Every year when the snow falls... Japan gets extra creative

Every year when snow falls in Japan, snow sculptures appear all over the northern part of the country. From adorable to horrible, these artworks entertain everyone from commuters to children walking to school. Some snow enthusiasts really take their sculpting to the next level!

Take a look at some of Japan’s best snow creatures and just try to contain your amazement:

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A photo posted by @souphairfactory on

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A photo posted by Yumi Nakamura (@yuumin0213) on

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A photo posted by @kinkuro_azusa on

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A photo posted by ゆう (@i__am__you_) on

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A photo posted by @___kyazuyo___ on

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A photo posted by Yume Katsushima (@yumekatsushima) on

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A photo posted by @snow_sculpture on

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A photo posted by Masayuki-Kamachi (@chiikamagram) on

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A photo posted by あべみ (@haruflower.beautytree) on

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A photo posted by みさとろろ (@misatorororo) on

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A photo posted by 琥珀 (@amber_earth) on

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A photo posted by Norio Kanazawa (@kanazawanorio) on

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A photo posted by cobra kasano (@cobrakasano) on

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A photo posted by こじま (@kojima_mitani) on

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A photo posted by 達也 鈴木 (@karaage1120) on

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A photo posted by tac (@tac081) on

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A photo posted by Ken Imra (@fine_glide) on

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A photo posted by たれ象 (@tarezo1) on

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Most people don’t realize that Japan is home to the world’s snowiest urban areas with a history of building snowmen that goes back thousands of years. (Not to mention that the city of Sapporo holds the current world record for having the most number of snowmen at one time!) Thanks to the internet, this cultural phenomenon is finally getting broader appreciation.

From exquisite to hilarious to silly to sexy, they're always imaginative and many are way beyond amateur level. It’s good to know that there’s always something new to do in the dark days of winter.

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