Let's play a word association game. What image do these two words conjure up: Christmas Dinner. You're probably thinking turkey, sprouts, gravy, carrots, peas, parsnips, and a few other dishes, besides. Well, that may be the case in most countries, but Japan has been bucking that trend since the 1970s. Turkey isn't a tradition over there; KFC is a Japanese Christmas tradition. That's right - a finger lickin' good bucket of fried chicken is the go-to Christmas feast in Japan.
KFC in Japan goes hand in hand with Santa Claus, presents and Christmas trees. But how did this connection come about? Well KFC created a marketing campaign that was so effective that nowadays you can't have Christmas without KFC in Japan. It's essential. But you can't just show up and hope to get your hands on a bucket. The lines for this Christmas dinner are longer than if KFC were doing a one day only deal on a hot dog incased in a bun made out of fried chicken. You had better book way in advance if you want to experience a proper Japanese KFC Christmas.
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