One of our resident rugby fans heads to a special annual tournament in Tokyo to take in the world class matches, festival-like atmosphere... and tasty libations (off the clock, of course).
It all started in 1950 with 6 snow sculptures made by local high school students. Now, the Sapporo Snow Festival is in its 64th year and has risen to the prestigious status of being an international festival. Pulling around 2 million visitors every year, with huge ice sculptures of landmark buildings like the Taj Mahal and statues of famous manga characters. The festival is split into 3 sites throughout Sapporo City: Odori, Tsudome and Susukino. Odori hosts the main section of the festival, with sculptures illuminated until 22:00. Tsudome features snow slides and mazes and is open 9:00-17:00. Susukino hosts an ice sculpture contest and is illuminated until midnight. The festival dates for 2013 are February 5th-11th, Sapporo is fairly cold at this time of year with temperatures of around minus 3 degrees Celcius with a good deal of snow.
We took a special trip down to Shikoku with the crew from Hong Kong television show JP TIME TV to check out and promote the Nishiawa area! As a sponsor, JAPANiCAN.com is offering a free stay at an onsen ryokan (hot spring inn), so don't miss the show!