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Tokyo’s best-dressed nude statue: It’s that Santa time of year

Tokyo’s best-dressed nude statue changes into the jolly old elf for the month of December, but sometimes his costumers get a bit…creative.

When they started in the year 2000, the first few years were pretty tame…

The nude peeing boy statue at JR Hamamatsucho station dressed as Santa in the years 2000, 2001, 2002

Then someone gave him a pet reindeer

The nude peeing boy statue at JR Hamamatsucho station dressed as Santa in the years 2003, 2004, 2005

Which ushered in a period of hog-wild experimentation…

The nude peeing boy statue at JR Hamamatsucho station dressed as Santa in the years 2006, 2007, 2008

that provoked some sort of backlash, and he wasn’t Santa at all for a year

The nude peeing boy statue at JR Hamamatsucho station dressed as Santa in the years 2009, 2010, 2011

For a couple of years, caped Santa and pom-pom Santa ruled

The nude peeing boy statue at JR Hamamatsucho station dressed as Santa in the years 2012, 1013, 2014

But now it feels like they’ve come full circle

The nude peeing boy statue at JR Hamamatsucho station dressed as Santa in the years 2015, 2016, 2017

You can visit the peeing statue anytime you happen to be in Tokyo—he’s dressed in new togs every month—and he lives at the far end of the Shibuya-bound platform at the JR Hamamatsucho station.

And if you know someone who might like to fly their favorite armchair to Japan…

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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