60th Sapporo Snow Festival

60th Sapporo Snow Festival

On the fifth day, we visited a fish market in the morning and then spend the whole evening touring event sites for the 60th Sapporo Snow Festival.

The market offers an array of fresh seafood products as well as processed products. We also popped by a fruits and vegetable market where we had a quick bento breakfast.

The JR train we took to commute around

The JR train we took to commute around

You are not allow to use your mobile phone in the trains

You are not allow to use your mobile phone in the trains

Giant crows - they are at least twice the size of their Singapore cousins

Giant crows – they are at least twice the size of their Singapore cousins

Crows, waiting for food via the rubbish trucks

Crows, waiting for food

At the fish market street

At the fish market street

Heavy snow

Heavy snow

Posing outside one of the seafood stores

Posing outside one of the seafood stores

A more kawaii crab decor outside another seafood store

A more kawaii crab decor outside another seafood store

Giant lobster

Giant lobster

Mark wants to eat up all of them

Mark wants to eat up all of them

Big fishes

Big fish

Live crabs on sale

Live crabs on sale

Closer look at the crabs

Closer look at the crabs

Another kind of live crab

Another kind of live crab

Live abalone

Live abalone

Salmon head

Salmon head

Crab box set!

Crab box set!

Fresh Japanese king crab

Fresh Japanese king crab

Fresh prawns with lots of roes

Fresh prawns with lots of roes

Some rich person just bought a live Japanese king crab

Some rich person just bought a live Japanese king crab

Live hairy crabs - ripped open

Live hairy crabs – ripped open

All kinds of seafood

All kinds of seafood

Sampling is allowed - silly Rachel thought these preserved seaweed are cavier

Sampling is allowed – silly Rachel thought these preserved seaweed are caviar

More food for us to sample

More food for us to sample

Rachel enjoying a single slice of Japanese muskmelon

Rachel enjoying a single slice of Japanese muskmelon

Me enjoying the same slice of muskmelon

Me enjoying the same slice of muskmelon

Bear and walrus meat! Mark wanted to buy them and try, but Meiyen stopped him.

Bear and walrus meat! Mark wanted to buy them and try, but Meiyen stopped him.

A famous Hokkaido mascot - Marimokkori who has a constant erection

A famous Hokkaido mascot – Marimokkori who has a constant erection

Marimokkori who has perpetual erection - even in an onsen

Marimokkori who has a perpetual erection – even in an onsen

Marimokkoris dick will protrude out, no matter what he wears

Marimokkori’s dick will protrude, no matter what he wears

Our tidbits sweep

Our tidbits sweep

Bear beverage - the Hokkaido version shows a polar bear instead of the usual brown bear

Bear beverage – the Hokkaido version shows a polar bear instead of the usual brown bear

Blocks of ice laid on the pavement of the fish market street

Blocks of ice laid on the pavement of the fish market street

wet market

wet market

At the fruits and vegetable market

At the fruits and vegetable market

Gigantic cabbages and carrots

Gigantic cabbages and carrots

Green pumpkins

Green pumpkins

Seaweed tea which Rachel bought for her dad

Seaweed tea which Rachel bought for her dad

Mark the onion seller

Mark the onion seller

The broccoli in Japan looks large and beautiful

The broccoli in Japan looks large and beautiful

The market sells soft-toys too - Mark bought the Kiwi-man

The market sells soft-toys too – Mark bought the Kiwi-man

Rambutans are expensive in Japan and are sold in singular

Rambutans are expensive in Japan and are sold in singular

Katsu-don for breakfast

Katsu-don for breakfast

Teriyaki chicken don

Teriyaki chicken don

Thereafter, we went to look at a snow sculpturing competition and made snowmen, part of the programs for the Sapporo Snow Festival. Rachel had a lot of fun making snowmen. In fact, while all of us made one snowman each, Rachel made a second one to replace her first one as she was not satisfied with it’s appearance. As all these activities were outdoor, we were all freezing ourselves to death and did not stay there for too long. The cold damaged Rachel’s head and she kept pestering me with silly questions like whether it was possible to “make the snowmen come alive”.

Collection of snowmen made by visitors

Collection of snowmen made by visitors

Aloha!

Aloha!

An interesting mirror installation

An interesting mirror installation

Counter to loan wares for making snowmen (free!)

Counter to loan wares for making snowmen (free!)

The four of us

The four of us with our snowmen-making wares

Kids making snowmen

Kids making snowmen

More kids playing in the snow

More kids playing in the snow

Adults making snowmen

Adults making snowmen

Forming the bodies of the snowmen

Forming the bodies of the snowmen

The first two snowmen Rachel and I made

The first two snowmen Rachel and I made

Rachel and I showing off our snowmen

Rachel and I showing off our snowmen

Mark, Meiyen, Rachel and I showing off our snowmen

Mark, Meiyen, Rachel and I showing off our snowmen

The resting place we chose for our snowmen

The resting place we chose for our snowmen

Helpful ojisan who taught us how to make proper snowmen

Helpful ojisan who taught us how to make proper snowmen

Tagged with our personalised name plates

Tagged with our personalised name plates

Meiyen and Marks snowmen

Meiyen and Mark’s snowmen

Snowmen gathering

Snowmen gathering

Snow sculpturing contestants slugging it out on their assigned block of snow

Snow sculpturing contestants slugging it out on their assigned block of snow

Shaping the mouth

Shaping the mouth

Carving Japanese characters

Carving Japanese characters

Another group at work

Another group at work

Leaning pigs

Leaning pigs

Giant Ponyo

Giant Ponyo

Rachel with Wall-E

Rachel with Wall-E

Rachel and I with a giant snowman plus a few snow-babies

Rachel and I with a giant snowman plus a few snow-babies

Sculpture promoting friendship

Sculpture promoting friendship

Rachel with a chibi character

Rachel with a chibi character

A kawaii character

A kawaii character

Trying out the snow slides next - you can see them from behind

Trying out the snow slides next – you can see them from behind

Playing with the snow slides

Playing with the snow slides

Wheeeeeee!

Wheeeeeee!

We had pipping hot Hokkaido soup curry for lunch. This was one of the best meal we had in Japan. The restaurant is called Soup Curry Rasataclick here to visit their official website. You get to choose the degree of hotness for your soup curry, going from one to ten chilli. Mark took the nine chilli option, I chose three, Meiyen chose five and Rachel chose zero. In the end, we figured the average Singaporean can probably take the seven chilli option, being more accustomed to spicy food than the Japanese. All four of us were extremely hungry from the coldness in the morning and promptly emptied all our bowls in double quick time.

Outside the soup curry place where three soup curry restaurants are located side-by-side

Outside the soup curry place where three soup curry restaurants are located

Outside Rasata - the soup curry restaurant we chose to dine at

Outside Rasata – the soup curry restaurant we chose to dine at

Fooling around with our soup curry

Fooling around with our soup curry

Marks soup curry with crispy chicken thigh

Mark’s soup curry with crispy chicken thigh

My soup curry, served with cheese-baked chicken

My soup curry, served with cheese-baked chicken

Rachels spiceless soup curry - for cowards who cant take spicy food

Rachel’s spiceless soup curry – for cowards who cant take spicy food

Beneath a TV tower in the day

Beneath a TV tower in the day

Film negatives that Rachel bought for her sister

Film negatives that Rachel bought for her sister

Outside a food court in a shopping mall

Outside a food court in a shopping mall

Retro movie poster

Retro movie poster

Fake vintage advertisement

Fake vintage advertisement

Toot toot! All on board!

Toot toot! All on board!

Fake antique watch shop

Fake antique watch shop

Fake antique barber

Fake antique barber

Delicious red bean pancake

Delicious red bean pancake

Read bean paste

Read bean paste

The popular red bean cake stall with a constant queue

The popular red bean cake stall with a constant queue

We found this at a gift shop - Sapporo draft beer candies!

We found this at a gift shop – Sapporo draft beer candies!

Gums and hi-chew candies we bought

Gums and hi-chew candies we bought

Rachel buying her first Hokkaido soft-serve

Rachel buying her first Hokkaido soft-serve

Very delighted with the soft-serve which tasted rich and creamy

Very delighted with the soft-serve which tasted rich and creamy

Close-up of the soft-serve

Close-up of the soft-serve

Promotional material for the sequel of 20th Century Boy

Promotional material for the sequel of 20th Century Boy

Be warned

Be warned

Outside the Asahi Newspaper office

Outside the Asahi Newspaper office

Rachel and I, beneath a TV tower

Rachel and I, beneath a TV tower

Inverse-coloured panda

Inverse-coloured panda – a popular soft toy

Roadside stall selling salted fish

Roadside stall selling salted fish

A decorative structure

A decorative structure

At the ice skating rink

At the ice skating rink

A popular comedian duo in Japan who had a giant snow sculpture made for them

A popular comedian duo in Japan who had a giant snow sculpture made for them

The rugby ball villian in Super Mario

The rugby ball villian in Super Mario

Rachel with Snoopy

Rachel with Snoopy

Grand-looking snow shrine

Grand-looking snow shrine

Piyo Piyo

Piyo Piyo

The bizarre adventure of Jojo

The bizarre adventure of Jojo

Cute-looking bear with a heart

Cute-looking bear with a heart

Anpan-man

Anpan-man

Alaska Menthol - a new cigarette brand launched by Salem in conjunction with the Sapporo Snow Festival

Alaska Menthol – a new cigarette brand launched by Salem in conjunction with the Sapporo Snow Festival

Keroro!

Keroro!

Impressive Disney sculpture

Impressive Disney sculpture

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and Minnie

Onsen bear

Onsen bear

Totoro, Rachel and I

Totoro, Rachel and I

Ponyo!

Ponyo again!

Luminous snow sculpture that keeps changing colour

Luminous snow sculpture that keeps changing colour

Japanese newscaster reporting on-site

Japanese newscaster reporting on-site

Smaller snow sculptures like these were all over and lined the paths

Smaller snow sculptures like these were all over and lined the paths

Poor freezing statue - look at the heavy snow!

Poor freezing statue – look at the heavy snow!

Baseball team mascot

Baseball team mascot

The Nissin chicken

The Nissin chicken

Another Nissin birdie

Another Nissin birdie

Coca-cola

Coca-cola

Freaky looking melon heads

Freaky looking melon heads

A random snow sculpture - I dont know who this guy is

A random snow sculpture – I dont know who this guy is

Sorry-looking snow sculpture - probably disintegrating already

Sorry-looking snow sculpture – probably disintegrating already

Meiyen and Mark, posing with a cute looking tiny snow sculpture

Meiyen and Mark, posing with a cute looking tiny snow sculpture

Sorry-looking snow dolphin

Sorry-looking snow dolphin

Giant owl and other birdies

Giant owl and eagle with their babies

Sculpture to promote Tokyos candidacy for the 2016 Olympics

Sculpture to promote Tokyos candidacy for the 2016 Olympics

A pair of kissing fish

A pair of kissing fish

Kungfu Panda

Kungfu Panda

Mcdonalds mascot in Japan

Mcdonalds mascot in Japan

A famous Korean landmark, made into a snow sculpture

A famous Korean landmark, made into a snow sculpture

The Korean section, selling Korean food and ornaments

The Korean section, selling Korean food and ornaments

Barbequed scallops

Barbequed scallops

Chance upon this poster - Singaporeans wont appreciate this for sure

Chance upon this poster – Singaporeans wont appreciate this for sure

street food vendors

street food vendors

Giant ad poster - Go this way!

Giant ad poster – Go this way!

The International Zone which was still under construction

The International Zone which was still under construction

Work-in-progress

Work-in-progress

An excavator has to be used to dig up the snow

An excavator has to be used to dig up the snow

The team from Iceland

The team from Finland

Wooden stickes are used to keep the snow sculptures in shape

Wooden stickes are used to keep the snow sculptures in shape

Thailand and Turkey food stall

Thai and Turkish food stall

Korean and Chinese food stall

Korean and Chinese food stall

Russian food stall

Russian food stall

Nikka Bar

Nikka Bar

Flying crane

Flying crane

Although we were already very tired at this point, the four of us still dragged our feet to the shopping belt where we were at the previous night to check out the lighted ice sculptures. Although smaller in sizes, they were equally fascinating for us, having come from a 24-7 sweltering hot, tropical country where we only get to see snow when we travel abroad.

Tired trio

Tired trio

Lots of people gawking at the ice sculptures

Lots of people gawking at the ice sculptures

An illuminated ice sculpture

An illuminated ice sculpture

Exquisite crane sculpture

Exquisite crane sculpture

Woman on a flying horse

Woman on a flying horse

Beef noodle

Beef noodle

A fisherman who got lucky

A fisherman who got lucky

A frog with his girlfriend

A frog with his girlfriend

Rachel in front of the Green Peace ice sculpture

Rachel in front of the Green Peace ice sculpture

Goldfish sculpture

Goldfish sculpture

A pair of goldfish

A pair of goldfish

Sculpture sponsored by a milk company

Sculpture sponsored by a milk company

Beer counter made from ice

Suntory Whisky counter made from ice

Marimokkori and his girlfriend

Marimokkori and his girlfriend

A mermaid

A mermaid

Got milk?

Got milk?

Swordfish

Swordfish

Fantasy creatures

Fantasy creatures

A dragon

A dragon

Bra lady who sells seafood?

Bra lady who sells seafood?

Rachel is happy we finally walked till the end of the street

Rachel is happy we finally walked till the end of the street

Carving an eagle

Carving an eagle

Work-in-progress ice sculpture

Work-in-progress ice sculpture

Posing with someone in a neko suit who happened to walk pass us

Posing with someone in a neko suit who happened to walk pass us

We had a sumptious dinner that night at the ramen street which we recce the previous night. We chose the restaurant that had the longest queue. It was a very small restaurant with only counter seats and can only accommodate six customers at any one time. We decided to split into groups of two so we can go in faster instead of waiting for a vacant row of four seats.Being the gentlemen we were, Mark and I let the ladies dine first. The ingrates took photos of us from the inside and slurped up their noodle while eyeing our pitiful, hungry expressions. When Mark and I got in, we devoured our ramen as if we haven’t eaten for weeks.

Octopachi

Octopachi

We bought the octopachi from this store

We bought the octopachi from this store

The ojisan who makes the octopachi looks very experienced

The ojisan who makes the octopachi looks very experienced and spotted a cool goatee

Close-up o

Close-up of the stylo-goatee ojisan

This restaurant serves mouth-watering ramen

This restaurant serves mouth-watering ramen

Rachel and Meiyens pipping hot ramens

Rachel and Meiyen’s pipping hot ramens

Mark and I peeking in from outside... lusting for Meiyen and Rachels ramens

Mark and I peeking in from outside… lusting for Meiyen and Rachel’s ramens

The ramen chef

The ramen chef

Free eggs for all customers - Mark ate three

Free eggs for all customers – Mark ate three

Oishi! My miso ramen!

Oishi! Mark’s miso ramen with extra char siew!

My miso ramen

My miso ramen

Snowball puddings we bought for supper

Snowball puddings we bought for supper

This was the longest and most tiring day throughout our entire Japan trip as we did the most walking on this day. In fact, my feet developed blisters that night and it continued to hurt for the rest of our trip. Then again, the experience of the 60th Sapporo Snow Festival was definitely worth it. πŸ™‚

Watch out for my next entry on my sixth day in Japan – we will be leaving Hokkaido and heading to Yokohama and Tokyo. :) Meanwhile, you can read my previous entries if you haven’t already:

Day 1 – Kansai Airport, Hokkaido

Day 2 – Skiing, Otaru

Day 3 – Asahikawa, Asahiyama Zoo

Day 4 – Sledding, Shiroi Koibito, Crab Buffet

Day 5 – The 60th Sapporo Snow Festival

Day 6 – Staying with the Asai, Shōnan

Day 7 – Ueno, Tokyo

Day 8 – Shibuya and Akihabara, Tokyo

Day 9 – Ikeda, Osaka

Day 10 – Kobe

Day 11 – Kyoto

Day 12 – Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Dotonbori

Day 13 – Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and Mt. Rokko

Day 14 – Return to Singapore

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