Ted fed the birds on our balcony first thing. You notice I’m not out in my robe feeding the birds!
Are you wondering what the proper attire for attending a snow festival? I wore boots, heavy socks, inner pants, outside slick pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy sweater, fuzzy vest, down jacket, all covered by the wind jacket, not to mention the unmentionables underneath it all. This ensemble is completed by my panda hat and scarf (made by my friend Rhoda). The panda hat generates a lot of attention, especially by children and elderly people. One day three boys told me (in English) I had a nice head. Even though I've been told only the Yakusa wear sunglasses in Japan, Ted and I wear sunglasses and we are not Yakusa.
We took the bus to Sapporo and this is what it looked like out the window.
It was a crisp, cold day, getting up to about 20 F, then cooling down again after the sun went down. This is a world famous event, so there were many foreigners. It was surprising to hear so many people speaking English. Here are a few photos from the festival.