International Winter Holiday Celebrations - Japan
Posted on Dec 17th, 2020
'Twas a week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, the smell of fried chicken is filling the air...*record scratch*. Yes, you read that correctly! We're off to Japan for one of the strangest holiday traditions - a fried chicken dinner from KFC.
While Christmas isn't a national holiday in Japan, a bucket of extra crispy from Kentucky Fried Chicken is the go-to meal for many folks in the country, with some placing their orders months in advance.
The tradition started in 1974, with the company's “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (or Kentucky for Christmas!) ad campaign. After a group of foreigners were unable to find a turkey for the holiday, they opted to head over to KFC for a meal. The fast-food giant saw an opportunity and the rest, as they say, is history.
For this tradition, we're keeping it simple. Order up a meal of chicken, along with a side of mashed potatoes, gravy and cole slaw and enjoy it as a family! We'd love to see pictures if you decide to take part!