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!

#1

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lucyco73 Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

aww~ TOTORO ❤️

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Moffs_06 Report

Alia G.
Community Member
2 years ago

Aww please don’t melt

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keith.tanabe Report

Patti Brock
Community Member
2 years ago

My favorite :)

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#4

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chiiiiiko1980 Report

Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

Snowzilla!

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#5

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mokomoko_2015 Report

Hollywood
Community Member
2 years ago

BANANAAAAA!

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#6

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M0RNING_CHILD Report

Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#7

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project_eevee Report

Ethan Hunter
Community Member
2 years ago

Sushi Nori for the eyes and ears!

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#8

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mokomoko_2015 Report

Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

Princess Mononoke's Kodama

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#9

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marolien2 Report

Kristel
Community Member
2 years ago

Jabba!

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#10

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ph.long_ Report

Megan
Community Member
2 years ago

That my friend is BoredPanda

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#11

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tontonton2017 Report

Alia G.
Community Member
2 years 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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#12

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kimishin Report

Venomous Sloth
Community Member
2 years ago

HOW????!!!!

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#13

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hiromasanasuno Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

TOTORO 💕

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#14

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3shinobu24 Report

baz
Community Member
2 years ago

Akita Inu

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#15

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dovio88 Report

Hollywood
Community Member
2 years ago

I have a favorite....

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#16

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minori.lm Report

Zaliyah Whitaker
Community Member
2 years ago

Snoopy

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#17

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aokage_cos Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

CAT BUS 💕

Venomous Sloth
Community Member
2 years ago

CATBUUUSSSSS!!!!!!!1

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Molly Block
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't quite tell--what is this sculpture sitting on? Is it slanted? A window maybe?

Star
Community Member
2 years ago

A car, I think.

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Zaliyah Whitaker
Community Member
2 years ago

Cheshire Cat?

Ana
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope, it's the CatBus from Totoro )))

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Cora Woodcook
Community Member
2 years ago

DON"T DRIVE

Jasmyn Du Bois
Community Member
2 years ago

Next stop, little sister!

kristine monica ong
Community Member
2 years ago

Ghastly?

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#18

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tekutekuman Report

Uketa Colbert
Community Member
2 years ago

so cute!

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#19

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A_lucky16g Report

Sarah Verweij
Community Member
2 years ago

Nijntje 💚

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#20

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kiyoyuki2445 Report

GigaJolt
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#21

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chibi_hamvv Report

Alia G.
Community Member
2 years ago

My absolute favorite!!

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#22

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naooo3_house Report

kaneki_luv
Community Member
2 years ago

Hmm... snow kitty is not impressed

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#23

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kiyoyuki2445 Report

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
2 years ago

Gru's late.

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#24

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actionclutch Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

nani the f*ck

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#25

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tottie1129 Report

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

This one seems to fit...

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#26

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shu_roy_roy Report

just some random thinker
Community Member
2 years ago

"dum dum give me gum gum"

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#27

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Taku691 Report

Cookie
Community Member
2 years ago

Mike Wazowski!

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#28

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LetoOrge Report

Aurelia Grey
Community Member
2 years ago

Where's Calvin and Hobbes?

#29

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QCCOQ Report

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

Madoka and Kyubey.

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#30

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gnnx_ Report

Erika Daniel
Community Member
2 years ago

DON'T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!!

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#31

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bottegante210 Report

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

Very nice...

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inamorimiyuu Report

HeatherJ
Community Member
2 years ago

YES!!

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#33

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tontonton2017 Report

Judy Semmens
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that the Egyptian god Anubis?

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#34

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w_yocchi Report

Erika Daniel
Community Member
2 years ago

oh my

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#35

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344zamurai Report

Suzanne G
Community Member
2 years ago

They even slay us in the snowman department.

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#36

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coupannu Report

just a thought !
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks more like she could kill me ...

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#37

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rikiya_ohashi Report

Mangoes'nRum
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok. Hell definitely froze over here..

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platinumya_official Report

Maya Rudik
Community Member
2 years ago

Unbelievable

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#39

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wild_kaz Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

pika pika

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#40

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shin_itagaki Report

Merijo Dietrich
Community Member
2 years ago

wow

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#41

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tanukeidr Report

Kristel
Community Member
2 years ago

I love Yoshi!!

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#42

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sayamaru_417 Report

Crazy Cow Lady
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#43

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V2Sand Report

Moy
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh wow. Just wow

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#44

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tanaokay Report

MysticalMan
Community Member
2 years ago

Just another day at the bus stop.

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harachan1213 Report

Bencze Gábor
Community Member
2 years ago

girls' last tour

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#46

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7hoshicafe Report

Madeline Tuohey
Community Member
2 years ago

My neighbor Totoro!

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#47

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raioutasakaguchi Report

Crystal Hickman
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute little fluffy butt!

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#48

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_ppi__oO Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

no face 🖤

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#49

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yoshikawa_momo Report

Dark Half
Community Member
2 years ago

totorooooooo

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#50

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HK2899 Report

just some random thinker
Community Member
2 years ago

omfg

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#51

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nagaharu73 Report

Tarah G
Community Member
2 years ago

OOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!!!!!! The Claw!!

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#52

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yyuukkii1002 Report

Judy Semmens
Community Member
2 years ago

R2D2! <3

#53

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sanok0126 Report

Jonno Wade
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm riding a big fuzzy tractor!

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#54

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msz_vln Report

TC
Community Member
2 years ago

and Snoopy...!

#55

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motoharukawashima Report

SiYuan
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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#56

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sekito_kei Report

htbq
Community Member
2 years ago

Dragon quest

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soudasaitama Report

Peggy Schultz
Community Member
2 years ago

This panda is scary.

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#58

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kokoronohaka060 Report

Sally Tucker
Community Member
2 years ago

Even the circles are perfect

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#59

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nami_tp Report

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
2 years ago

<3 <3

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dousa.dibi Report

HeatherJ
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG....my fave!!

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#61

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rikyu.santa Report

Sally Tucker
Community Member
2 years ago

More like mould boy

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#62

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kaede2017.11.15 Report

Tara Sutter
Community Member
2 years ago

OMFG THAT IS SOOOO ADORABLE!!

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#63

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oharuminmin Report

Uketa Colbert
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute!

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chami8863 Report

Linda Hobart
Community Member
2 years ago

Minions!

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#65

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kouhei532 Report

alwright
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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kimishin Report

alwright
Community Member
2 years ago

Ooh this is so pretty! Needs more upvotes!

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#67

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@kagekatsu_1555 Report

Bruce Masters
Community Member
2 years ago

takeda shingen?

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www_nagi_jp Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
2 years ago

lol

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demon_kun0701 Report

David White
Community Member
2 years ago

Hedwig

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#70

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ashitaz Report

tsuki nercua
Community Member
2 years ago

Daruma

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akko_twitt Report

Alia G.
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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