I suppose the most well-known detail about the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium is the fact that it held the 90-meter ski jump competition during Asia’s first-ever Winter Olympics in 1972. Historic as that may be, it was not my greatest takeaway from our visit here.
It’s not difficult to get a measure of just how big the Sapporo Snow Festival is, even though I only got to visit one site. What I saw in Odori Park was enough of a confirmation that this festival was one of the biggest celebrations of the winter season in Japan. Apart from that, to me this was also a celebration of craftsmanship and creativity.