It seems like it’s been an eternity of build-up, but Hatsune Miku finally makes her big début at the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival next week.

Starting on February 5, a snow sculpture of the Digital Diva will be displayed at the event (along with a few friends and rivals). Merchandise booths, exhibits, and promotional displays will be set up with the display in Sapporo’s Odori Park.

In addition, Hatsune Miku will perform a pair of live concerts on February 7 and 8.

But that’s not why we’re here today.

The real draw for the event will be the snow sculpture that started the “Snow Miku” phenomenon. This year, the subject will be the “Snow Bell Miku” design we’ve seen in everything from promo art, to mini-figures. The statue’s design is simple, yet incredibly elegant, featuring Miku and Rabbit Yukine set against a background of snowflakes and snow bell flowers.

Snow Miku WIP - Sketched Plan - 20150130

Earlier today, the official Snow Miku Twitter account began posting pictures from the construction process, from the production of the original model to the actual chilly act of creating the sculpture itself.

Translation: 【SNOW MIKU 2015】 the current state of the Snow Miku Snow Sculpture’s appearance. It’s slowly taking shape! #SnowMiku #HatsuneMiku

Translation: The production of the 【SNOW MIKU 2015】 “Snow Miku Snow Sculpture” is so different from last year… Here’s an image of the model! Can’t wait to finish…! #SnowMiku #HatsuneMiku

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