Now I know you're thinking, "what, isn't it almost Spring? I don't want to see snow!" but trust me, the snow sculptures were amazing. So amazing that I really took tons of photos. For the sake of sanity and not breaking blogspot, I will divide them into multiple posts and just include my favorites. So let's start at the head of Odori Park, the Shiryokan, a former courthouse.
We started at the farthest end and made our way to the the Sapporo TV Tower at the base of the park. The most northern portion are independent sculptures created by artists and volunteers. These were my favorite - so creative and detailed. Like this shrine:
Or this temple (if you are curious about Japanese temple design, this is actually a great starting point)
This guy is very popular (judging by his presence in McDonald's marketing over here) but I have no idea who he is:
Then come the main attractions.
This one below is an ice sculpture of Lungshan Temple in Taipei sponsored by the Taiwanese. Road to Parnassus, I thought of you!
Here's the original, for a good comparison. source
A couple more ice sculptures
Some odds and ends from around town. I couldn't find a sign but this building was amazing.
Sapporo TV Tower
More photos of Sapporo to come!