Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sapporo, Part 6: Ice Festival

This post is going to be really heavy on the pictures, so I'll keep the chatter to a minimum. The ice festival is set up the same way as the snow festival; several blocks of a street in the middle of the city are blocked off and that's where the ice sculptures are. Most of them weren't more than maybe six to eight feet tall; seems like the ice sculptures are more prone to having pieces fall off than the snow sculptures are. So here, take a look at a sampling of the dozens of pictures we took.

This next one is extra cool because it's related to Okinawa:

Pretty sure this is the coldest that Shuri Castle will ever get ;) The fish that are frozen in the Shuri Castle ice sculpture are all from the waters surrounding Okinawa, too.

We all had to go down the ice slide too (sorry Vicki, I did not go down head first!) Me:


Setsuko-san, who was our guide in Sapporo:

Lee went on the slide too but I can't seem to find the picture of him on it...the slide was pretty much the end of the line for the ice sculptures, so we turned around and went back up the other side of the street since there are different sculptures on each side.

Ever hear stories of a bar made totally out of ice?

Whoomp, there it is. They also have the all-ice hotel in Sapporo, but it's on the grounds owned by a ski lodge and you can only go see it if you're a guest at the lodge, so of course we didn't.

One of my favorite ice sculptures for last, the peacock. So what do you thinky?


CCsMom said...

I like the peacock, of course and the dragon. The one with the Kanji and cranes is super nice, too. I think the trip was worth it, don't you? Was that the same tour guide we had going down to Peace Prayer Park and the WWII museum? She was really something -- so energetic and fun. She would get so excited talking that she almost couldn't get the words out fast enough!!!

Making great progress on Mel's baby blanket. LOVE the colors. It's the same as the baby book, so the two gifts will go together nicely.

Gotta get ready for work. The last two days of the week will be crunch time -- it's the last day Nancy is in the office and then I have a project they expect to be 90% complete by tomorrow. Gotta get with it. If everyone else would just LEAVE ME ALONE. Can't believe how many people throw stuff at me.

Love ya!!! Mom

Giffysk8s said...

How cool are these photos? LOVE the eagle! I am so intrigued with the intricate details. Who would have ever thought that ice could be so interesting?

I was really hoping for a heads-first run on the slide. Oh well... LOL

Can't wait to see how you scrapbook all of your trip photos!

Liz Guidry said...

All beautiful. Love the picture of you on the slide. Autumn would freak out about the peacock one - I'll have to show it to her tomorrow.