Fabulous Festival: Ice, Ice, Baby in Sapporo

The whirlwind month that is February means that it's time for the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, the largest and most recognized international event up on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido.
You haven't lived until you've eaten crab out of a crab head...delish!
As usual, coinciding with the Snow Festival is Susukino's Ice Festival just a few blocks away. It's amazing what can result from chain-saws, chisels, and ice:
The Snow Festival is especially fun because it usually seems to kick-off all the other crazy winter festivals that spring up here during February and March. There's definitely no shortage of fun distractions here to keep your mind off of the bitter, bitter cold, wind, and snow!