It's summer! Time to hit the beach, get a tan, and look at giant sand sculptures of anime characters. Yay!

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In the past few years, sand art has become increasingly popular in Japan with more and more beachfront cities holding sand art festivals. And this being Japan, some of the sand artists look to Japanese history or traditional motifs. Others look to anime. Bless them.

Here's a look at some of the delightful anime inspired sand sculptures that have appeared in places like Ibaraki Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture.

Totoro and the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro.

An Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

An Attack on Titan sand sculpture by sand artist Toshihiko Hosaka.

No-Face from Spirited Away.

A Laputan robot from Castle in the Sky.

Here's One Piece.

While this isn't an anime, it is sand art of Dragon Quest Slimes.

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Photos: Namie1107, さくらいるかのブログ, Hitachi, Shiorijp, 茨城最高, Xsurfin, JonMaremi

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