Ronald is grinchy about Japan's Kentucky-fried Christmas
December 22nd, 2010
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Christmas in Tokyo yields a special kind of wonder, an unofficial holiday spreading commercial good cheer. Open stores decked with decoration, romantic restaurants booked for Christmas-Eve date night (when reportedly condom vendors enjoy a robust sales spurt) and, of course ... holiday lines at Kentucky Fried Chicken.

A legend is born

KFC (or “kentakkii,” as it’s popularly known) launched its Japan-wide Christmas campaign in 1974 and since then has aggressively marketed its buckets as a holiday essential.

Today, as Public Radio International's Akiko Fujita has reported, "KFC commercials signal the start of the Christmas season in Japan."

According to the company, their holiday campaign was first conceived in 1971, at their Aoyama store. A homesick foreigner wandered in, bemoaned Japan’s lack of turkey, and chose fried chicken as the next-best alternative.

CNNGo has the FULL STORY - McDonald's vs. KFC for Japan's best 'festive feast'

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  1. Truth@JDizz...

    Cannont believe they did not win a Golden Globe for that...

    And KFC is actually one of the few American chains I have seen in Vietnam...Never gone in, but I have seen a few of them. No pics of the colonel though, since they think he looks like Ho Chi Minh...

    December 23, 2010 at 10:08 am |
    • Jdizzle Mchammerpants@Truth


      Saw McDonald's in Korea. No Kim Jong Ill in clown make-up, though.

      December 23, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  2. Evil Grin

    Ha ha ha. Kentakkii. Oh Japan. You are teh awesome sometimes.

    December 23, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  3. Andy

    There is no "Ronald" in Japan...hiis name is "Donald"!

    Oh, and FYI, there are no mashed potatoes, gravy, or biscuits at KFC in Japan!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  4. Truth@Jdizz

    Negative...please elaborate...

    December 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
    • Jdizzle Mchammerpants@TRUTH

      Pay attention at 1:12

      December 23, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  5. Truth


    December 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Ever see "The Ladies Man" with Tim Meadows?

      December 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    KFC is disgusting. Except for the boneless wings and biscuits. After receiving the dutchie pon de right han' side.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
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