Anna’s Video Pick – Imagine

by on December 22, 2010 · 4 comments

in Anna's Video Pick, Culture, Environment, War and Peace

Imagine a country with a pacifist constitution that prohibits its military from marching off to war. Since the end of World War II Japan has had such a constitution that limits the use of force to a strictly defensive capacity.

Japanese soldiers have been sent every February to the city of Sapporo where they build structures and sculptures from snow and ice. While the military refers to it as a training exercise, citizens throughout the whole country enjoy it as a Snow Festival.

Perhaps the Snow Festival, made possible by the Snow Soldiers, represents some fragile alternative to war. Just imagine.

Video by FutureShorts

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Patty Jones December 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Wow. I got goosebumps, and it wasn’t from the snow.


avatar ss December 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

Maybe we could get the Navy in San Diego to build sand sculptures for all the holidays. A Santa for Christmas, an Easter Bunny for Easter, even some kind of military structure for Memorial Day and the 4th of July and Labor Day and May 1st could be workers laboring over there tasks.


avatar annagrace December 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

ss- what a terrific suggestion!


avatar Nancy December 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Wonderful concept! and yes, ss has a great idea.

Thanks for sharing this, Anna, and worth sending on.


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