The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan's largest and most distinctive winter events, and taken part by artist from various regions of the world. This year, around 250 ice sculptures, created by teams from over a dozen countries around the world including Finland, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and U.S will be on display as long as the freezing temperatures do. The subject of the statues cover a broad range of subjects from cartoon characters and Japanese sports icons to complex architectural feats.
It took over 6,000 truck-loads of snow to create the sculptures but the temporary art works will only remain on display until Sunday, Feb 13.
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