Christmas is 'barking up the exact right tree' for a British man spreading holiday cheer in Tokyo in a unique way. CNN reports Joseph Tame is dressing up as a Christmas tree, equipped with lights and decorations, to run the streets of Japan's capital.
"There are many areas of the city that are beautifully illuminated with Christmas decorations, but there are also areas where there are not, so I thought wouldn't it be great to take the fun and wonder of these illuminations into those areas and spread the Christmas cheer," he told CNN.
Tame, who runs a small video production and digital media business, built the Christmas tree by using an aluminum frame and inserting artificial Christmas tree branches into it. The costume required 99 batteries, 30 meters of wiring and 60 days to make, CNN reports.
Tame said he likes to make people laugh and smile where they don't expect it. "The reaction here on the streets have been amazing," he said.
"One of the main things is to break the social barriers. Tokyo is a great city but people keep to themselves. It brings people to get together. On the train, it's just wonderful. Everybody is just transfixed," he said, according to Fox 8.
Living trees will be able to be ordered from Tame in the future through a new app, according to 10 News.
While Christmas isn't a holiday that's celebrated officially in Japan, Tame said he'll be wearing his costume on Dec. 25 trying to spread the holiday spirit.