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    Thousands of people have already been to the annual Snow Festival at Sapporo on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and thousands more are expected before the festival is over.

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    Thousands of people have already been to the annual Snow Festival at Sapporo on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, and thousands more are expected before the festival is over.

    The main attraction is a magnificent spectacle of ice and snow sculptures.

    Because Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost island, its extremely cold weather at this time of the year keeps the sculptures frozen for long periods.

    This year, as well as the usual large scale figures from local history and mythology, there is also an intricate facsimile of the Olympic Winter Games village in the Austrian town of Innsbruck.

    There are also sculpture of the American White House, Statue of Liberty, sharks inspired by the move "Jaws", the dragon goddess, Mickey Mouse and Snow White.

    SYNOPSIS: Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido where thousands of visitors attend the annual snow festival, a wonderland of impressive sculpture of ice and snow. On opening day this year, an estimated record of over 800-thousand people attended the show When the show ends on Thursday, Japanese authorities say more than two million people would have attended.

    To celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of America's independence, the Sapporo festival dedicated an entire square to the Untied States, highlighting ice sculptures of such landmarks as the White House and the Statue of Liberty. The festival also paid tribute to the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.

    There were also traditional themes such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Mickey Mouse among the 240 statues on display. On opening day on Sunday, the weather was what was described as fair, with temperatures at minus four degrees centigrade. Other attractions at the festival included a replica of a shark made popular by the movie, Jaws.

    Many of the sculptures at the festival recall the antiquity of Hokkaido, last home of the primitive and almost extinct Ainu people, the original inhabitants of Japan. Others form a parade of Japanese historical and mythological characters...enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3KID8SPE1FXTX06UT08TA6F08
    Media URN:
    VLVA3KID8SPE1FXTX06UT08TA6F08
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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