Friday, December 24, 2010

Only in Japan: Kentucky Fried Christmas!!

As I came home from work this Christmas Eve, I was once again reminded of the interesting differences between Japanese and Americans.  Christmas itself is an imported holiday for the Japanese, which means it is obviously around for commercial reasons rather than religious.  Yet I can`t help but snicker when I see dozens of people, sometimes close to a hundred lined up at a KFC on Christmas Eve!

The Japanese tradition of Christmas Eve dining is with the good ole Colonel and his bucket of greasy but tasty chicken.  When asked by Japanese, "Do you eat KFC for Christmas in America?" I look at them and smile, and say "I never have. I am sure some people might, but we usually eat something more grand than chicken, like roast ham, or turkey."  They look at me surprised, with an expression that says "well isn`t chicken and KFC from America?"

The irony of it all is to see them line up for hours just to fulfill some tradition that most probably think is American or Western in nature when in reality KFC (Kentucky Fried Christmas!) is something that happens only in Japan.
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