Sapporo Snow Festival begins
The Sapporo Snow Festival got under way on Tuesday. The 64th annual festival, which will be held until Feb 11, features 216 ice and snow sculptures in Odori Park, the grounds of Community Dome Tsudome and the main street in Susukino.
The temperature was minus 3 degrees as the festival opened in the morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
One of the highlights is a 10-meter-high ice replica of the Kabuki-za theater in Tokyo, which is set to open in April. Another statue bound to be popular with locals is one of Nippon Ham Fighters rookie Shohei Otani.
Festival organizers said they expect 2 million people to visit the festival.
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