Being Santa Claus in Japan

By Donnie | Articles

I find it interesting, that I never once had to don a Santa suit while living in the United States, but since I’ve been here in Japan, every single year, without fail, something comes up where I always end up in a Santa suit. Initially I would dress up to be Santa for special AEON Christmas lessons right around the holidays. Truth be told, I enjoyed it every single time I did it. However, this Christmas I wasn’t actually working for AEON anymore, so I figured I wouldn’t end up doing my Santa Claus thing this year, but nothing could have been further from the truth. Actually, this year, the Santa think started back in October, when I landed a gig for a print ad with Kameido Sun Street Mall to build buzz for a Christmas event in December. I got my first look at the advertisement on Christmas Year’s Eve:

The cover of the Kameido print ad

Inside of the book

A short comic strip inside of the print ad

Several Santa Donnies

The idea behind the ad is that I was the president of Sun Street, and I become Santa Claus to make all of the citizens of Sun Street happy. I thought it was a cute little story to go along with the ad.

So this year, I had a chance to do even more Santa stuff. I really enjoyed passing out calendars and presents to everyone at the mall (especially the kids). People seemed so happy to even get simple gifts. You might say well they’re just little calendars, but I like to think I was passing out a little bit of Christmas cheer. A was waiting for a little boy to come up to me and ask for a Red Ryder BB gun, but it didn’t happen. Nevertheless, this was just pick me up that I needed.

Merry Christmas everybody!!

Donald Ash


Donnie Santa One

Donnie Santa Two

Me losing a game of rock,scissors, paper.

Giving gifts to the kids. I didn't realize until now, that the gift may be wee bit close to the boy's face. Sorry!!

There were some really cute kids at this event.

High fives for everybody, yay!!

Merry Christmas!

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  • Dochimichi1

    So cute! (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • Donald Ash

      Thank you so much!! A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, too!

  • DL

    “the gift may be wee bit close to the boy’s face”

    That’s what he gets for beating you… you don’t mess with Santa…

    • Donald Ash

      LOL! That’s funny stuff DL 😀

  • Joshua Shibata

    Thats awesome…and the photo of the gift face plant to the kid…even MORE awesome! lol

    • Donald Ash

      LOL. Thanks, Joshua!

  • Anthony

    Playing santa….like a boss. That’s some awesome stuff Donald. I lol’d when I saw the picture of the present in face of the kid haha, “in yo face!”

    • Donald Ash

      I laughed to when I saw the picture. I didn’t even realize I had done that. Hey, I’m sure he’ll look back on it and laugh…I hope.

  • Ah Donald-kun that’s so cool ^ ^ It looks like it was fun, ne?

  • LuffyNaruto

    That’s great. Japan looks so cool and you really fit in. You really are Santa Claus.

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