Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan

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Traditional Christmas dinner
among millions of Japanese—most of whom are not Christian—is not turkey or ham,
but a bucket of KFC. This offbeat custom is the legacy of a 40-year-old
marketing campaign wherein the fast-food chain successfully convinced would-be
customers that fried chicken is the traditional American yuletide feast. During
the run-up to Christmas, Colonel Sanders statues outside KFC’s Japanese outlets
wear Santa gear, and the chicken is served in special holiday packaging.

World's Strangest Holiday Traditions

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Japan

Traditional Christmas dinner
among millions of Japanese—most of whom are not Christian—is not turkey or ham,
but a bucket of KFC. This offbeat custom is the legacy of a 40-year-old
marketing campaign wherein the fast-food chain successfully convinced would-be
customers that fried chicken is the traditional American yuletide feast. During
the run-up to Christmas, Colonel Sanders statues outside KFC’s Japanese outlets
wear Santa gear, and the chicken is served in special holiday packaging.

David Kawabata [1] [1] http://www.sleepytako.blogspot.com

World's Strangest Holiday Traditions

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