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Tuesday, 27th November 2012
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Tokyo's Santa Claus Academy proving popular in run-up to Christmas

Tokyo's Santa Claus Academy attracts students who want to put the Ho! Ho! Ho! into Christmas.

Japan is not traditionally a country that commemorates the festival from a religious perspective, however it does enjoy the celebrations that come along with it.

Located in Tokyo's ultra-fashionable Roppongi district, 88 Santa hopefuls attended the course that taught them how to "Santa-san", or Santa Claus, according to a report in Reuters today (November 27th).

"There are many children who don't believe in Santa Claus anymore. So I said to myself, 'Let's bring Santa Claus back,'" said head of the school, Masaki Azuma, to the news provider.

The crash course involves teaching the students to not respond unless addressed by the children as "Santa-san", an array of magic tricks are taught, as well as how to answer tricky questions.

"Even as times change, Santa Claus is a figure that needs to live in the hearts of everyone," said 70-year-old Azuma to Reuters.

Showing that the country's interest in Christmas goes beyond St Nick, there is currently a $4.2 million (£2.6 million) Disney Gold Christmas Tree that is made from 88 pounds of gold and sold at Ginza Tanaka jewellery store in the capital city.

Decorated with Disney characters, it stands eight feet tall and three feet wide.