Move over, Mr Snowman: Japan puts creativity to the test with unique snow sculptures

This winter, instead of building snowmen, the Japanese have displayed their artistic talents and sculpted familiar pop culture characters out of snow.

The snow sculptures that they built, ranging from Studio Ghibli’s No-Face and Totoro, to Pokemon, Baymax and even Piko Taro of PPAP fame - are gorgeous, though short-lived.

Luckily, most of the sculptors took photographs of their white and wonderful masterpieces. These, at least, won’t melt away.

Check out the photos that WOWJAPAN has compiled in the gallery above, and see how many characters you recognise!