Kentucky Fried Christmas in Tokyo

Kentucky Fried Christmas in Tokyo

You have to admire the marketing prowess of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan.    KFC-J have so firmly ingrained the association between Christmas and Kentucky Fried Chicken that people in Japan place their ‘Kentucky for Christmas’ orders week and months in advance.   It is not uncommon to see lines for a few blocks on Christmas Eve as people wait to pick up their Christmas Eve Dinner.

Accordingly the Q&A section of their website, this all started back in the 70′s in Aoyama when a expat customer who was unable to find turkey figured chicken would do the trick for his family’s holiday meal.    The store manager passed this information up in the company and in 1974 KFC launched the ‘Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii’ campaign, Kentucky for Christmas.   Christmas in Japan is a purely commercial event and most of the ‘traditions’ have been instilled through television, radio and advertising.   KFC have effectively marketed this meal into a holiday ‘tradition’.

Stop by and visit Colonel Santa and enjoy some chicken this Christmas!

Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, 1/45, f/2.8, 35mm, ISO400

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a holiday tradition in Japan with people making reservations weeks in advance and causing lines around the block on Christmas Eve.

Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, 1/45, f/3.4, 35mm, ISO400

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a holiday tradition in Japan with people making reservations weeks in advance and causing lines around the block on Christmas Eve.

Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, 1/45, f/3.4, 35mm, ISO400

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a holiday tradition in Japan with people making reservations weeks in advance and causing lines around the block on Christmas Eve.

Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, 1/125, f/2.8, 35mm, ISO400

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a holiday tradition in Japan with people making reservations weeks in advance and causing lines around the block on Christmas Eve.

Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, 1/30, f/4.0, 35mm, ISO400

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a holiday tradition in Japan with people making reservations weeks in advance and causing lines around the block on Christmas Eve.

Thanks for stopping by today…

7 Comments

  1. This Christmas I’m going to have yakitori. I think KFC is OK, but it’s a little greasy for me.

  2. Actually we will probably have home cooked Japanese food.

  3. I love Christmas where ever it is held, but it’s KFC that makes my Christmas even much better!!!!!

  4. I am loving your website – I came her via MCP as well.

    My husband and I get to teach in Japan once every year or two, and I adore it! We have stayed more often at the Keio Plaza, so I am loving your images of Shinjuku! This year we were put in Shibuya and in Cerulean Towers, and I have to say I don’t love Shibuya as much as Shinjuku, but perhaps with more exploration I will learn to enjoy it.

    I live to eat, and in Japan I love that the food feeds me on so many levels!

    I will go now and explore your site more.

    Thank you!!

  5. Thanks for the comments Patty. What do you teach when you come to Japan?

  6. We teach natural medicine, and we’ve been coming to Japan the last five years to teach, with extreme pleasure!

  7. Merry Christmas Dave ~

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