Giant Star Wars Snow Sculpture Built by Japanese Self Defense Force (Flashbacking)
This article was originally published by our friends at TokyoDesu.com, a great source for well produced Japanese cultural news with just the right amount of edge - definitely add them to your reading list! We first shared it right about this time last year, and it was worth putting out there again, because, sadly, in the absence of a global Force Awakens marketing blitz, we're unlikely to see such awesomeness this year. What follows has been edited for timeliness and content.
The Giant Star Wars Snow Sculpture in Sapporo is Finally Finished.
Now that the building-sized artwork is complete, it seems Darth Vader is once again invading Japan, this time joined by three stormtroopers, the Death Star and a TIE fighter. Best of all is his lightsaber, illuminated in red at night.
The design was made reality over the course of a month using a squadron of bulldozers, and is one of over 200 snow sculptures currently on show at the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival.
As has been tradition since 1955, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force provided the necessary manpower, and all those years serving under Japan’s pacifist constitution seems to have given them time to develop impeccable arts and crafts skills.
Here are some photos of the process:
January 7; January 14
January 20; January 23
January 25; January 31
If you’d like to go and see Darth and his imperial buddies yourself, the festival runs until February 11th. For those that can’t make it, you can instead cheer yourself up with these pictures of Star Wars reimagined in feudal Japan.
Images: Lucasfilm Ltd.