Downtown Tokyo saw its heaviest snowfall for years this Monday, causing travel chaos throughout the city. Cars were stranded and abandoned on roads, trains stopped running and people were left stuck at the airport as 250 international flights were cancelled.

“It hasn't snowed in Tokyo in four years,” Tokyo resident Yukimura, which coincidentally enough means 'Snow Village' in Japanese, told Bored Panda. “Four years ago we had even heavier snow and a lot less prep. This time everyone except me knew it was coming, apparently. Was a fun surprise for me though!”

What to do in the face of such a situation? Make snowmen of course! But wait, before you grab a carrot, some pebbles and a couple of sticks for arms, remember, this is Japan. Your three-ball standard fat guy snowman ain’t gonna cut it here. Yukimura explains the story behind the Japanese snowman. “The name for snowman, Yuki Daruma, doesn't mean snowman, it means snow daruma,” she told us. “Daruma is from the Daruma doll, which is based on Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk who, according to the tales, had his arms and legs fall off during meditation. That's why Japanese snowmen have only two layers.”

It appears the Japanese attitude to snow sculptures is much more developed than what we are used to in Europe and North America. What else would you expect from the land that produces some of the most beautiful, creative and cool artworks and innovations in the world? Tokyo is dotted with snow sculptures that will put a smile on your face, and put old carrot nose in your backyard to shame. They are being shared on Twitter via the trending hashtag #雪だるま, and are proving to be wildly popular!

Did Yukimura get out and make a snowman herself? “I did! I had to clean up a bunch of snow outside of work today, and while I was waiting for a turn with the snow shovel I made up a little one for the sign leading to our cafe,” she told Bored Panda. “It's not as cute as the rest though!”

Scroll down to check out some of the best examples out there, compiled for your convenience into a list by Bored Panda. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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lucyco73 Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

aww~ TOTORO ❤️

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Moffs_06 Report

Alia G. 1 year ago

Aww please don’t melt

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keith.tanabe Report

Patti Brock 1 year ago

My favorite :)

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chiiiiiko1980 Report

Zenozenobee 1 year ago

Snowzilla!

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mokomoko_2015 Report

Hollywood 1 year ago

BANANAAAAA!

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M0RNING_CHILD Report

Zenozenobee 1 year ago

"On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain? "

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project_eevee Report

Ethan Hunter 1 year ago

Sushi Nori for the eyes and ears!

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mokomoko_2015 Report

Zenozenobee 1 year ago

Princess Mononoke's Kodama

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marolien2 Report

Kristel 1 year ago

Jabba!

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ph.long_ Report

Megan 1 year ago

That my friend is BoredPanda

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tontonton2017 Report

Alia G. 1 year ago

Some of these are just so incredible... I would think this one to be an actual sculpture by a professional! It makes me sad to think of them melting.. kinda wanna see a time lapse of it being made and melting. Jeez i make long comments.

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kimishin Report

Venomous Sloth 1 year ago

HOW????!!!!

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hiromasanasuno Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

TOTORO 💕

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3shinobu24 Report

baz 1 year ago

Akita Inu

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dovio88 Report

Hollywood 1 year ago

I have a favorite....

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#17

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aokage_cos Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

CAT BUS 💕

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#18

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tekutekuman Report

Uketa Colbert 1 year ago

so cute!

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A_lucky16g Report

Sarah Verweij 1 year ago

Nijntje 💚

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kiyoyuki2445 Report

GigaJolt 1 year ago

“And you too can look like me, Ka-Chow!”

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chibi_hamvv Report

Alia G. 1 year ago

My absolute favorite!!

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naooo3_house Report

kaneki_luv 1 year ago

Hmm... snow kitty is not impressed

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kiyoyuki2445 Report

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actionclutch Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

nani the f*ck

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tottie1129 Report

TC 1 year ago

This one seems to fit...

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shu_roy_roy Report

just some random thinker 1 year ago

"dum dum give me gum gum"

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#27

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Taku691 Report

Cookie 1 year ago

Mike Wazowski!

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#28

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LetoOrge Report

Aurelia Grey 1 year ago

Where's Calvin and Hobbes?

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QCCOQ Report

Bored Fox 1 year ago

Madoka and Kyubey.

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gnnx_ Report

Erika Daniel 1 year ago

DON'T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!!

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bottegante210 Report

TC 1 year ago

Very nice...

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inamorimiyuu Report

HeatherJ 1 year ago

YES!!

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tontonton2017 Report

Judy Semmens 1 year ago

Is that the Egyptian god Anubis?

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w_yocchi Report

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344zamurai Report

Suzanne G 1 year ago

They even slay us in the snowman department.

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coupannu Report

just a thought ! 1 year ago

Looks more like she could kill me ...

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rikiya_ohashi Report

Mangoes'nRum 1 year ago

Ok. Hell definitely froze over here..

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platinumya_official Report

Maya Rudik 1 year ago

Unbelievable

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#39

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wild_kaz Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

pika pika

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shin_itagaki Report

Merijo Dietrich 1 year ago

wow

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tanukeidr Report

Kristel 1 year ago

I love Yoshi!!

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sayamaru_417 Report

Crazy Cow Lady 1 year ago

Chip n Dale! Where are the rest of the Rescue Rangers??

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#43

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V2Sand Report

Moy 1 year ago

Oh wow. Just wow

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tanaokay Report

MysticalMan 1 year ago

Just another day at the bus stop.

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harachan1213 Report

Bencze Gábor 1 year ago

girls' last tour

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7hoshicafe Report

Madeline Tuohey 1 year ago

My neighbor Totoro!

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raioutasakaguchi Report

Crystal Hickman 1 year ago

Cute little fluffy butt!

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_ppi__oO Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

no face 🖤

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yoshikawa_momo Report

Dark Half 1 year ago

totorooooooo

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HK2899 Report

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nagaharu73 Report

Tarah G 1 year ago

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!!! The Claw!!

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yyuukkii1002 Report

Judy Semmens 1 year ago

R2D2! <3

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sanok0126 Report

Jonno Wade 1 year ago

I'm riding a big fuzzy tractor!

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#54

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msz_vln Report

TC 1 year ago

and Snoopy...!

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motoharukawashima Report

SiYuan 1 year ago

Let's hope nobody decides to use it...

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sekito_kei Report

htbq 1 year ago

Dragon quest

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soudasaitama Report

Peggy Schultz 1 year ago

This panda is scary.

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kokoronohaka060 Report

Sally Tucker 1 year ago

Even the circles are perfect

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nami_tp Report

Jeannie Carle 1 year ago

<3 <3

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dousa.dibi Report

HeatherJ 1 year ago

OMG....my fave!!

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rikyu.santa Report

Sally Tucker 1 year ago

More like mould boy

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kaede2017.11.15 Report

Tara Sutter 1 year ago

OMFG THAT IS SOOOO ADORABLE!!

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oharuminmin Report

Uketa Colbert 1 year ago

Cute!

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chami8863 Report

Linda Hobart 1 year ago

Minions!

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kouhei532 Report

alwright 1 year ago

"...what happened to meee????"

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kimishin Report

alwright 1 year ago

Ooh this is so pretty! Needs more upvotes!

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@kagekatsu_1555 Report

Bruce Masters 1 year ago

takeda shingen?

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www_nagi_jp Report

Elise Mon 1 year ago

lol

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ashitaz Report

tsuki nercua 1 year ago

Daruma

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akko_twitt Report

Alia G. 1 year ago

this one looks like its made of felt i want to touch it

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koromukiyussei692 Report

Alia G. 1 year ago

i don’t know why but i want to give this snowman a hug...

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miyukiiinuma Report

Judy Semmens 1 year ago

I love the dreamy expression!

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taaaiii3 Report

lunanoir69 1 year ago

I love Totoro and Catbus!!

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#75

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BBXSI Report

Bruce Masters 1 year ago

they are called daruma. when you buy them, only one eye is painted black. after you pass an examination, or elected a leader etc, you fill in the other eye.

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_saaaaaaah_ Report

MysticalMan 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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mikizuki Report

alwright 1 year ago

Elsa is meltiiiiiing D:

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NiceAge39 Report

alwright 1 year ago

Cute!

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fine_glide Report

Kristel 1 year ago

Kevin and Stuart! So cute!

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mari.and.smile Report

maggiemoonbeam 1 year ago

well done!

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sa_san38 Report

Elizabeth Gardner 1 year ago

looks right at home

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