Ho, ho, ho! SantaCon hits Tokyo

Christmas spirit is certainly in the air in Tokyo! This weekend saw the return of SantaCon, a global charity event in which thousand of festive fundraisers, dressed in their finest Santa costumes join together in cities across the world.

SantaCon, which first began in San Francisco in 1994 and has since spread to cities around the world, now takes place in 300 cities in 44 countries, including New York City, London, Vancouver, Belfast and Moscow. For New York in particular, SantaCon is something of an institution: in 2012, the sixty venues who participated in NYC SantaCon donated a total of $45,000 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. SantaCon also collects canned food and non-perishable goods, and event organisers estimated that roughly 6,850 pounds of canned food had been donated to City Harvest last year alone.

Its appearance in Tokyo is still relatively new, first taking place last year and raising money for the Red Cross Tohoku fund. This year, the Father Christmas clones visited a series of eight restaurants and bars across a pre-planned route around Tokyo, with all proceeds going to the Japan Cancer Society.

See Japantoday.com for the full story and pictures.

Sources include Japan Today, Santacon.info

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