SAPPORO (Kyodo) Sapporo kicked off its annual seven-day snow festival Monday, featuring some 300 snow and ice sculptures in three locations, including one that replaces a previous Ground Self-Defense Force site.

For the 57th Sapporo Snow Festival, the new Satoland site in Higashi Ward replaces the previous site in the GSDF’s Makomanai garrison, with troops offering technical support for the building of ice sculptures and a giant snow slope, which had been a popular attraction for children at the previous site.

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