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For most of us it is cheerful, rotund grandfather, who comes to us in December of each year. Photographer Touko Huzhanen while working as a photojournalist for the Finnish newspaper last summer, met a professional Santa Claus named Timo Pakkanen.
"Still 140 days until Christmas," said Pakkanen Huzhanenu when he approached him on the street. Thus began a 7-month documentary project about the life of Santa. Huzhanen traveled with him to Japan, where Pakkanen very popular and talked with him for a long time in Finland. His work Touko called simply "Joulupukki - the Finnish Santa Claus."
The photos did Touko, unexpected and unusual. After all, we've never seen Santa, who brushes his teeth, bathe or smoking a cigar. But this is the most real Christmas - no tinsel. 68-year-old works Pakkanen Santa Claus since 1961, and his office is located in the center of Helsinki. Its history began with a short speech to the local Finnish families, later he became a national of Santa Claus.
"My profession is more to me than life. And much, much more than work. "In the family Pakkanen was a lot of children. His mother Kaya Pakkanen often told him stories, and sister Ooty became a writer. "I spent all my childhood in the fairytale world, and this is a very good reason to be Santa," he says, laughing.
During the holiday season Pakkanenu often work 12 hours a day. More than once he met Christmas in a hotel room in Tokyo. He likes to celebrate this holiday with a can of beer or a cup of Yebisu warm sake. Pakkanen loves to see the joy on people's faces and experiencing it himself in such moments. He can, and looks old, but it feels like a child. "First, we are children, then we get older and come back to our childhood. This circle of life. "
Pakkanen smears white paste on his brow.
Pakkanen smoking a cigar and reading the letters in his office in Helsinki.
Pakkanen the swimming pool in Helsinki.
Pakkanen in a hotel room in Tokyo in 2011.
Pakkanen in his office in Helsinki German smokes a cigar, which, according to him, has a magical flavor.
Timo Pakkanen sitting with friends in a bar in Helsinki.
Timo Pakkanen a shop in Tokyo.
Pakkanen in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Pakkanen in Saitama Prefecture at a meeting with the children evacuated from Fukushima.
Pakkanen waiting to drivers with nikumanami (Japanese rolls) dinner in Tokyo.
Pakkanen steamed in a Finnish sauna.
Pakkanen during his tour of Japan examines records.
In real life Santa Claus, too, goes to the toilet.
Toy colleague Pakkanen.
Pakkanen outside the image of Santa Claus on a foggy day.
Pakkanen on rugby field.
Pakkanen in Santa costume on a background of a cruise ship.