Otaku USA Magazine
Snow Sculptor Makes Glowing Ghibli Tributes and Otaku Snowmen

In January 2021, Otaku USA reported on Yukidaruma Shokunin Toshinyan and the amazing snow sculptures he makes, including one of Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro. He even got Catbus to glow. Flash forward to February 2022, and of course Toshinyan is still making amazing sculptures themed after otaku interests.

In fact, he was all set to join a snow lantern festival, but when the festival got called off, he simply made his own snow lantern festival at home. In the background you can see kodama from Princess Mononoke, plus little Totoros from My Neighbor Totoro in front. And naturally they glow, so he didn’t need an official snow lantern festival to get his work done.

But this isn’t the only otaku-themed snow art he’s done this winter. Let’s take a look at what else this creative has up his sleeves.


And how could he not make Pokémon snow sculptures?

The Super Saiyan hair has been added, but the rest of this Dragon Ball theme he made himself.

Here’s a nod to the Ultraman universe:

Then he’s getting back to Studio Ghibli with this Porco Rosso artwork. Look at all the detail, down to the folds of clothing!

Then there’s some more Studio Ghibli love:


Any Jujutsu Kaisen fans in the house? This one is for you!

And here’s Pochita from Chainsaw Man:

It seems he has a soft spot for Totoro. Take a look at this.

Studio Ghibli previously shared a tweet of a No Face snowman and got a lot of people responding with pictures of their own No Face snowmen. If Studio Ghibli follows this Twitter account, they’d have a lot to share! But not many people would be able to recreate this sort of detail and attention to character. Have you ever made an otaku-themed snow creation? If so, please share with us!

Source: grape, Twitter


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.