Many residents here in Northern Indiana are tired of the snow. While we were getting several feet of snow, halfway around the world, the Sapporo Snow Festival was in full swing in Japan. Held annually, the Sapporo Snow Festival is a week-long event running from February 5 to 11 this year. The event normally has about 2 million visitors and is so popular that the Japanese Self-Defense Force will bring in snow to the festival during dry winters.
During the Sapporo Snow Festival, numerous events take place. Approximately 400 large ice sculptures are made to represent famous buildings, artwork, or people. There is an international ice sculpting contest. Huge ice sleds and snow mazes are constructed for the amusement of children and adults alike. Concerts are held on stages constructed from ice. As in any other festival, a variety of food is served, especially regional dishes of the area. They also elect a snow queen.
So when it snows once again in Northern Indiana, take time to play in the snow. If you have kids or nieces and nephews, take them out to build a snowperson or a snow fort. Or even grab some fresh snow and make some snow ice cream. Enjoy life, no matter what the circumstances and remember there are people in the world who would feel fortunate to have the snow that we are currently having.