Announcement of the 7th World Igloo Championships cancellation

Dear entry teams of the event,

We would like you to announce that we really regrettably have to cancel the 7th World Igloo Championships due to insufficient snow on the Igloo field.
Pleased to be informed current condition on the field.

We sincerely apologize on the cancellation. As the events were not held due to bad weather condition last two years, we have expected very much to carry out.

We appreciate all of entry teams to prepare for building the Igloo, such as team flag, tools, decorations and so on. Total number of 39 teams consist of 280 members including Saka town encountered heavy rains, flooding last July.

Slogan of this event is “ anybody can join” and “anybody can be a world champion”. Thru the Igloo we are offering new style of entertainment of snow at Osorakan Snow Park. We hope Osorakan Snow Park would be your home in winter time.

We are really looking forwards to seeing you soon at Osorakan Snow park or somewhere in Akiota town.

WICA World Igloo Championship Association
February 13, 2019

★Outline of the event★

【ORGANIZER】
World Igloo Building Championships Association (WICA)
【SECRETARIRT】
Akiota City Management Inc.
【Start accepting】
9:00 December 1, 2018
(APPLICATION TERM IS FROM DEC.1ST TO THE DAY OF FULL APPLICATION)
【Date】
10:00 February 17,2019
【THE EVENT FOR COMPETITION】
Speed building section
Artistic building section
【ENTRY FEE】
\5,000 / one team

★Entry Form Download★

【Open to receive your entry!!】
Accepting period : [start] 9:00 December 1, 2018 / [end] 24:00 January 31,2019

Tell the earthling.

It seems like you decide to make the world's best by making an igloo!

What’s Igloo Championships?

Anybody can be a World Champion!

No need to have very harsh practices, refined sharp body. Anyone has a chance to win the game enjoying with snow. That is Igloo Championships!
IGLOO is like the KAMAKURA made with snow block. In the Speed Division, you compete for time to make your Igloo. You could have your own unique design of your Igloo in the Artistic Division.
Why don’t you join us to become a World Champion in the snow world!!

★Conditions for participation, competition methods, application, prizes★

■Conditions for participation

  1. The team should be composed of between 4 and 6 members.
  2. Participation is available to anyone except pre-school children regardless of nationality or gender.
  3. Participants should wear warm winter clothes.
  4. Participants should have be in good health and the stamina to undertake some activities in cold temperatures.

■Participation fee

5,000 yen per team (Fees will be collected at the reception desk on the day of the event.)

■Competition event (1) 【Igloo speed building section】

■Competition event (2) 【Igloo artistic building section】

■Number of participating teams

■How to apply

Download the application form (e-mail version / fax version), fill it out and send it to the executive office by e-mail or fax. (Fees will be collected at the reception desk on the day of the event. APPLICATION TERM IS FROM DEC.1ST TO THE DAY OF FULL APPLICATION)

■How to fill in the application form (Important)

① Participation section
There are two sections: the igloo speed building section (participants compete against the clock to complete building igloos of a specified size) and the igloo artistic building section (participants compete against the clock to build igloos for aesthetic appearance). Please ensure that the appropriate box is checked.
② Team profile
The team profiles will be posted on the event website and in the programs to be distributed on the day of the championships. Teams will be registered as representatives of their nations of the checked nationality box.
In the case of applications being sent by e-mail and including team photos, the photos will be posted on the event website and published in the programs.
③ Personal information
Please ensure that you complete the official entry form. It is required for your accident insurance application and emergency care.

■Prizes

Rules

■THE SPEED BUILDING SECTION (WICA rules are applied)

  1. Although it can do a member change on the way of competition, the number of workers has to be 4~6 persons per each area.
    (Participation is available to anyone except pre-school children regardless of nationality or gender.)
    (Example: One team leader and 3 to 5 team members. The leader should also be a participant.)
  2. Each team should erect a flag pole attached with a flag (70 cm x 70 cm or less) in their igloo building site.
  3. Before the competition, the representatives of each team will draw lots to decide igloo building sites.
  4. Competition will start at 11:00 by the sound of the starting horn.
  5. Participants dig up compressed snow from within their 5 m x 5 m building site and create blocks of snow of a proper size to be used to build the igloos.
  6. Participants may only use official tools supplied by the WICA.
    The official tools consist of 2 scoops, 2 saws and 1 measure.
    WICA cannot supply new tools to any team who damaged these tools due to the rule (except for defective case of official tools). And teams who damaged the tools should contribute 2,000 yen to the WICA for each tool damaged.
  7. Step or platform for helping to build higher part of igloo should be prepared by participants.
  8. The internal diameter of the igloo floors should be between 1.0 m and 1.3 m (at the narrowest section).
  9. Each team has to build an igloo entrance with scale of more than 50 cm in length and 40 cm in width.
  10. The entrance should be built of snow blocks and designed in an arch shape.
  11. Please remind that Competition Committee will not admit any igloo completed in case they could see inside of igloo through openings between blocks.
    We recommend you to fill in all openings by snow during building time.
  12. Each team must notify the competition committee when the building of the igloo has been completed. The committee will decide whether the igloos conform to the WICA rules. Igloos that do not conform to the rules will be regarded as being incomplete until the igloo conforms to the WICA rules.
    The committee will advise how your igloo does not conform to WICA rules at any time.
  13. The competition ends when the top three teams are determined. The remaining teams, however, can continue construction until their igloos are completed.
  14. An award ceremony will be held at 12:15. The teams which are still building their igloos should stop their work and participate in the ceremony.

◎ Others

  1. For any questions and concerns about the competition, please feel free to contact the event headquarters.
  2. No offensive remarks or behavior against other teams and judges will be permitted.
  3. Each team should use their tools and pile up blocks with care. Scoops and some tools have sharp edges.
  4. Teams who behave inappropriately at any time during the competition will be cautioned by the executive committee judges. Teams who do not heed the warnings will be ejected from the competition site.
  5. During competing time, please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages in competing sites. This is out of regard for good circumstances to children in competing sites.
  6. In case the tools supplied for competition are damaged during competition, WICA can not supply them for new one due to rules’ reason. We hope you to use the tools with best care.

■THE ARTISTIC BUILDING SECTION (WICA rules are applied)

  1. Although it can do a member change on the way of competition, the number of workers has to be 4~6 persons per each area.
    (Participation is available to anyone except pre-school children regardless of nationality or gender.)
    (Example: One team leader and 3 to 5 team members.The leader should also be a participant.)
  2. Each team should erect a flag pole attached with a flag (70 cm x 70 cm or less) in their igloo building site.
  3. Before the competition, the representatives of each team will draw lots to decide igloo building sites.
  4. Competition will start at the sound of the starting horn.
  5. Igloos must be completed within the time limit (11:00 ~ 15:00). All igloos will be judged, even those not completed, by 15:00. Unfinished work will also be marked but deducted 2 points each from 5 scoring items.
  6. Participants dig up compressed snow from within their 6 m x 6 m building site and create blocks of snow of a proper size to be used to build the igloos.
  7. Participants may only use tools supplied by the WICA.
    The tools supplied consist of 2 scoops, 3 saws, 1 step ladder and 2 measure.
    Teams who damage the tools should contribute 2,000 yen to the WICA for each tool damaged.
  8. Step or platform for helping to build higher part of igloo should be prepared by participants.
  9. Materials used for coloring and decorations should be provided by the participants themselves. *WICA aims in mind to this event with the environment of this town, the forest therapy base, and color paint will be limited to what the lead, chromium compounds, toluene, xylene and phthalate plasticizer is not included.
  10. The internal diameter of the igloo floors should be 1.3 m or more (at the narrowest section).
  11. Each team should build an igloo entrance of more than 60 cm in length and 50 cm in width.
  12. The entrance should be built of snow blocks and designed in an arch shape.
  13. Each team must notify the competition committee when the building of the igloo has been completed. The committee will decide whether the igloos conform to the WICA rules. Igloos that do not conform to the rules will be regarded as being incomplete until the igloo conforms to the WICA rules.
  14. Judging will take place between 15:00 and 15:30, during which time all participants will assemble in the ski resort buildings.
  15. Judgments will be performed by five judges. The total of each team’s three middle scores will be calculated and the team which has the highest resulting score will be deemed the winner.
  16. Judgments will be undertaken according to five criteria (size, beauty, novel designs, unique theme and creativity).
  17. After the judging has been completed, an award ceremony will be held at 15:30. All team members should participate in the ceremony.

◎ Others

  1. For any questions and concerns about the competition, please feel free to contact the event headquarters.
  2. No offensive remarks or behavior against other teams and judges will be permitted.
  3. Each team should use their tools and pile up blocks with care. Scoops and some tools have sharp edges.
    Teams who behave inappropriately at any time during the competition will be cautioned by the executive committee judges. Teams who do not heed the warnings will be ejected from the competition site.
  4. The leader of each team is responsible for notifying team members about lunch arrangement. Team members may have lunch individually or together.
  5. During competing time, please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages in competing sites. This is out of
    regard for good circumstances to children in competing sites.
  6. In case the tools supplied for competition are damaged during competition, WICA can not supply them for
    new one due to rules’ reason. We hope you to use the tools with best care.

★Easy-to-follow Igloo Building Instructions★

An igloo is a temporary house made of snow which the Inuit people of northern Canada build when they go hunting. As a result, igloos are designed to be built easily, which makes it easy for anyone to be able to build them. So, take this opportunity to have fun building an igloo with your family and friends.
The following are easy-to-follow illustrated instructions.

  1. Cut out blocks of snow with a saw from the compressed snow surface.
    As the snow has been rolled flat over and over again by a snowmobile on the morning of the event, it will be relatively easy to cut the blocks of snow.
    It is recommended to use larger blocks for the base of the igloo.
    Using smaller ones will result in the base being weak and unstable, making the building of the igloo more difficult later on. The higher you go, the smaller the blocks should be.
  2. Begin building the igloo by making a clearly defined circle in accordance with the WICA rules and then neatly arrange some blocks around the circle.
    The inner diameter of the igloo should be between 1 m and 1.3 m for the igloo speed building section and 1.3 m or more for the igloo artistic building section. Measure the diameter accurately using a tape measure when drawing the circle.
    The blocks used for the base should all be the same height. If the blocks are different in height, the igloo will become unstable. Cut the blocks in each layer to the same height, or adjust the height of the blocks so that each block is the same height.
  3. Gradually shift the blocks toward the center of the igloo as you go up.
    Also place the blocks where each block on the layer below joins together.
    The igloo should look like an upside-down cup. As a result, the blocks should be gradually tilted toward the inside of the igloo. If not, the igloo will become unstable and may collapse inwards. Check the stability of the igloo carefully as the igloo increases in height.
    Make sure to place the blocks where each block on the layer below joins together. The mosaic pattern of block arrangement helps to ensure that the igloo remains stable and prevents the igloo from collapsing when making the opening for the entrance.
  4. When reaching the top of the igloo, fill the gaps between the blocks with snow, and cut a hole in the front of the igloo with a saw to make an entrance. Then, arrange some blocks neatly around the entrance.
    Cutting the opening for the entrance with a saw requires courage and care. Make the entrance carefully so that the igloo doesn’t collapse. Otherwise, you would have to start making the igloo all over again from the beginning.
    When you finish arranging the blocks around the entrance, the igloo is completed.
    (The picture on the right shows an uncompleted igloo.)

We did it! The igloo is all finished!

  • The photo below shows an igloo which was made on Dec. 26, 2012 in accordance with the international igloo speed building rules (the inner diameter of the igloo floor is 1 m to 1.3 m). This igloo was made by three staff members in only 100 minutes.
    In the igloo speed building section, you can participate in the competition in the morning and hopefully win some prize money, and have fun in the snow in the afternoon, enjoying sleighing, skiing and snowboarding.
  • The photo below shows the 2012 Igloo Building event. Everybody from schoolchildren to adults were furiously making igloos.
  • ~Igloo artistic building section ~ The example of a work sample

    Title:The Igloo land like a Disney
    (Method :Decoration )
    Title:Happy birthday
    (Method :Decoration )
    Title:Sandankyo falls in Akiota-town
    (Method :Painting & Decoration )
    Title: Snow Elephants
    (Method : Painting & Modification)
    Title: Four seasons of Japan
    (Method : Painting)
    Title:We are the world
    (Method : Painting)

    SCHEDULE

    8:30~9:50
    ENTRY
    10:00~10:30
    Opening ceremony
    10:40~11:00
    regulation check
    11:20
    START Building
    12:20
    END of "Speed Division"
    12:35~12:55
    Awards ceremony of "Speed Division"
    15:20
    END of "Art Division"
    15:20~15:50
    Examinarion
    15:50~16:20
    Awards ceremony of "ART Division" and Closing session

    ★The day's schedule★

    【FREE SHUTTLE BUS】

    6:30~6:55 FREE SHUTTLE BUS confirms participant's names with reservation at Hiroshima station; north side parking area. Please contact the staff showing a sign of IGLOO CHAMPIONSHIPS .
    7:00 FREE SHUTTLE BUS will depart to Mt.Osorokan
    07:30 At『Raimu Togouchi』in Togouchi I.C. Michinoeki,staff will confirm names of participants boarding from Togouchi I.C.
    08:00 FREE SHUTTLE BUS will stopover in Togouch I.C. service station,『Raimu Togouchi』 and will deport to Event site after joining participants boarded.
    08:30~09:50 RECEPTION DESK will open in event site.
    09:00 FREE SHUTTLE BUS will arrive at OSORAKAN event site. Coin locker is located in rest house.
    10:00~10:30 OPENING CEREMONY
    Please make a file with team flag.
    10:40~11:00 IGLOO MAKING-LECTURE for leaders. The staff will explain rules and deliver tools and poles for team flags.
    11:20 EVENT STARTS (Speed & Artistic) .
    12:20 CLOSING SPEED SECTION EVENT
    12:35~12:55 AWARDING CEREMONY FOR SPEED BUILDING SECTION
    Ceremony is to be held when top three prizes are determined. We will appreciate if all participants of speed building section would attend the ceremony.
    And it is quite free to continue and complete rest work until the executive declares times over.
    15:20 CLOSING ARTISTIC SECTION EVENT
    During judgment time, any participants are in free time.
    15:50~16:20 AWARDING CEREMONY FOR ARTISTIC BUILDING SECTION
    AND CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE EVENT
    17:00 MICROBUS SERVICE TO FREE SHUTTLE BUS leaves rest house.
    17:20 FREE SHUTTLE BUS will depart.
    18:20 FREE SHUTTLE BUS to Hiroshima station will stopover in Togouchi I.C. service station / Raimu Togouchi.
    19:20 FREE SHUTTLE BUS will arrive at Hiroshima station.

    Transport guide / ACCESS

    1. ■PRIVATE CARS can use a large parking lot neighboring the event site.
    2. ■FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE is available only for participants of the event and their accompanied persons with boarding reservation.

    [From Hiroshima station to Mt. Osorakan]

    06:30~06:55 Please claim your name to a staff before boarding and your staff will check your boarding reservation status.
    07:00 Departing Hiroshima station.
    07:30 At『Raimu Togouchi』in TogouchiI.C. Michinoeki,staff will confirms names of participants boarding from TogouchiI.C.
    08:00 Stopover at Togouchi I.C. service station / Raimu Togouchi and depart to Event site after joining participants boarded.
    09:00 Arriving at Mt.Osorakan
    * After arriving at shuttle bus parking lot, you are required to take microbus for event field. Before boarding microbus, please be sure to take all your belongings necessary for the event with you.

    [From Mt. Osorakan to Hiroshima station / Raimu Togouchi]

    17:00 Please stay in Rest house until the staff will make a call for boarding microbus to shuttle bus.
    17:20 Departing Mt.Osorakan
    18:20 Stopover at Togouch I.C. service station
    19:20 Arriving Hiroshima station.

    【NOTICE ON SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE】

    [ Recommended driving route from Togouchi I.C. to the event site ]

    Togouchi I.C. ⇔ R191 in direction of Masuda ⇔ KOITA CROSS in direction of Osorakan ⇔ EVENT SITE

    [ Driving distance ]

    Hiroshima I.C. ⇔ Togouchi I.C. (42km) ⇔ R 191 ⇔ Event site (33km)

    Iwakuni I.C. ⇔ Togouchi I.C. (74km) ⇔ R 191 ⇔ Event site (33km)

    [ Point clearance on recommended route ]

    R191 or Chugoku Xpwy ⇒ Togouchi I.C ⇒ go along R191 to Masuda ⇒go along R191 to OSORAKAN at traffic signal [MYOJINBASHI] ⇒turn right at red bridge and go along R191 ⇒turn left to OSORAKAN at traffic signal [MATSUBARA] ⇒go along R191 ⇒turn left to OSORAKAN at [KOITA cross] with a blue big traffic sign ⇒go along large-scale forestry road(not R 191) and pass through two tunnels ⇒EVENT SITE ⇒park in large parking lot neighboring Rest House in Osorakan Snow Park.

    We hope you will arrive at the event site before 9 o’clock because of avoiding traffic jams on the way to the event site.

    VENUE GUIDE

    ★OTHER NOTICE★

    1. If you feel missing to fill out important items listed lower on entry form, please ensure to send them to us by e-mail right after you received this mail.
      Please remind that the reason why we require you such items is to use them for your accident insurance application and emergency care in case.
      Family & First name, Address, Phone No, Emergency contact,
      E-mail address, Birthday[MM/DD/YY], Blood type
    2. We will be happy if you will understand that Team profile may have an opportunity of being posted on the event website and given to the mass media except for any private data.
    3. TV medias and newspapers have now applied to report the event including camera shooting. If you feel it uncomfortable or unacceptable with some reason, please feel free to notice us during reception time.
    4. In order to avoid congestion at reception desk, the leader of the team is recommended to finish entry procedures as soon as possible.
    5. Please be ready for writing materials with you at reception desk.
    6. Changing of participants is admitted if you claim it to the staff in every case.
    7. Please pay entry fee /\5,000/one team at reception desk.
    8. Team flag(70cm × 70cm) *flag pole is handed to leader at reception desk.
    9. We recommend all participants to prepare for extra underwear and water supplying.

    ★Entry Form Download★

    【Open to receive your entry!!】
    Accepting period : [start] 9:00 December 1, 2018 / [end] 24:00 January 31,2019

    7th world igloo building championships judges

    Ryutaro Fujie
    Design Engineering Lecturer, Art Department, Hiroshima City University

    After he finished his master’s degree of Arts in Hiroshima City University, he studied Land Art at master course of Alanus University in Germany in 2008. In 2009, he worked in Germany as a trainee sent by POLA Art Foundation. The current post has been taken since 2014.

    Ayaka Umeda
    Batic Artist

    She is from Akiota, Hiroshima. She graduated the master program of Arts and completed a first part of doctor course of Batic Arts in Hiroshima City University. She has held exhibitions at many places including Ginza Tokyo and her hometown Akiota.

    Tom Miyagawa
    Photographer and Writer
    President, Island Pictures LLC

    He lives at Mitarai, Osakikamishima in the Seto Inland Sea. He works photography, English articles, English translation, multilingual contents and so on.