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  • It's freezing, it's snowing - it is the Sapporo Snow Festival.

  • Let's go and check it out.

  • Sapporo has the second highest snowfall of any city on the planet,

  • and every year, over two million people descend upon the city to experience its legendary snow festival.

  • So this year, I'm dropping by for 48 hours to eat, drink and wander my way through the city.

  • But, I'm not going alone.

  • Joining us on our trip are fellow vloggers and first-time visitors to the festival, Sharla and Chiaki,

  • the ever-cheeky Pete Donaldson from the Abroad in Japan Podcast,

  • and of course, no adventure would be complete without Japan's most eccentric young man.

  • Let's.

  • Sapporo!

  • Hopefully, by the end of our journey, you'll have some extra ideas for things to do the next time you're in town.

  • And our trip starts just one day before the festival officially opens,

  • and a few hours before Natsuki arrives.

  • CB: How do you feel?

  • It's amazing! My first time.

  • CB: In the snow.

  • It's a miracle.

  • CB: It's a miracle!

  • I love snowing.

  • I'll remember it forever. Thank you~

  • CB: So profound...

  • CB: Heh.

  • Because Chiaki is from Okinawa where snow's not yet been invented, she's pretty impressed by it.

  • How do you feel about the snow? - It's amazing!

  • And I can't see in front... And then my hair's starting to get frosty!

  • S: Your eyelashes are frozen! C: My eyelashes!

  • CB: Chiaki the Snowman. C: It's my first experience.

  • I'm so excited!

  • - I'm gonna try and put my hood up. It's gonna be a nightmare...

  • Ohhh it's all gone down my neck!!

  • Ooohh, that's cold... That is unwelcome...

  • CB: People come from all around the world to take photos of pigeons in Sapporo.

  • --Listen, guys. Tomorrow we got a big snow festival to get involved with.

  • I don't want to see any of you stealing any chips from anybody's hands.

  • We're gonna have a good, clean snow festival, alright?

  • So everybody stay out of trouble, okay?

  • CB: Pigeon?

  • P: Pigeon.

  • --Pigeon! CB: Pigeon.

  • Pigeon!

  • CB: Ohh, why?

  • Why? Ah, singing!

  • CB: Ah, singing? -- Yeah.

  • CB: Ah!

  • Can I sing?

  • CB: Yes. -- Yosh.

  • [They sing 'Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars']

  • CB: Very nice, very nice.

  • S: Very good!

  • Thank you, thank you.

  • [Endless gratitude]

  • --Hahaha!

  • Just some singers singing around the gaff.

  • They thought you were controlling the pigeons a second ago.

  • When you were talking to them they were like 'ehh wow!?'.

  • [laughing]

  • Pigeon man!

  • --Yes...

  • Prawn soup.

  • CB: Oh good lord, no...

  • Let's get rid of some of this shrapnel...

  • Umai!

  • You've learned well from the videos. You've learned well.

  • It's not very nice...

  • Is it Japanese? --CB: Do you want to try some?

  • Yeah...

  • CB: Give some to Chiaki.

  • CB: Good?

  • C: Not really... CB: Not good.

  • There goes your sponsorship deal with 'Go:Good Soup'

  • Peter, you can share...

  • CB: Don't waste the awesome camera - the Super 8 camera...

  • Pete's got a Canon Super 8 camcorder from like the 1970s or 80s.

  • And it only has three minutes of footage time.

  • I'm being a disgusting hipster.

  • Alright?

  • You think you're better than me? With your GoPro?

  • CB: To be fair, I'd go and rather have this!

  • The girls are doing 'purikura', the thing where you take photos and ruin the photos with drawings.

  • Do you wanna see what fun looks like? Let's go and have a look.

  • CB: How'd it come out?

  • C: Like this!

  • CB: Oh my lord...

  • C: They cut it... S: Yeah.

  • I'm just gonna use this - I'm gonna pay 200 yen and look through this...

  • Wow! Cool!

  • CB: So on the telescope, it's just a big TV. --P: It's just a big TV.

  • Look, you can zoom out and zoom in.

  • What's going on in this...

  • What's going on in this window?

  • Muahaha.

  • Chikan.

  • [dunnnnnnn]

  • CB: So this is the mascot of Sapporo Tower.

  • CB: What's he called, Pete?

  • Terebi..... dad.

  • Television Dad.

  • CB: Terebitou-san.

  • P: Terebitou-san! CB: TV dad.

  • P: TV dad.

  • In many ways, my television in my house was my dad.

  • [sad music] Uhh...

  • [Chris chuckles]

  • CB: It's all getting...

  • My dad wasn't really that invested in things, and...

  • television taught me right from wrong, and...

  • wrong from right, and...

  • I love you, Television Dad.

  • CB: Leaving Pete behind at Sapporo Tower to peek through his telescope and reflect on his Television Dad,

  • we head back to our hotel in Susukino night-life district to meet Natsuki,

  • who's just flown in from Yamagata.

  • [laughter]

  • CB: He's looking for you.

  • --Natsuki and I actually came here in 2017, right?

  • About three years ago.

  • Three years ago?

  • Three years ago.

  • There's such a different vibe in the winter though, y'know.

  • It looks so different - it looks like a whole different country.

  • Natsuki loves- Natsuki doesn't do cold weather.

  • Baking powder!

  • Baking powder. Like baking powder.

  • CB: 'Like baking powder'...

  • Ow!

  • CB: 1950s restaurant.

  • Natsuki doesn't like the fact that I always go to the same restaurant,

  • a 1950s-styled era restaurant chain called Hanbei.

  • You can find it anywhere, to be honest.

  • I guess that's the point -

  • Natsuki doesn't like that fact that we're going somewhere that you can go to anywhere in Japan.

  • But I love it.

  • And I get what I want.

  • CB: What do you think?

  • CB: It's basically themed like the 50s and 60s - the Showa era.

  • CB: Lots of robots, posters, movies, trinkets, random flags...

  • We'll get some old ham. I think you can buy old ham in here...

  • CB: Yeah, cheers!

  • CB: Drinking time.

  • All: Cheers!

  • Another reason I always come to Hanbei is the menu is 'nomihoudai', which means all you can drink.

  • So, for what, 1,500 yen, you can drink as much as you can in two hours.

  • And for girls, it's 1,200 yen, because...

  • it's...

  • ... girls can't drink as much, apparently...

  • I've ordered a whole glass of salad cream.

  • CB: Corned beef!

  • So we have here fried octopus balls,

  • the food of Osaka.

  • It's a delicious food.

  • Some wonderful viewers, who have now left the restaurant,

  • actually bought this for us as a present.

  • But, there's a catch.

  • One of the takoyaki in here is filled with karashi,

  • spicy, unpleasantly-tasting mustard.

  • And so, one of us at the table here will die.

  • And hopefully, it will not be me.

  • Me first. This one!

  • -- Okay. -- This!

  • 3, 2... 1!

  • So badly timed!

  • [drum roll]

  • [cymbal crash]

  • Normal.

  • Normal?

  • I'm gonna go next and I'm gonna put a little England flag- Britain frag in mine, so...

  • Did you just say 'England frag'? --England frag!

  • [laughing]

  • 'England frag'...

  • [drum roll] [Chris laughing]

  • [cymbal crash]

  • Ohh.......

  • [Natsuki claps] Wohohoah! Happy birthday!

  • Ohh my god...!

  • Oh, it's like taking a shotgun to the face...

  • [cough wheeze]

  • Augh...