Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival is something that we really wanted to attend while we were here.  There are massive sculptures made out of snow and ice, and they are fantastic to see in person.  They had a whole area set up with ice and snow slides for kids, mini-golf, and food booths from all over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.  We all had a great time and are glad to have been able to attend this year!

The streets of Sapporo were decorated like Christmas

It was pretty cold out there!

I got sprayed with snow going down the slides

Shane on an ice slide

Adam coming down a slide in a tube

Mini-golfing in the snow

Shane and Adam with their clubs

Adam checking out the ice sculptures

Shane liked the mermaid

This ice sculpture of Iolani Palace was impressive

Disney snow sculpture

Animals of the North snow sculpture

Odori Park at night

Adam riding another slide

Dresdner Frauenkirche (German church) sculpture

Baekje Royal Palace of Korea sculpture

Adam on an ice slide

Riding on a train

Ramen Alley

A bowl of Sapporo Ramen soup....yum!

Bailey Being Bailey

I came home one day to find Bailey sitting in the box we keep our hats and mittens in...

Ski Season!

All the snow that fell in Yuzhno while we were gone means that it is prime ski season!  We have been skiing on the mountain every weekend and my neighbor and I have been cross country skiing in our compound when we can.  Skiing is one our favorite activities to do here, and we are trying to get as much in as we can before Spring arrives and all this nice snow turns to slush!

Cross-country skiing around Olympia

Kate and I at the base of the mountain

Shane and I at the base of the mountain

Shane and I at the halfway point with a pretty good view of Yuzhno

Shane the pro!

beautiful view from the top

I love the way the snow sticks to the trees

one of the trails