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Happy Holidays!

In Japan, Christmas equals KFC

We made this card to share a peculiar tradition in the way Japanese celebrate Christmas. While Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken has managed to make eating its chicken meals a holiday tradition.

The colonel’s recipe is so popular here that the fast-food chain recommends customers place their Christmas orders two months in advance!

It started about 40 years ago, when foreigners in Japan were eating KFC during Christmas because a whole chicken or turkey couldn’t be found. The company cashed in on this opportunity by launching its first Christmas meal in 1974.

Now there’s a certain nostalgia attached to KFC Christmas meals, and Japanese tend to pass the tradition along to their children!

Thank you all, and Happy Holidays!

  • Season's Greetings!

Contributed by Max

Max is the founder and director of White Rabbit Japan. When away from the office he enjoys hiking in the mountains around Tokyo and has developed an interest in freediving. His talkative Siamese cat Wabi boosts morale around the office.

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