SAPPORO, Japan — Sailors stationed at U.S. Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa and its tenant commands began work on a snow sculpture as part of the 68th annual Sapporo Snow Festival Jan. 30.
This is the 34th consecutive year that the Navy has sent a team of Misawa Sailors to Sapporo to create a sculpture and take part in the world’s largest snow festival.
This year’s ice sculpture is going to depict a Navy diver wearing a dive suit used in the early 1900’s.
The team starts the diver sculpture from a 10 by 10 feet block of compacted snow and has 5 days to complete it. After that, the ice is blocked off and will be on display for over two million predicted festival visitors to view.
“This year’s team shows a lot of motivation and drive, it’s the end of day one and the diver…