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Chihayafuru, Love Live!, Macross Delta Among Sculptures at 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival

posted on by Eric Stimson

It's deep in the middle of winter, and in Hokkaido, Japan, that means it's time for the Sapporo Snow Festival, that island's celebration of snow, ice, skiing, skating, and all things winter. It's most famous for its exhibition of snow sculptures, which frequently reference trending pop culture. This year does not disappoint, with several creations celebrating Japan's signature anime.

The upcoming Chihayafuru films were promoted with this sculpture mimicking the movies' poster. It is about 3 meters tall (about 10 feet) and elicited an excited response from Suzu Hirose, who portrays Chihaya. The film will be released in two parts, one on March 19 and the second on April 29.

Other pop culture-related snow sculptures include:

Attack on Titan

Love Live! School idol project

Macross Delta

Schoolgirl Strikers (a light novel-styled smartphone RPG)

Snow Miku

World of Tanks

Ken Yasuda (an actor) as one of the Three Wise Monkeys

The festival also displayed a snow sculpture of the upcoming bullet train to Hakodate (on Hokkaido), which will open on March 26. It is lit up by projection-mapping technology.

The Sapporo Snow Festival, which has been held since 1950, brings a substantial windfall to Hokkaido each year. Unfortunately, the snow sculptures sometimes fall as well.

[Via CinemaCafe.net and Hachima Kikō]

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