Icy dinosaurs and other Snow Festival fun

The 2013 Sapporo Snow Festival is now just days away. As a new resident of Sapporo who has never been, I’m somewhat excited to check it out. For a warm up, I searched the Flickr Creative Commons archives for pictures of past festivals to share in this post. Warning: There are dinosaurs ahead.

The first few photos, from the 2010 festival, come from a Flickr user named David McKelvey.

The next two photos come from a Flickr account called “Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.” The caption attached to each gives a nice description and offers the name of the actual photographer.

“SAPPORO, Japan (Feb. 6, 2012) – U.S. 7th Fleet Band performs at the 63rd Sapporo Snow Festival. The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s largest winter events, attracts two million people to Sapporo to see hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures. Sailors from the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff and Marines from Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team-Pacific (FAST-PAC) are in Tomakomai, Japan for a port visit to participate in the 63rd Sapporo Snow Festival. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix)”

The next couple of photos, from a few different users, offer a closer look at some of the snow sculptures creatures that have appeared at the festival over the years.

Snow shark by Daa Nell, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License  by  Daa Nell 
Sapporo’s Snow Festival by SteFou!, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  SteFou! 

That’s it for this collection. We’ll add more photos of this year’s festival in a new post.

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