Sapporo: A Beer and A City

Available in most sushi restaurants around the world, Sapporo Beer is named after a city in which country?

And the answer is: Japan.

Photo credit: Japan Guide

Japan is the fourth largest island nation in the world: it is comprised of 6,852 islands, though just 430 of which are inhabited. Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan, and the largest city on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Photo credit: Nations Online Project

Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, which were the first Winter Olympic Games ever held in Asia. Several decades later, the city hosted Asia's first World Cup in 2002. The city has since achieved other recognition through not only their namesake beer, but also through their magical Snow Festival hosted every February. The festival is known for beautifully intricate ice sculptures and ice activities that stretch down the middle of the city. The festival began back in 1950, with the creation of six snow sculptures by middle and high school students. Miraculously, the publicity from the Olympics and general appreciation for the event allowed it to grow from a well-loved local event to a staple of the city's activities to an international sensation. Today it attracts millions of visitors from around the globe.

Check out this video for more sights of Sapporo's annual Snow Festival:

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