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Why Christmas = KFC in Japan

December 24th, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Danny Choo.com is answering the important questions:

The Turkey does not breed naturally in Japan and is rarely cultivated. Apparently the taste is not of such a popularity to warrant large amounts of it to be imported into Japan either. Thus, many Japanese have not tried turkey.

Another reason why turkey didn’t catch on as a popular dish during Christmas is the fact that most Japanese folks don’t have ovens – or an oven big enough to roast an entire turkey.

One day at KFC’s Aoyama branch, a foreigner went to buy some chicken at KFC and said “I’m having a party but because there is no turkey, I’ve come to get some fried chicken instead.”

In 1974, KFC then started promoting the catchphrase “Christmas = Kentucky” and poured a load of yen into the marketing effort. The catchphrase soon caught on and together with the commercials on TV, the Japanese then started to consume a load of Chicken during the festive season.

In other fast food news, “McDonald’s website advises staff NOT to eat fast food.”

Which is crazy — why that would be the equivalent of Wal-Mart selling Occupy Wall Street merchandise or Exxon advertising on the Rachel Maddow Show

– Sorry, I just been handed a bulletin by my staff that confirms that those stories are all apparently true.

Allow me to revise and extend my previous remarks. This just in: Robert Conquest’s Third of Law of Politics, which posits that “The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies,” is alive and well.

(Via Ace of Spades, which has plenty of additional extra crispy Kentucky Fried Christmas-themed items for your dancing and dining yuletide pleasure.)

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Well, Lenin did predict that capitalists would sell him the rope he needed to hang them...
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Yes, very few ovens here on the Rim. (You can order cooked turkeys from restaurants.) Poultry's consumed differently.

In Taiwan, used to be you could buy turkey wings at expanded bakeries. Farmers' Association kicked in with an anti-turkey campaign. "Americans don't like turkey! They only eat it once a year! Then they want to unload what they don't eat over here!" 15 years ago. Since then, locals started breeding turkeys, so the agit-prop ceased. Turkey wings are back.

Japanese farmers' associations have lots of clout, too!
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