JSW friend Masahiro Taniguchi sent in some pictures from the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Just for refreshment like “Bambi and GSDF,” I’m sending the photos I took today at Sapporo Snow Festival.

As you can see it’s a snow statue of anchor of ship and according to the info plate, it was built by US Navy.

It is supposed to symbolize the Navy’s pride and, probably I guess, “anchor” of the Japan-US tight? relationship.

Thanks, Masa.

The ship involved was probably the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley, which pulled into Tomakomai earlier this week.

USS Gridley mooring at Tomakomai, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford.

Here’s a picture from the PACOM Flickr account of U.S. Navy sailors handing out mangas to kids at the event.

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Daniel Sanford.

What manga? It appears to be none other than the U.S. Navy’s “Our Alliance, A Lasting Partnership“, designed to explain the U.S. – Japan alliance to younger readers.

Back of the manga booklet.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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