Sapporo Ice Festival

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Northbound to Sapporo. As the train progressed further, the stacks of snow became noticeably larger and the weather became much more severe. We continued our bouts with the cold while observing the magnificent ice scupltures. Some of which are monumental and very detail oriented. There were ice scultptures of cartoon characters and other popular icons. There was even an impressive 2014 Sochi Olympics design which stood about 50 feet tall of pure ice.

We often took several breaks indoors as we were experiencing a different type of cold, a more agonizing one. This type of cold was hitting me hard all of the sudden. Thankfully we were able to gear up at the convenience store that often sold gloves and extra snow caps to deflect the piercing chill.

There were snowboarding performances on the ramp at night while the spectators applauded. It was hard to take pictures with my iphone at night. Note to self and fellow travbuddies (We should invest in a regular digital camera when travelling up north. Iphone batteries tend to drain faster in subzero temperatures). Makes me want to visit again in the spring time.

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