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After a good night’s sleep on our first night in Sapporo, we spent most of the day walking around the Sapporo snow festival. Called Sapporo Yuki Matsuri (さっぽろ雪まつり) in Japanese, the festival is held annually in Sapporo. We only plan to visit the site in Odori Park (大通公園 odori kouen) as we will only be in Sapporo for one full day. The festival takes up most of the park’s 12 blocks in downtown Sapporo. Apparently the Japanese self-defense force brings in snow from around Sapporo and uses it to build the gigantic snow sculputures, known as daisetsuzo (大雪蔵). There are also many other, smaller snow sculptures as well, built by people from all over the world.

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This morning, we got up around 6 am or so to see the sunrise. I wasn’t really planning on going originally, but with all the commotion of everyone else waking up and running out the door the hope for sleep was futile, so I decided to go ahead and tag along anyway. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the sunrise at all because of the clouds. The wind on the deck was beastly as well and I got completely covered in nasty salt spray while I was out there. The UV filter on my lens also got completely nailed. Oh well. After breakfast and a futile attempt at taking a nap that degenerated into another game of rummy, the ferry arrived in Tomakomai.

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