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Portlanders participate in sister city Sapporo Snow Festival

It was snowing in Portland and it was snowing in Sapporo too. Sapporo and Portland are celebrating their 55th anniversary of their sister city relationship this year.

Intrepid, artistic, and apparently waterproof Portlanders traveled to Sapporo, Japan, to compete in Japan's largest winter events, the Sapporo Snow Festival. Over two million people visit Sapporo to see the snow and ice sculptures along Odori Park, the grounds of the Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino.

Sapporo snow festival

The Portland Japanese Garden and the Portland Sapporo Sister City Association partnered together to field a strong team to sculpt ice. You can see the Portland influence in the subject matter!

Sapporo snow festival Portland entry