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2014.11.13

The shining blue of Shikotsu Lake will transform freezing chills into chills of delight

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2015 Chitose, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival:
The Chitose Shikotsu Ice Festival with its ice objects created so as to take advantage of nature’s beauty is the main winter attraction in the Chitose area. This community-led event that started due to the effort and youthful spirit of volunteers and staff of Shikotsu Lake Hot Springs will be held for the 37th time this year.

To this day all of the ice sculptures are made by only about 10 staff who spends many long hours working on these. In November, the frameworks are set up, and then in December the staff keeps on spraying water from the lake on them 24 hours a day, every day. However, the real creator of these beautiful ice sculptures is the wind from Shikotsu Lake blowing over them. The illuminated sculptures offer a spectacular fantasy-like night view, and in the afternoon light shine in beautiful blue. Water from Shikotsu Lake has very few impurities, which allows light to travel through the ice easily. This radiates the so-called "Shikotsu blue", a miraculous color that you can only find here.

Time: January 30, 2015 ? February 22, 2015
Venue: Chitose city, Shikotsu Lake Hot Springs (10-minute walk from Kyukamura SHIKOTSUKO)

Kyukamura SHIKTSUKO
http://www.qkamura.or.jp/en/shikotsu/

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2015千歳・支笏湖氷濤まつり 
支笏湖ブルーの輝き、寒気が歓喜に変わる冬

自然の造形美を生かした氷のオブジェ「千歳・支笏湖 氷濤(ひょうとう)まつり」は、千歳エリアを代表する冬の一大イベントです。今シーズンで第37回を迎えるこのイベントは、支笏湖温泉で働く有志たちの遊び心とボランティアによって始まった住民手作りのまつりです。

氷像は今でも10人程の製作スタッフが長い時間をかけて作ります。11月は骨組みづくり、12月には24時間体制で湖水を吹きかける作業がつづきますが、氷像を美しく作り出すのは、そこに吹く支笏湖の風。ライトアップされた幻想的な夜の氷像も見応えがありますが、昼の氷像はとても美しいブルーに見えます。支笏湖の水は不純物が少なく、氷の中を光が通りやすいので、支笏湖ブルーと呼ばれる、ここでしか出会えない奇跡の色を放ちます。

期間:平成27年1月30日~平成27年2月22日
会場:千歳市支笏湖温泉(休暇村支笏湖より徒歩10分)