I have one word for Japan's great white north: Awesome. 本当に素晴らしい. The annual migration of JETs to Sapporo, located in Hokkaido - the northernmost and largest prefecture in Japan, for the 雪祭り (snow festival) did not dissapoint. Our four day adventure to Sapporo was one of my favorite trips that I have been on while living here. Hokkaido, just a stones throw away from Siberia, was unbelievably cold, but the food, the people, the snow, the HEATING systems, and most importantly the amazing group of friends I went with made the trip unforgettable.
I could (and probably will) post a couple entries highlighting my experiences there, but the best summary is the fantastic photo slide show that Kyle Undem, a founding member of the おおしまつ's, created in rememberence of the trip.
札幌、楽しい時間をありがとう。(Sapporo, tanoshii jikan wo arigatou - Thank's Sapporo for the amazing times!)