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A British man is running around Tokyo is spreading Christmas cheer in a very unique way.

The Running Christmas Tree is the latest revolutionary wearable device to have been developed by Tokyo-based inventor Joseph Tame.

This mobile seasonal illumination device has been designed to disrupt the illumination industry by allowing for on-demand illumination – simply pull out your phone and summon the Christmas tree anytime, anywhere, and Joseph will head in your direction to bring some light into your life.


Featuring over 1500 LEDs, 9 mico-controlers and 100 batteries, this 25kg / 2.5metre tree is unlike anything seen before, and has been a huge hit on the streets of Tokyo where the service was first rolled out.

Joseph Tame, who runs a small video production and digital media business, is dressing up as a Christmas tree — equipped with lights and decorations — and running through 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 tells CNN.

“I like to make people laugh and smile where they don’t expect it.”

Tame built the Christmas tree by using an aluminum frame wrapped with two rucksacks and inserting the branches from two fake Christmas trees into them. The costume required 99 batteries, 30 meters of wiring and 60 days to make.



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“The reaction here on the streets have been amazing,” he said.

He starting dressing up last week and ventures out onto the city streets for several hours at a time.

…and BIG Thanks to Jonathan for carrying a tonne of spare batteries and taking some fabulous photos he said!