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As harsh winter weather hits the UK, this week’s Pic of the Week celebrates the annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan.

During the festival, Sapporo is turned into a winter wonderland with large numbers of spectacular snow and ice sculptures – some measuring more than 25 metres wide and 15 metres high. The festival is one of Japan’s most popular winter events, attracting more than two million visitors every year.

The 2019 Snow Festival will be held from 4 – 11 February.