Debatably making the Colonel a lot cuter or more frightening, actress Haruka Ayase (Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Ichi in the gender-swapped Zatoichi reboot) recently cosplayed as KFC founder/mascot Colonel Sanders at a Japanese press event.
Ayase appeared on stage with KFC Japan president Watanabe Masao. While the duo prepared chicken, Ayase sneezed, eliciting the comment from Watanabe, “It’s hard to believe this is her first time making it. I’m the only one in the world to eat the original chicken made by Ayase Harucolonel Sanders. I’m very moved.”
The press conference announced an "Original Chicken Handmade Challenge Contest," scheduled to be held on July 4th. Ayase called out, “Do your best by studying my recipe.” It also promoted the Japanese publication of the Sanders autobiography, which will be available through the fast food company's website and donated to educational institutions and libraries.