KFC Christmas

As I mentioned before, KFC somehow managed to get a stranglehold on Christmas over here. Most people only have toaster ovens or microwave/halogen ovens so cooking a huge turkey is pretty much impossible. Some smart person at KFC said “Hey, let’s sell them lots of chicken. It’s just like turkey anyways”. So to find out more about it I picked up the”Kentucky Christmas News”.

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They have lots of different choices of combinations.

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Various buckets of chicken, salads and cakes, including KFC champagne or roast chicken too. Even boxes stuffed to the brimming with various types of fried chicken, boneless or not.

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The most interesting was however is the expensively price “Premium Roast Chicken”

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It seems to come with a cloth bag and some kind of sauce. If a whole chicken is too expensive at 5600 yen, you can buy just one piece at only 1000 yen. Super expensive!

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10 responses to “KFC Christmas

  1. >KFC somehow managed to get a stranglehold on Christmas over here.

    Well, I was gonna wait til closer to xmas to write about this on my own blog ( http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/ )…but I’ll tell you now.

    In the 1970s (when there weren’t so many foreigners here as there are now…and before all of the international supermarkets in Japan), an American man went to Kentucky Fried Chicken in Yokohama on xmas day and lamented to the staff that he was buying chicken for his family’s xmas dinner because he couldn’t find a turkey.

    And, supposedly, KFC saw a chance to promote western style xmas dinners. Their campaign worked…nowadays, in Japanese people’s minds, xmas dinner = Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    Wait til xmas eve and xmas day…you’ll see lines outside their shops—and their delivery mopeds speeding all over town!

  2. Thanks for the info on KFC. It’s interesting how big business in Japan has shaped most of the modern holidays in Japan, like Valentine’s day and White day. Anyone interested in Japanese holidays should definitely follow Tokyo5’s link to his holiday page. I had already checked it out a couple days ago and it’s really good. I learned all of the reasons why I get a day off each month. It’s not just because the date is red on the calendar.

  3. “Some smart person at KFC” – isn’t that an oxymoron?!

    They will never get such a stranglehold on Christmas over here in the UK and this will explain why:

    http://caughtinthemiddleman.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/it-doesnt-taste-like-chicken/

    ps. Merry Christmas

  4. >It’s interesting how big business in Japan has shaped most of the modern holidays in Japan

    I wouldn’t say that. Xmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Mothers Day / Fathers Day are imported holidays.
    I think they are all just as commercialized in the West as they are here.

    Traditional Japanese holidays aren’t like that.

    >It’s not just because the date is red on the calendar.

    Days that are marked in red on a calendar on Sundays or legal holidays. Saturdays are blue.

  5. Middle Man…

    I read your post. It was quite amusing.
    But that doesn’t happen in Japan. Japanese people take their jobs seriously…even if they work in a fast-food restaurant.

    Service and products / food is high quality here.

  6. Tokyo5
    >I wouldn’t say that. Xmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Mothers Day / Fathers Day are imported holidays.

    What I meant was that if it wasn’t for big business, Japanese people wouldn’t even celebrate these western holidays. They were all brought over here to sell more stuff, and yes they are commercialized in the west too. I agree.

    > Days that are marked in red on a calendar on Sundays or legal holidays.

    Most Japanese people I know, when I would ask them, most of them wouldn’t even know why there is a holiday. They would just say to me that it’s because the date was red.

    Middle Man, Tokyo5 is right every job here is taken very seriously. Every job can be a career job here.

  7. >What I meant was that if it wasn’t for big business, Japanese people wouldn’t even celebrate these western holidays.

    My mistake. In the earlier comment you did write: “most of the modern holidays in Japan”.

    >Most Japanese people I know, when I would ask them, most of them wouldn’t even know why there is a holiday. They would just say to me that it’s because the date was red.

    Maybe they just don’t know how to explain in English. I’m sure most Japanese people know the names and meanings of Japanese holidays.😉

  8. Or maybe they’re just bad at being Japanese people. Like my wife.🙂

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