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Dolls of “Hina-matsuri” (girl’s festival)

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment

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Now 45 places including sight-seeing spots and restaurants in Otaru city, Hokkaido,

display “Hina” dolls.

Hina are special dolls displayed on the girl’s festival day (March, 3rd)

to celebrate the growth of girls and wish for their health and happiness.

The picture above shows the hina dolls at Otaru JR station.
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Now the Otaru JR station has 100 hina dolls!

You can see those hina dolls displayed in many spots in Otaru until March 9th.
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Teine Highland (ski area) 2014

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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Teine Highland!

“Sapporo Teine” ski resort is located on Mt. Teine (1023m) and it was a venue

for alpine skiing, luge, and bobsleigh at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics.

You can see the olympic rings on the wall of the building in the picture.

Sapporo Teine ski resort consists of “Highland zone” and “Olympia zone”

and those two zones are connected with gondolas.
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At the top of the mountain.
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Because of the heavy snowfall, the ski course can not be seen well.
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A slope at Teine Highland.
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Maybe the oldest lift in the Teine Highland?

Teine Highland has good ski slopes and it’s only 40 miniutes from downtown Sapporo by car.
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Snow Cruise Onze 2014

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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“Snow Cruise Onze” is a ski ground in Otaru, Hokkaido.

While skiing, you can have a great view of Ishikari-wan bay.

Onze opens until 11 o’clock at night, thus it is called “Onze”,

which means eleven in French.
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It’s nice to ski through the woods and toward the sea.
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Snow Cruise Onze is not a big ski resort, but really enjoyable

with the great great view of the ocean.

It’s also close to Sapporo, 30 minutes from downtown Sapporo using an express way.
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Furano Ski Resort 2014

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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Furano Ski Resort!

One of the most famous ski resorts in Hokkaido.

The resort has had the FIS Alpine Ski World Cups in the past

and Snowboarding World Cups in recent years.

You can command a great view of Tokachi mountain range and the town of Furano

from the top of the ski slope.

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Trees on the ski slope. A perfect day for skiing.
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From the top of the ski slope, just getting off from the gondola.
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At the foot of the mountain, just near the gondola station.

You can see the ski slope in the distance.

The gondola takes you from the foot of the mountain to the top in 15 minutes.
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This is the entrance of “Ningle Terrace”, located just below the New Furano Prince Hotel
in the Furano Ski Resort.

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“Ningle Terrace” has many cottage shops, where they sell handicrafts

and special local products.

This is a good place for finding souvenirs as well as walking around.
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“Susukino Ice Sculptures” at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2014

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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Ice sculptures can be seen at Susukino Venue during the Sapporo Snow Festival.

This ice sculpture above has a lot of real fish!
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This picture was taken at the night before the opening of Sapporo Snow Festival 2014.

They are finishing the ice sculpture.
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From Susukino intersection.

Next year’s Sapporo Snow Festival, the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival, will be held
from February 5 through 11 in 2015.

See you at the Sapporo Snow Festival nest year!
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“Snow Miku 2014” at the Sapporo Snow Festival

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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This year’s Sapporo snow festival has again the Snow Miku event.

“Snow Miku” is the Sapporo winter version of Hatsune Miku.
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This is the snow statue of Snow Miku.

This year’s Snow Miku statue is larger than the past few years.
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Limited Snow Miku products such as T-shirts and stickers are sold

at the Sapporo Snow Festival Odori site.

When I visited there, it seemed people who wanted to buy Snow Miku goods

had to wait, standing on a line, for two hours!

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There was a statue of Snow Miku at the Sapporo railway station, too

(though not made of snow).
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“International Snow Sculpture Contest” at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2014!

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s largest winter events,

attracts about two million people from Japan and abroad every year.

The 65th Sapporo Snow Festival is held from February 5 through 11 in 2014,

and the international snow sculpture contest is also held at the Snow Festival site.
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This year, it’s the 41st international snow sculpture contest and nine teams,

from various regions of the world, have participated in the contest.
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Can you guess which team was this year’s winner?

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Hong Kong team

the title of the sculpture is “The Jumping Qilin”.
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New Zealand “Black and Silver”
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Hawaii “In Plain Sight”
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Malaysia “PROBOSCIS MONKEY”
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DAEJEON METROPOLITAN CITY (KOREA)”Dream”
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PORTLAND(U.S.A)”Rats are eating my lunch!”
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SINGAPORE “Let move it”
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REPUBLIC OF POLAND

“Mother Nature watering valleys in the Karkonosze Mountains in Poland”
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Thailand “Kingdom of Thailand”
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And the winner is —-
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DAEJEON METROPOLITAN CITY (KOREA)’s “Dream”!!!
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