Sapporo Snow Festival Cancelled over COVID-19 fears

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s biggest events held in Hokkaido around February, will be canceled for the first time due to the sudden increase of COVID-19 infections.

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s biggest events held in Hokkaido around February, will be canceled for the first time due to the sudden increase of COVID-19 infections.

According to the organizers of the event, the festival usually features large ice statures in the center of the city but this year, they would focus on disseminating historical information about the event along with the city’s winter charms.

The boulevard that is decorated with Christmas lights will light up for a longer period of time.

According to a Sapporo official, the event was canceled due to concerns that the festival may “promote the movements of many people in a short period.”

In June this year, the committee said that next year’s event would be on a much smaller scale than usual.

The production of big sculptures will be canceled as well.


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