The world's first official Darth Vader ice sculpture wows crowds at annual snow festival
The 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival is currently underway in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The visitors for this year's festival are treated to the awesome sight of a giant Star Wars snow sculpture, officially endorsed by the creators of Star Wars and parent company Disney.
Every year, the city of Sapporo holds the Sapporo Snow Festival, which showcases impressive snow sculptures of pretty much just about anything one can imagine. This year, with over 200 snow sculptures, the week-long festival is expected to draw more than 2.5 million visitors from all over Japan and abroad, who are sure to appreciate the size, quality, and detail of the exhibited sculptures. The Sapporo Snow Festival's history and highly regarded reputation allowed for organizers to exhibit an official Star Wars sculpture, the first of its kind in the world. With Disney overseeing the design, Lucasfilm, the creators of Star Wars, gave its blessing to the festival organizers and the11th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Force, who spent one month to build the 15-meter-high sculpture of Darth Vader, three Stormtroopers, a TIE fighter, Death Star, and the iconic Star Wars logo. The sculpture is part of a promotion for the next Star Wars film scheduled for a December release, and it's definitely one of the main attractions for this year's festival.
Shown below are just a few of the amazing snow sculptures from the beautiful city of Sapporo.
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Sapporo Snow Festival