The Sapporo Snow Festival is over! Yesterday, workers began destroying the huge snow sculptures with diggers.
For decades now, the Sapporo Snow Festival featured some truly impressive large-scale snow sculptures. And when the event is over, the organisers don't sit around and wait for them to melt.
In the video below, you can see yesterday's destruction:
Before the destruction begins, the Japanese Self Defence Force, which is brought in to destroy these things, purifies the sculptures with sake. You can see a bit of that in this 2011 clip:
Here is the One Piece sculpture being destroyed at the 2012 festival:
The Toriko sculpture from that same year:
The 2009 festival:
And now with sad music and snow head decapitation.