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2m expected at Sapporo snow fest

MORE than 2 million visitors are expected at this year’s Sapporo snow festival, which started on Monday, showcasing hundreds of ice sculptures of iconic movie characters, celebrities and even US President Donald Trump.

A military band entertained crowds at the opening ceremony, which saw the French flag raised on an ice replica of the famous Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.

Other highlights included an ice moulding of singer Pikotaro, who rose to fame when his song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” went viral on YouTube last year. That song also inspired an ice sculpture of President Trump holding an apple and a pen, a reference to the main dance move in the music video.

In addition, there were sculptures from Nintendo’s Pokemon Go game and Star Wars characters, including the villain Darth Vader and robots R2D2 and C-3PO.

Teams from around the world competed in a snow sculpture contest that forms part of the festival. The winning team this year is Macao, with a snow statue titled “Crane Dance in Spring.” The Sapporo Snow Festival, marking its 68th edition this year, ends today.


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