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We went cross country skiing in January with two of our colleagues.
|Destination: frozen waterfall!|
|You can't see them in the picture, but Keith is in fact on skis! I was excited...|
|The roads on the way home were a little crazy.|
In February, there are two major snow-related events in our area. One is the world famous Sapporo Snow Festival (雪祭り) and the other is the Otaru Snow Light Path (雪あかりの路), about 40 minutes away by train. We went to the Otaru event first... and I can't remember ever being that cold! (Sometime on the way home in the train, I was finally able to feel my feet again...)
There are a couple of main sections of the town decorated by snow candles, although many shops have simple snow candles outside. We first walked along the canal.
|My favorite of the snow candles were the owls.|
|This display was labeled 希望の丘 (hill of hope).|
We stayed until after dark. Last time (2 years ago), we wimped out and went home early. But it's well worth staying, since the sculptures are lit up at night!
|Mr. Walrus was my favorite part of Snow Festival. He was part of a sculpture of different sea animals.|
|The green ones are tea flavored, and the others are salt caramel flavored.|