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KFC is busiest in Japan during the Christmas holiday


I don’t know about you but I’d rather not talk about the game anymore. Let’s talk about two things everyone loves Christmas and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Christmas time marks the busiest time of the year for Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in Japan. Chicken and cake have come to mark the informal holiday in Japan. The Japanese reserve their Christmas dinners of fried chicken and cake as early as October. Those who wait until Christmas Eve to get their buckets and dessert may have to wait in line for six hours.

“I had no idea,” said 22-year-old university student Ryuya Morimoto, informed that chicken and cake aren’t American yuletide staples. When I was a little kid, we would eat chicken as a family and then have Christmas cake, with a little chocolate piece on the top that said, ‘Merry Christmas.’”

The Japanese Christmas cuisine became a hit back in the 1970s when a non-Japanese customer came into a KFC to buy chicken instead of Turkey. KFC then devised the idea for a new Christmas decision to win over the Japanese culture.

“Christmas is boring without Kentucky,” said 18-year-old high-school student Yuna Nakajima, using the name by which KFC is popularly known in Japan.

You know, Yuna, I’d have to agree with you on that one. Christmas is boring without Kentucky.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

3 Comments for KFC is busiest in Japan during the Christmas holiday

  1. ghaskins33
    10:58 pm December 19, 2015 Permalink

    This is taken verbatim from the Wall Street Journal but there’s no attribution of the source.

  2. bgblue
    11:30 pm December 19, 2015 Permalink

    I grew up in Japan and am living in Kentucky for about 12 years. My daughter went to UK. Since then I am one of crazy Kentucky fan. Yes. I remember going to KFC to buy a big piece of smoked chicken leg and a Christmas cake made out of fresh cream icing and very tender sponge cake, not the icing with Crsco and unbelievable amount of sugar. That was a tradition in my family. I never dreamed about living in Kentucky back then. Japanese love KFC.

  3. jhnny
    12:53 pm December 20, 2015 Permalink

    Where did this come from? I’d like to read the original.