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Early visit from Santa

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Santa Claus puts in an appearance at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel on Wednesday as part of an event to promote the hotel's line of Christmas pastries and cakes that go on sale on Nov 1.

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You gotta be kidding me! At times, Japan is ridiculous...

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Damn I was off by one month! I figured October. (Santa should be carrying either a pumpkin or valentine too!)

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What the?! Is that early, slimmed down Santa? Where's the KFC? What's with the snowman with no eyes?

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Halloween stuff is making its appearance in America. Guess Japan has the jump on them

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Jeez Louise. We haven't even got to Labour Day. Oh well. Shoganai. Why not bring out all the holidays at once and have them all year? Anticipation? Waiting? Marking time? Fully savoring something that comes but once a year? What's that in a swipe & click world? Oh, and while we are at it, why not bring out the blue tarps and start drinking now? Why wait for sakura? Heck, if we're going to make everything meaningless and screw symbolism over, why not have a Sakura Santa in pink?

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Santa needs a better tailor.

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Next year or the year after that we will see xmas decoration in the summer.

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It. Is. September. Any shop that starts pushing Christmas this early should be boycotted. Absolutely moronic.

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You gotta be kidding me! At times, Japan is ridiculous...

Hong Kong based hotel group....

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Santa's suit looks like it's from Daiso. Classy, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. Very classy.

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Stores should just leave their Christmas, Easter and Halloween stuff, up all year.

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Since when does any self-respecting Santa wear Oxfords? Somebody got lost on the way to the mall...

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The build-up starts for something that never really happens in Japan. Yet this is somehow so apt too.

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People haven't been leaving Santa cookies and milk a lot, have they ?

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Lost in a lost world.

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Ha Ha. One sensei called in sick this morning. I bet he doesn't know he's getting paid in fried chicken.

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Don't knock the gig. A friend of mine gets flown in from Canada every year for a month every winter to do it at a local department store. He gets put up in a very nice hotel, fed and watered and paid over 50 man.

For that he has to do two forty-five sessions every day.

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A friend of mine gets flown in from Canada every year for a month every winter to do it

For a month in winter, yes, reasonable. Starting in September, Santa before he's had any mince pies to fill him out a bit and without his snow boots, Noooo.

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@lucabrasi, 45 sessions every day ? sounds a pretty tough gig to me. I hope he looks more santa than the dude in his brogues above.

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@Pautovsky

Meant to write " two forty-five minute sessions".

Not quite the same.... ; )

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I like Christmas.

When it's done properly.

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Oh no, Harald is doing his Winston Smith impression, after being released from room 101 . Don't let them grind you down.

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Harold

There is no "proper" or right or wrong way of celebrating Christmas. Everyone celebrates it in their own way. For me, it is a spiritual way; for others it's dinner with family and friends; for others it is about charity. The Japanese have their way with their Christmas cakes, KFC, romantic dinners and illuminations and they enjoy it every much as bit as you or me or anyone enjoys our way.

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they enjoy it every much as bit as you or me

No doubt. Sitting in an office while your kids are at Daycare sounds really festive.

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And they couldn't even be bothered to make the snowman out of white chocolate. Who has seen a brown chocolate coloured snowman - particularly in September?

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