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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Elise Mon 12 months ago

aww~ TOTORO ❤️

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Alia G. 12 months ago

Aww please don’t melt

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keith.tanabe Report

Patti Brock 12 months ago

My favorite :)

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chiiiiiko1980 Report

Zenozenobee 12 months ago

Snowzilla!

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mokomoko_2015 Report

Hollywood 12 months ago

BANANAAAAA!

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M0RNING_CHILD Report

Zenozenobee 12 months ago

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

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project_eevee Report

Ethan Hunter 12 months ago

Sushi Nori for the eyes and ears!

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mokomoko_2015 Report

Zenozenobee 12 months ago

Princess Mononoke's Kodama

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Kristel 12 months ago

Jabba!

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ph.long_ Report

Megan 12 months ago

That my friend is BoredPanda

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tontonton2017 Report

Alia G. 12 months 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 12 months ago

HOW????!!!!

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hiromasanasuno Report

Elise Mon 12 months ago

TOTORO 💕

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baz 12 months ago

Akita Inu

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dovio88 Report

Hollywood 12 months ago

I have a favorite....

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aokage_cos Report

Elise Mon 12 months ago

CAT BUS 💕

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tekutekuman Report

Uketa Colbert 12 months ago

so cute!

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A_lucky16g Report

Sarah Verweij 12 months ago

Nijntje 💚

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kiyoyuki2445 Report

GigaJolt 12 months ago

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

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chibi_hamvv Report

Alia G. 12 months ago

My absolute favorite!!

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naooo3_house Report

kaneki_luv 12 months ago

Hmm... snow kitty is not impressed

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kiyoyuki2445 Report

Peggy Schultz 12 months ago

Gru's late.

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actionclutch Report

Elise Mon 12 months ago

nani the f*ck

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tottie1129 Report

TC 12 months ago

This one seems to fit...

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just some random thinker 12 months ago

"dum dum give me gum gum"

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Taku691 Report

Cookie 12 months ago

Mike Wazowski!

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LetoOrge Report

Aurelia Grey 12 months ago

Where's Calvin and Hobbes?

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Bored Fox 12 months ago

Madoka and Kyubey.

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Erika Daniel 12 months ago

DON'T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!!

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TC 12 months ago

Very nice...

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HeatherJ 12 months ago

YES!!

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Judy Semmens 12 months ago

Is that the Egyptian god Anubis?

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Suzanne G 12 months ago

They even slay us in the snowman department.

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just a thought ! 12 months ago

Looks more like she could kill me ...

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Mangoes'nRum 12 months ago

Ok. Hell definitely froze over here..

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Maya Rudik 12 months ago

Unbelievable

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wild_kaz Report

Elise Mon 12 months ago

pika pika

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shin_itagaki Report

Merijo Dietrich 12 months ago

wow

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Kristel 12 months ago

I love Yoshi!!

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Crazy Cow Lady 12 months ago

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

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Moy 12 months ago

Oh wow. Just wow

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MysticalMan 12 months ago

Just another day at the bus stop.

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Bencze Gábor 12 months ago

girls' last tour

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7hoshicafe Report

Madeline Tuohey 11 months ago

My neighbor Totoro!

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Crystal Hickman 12 months ago

Cute little fluffy butt!

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Elise Mon 12 months ago

no face 🖤

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yoshikawa_momo Report

Dark Half 12 months ago

totorooooooo

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Tarah G 12 months ago

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!!! The Claw!!

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yyuukkii1002 Report

Judy Semmens 12 months ago

R2D2! <3

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sanok0126 Report

Jonno Wade 12 months ago

I'm riding a big fuzzy tractor!

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TC 12 months ago

and Snoopy...!

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SiYuan 12 months ago

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

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sekito_kei Report

htbq 12 months ago

Dragon quest

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soudasaitama Report

Peggy Schultz 12 months ago

This panda is scary.

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kokoronohaka060 Report

Sally Tucker 12 months ago

Even the circles are perfect

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Jeannie Carle 12 months ago

<3 <3

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dousa.dibi Report

HeatherJ 12 months ago

OMG....my fave!!

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rikyu.santa Report

Sally Tucker 12 months ago

More like mould boy

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Tara Sutter 12 months ago

OMFG THAT IS SOOOO ADORABLE!!

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Uketa Colbert 12 months ago

Cute!

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chami8863 Report

Linda Hobart 12 months ago

Minions!

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kouhei532 Report

alwright 12 months ago

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

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kimishin Report

alwright 12 months ago

Ooh this is so pretty! Needs more upvotes!

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Bruce Masters 12 months ago

takeda shingen?

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Elise Mon 12 months ago

lol

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ashitaz Report

tsuki nercua 12 months ago

Daruma

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akko_twitt Report

Alia G. 12 months ago

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

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Alia G. 12 months ago

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

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Judy Semmens 12 months ago

I love the dreamy expression!

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lunanoir69 12 months ago

I love Totoro and Catbus!!

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Bruce Masters 12 months 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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MysticalMan 12 months ago

Beautiful!

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alwright 12 months ago

Elsa is meltiiiiiing D:

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alwright 12 months ago

Cute!

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fine_glide Report

Kristel 12 months ago

Kevin and Stuart! So cute!

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maggiemoonbeam 11 months ago

well done!

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sa_san38 Report

Elizabeth Gardner 12 months ago

looks right at home

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Sally Tucker 12 months ago

Love snoopy

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