CHILLING IN SAPPORO (Yuki Matsuri 2015)
Here I will not bore you with some in-detailed writing about the majesty of the snow sculptures in Sapporo, or how my trip to Hokkaido made me appreciate the snowy land of the North. I’m sure there are more than enough pieces of writing out there that do just that. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to provide what I can: pictures. And the internet loves pictures! It’s a win-win for the both of us.
For three days I went to the infamous Yuki Matsuri, and also traveled up north to visit the light festival in Otaru. Below you will find pictures of the large snow sculptures, the excellent food I had (with links of how to get there!) and other interesting bits I came across. Enjoy!
The Snow Sculptures
Sculpture road concert stage with Sapporo Tower in the background.
Suntory Whiskey Ice Sculpture
One of the many snow sculptures which had music and video playing over it.
Probably the best sculpture in the whole road.
Mario Kart sculpture
Alice in Wonderland sculpture
City of Seoul sculpture
The Manila Cathedral sculpture
Old Navy sculpture
Hiroshima Fighters Baseball sculpture
A Snow Miku…I think.
Love Live sculpture
Funnashi and Jibanyan
Migi from Parasyte
Cup Noodle sculpture
GIGANTIC Sazae-san sculpture
New Zealand Sculpture
Singapore sculpture (it was supposed to be sperm and an egg but the sperm didn’t stick :’C )
Daejeon, Korea Metropolitan City sculpture
Thailand Sculpture (and winner of the international contest!)
／人◕ ‿‿ ◕人＼
Snow Miku sculpture
One of those bugs from Nausicaä.
No face from Spirited Away
I think this is supposed to be JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure themed?
No idea sculpture
I LOVE LAMB
No better way to start off than by having some famous Sapporo ramen. We started by going to Sapporo Station’s Famous Ramen Republic.
This is the place we opted for, mainly because they offer free hard boiled eggs.
First bowl of Miso Ramen!
Menya Saimi’s spicy miso ramen.
Make sure to arrive before 10:30 a.m. The restaurant says they open at 11:00, but their unofficial opening time is 10:45.
A representation of the different styles of ramen in Hokkaido.
The restaurant we ate at allowed you to pick your own crab for about $100.
Crab hot pot for breakfast. It was absolutely delicious.
ARE YOU NUTS?
I’m only referencing this because it was a weird find, but on the second level of the building where Dominika is, there was a used book store/craft beer bar. While they only had two things on tap, it was an interesting place.
You could even buy old Playboy issues from the 70s.
Otaru Light Festival
Beginning of the Otaru light festival, which is located about a half hour north of Sapporo.
One of the many “Massan” sculptures I came across during the trip.
A LIGHT OF OTARU TO YOU I LIGHT UP THE HEART!
Old ladies handing out grilled potatoes at the Otaru festival.
Even the local KFC got in on the snow sculpture action.
Susukino Ice Sculptures
Beginning of the Ice Sculpture exhibit in downtown Susukino.
Trapping fish in ice was a really big theme at the ice sculptures.
Snow Miku Exhibit at New Chitose Airport
The Snow Miku tree at the New Chitose airport.
This store featured in front of the Snow Miku sculpture at the snow sculpture road had about a 45 minute wait.
Entrance to the Snow Miku exhibit at the New Chitose airport.
Past Snow Miku figure
Past Snow Miku figure
At the end of the exhibit, there was an open white board for people to draw on. It got dumb real fast.
I would not expect any less.
Gotta fit in those Madoka references where you can.
OH GOD, THE WARNINGS WERE RIGHT
We rode the Pokemon train more frequently than you’d imagine.
Let’s Eat Hokkaido!
Please have sweet alcoholic
THRILLER KARAOKE (in Otaru)