Frozen fun in Shikaoi ice village as winter festival kicks off -- Feb 14
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 on Friday.

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.

The event runs until March 21.