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Snap snowstorm kicks off the most epic snow sculpture battle in Tokyo

Strange weather can pop up anywhere at any time these days. The most recent country to learn this was Japan, which was hit by a sudden snowstorm, resulting in 23 centimetres of snow in downtown Tokyo.

Although it’s currently winter in Japan, snow in Tokyo is relatively rare. The last time the capital city saw snow this heavy was in 2014. This recent event led to blackouts, train and flight delays, and road closures.

However, the terrible weather didn’t deter the Japanese from having a bit of fun. In fact, the good people of Tokyo didn’t just make standard snowmen, they really constructed some epic creations.

With the recent release of The Last Jedi, Star Wars was a popular theme.

There were also plenty of references to animation, video games, and other movies.

Animals were another popular theme.

Along with the mighty Godzilla.

Interestingly enough, the Japanese see snowmen a little bit differently, which would perhaps explain their imaginative sculptures.

“The name for snowman, Yuki Daruma, doesn’t mean snowman, it means snow daruma,” a Tokyo resident told Bored Panda. “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 looks like the weather in Tokyo is back on track, with a forecast today for two degrees and sunny. Ah, what a shame. All those brilliant sculptures will have melted by the time you read this.