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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival)

I am writing today from Sapporo, the site of the World's Best Snow Festival! Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, which is the northernmost of Japan's 4 main islands. The snow festival is in its 61st year and is held every year in the week ending February 11 (National Foundation Day).

I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking today.

Here I am with the Tower and Marimo, the mascot of Hokkaido.

The smoking area was an ice sculpture!

Most of the stages were ice or snow sculptures.

People were snowboarding on a slope made on scaffolding!

JAL's "Northern Zooland"

"Where Dreams Come True"

"Michael Forever"

Korean Royal Palace


Thomas, the tank engine

Chibi Maruko

NZ's entry for the International Competition "Taniwha"

Hong Kong's entry was the God of Art and Literature, but I don't know why the guy on all fours has something sticking in his butt...

As far as Japan is concerned, Hawaii is a country!

Thailand won!

I love Stitch!



This was my favourite sculpture. As a writer, I love the concept!

Once in a while, Japan is the coolest place on Earth!Yu

Friday, February 5, 2010

10 Rules of Iwate Winter OR WHAT? You don't have central heating or insulation in -12C? (fof!)

1. Put your toothpaste and deoderant in the fridge to avoid them freezing.

2. Defrost the washing machine drain before washing to avoid turning the wash room into a frozen lake.

3. Give up on washing your hair. Your conditioner will freeze and the shampoo will be so cold you won't want to touch it.

4. Dry off faucet after use, to minimise icicles forming inside them.

5. Do not stand directly in front of the shower head to avoid being shot by said icicles when you turn on the water.

6. Turn on the water in the shower before getting in to melt the ice stalagmites.

7. Don't leave water in containers in the sink. Everything freezes together.

8. Do leave water in the kettle. If the faucets freeze, you'll need to run boiling water over them.

9. Get used to wearing cold clothes. Your clothes will never again be warm. NEVER!!!

10. Love your toes. Every second you still have ten of them, is a good second.
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