Watch The Brutal Destruction of Giant Snow Sculptures

The Sapporo Snow Festival is over! And yesterday, workers began destroying the huge snow sculptures with diggers.

For decades now, the Sapporo Snow Festival featured some truly impressive large-scale snow sculptures. And when the event is over, the organizers don't sit around and wait for them to melt.

In the video below, you can see yesterday's destruction:


Before the destruction begins, the Japanese Self Defense Force, which is brought in to destroy these things, purifies the sculptures with sake. You can see a bit of that in this 2011 clip:


Here is the One Piece sculpture being destroyed at the 2012 festival:

The Toriko sculpture from that same year:

The 2009 festival:

And now with sad music and snow head decapitation.

So brutal.

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