Japan’s Jolly Old Elf: Colonel Sanders

Japan’s Jolly Old Elf: Colonel Sanders

When Christmas comes to Japan, thoughts turn to that jolly old man, Harland Sanders. America’s Kentucky Fried Chicken came to the Land of the Rising Sun in 1970, and homesick expat Yanks soon began gobbling the deep-fried fowl for the holidays. Japanese folks give Yuletide luxury gifts to their sweeties, and many have adopted this exotic Christmas culinary custom, too. Those who can afford it, that is. A KFC Christmas Barrel costs about US$40.

So クリスマス用のケンタッキー  (Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii! “Kentucky for Christmas!”) and to all a good night.

More:

“KFC’s Colonel Sanders Signals Christmas in Japan,” Akiko Jujita, ABC News

“The KFC-Christmas connection in Japan,”`Japan Today

“Fried Chicken + Christmas in Japan,” Japan Probe

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