On a recent weekend, 88 Santa wannabes packed the school in Tokyo’s fashionable Roppongi district for a crash course in how to behave as “Santa-san,” as the man in red is known in Japan.

“There are many children who don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore,” said Masaki Azuma, head of the school. “So I said to myself, ‘Let’s bring Santa Claus back.'”