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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