporo tourists from other countries have been associating the city with majestic winter holidays. One of the main events of the cultural life calendar in the city has for more than 60 years been the Sapporo Snow Festival. The event was first held in 1950. A remarkable fact is that festival was established by pupils. Many years ago children created several marvelous snow figures in one of the local parks.
The city of Sapporo is known for its marvelous parks and gardens, internationally acclaimed scientific and cultural centers, historical landmarks and sites as well as astonishing museums. … Open
This good tradition was decided to be repeated the next year. However apart from snow figures exhibition the festival was added with various interesting entertainment events and competitions. The Sapporo Snow Festival is held in the first part of December. At present the original winter event attracts more than two millions of foreign guests annually. Traditional entertainments for the guests of the festival are the carnival and a snowball fight. But the main opening event of the festival is still the exhibition of ice and snow figures as many years ago.
The process of creating of ice and snow figures which are decorating the park for the whole winter engages thousands of people. On the eve of the festival the city of Sapporo attracts masters and artists of snow statuary art literally from all the cities of the country. Foreign sculptors are as well engaged in the process of ice carving. The festival turned known to wide public in 1960. The celebration of its tenth anniversary was turned to a fantastic show. Since that time the festival has increased a quantity of its fans and participants. Copyright
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One of the most original and interesting celebrations of the festival was held in 1974 when the country survived a grave crisis. The situation in the country was that hard that municipal purse lacked costs to deliver enough of snow and ice to create and carve the figures. However local folks did not altered the traditions and did not canceled the celebration of the festival having figured out an original escape from the situation. To save snow the masters stuck it all over the empty casks and then constructed and created compositions and figures of ultimate beauty. This year the festival first engaged foreign masters for whom this bright and original event has also turned to a good tradition.
Modern festival is already a different holiday than it was for many years ago when held for the first time. To locate all the snow figures three great platforms are equipped in the city. An entertainment program of the festival commonly lasts for seven days and offers various contests and competitions, parades, celebrations and plenty of typical winter entertainments. The festival is considered to be a family holiday. Thus many tourists arrive at the city of Sapporo and attend the event with kids.
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Museum of Snowflakes

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One is accustomed to see the old paintings, the archaeological artefacts and the other antiques among the museum expositions. A very original collection is presented in one of the Japanese museums, which is located on the island of Hokkaido. Its main features are the snowflakes. Certainly, the museum founders were unable to preserve the fragile nature, which consists of 95% air, so they decided to show the photos of the most beautiful and unusual snowflakes to the visitors. … Read further
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