★Entry Form Download★

Accepting period : [start] 9:00 December 1, 2016 / [end] 24:00 January 29,2017

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★Outline of the event★

【ORGANIZER】
World Igloo Building Championships Association (WICA)
【THE EXECTIVE】
Akiota Tourism Association
【Start accepting】
9:00 December 1, 2016
(APPLICATION TERM IS FROM DEC.1ST TO THE DAY OF FULL APPLICATION)
【Date】
10:00 February 5,2017
【THE EVENT FOR COMPETITION】
Speed building section
Artistic building section
【ENTRY FEE】
\5,000 / one team

★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】

  • The WICA (World Igloo Building Championships Association) rules will be applied in principle.
  • Tools necessary for building the igloos are all supplied by the executive committee.
  • The team which completes an igloo that meets the specified requirements first will be deemed the winner of the World Igloo Building Championships.
  • It will take about one minute to decide whether an igloo has been built according to the WICA’s rules or not.
  • Each team should provide its own team flag.
    (The flag should be made of cloth of no bigger than 100 cm x 100 cm and have two strings to be used to mount the flag onto the pole.)

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

  • The WICA rules will be applied in principle.
  • In this category, participants build the igloos of high artistic quality within a specified time.  Igloos are judged by five judges according to five criteria (size, beauty, novel designs, unique theme, creativity). 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.
  • Tools necessary for building the igloos (saws, scoops, step ladders) are all supplied by the executive committee. However, paint, materials for coloring the igloos, decorations and other such materials used for the purpose of improving the artistic quality of the igloos should be provided by the participants themselves.

■Number of participating teams

  • Igloo speed building section・・・・・10 teams
  • Igloo artistic building section team.....30 teams
  • * The application for the event will close as soon as the maximum number of entries allowed is reached.
  • * If the number of entries of a section is less than 5, the competition in that section will not be held.

■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

  • Winning team in each section: 50,000 yen
  • A fancy wooden plaque made using materials produced in Akiota
  • Runner-up team in each section: 30,000 yen
  • A fancy wooden plaque made using materials produced in Akioota
  • 3rd-place team in each section: 20,000 yen
  • Special prize in each section: [1] Cosplay prize [2] Team flag prize / etc...!
  • All participants are presented with a “Morimin”goods as a participation prize!! Morimin is the town’s mascot which symbolizes forest therapy.

★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)

    ★The event snaps★

    • 地元陶芸家
    • 〇恐羅漢スノーパーク賞(両部門共通)
・Team Thailand /タイ、日本
熱い国から来て初めて雪を触ったにも関わらず、さすが「美意識」が高い国「タイ」の方らしく、きっちり細かく、美しく仕上げてきたその努力に感動しました。

    ★The day's schedule (unfixed)★

    ※Regarding bus timetable, this schedule might be changed. It will be updated as soon as it’s fixed.

    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.
    12:00 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](unfixed)

    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】

    • Free shuttle bus service is available only for participants of the event and their accompanied persons and requires those passengers to reserve to take this service in advance by entry form on web site of the event.
    • Please be sure to board the same bus for two-way.
    • Please be cooperative with scheduled departure, and waiting allowance for delay is just 5 minutes.

    [ 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.


    ★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.

    ★Official Facebook★

    If you have any question regarding to the 5th world igloo building championships IN HIROSHIMA,we recommend you to contact AKIOOTA TOURISM ASSOCIATION   kashiwazaki@akioota-navi

    Organizeb by
    The executive of the 5th world igloo building championships in Hiroshima
    Adds.
    〒731-3664 632-2,kamitono,akioota,yamagata-gun,hiroshima
    E-mail
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