Snowman Appears in Sao Paulo as Gift from Hokkaido


Sao Paulo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--A big snowman made of snow transported from the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido has been on display at Japan House in Sao Paulo, catching the eyes of local people who rarely see snow.

Snow to create the snowman, more than 3 meters tall, was transported from the town of Abira by ship, taking a month and a half for a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the immigration of people from Hokkaido to Brazil.

People formed long queues all day for photoshoots with the snowman when it was unveiled on Sunday.

Maria da Silva, 8, who saw snow for the first time, said the snowman was like an ice cube in a freezer but was bigger. Her father, Joao, 37, expressed his hopes to take his children to Hokkaido someday, with a smile on his face.

"We were deeply moved" by 1.8 million yen in donations from Brazil made after a powerful earthquake jolted Hokkaido in September last year, Abira Mayor Shuichiro Oikawa said.

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