I really did and do intend to blog — really, really, really I do — but I get distracted easily.
I’ve been studying Photoshop through Lynda.com tutorials and when I found out about the Pen Tool, well, lets just say it opened up new possibilities. I can draw in Photoshop now and with my nifty new stylus and pressure pad I’m teaching myself how to paint. Consequently, I’ve been in the kitchen once since the new year to cook. It’s been all tofu, all the time in my kitchen. (Wanna a quick recipe? Take cotton style tofu [momen], wrap it in a towel and put a weight on in to press out the water. and fry it with some veggies, marinade it in some kind of flavorful liquid, or add a drizzle of soy sauce and a sprinkle of chopped green onion and some grated ginger. Voila!)
The Snow Festival is features very large sculptures created by the Japanese military. Because Star Wars Episode 7 will be released this year, they created this beautifully detailed version I took at sunset.
From February 3rd I went to Hokkaido for ten days to see the Sapporo Snow Festival; my new hobby is drinking (long story for another post) and so I also went to the Nikka Distillery; and if you’re in Hokkaido you have to ski and go to onsen — pics of all of that in time. I wanted to touch base before getting absorbed back into Lynda.com, so even though I want to keep a cooking blog you’re going to have to settle for pics for now. 😉
This is hand drawn and painted, not a photo. It’s my interpretation of the skyline from Sapporo merged with a non existent sea — I love technology.
The Snow Festival contains smaller ice sculptures paid for by sponsors, in the is case the forth coming Hokkaido Shinkansen (aka bullet train).
Individual groups or clubs can also contribute snow or ice sculptures. This is a bust of a Korean pop star.
And there are several entertainments, one of which is this snowboard and ski slop on which professionals show off their tricks all day long.
They also feature reliefs at the snow festival. In this case one paid for by the local horse racing association.
You may not smoke in Sapporo’s city streets, and especially in the parks housing the sculptures. To accommodate everyone they set up closed smoking rooms behind ice walls like this one.
Many of the larger statues have a stage on which performers sing and dance. After the sun sets a laser and/or light show projects onto the sculptures. My pictures of these after hours shows don’t do it justice, but know these all come alive at night with lighting and image projections.
Everyone loved this. I thought I’d show you another taken during the day.