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  • hey guys I am at the Sapporo Snow Festival today and would you believe

  • that this festival started with so did you know that Japan's northern island of

  • Hokkaido has only been inhabited (by modern Japanese people)

  • for about a hundred and fifty years? that

  • that is so new and it comes along with it some pretty cool advantages and how

  • they do City planning and everything like that will touch on that a little

  • later for now it is my third day will be morning of my third day in Hokkaido

  • right now I'm in Sapporo but getting here was an adventure all of its own

  • let's see if I can't summarize it in about two minutes alright here we go

  • so I was in Milan (Italy) with two shamisen players and I got an email asking me if

  • I wanted to go to Hokkaido... yes. so instead of going home I came directly to

  • Hokkaido. Well, not really directly. there were four flights and five airports

  • involved who's counting. we landed at night in Asakawa. there was snow. lots of snow the

  • next day we went to a cool design center the area of Asahikawa itself is

  • known for producing incredible furniture we have food and we got to visit some of

  • the furniture makers than themselves and when night time hit we went to the

  • Asahikawa Winter Festival it was brief it was cold it was beautiful but at night I

  • braved the cold and went out for a little bit and it was so worth it

  • it's just around midnight right now it's currently about minus 12 degrees (Celcius) so it's

  • not all that bad but magic is happening right behind me

  • for the record I kind of wanted to say it a little bit later and film more for

  • you guys but my camera is starting to freeze up the lens more than anything

  • but she's not doing good this giant truck filled with snow

  • reminds me before I head into the hotel there's something I want to show you and

  • that's these poles right here which let cars and snowplows and everything know

  • where the edge of the road is they're everywhere in areas that don't have

  • these poles have arrows hanging from above because the poles wouldn't be tall

  • enough because they get that much snow in this area all right that's all for

  • now I'm really gonna head back into the hotel look at how white my hair is

  • turned.

  • alright I think from this point we can slow down a little bit so the

  • next day we headed into an area called Otaru and we're pretty much instantly

  • graced with the beauty of snow

  • these little ledges that have created are to reduce the risk of like I guess

  • not landslides with snow slides down the side of it like hill or mountain that

  • tells you how much snow they in here know it's nor like no no we know this

  • guy we see his videos at Tuesday thank you guys so much for coming up.

  • Otaru was beautiful I cannot wait to go back there someday but that pretty

  • much brings us to last night when I arrived here at this hotel

  • this hotel isnt too bad either

  • Got a mountain view!

  • Look at that that sunset over the mountains there

  • I feel like this warrents some kind of time-lapse

  • I'm on my way to the snow festival right now

  • Sapporo itself is just so beautiful right now look at this

  • before we actually get to the festival a little bit of context this entire

  • festival actually started with kids. as the story goes it looks like the goal

  • was to turn the snow into something more than just a cold bother and so they

  • started this annual tradition of building snow castles and stuff like

  • that and over the years it gained so much attention that it became the

  • Sapporo Snow Festival that it is today something I wanted to tell you guys

  • about right now so interesting fact from the station all the way to the main park

  • Odori Park is connected by an underground set of tunnels I never knew

  • that I've never been in them and I kind of want to check them out

  • considering how cold Sapporo gets it makes sense there's an underground

  • walkway for like the most popular area and it also makes sense that it is

  • insanely crowded

  • all the exits seemed clearly numbered and to be honest with you guys I want to

  • enjoy Sapporo so I'm gonna go back up. I just kind of wanted to show you guys

  • the area. you'll notice that Sapporo also has these poles the station is back

  • there has been like 14 years since I've seen it and the last time didn't go so

  • well and I've actually always wanted to come back and see this snow festival so

  • I'm literally over-the-top excited I'm just trying to keep the energy down

  • right now

  • so as much as all I want to do is hang around and gather two gorgeous b-roll of

  • this snow festival there's one thing that I've always wanted to do so let's

  • go this way

  • the very first time I came here by the time I discovered this place it was too

  • late this time I got here just in time

  • something special about today I hear that just during the snow vessel they

  • open up the staircase so we can go down by this stair coming this far

  • the cold I can deal with it's the ice on the stairs that's kind of freaking me

  • out anyway I don't think ten minute montage of me going down the stairs is

  • gonna be the most except the elevators neat though, I love seeing.. Hi Guys!

  • I'm just gonna hurry down and I'll see you guys when I get down there that was

  • totally worth it now I'm really excited to go check out the Snow Festival itself

  • in the last video where I showed my footage from sapporo from 14 years ago i

  • believe i described sapporo as being a different kind of amazing and i think

  • that holds true the only sad thing is that every single day until today it's

  • been snowing and it's not snowing at the snow festival do you see this behind me

  • it's like a wish it's like a wish come true it started snowing started snowing

  • yeah

  • it got really bad there for a while but things are seemingly calming down a bit

  • it is a snow festival after all... and I asked for the snow and as you get down

  • to the end of the park that's where they're working on the smaller statues

  • but just because they're smaller doesn't mean they skimp on detail by any means

  • and my hands may be reaching their limit ended up buying gloved it seemed like

  • the smart choice

  • Combini Time

  • what a day that was there's a lot of fun I never thought that when I publish that

  • video of my first visit the Sapporo that I would be there two weeks later

  • and finally Sapporo Beer! let's see if this is even any good

  • smells like beer...

hey guys I am at the Sapporo Snow Festival today and would you believe

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Japan in the Winter | The Snow Festival

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