Sculptures on display at famous Japan snow fest

Japan's famous Sapporo Snow Festival (NBC/NTV)
Japan's famous Sapporo Snow Festival (NBC/NTV)

SAPPORO, Japan (NBC/NTV) — Japan’s famous Sapporo Snow Festival kicks off Wednesday.

Ahead of the event, artists brought their completed snow sculptures to one of the main festival grounds in Sapporo City.

This sculpture was built by members of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force.

The title of this year’s 65th festival is “Winter Sports Heaven, Hokkaido!”

Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, is known for its heavy snowfalls.

Sapporo is its biggest city and hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972.

Nearly 200 sculptures will be on show until Feb. 11. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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