The Ice Sculpture Festival

February 5th, 2011 by
Category: Events, Report, Seasonal Topics

The Ice Sculpture Festival is a hot event held in the coldest season, a weekend in late-January, at Matsumoto Castle.

This year, the temperature was cold (0.3 to -7.2 degrees centigrade) enough to keep the ice sculptures in a good condition.
These are the ice sculpture works nominated for the contest.


“Prometheus's Fight”

They were carved all night from 6pm in the cold outside!
You can experience Japanese ice craftsmen’s artisan spirit at this festival so this event is popular among foreigners.

Sculptors lit up just after carved

Sculptors lit up just after carved

It is crowed daytime, so it`s best enjoyed on Saturday evening when you can see the sculptors working, or Sunday early morning when you can see the newly built beautiful sculptors.

Kids also have fun with a long ice slide and some shows on a stage.

You can also enjoy hot local Japanese food like oyaki and ramen sold in stalls.

An international ice sculpture contest was being held at Karuizawa, but, sadly, it has not been held after 2008.

In M-Wave ice skating center in Nagano City, Ice Sculpture Exhibition with a stage event will be held on February 12th – 13th 10am-18pm. You can see sculptures and skate free of charge at those days.

* Photos at night and early morning were taken by Emiko Misawa.

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