ASAHIKAWA, JAPAN - FEBURARY 1:  Japanese children are seen in front of a snow sculpture of a shrine during the Asahikawa Winter Festival February 1, 2004 in Asahikawa, Japan. Most of the work done to make the statues displayed in the festival have been made by members of the Japanese Self Defence Force second division who will be departing for Iraq as part of the International Peace-Keeping Force. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)