Staying Chilled


For Journeys Magazine – Summer 2014 issue

As I walk between a magnificent Indian monument and an imposing Malaysian government building, I wrap my scarf ever tighter and pull down my hat to protect my ears from the cold. The snowy replicas, every bit as grand as the originals despite the temporary nature of the construction materials, are just one part of the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri, an annual, week-long celebration of snow and ice, attracting around two million Japanese and international visitors.

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