It seems that things have sure gone crazy with the world’s weather. From a Winter Olympics in 61-degree Russia to ice storms in the American South to floods brought on by torrential rains in England to a U.S. Eastern seaboard that has been slammed by one snowicane after another, it seems that Mother Nature is being a real bitch this winter. Here in California, the governor declared a drought emergency back in January, and then, last weekend, we got drenched by two straight days of heavy rain, and the forecast calls for more this weekend.
Why, even Tokyo got it’s first significant snowfall in 45 years as that city was hit hard by heavy snowstorms the past two weekends, causing chaos throughout the region and prompting Tokyoites to start referring to their city as Snowkyo. Snow fell hard in many other parts of Japan as well, and our blog friend Cocomino at Life In Kawagoe documented what it looked like in his neighborhood in his latest blog post.
They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, it seems that when Mother Nature gives the Japanese snow, they make snow sculptures that are typically fun, clever, cute and incredibly imaginative, all the hallmarks of great Japanese creativity.
So of course this week the Internet and Twitter were all lit up with people posting pics of snow sculptures from various parts of Japan, and they’re so much fun that I really had to share! Whether you’re like me and living in a place where it never snows, or if you’re in my hometown of Philadelphia, digging out yet again, I hope you enjoy this gallery of really witty and ingenious snow art from Japan! Check it out after the jump!