Every winter in Japan's northern prefectures, snow monsters gather on the mountains for their yearly, um, summit.
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Snow monsters! Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images
The term in Japanese actually translates roughly to "frost-covered trees," which is what they are — a popular tourist phenomenon in Japan's ski resorts. We found these 2007 photos on our news wires and couldn't resist sharing. Have you ever seen snow monsters?
Also, here's another photo you'll get if you search "Japan" and "snow." Just saying.
A couple from the Czech Republic bathe with a macaque in Nagano, central Japan, in January.
A couple from the Czech Republic bathe with a macaque in Nagano, central Japan, in January. Hiro Komae/AP