Iwate Snow Festival at Koiwai Farms

To say I am behind on my posts is an understatement.  To start, I am well aware I am posting about winter when we are finishing up summer.  Additionally, I don't live in Japan anymore!  More on that to come!

I do have a few more posts left from things we did in our last few months in Japan, including my parents visit and a trip to see the cherry blossoms.  But for now, these are my pictures of the incredibly fun time we had at the Iwate Snow festival back in February.

It's significantly smaller than Sapporo, but significantly closer, and we had never been before.  It made sense to check it out.   Below are the pictures of the snow sculptures for 2015.

As usually, plenty of festival food vendors.
Ryan said this meat was amazing!
I, on the other hand, stuck to vegetarian options and went with the custard filled pancake.  Yum!
Although we didn't go for a sleigh ride, it certainly sounded like fun.

You can see that so many kids were having a blast on their sleds.
This was a show presenting the trains.  Yes, I said trains!  These are the different Shinkansens.

And they danced!

This part was very cool.  Although I don't eat meat, I still took a peek inside.  These are igloos that serve as a table for cooking your own meat and veggies.
Inside is a cooking source and table.
So cute!
At night this is lit up.
Some fun snow sculptures


This one was made from ice.
Koiwai is the name of the farm where this was held in Iwate Prefecture.


This was inside a snow maze, which was actually a lot of fun to walk through.







Another shot of the visitors enjoying the snow.


I enjoyed heading back inside for some warmth, only to cool down again with some fresh soft serve.  This is a dairy farm.
In the distance you can see the mountain. It's a little hard to make out.
Before leaving we got a steamed potato with butter.  It was excellent!  In fact, we are still talking about how good this potato with butter was!
Just before we left it was starting to get dark so the lights started to come on.
One last view with Mt. Iwate in the distance.
It was definitely worth checking out.  Although I am not a snow fan I will definitely miss the beautiful northern Japan winters.  At least looking at them...not going out and driving in them!

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been to a snow festival?  When was the last time you built a snow man?  Ever dined in an igloo?

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