The Nico Nico News website posted pictures of some of the 228 snow and ice sculptures created for this year’s Sapporo Snow Festival. The 63rd annual event opened in Hokkaido Prefecture on Monday and features frozen sculptures of the Vocaloid virtual idol character Hatsune Miku (pictured right), Pokémon‘s Pikachu, and One Piece‘s Luffy and Chopper.
Sculptors also recreated Nintendo‘s Mario, Anpanman, Crayon Shin-chan, My Neighbor Totoro‘s Catbus, Hirake! Ponkikki’s Gachapin, Sega‘s Sonic the Hedgehog, Kaibutsu-kun, Hana Kappa, Doraemon‘s Dorami, Suite Precure‘s Hummy, and other Japanese anime and game characters.
Non-Japanese character snow art includes the Jaws American film franchise‘s star shark, the Sponge Bob Square Pants American cartoon’s title character, and The Walt Disney Company‘s Mickey Mouse mascot.
Crypton Future Media also created the Snow Miku promotion as part of the Sapporo Snow Festival. A snow sculpture of Snow Miku featured at the 2010 snow festival, and a life-size statue of the virtual idol is also debuting at a related Hatsune Miku exhibit in the New Chitose International Airport.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is being held in Hokkaido Prefecture’s Sapporo City from February 6-12.