Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Shrinecastle Holiday Tradition

Now that Thanksgiving is over and everyone is still full of turkey (or pork), it's time for me to dust off my old story about the Japanese tradition of going crazy for Kentucky Fried Chicken during the Christmas holidays. 

"Kentucky," as KFC in Japan is known, encourages customers to place orders early for buckets of its finger lickin' good product so everyone can enjoy this holiday tradition. There are even commercials about having Kentucky for Christmas, as in this CM from 2006:

Here's a video of a guy searching for chicken at different KFCs throughout Tokyo last Christmas Eve, only to find long lines wherever he went.

This holiday season, a new wrinkle has been added to the Kentucky for Christmas craze. Japan Probe reports that McDonald's is now in on the act, offering a "Christmas set" that includes chicken nuggets, two juicy chicken selects, and two shaka shaka chickens, whatever that is. 

Which fast food chain will win the hearts and stomachs of the Japanese this Christmas?

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