Ode to snow forms big
and small in Sapporo`s blocks-
long park – (sn)Odori.
I haven`t put a picture up in a while so, seeing as Sapporo`s Snow Festival has just kicked off as it does this time of year, I thought I`d add my own photographic memory to the blog. Taken with my pre-digital camera – and I still remember the funny look I got from the person who took a picture of me in front of one of the sculptures – built yearly by members of the self-defense forces. Who I assume don`t have much else to do. Thankfully really because they`re often needed for disasters or issues with the neighbours – not that they can do much there – so building these may be a bit of a relief!! By the way Asahikawa also has a winter festival for those of you who don`t know. Most sections of this park are taken up with these sculptures but there`s also a section with an artificial ski-jump. There was when I was there anyway.
I think the contrast between the snowy sculpture of the ancient Taj Mahal and the modern Japanese office block is interesting.