Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

This post is in response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “inside. 


I recently went to Niigata prefecture which is on the west coast of Japan. In February, the sleepy town of Tokamachi is transformed into a buzzing snow festival, with snow sculptures built and showcased all around the area.

One of the sculptures was based on the Studio Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro (originally released in 1988). This movie is arguably the most famous and most loved of the Ghibli films and everyone knows the characters: Totoro, the cat bus, Satsuki and Mei.

Seeing the snow sculpture from afar was impressive in itself. But, as I got closer, my attention was drawn to a massive hole under the cat bus. At first, I thought it was a tunnel to lead to the other side. I soon realised it was in fact a sculpture inside another sculpture! Very clever and impressive!

Totoro snow sculpture

Totoro snow sculpture Totoro snow sculpture

13 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

  1. It looks like Totoro is sleeping in a cavity of a buttress root in a forest covered in snow.
    It must have been a huge effort for the sculptor to create the sleeping figure of Totoro in the confined space of the cavity. It is indeed an intricate piece of artwork. Show us more images of snow sculptures later.


    1. Yes, I wonder how long it took, and whether it turned out exactly as they had planned! It looks like a huge amount of effort was put into it! Thanks, yes I’ll try do a post to show the other sculptures. :)


  2. well Celia – when I read this fun post – it reminded of why I enjoy the blogging world – because I get to see fun and unusual stuff like this snow sculpture! amazing to see “sculpture inside another sculpture” –
    :) and perfect for the challenge.
    Have a great day.


Share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.