The 2014 Snow Sculpture Awards

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to…
The 2014 Tokyo International Snow Sculpture Awards!

Highly unqualified non-professional photographer: Eda

Completely biased and proud of it jury-of-one: Eda

Just to set the tone, here’s during and after.

Across the streetAnd another after:

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERANow, on to the awards! (Drum roll, please.)

In the Classic Snowman category:

Snowman CollageAs appealing as some of the others are, the jury chose this one for the happy smile, interpretive use of branches for arms, and strategic placing of flower pot and mikan.

In the Kamakura Ice House category:

Kamakura collageWhile the others were valiant efforts, these little girls were really nice about letting me take their picture. And I liked the mini-snowman on the roof, which really should qualify this one for both categories, but let’s not be greedy.

First runner up: Hinata’s Snow Bunny

Saori snow bunnyThe jury felt that both the bunny and the little boy took cuteness to a whole new level.

The Grand Prix goes to: Eri’s Totoro!

Eri and TotoroBoth unusual and exceptionally well executed, this one goes in the hall of fame, plus she has promised to do a Neko Bus if there’s ever another heavy snowfall.

And last but not least, the Booby Prize goes to:

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAThe jury is not sure she wants to know what that’s supposed to be.

Congratulations, one and all, and happy snow day!

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