Downtown Tokyo saw its heaviest snowfall for years this Monday, causing travel chaos throughout the city. Cars were stranded
and abandoned on roads, trains stopped running and people were left stuck at the airport as 250 international flights were cancelled.
“It hasn't snowed in Tokyo in four years,” Tokyo resident Yukimura, which coincidentally enough means 'Snow Village' in Japanese, told Bored Panda.“Four years ago we had even heavier snow and a lot less preparation. This time everyone except me knew it was coming, apparently. Was a fun surprise for me though! ”
What to do in the face of such a situation? Make snowmen of course! But wait, before you grab a carrot, some pebbles
and a couple of sticks for arms, remember, this is Japan. Your three-ball standard fat guy snowman ain’t gonna cut it here.
此情此景应该做些什么才好？当然是堆个雪人！不过先等等，在你拿出一只胡萝卜，几块石子和两支准备做雪人手臂的树枝前，请记住，这里是日本！ 你那三个雪球组成的白胖子雪人配置太低 ，在这儿不受待见。
Yukimura explains the story behind the Japanese snowman. “The name for snowman, Yuki Daruma, doesn't mean snowman, it means snow daruma,” she told us. “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.”
雪讲述了日本文化中雪人的故事。“雪人的日语名称， Yuki Daruma不是指雪人，而是雪做的达摩。”她对我们说。“达摩这个词出自达摩玩偶的概念，后者是基于菩提达摩的传说产生的。据称，这位僧人为了悟道失去了自己的手臂和双腿。这就是为什么在日本雪人的身躯只有两个部分。”
It appears the Japanese attitude to snow sculptures is much more developed than what we are used to in Europe and North America. What else would you expect from the land that produces some of the most beautiful, creative and cool artworks and innovations in the world? Tokyo is dotted with snow sculptures that will put a smile on your face, and put old carrot nose in your backyard to shame. They are being shared on Twitter via the trending hashtag #雪だるま, and are proving to be wildly popular!
When you don't have a yam
leaf, an umbrella will do!
I can almost hear their heads making that little clicky noise.
Clearly, some of what minions speak is Japanese.
And then he got a parking ticket.
If it were hollow inside, a dog could go in. Or a tiny child.
It's the Predator.
Sushi Nori for the eyes and ears!
gegenokitaro’s father, the eyeball.
Madoka and Kyubey.
Awesome but where is Leia?
Seriously? They couldn't find a great villain in Japan?
Make it at night facing your neighbor's window... they'll wake up the next morning and flip out.
they are called daruma. when you buy them, only one eye is painted black. after you pass an examination, or elected a leader etc, you fill in the other eye.
this is a boy from CHIBI MARUKOCHAN, a famous cartoon on tv, every sunday.