Sand sculptures are becoming increasingly popular in Japan. Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft assembled a fantastic selection of awesome examples of Japanese sand art created in places like Ibaraki Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture depicting characters from different anime films and series.

Here you see a Laputan robot from Castle in the Sky, Totoro and the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro, an Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, No-Face from Spirited Away, and the cast of One Piece.

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