Winter festival on icy lake www3.nhk.or.jp

posted by  Yubi | 11¬†months, 3¬†weeks ago in Lifestyle

People on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido are making the most of the frigid weather by taking part in a fun event on a frozen lake.

The annual winter festival on Lake Shikaribetsu in the town of Shikaoi kicked off Saturday.

Visitors can enjoy various activities in a number of structures made from ice and snow on and around the lake. These structures are collectively called "kotan," which means "village" in the language of the indigenous Ainu people.