Skiers Beware: Japan's Snow Monsters : The Picture Show If you're hitting the slopes, you better watch out for this scary, snowy phenomenon.
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Skiers Beware: Japan's Snow Monsters

Every winter in Japan's northern prefectures, snow monsters gather on the mountains for their yearly, um, summit.

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Snow monsters!

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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. Hiro Komae/AP hide caption

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A couple from the Czech Republic bathe with a macaque in Nagano, central Japan, in January.

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