The Tokyo embassy video has garnered 3 million views in 3 days

Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan, has embraced the festive spirit by dressing up as Santa and doing the ‘Koi dance’.

The iconic dance comes from the opening credits of popular Japanese TV show We Married as a Job. The Japanese Ambassador, who is also the daughter of the late US President John F Kennedy, is seen dancing along to the show’s theme tune, ‘Koi’.

Released by the Tokyo embassy on 20 December, the video has been viewed over 3 million views. However, the cheerful but silly clip was initially intended for internal sharing, according to US embassy spokeswoman Marrie Schaefer.

“This is the holiday season and we try to do something nice and light, and we try to be merry, like Merry Christmas,” Schaefer told the Japan Times.

Nonetheless, the video seems to be a hit amongst netizens. “This smartly fits the Japanese taste. The same performance might not be appreciated in another country like France,” commented Yufei Zhou on Japan Times’s Facebook post.