Cute characters from Studio Ghibli, Pokémon and even viral videos have been emerging from the Japanese snow this winter.

One of the most famous winter events in Japan is the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, which features a collection of enormous snow sculptures so impressive that it draws thousands of visitors to the northern island of Hokkaido every year. This weekend’s heavy snowfall proves you don’t have to be up north to see some amazing sculptures though, as creative hands all around the country used the fresh snow to bring some of Japan’s best-known characters to life. Let’s take a look at some of the adorable creatures we’ve found!

Totoro from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro is one of the simplest yet most adorable snow creations, especially when he’s big enough to hold on to his own umbrella!

This Totoro takes up position next to a bus stop, just like the character from the movie.

Another Studio Ghibli creature creation was spotted, in the form of an enormous larva known as an Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

歩いてたら遭遇!少し驚いた! #オーム#雪だるま?#雪像#ナウシカ

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No Face from Spirited Away was also seen emerging from the snow, this time in a pure white robe, as opposed to his usual jet-black garb.

The spirit’s sudden appearance outside a window would be enough to shock any fan of the animated film!

More friendly faces appeared in the form of characters like Winnie the Pooh

今日は背中の日 最近は低負荷でフォームをしっかり意識して各種目をこなしてます。 帰ってきてから毎年恒例の雪だるま作り ペンパイナポーアッポ〜ペン作ろうと思ったけど雪少なくて急遽作り慣れてるプーさんに変更 今年はハチミツのツボに入れる仕様にしてみた それにしても雪だるま作りは体力使う… 体重が2キロ減ってしまった… #プーさんがメタボリックだよお #プーさんのポーズはフィジークのフロントポーズ #俺より上手い #製作時間4時間 #地味なカーディオトレーニングになったよお #mensphysique#physique#workout#training#fitness#bodymake#bulkup#backday#メンズフィジーク#フィジーク#ワークアウト#トレーニング#フィットネス#ボディーメイク#バルクアップ#筋トレ#プーさん#雪だるま#雪像#雪遊び#Snowart#Snowsculpture#art

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Pikachu

雪フェスin小原 雪像コンテスト(笑) #雪像 #ピカチュウ #ピチュー

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…and a couple of Minions.

Everyone was blown away by the details in this likeness of Blastoise from Pokémon

Baymax was another character perfectly suited to being turned into a snow creation.

ベイマックスがいた。 #ベイマックス#ディズニー#雪像#菅平高原スキー場#FineGlide

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Some of the more giant formations included this enormous figure of popular children’s character Anpanman

…and the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan.

#雪 #雪像 #snow #進撃の巨人

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There was also a mini version of Godzilla that had everyone talking.

Surprisingly, Piko Taro didn’t make an appearance on social media this weekend, despite this creation made just two weeks ago. We have a feeling we’ll be seeing plenty of these at ski resorts around the country in the near future, though!

With the world’s best snow comes some of the world’s best sculptures. Given that these types of wintry creations were also seen during Tokyo’s blizzard of 2014, we can only hope that snow sculptors around the country will soon be blessed with even more fresh natural materials to work with!

Source: Net Lab
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