NARITA, Japan - Santa Claus on Wednesday arrived from Finland at Narita airport, east of Tokyo, to meet local children and boost festive atmosphere ahead of Christmas.
Santa, recognized by the Finnish government-backed Santa Claus Foundation, will take part in Christmas events in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka during his stay through Dec. 14. He will also visit a nursery school in Tokyo to give gifts to children.
His trip to Japan is part of an annual promotional campaign by Finnair. This year, Santa came to the country aboard a special Finnair plane decorated with a drawing of a reindeer.
Outside Christmas time, he keeps himself busy writing replies to letters from children around the world and taking care of his reindeer, according to the airline.