Sapporo Snow Festival Cheers On Olympians In Sochi

Sapporo snow festival cheers on Olympians in SochiA timely gigantic snow sculpture featuring Japanese Olympians is among nearly 200 frozen art carvings made for the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival, which kicked off on Feb. 5.

The cold creation, titled “Winter Sports Paradise, Hokkaido!,” symbolizes Japan’s hopes for success for its winter sports athletes at the Sochi Olympics, which starts Feb. 7.

Also included in the 114 snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, stretching east to west over 1.5 kilometers, is a replica of the Mausoleum of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in India. More than 80 sculptures are set up elsewhere in the city.

The construction of the magnificent sculptures, however, suffered some setbacks due to temporary warm weather.

A rise in temperatures in late January caused the clock tower of a replica of Malaysia’s Sultan Abdul Samad Building to lean slightly sideways.

Organizers are expecting 2 million visitors before the festival closes Feb. 11.