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Post Reply I heard a rumor about Japan, Christmas and KFC
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Posted 12/26/14

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I'm gonna start doing this next year, I'm disappointed that I missed out.


isn't KFC closed on christmas


I dunno, I've never tried eating KFC on Chrismtas. If it is, it needs to not be. I think it's a cool tradition, it'd be a real shame if we didn't have it here.
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great !! now u people have made me huuunnnnggggrrrryyy !! D: i need chicken or a cup of ramen noodles
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tsun wrote:

It's no rumor, but not everyone celebrates their Christmas by going to a KFC.


Do you?
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Suddenly the obesity epidemic grows....
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masked185 wrote:

Suddenly the obesity epidemic grows.... :D


As a Japanese friend put it?

'They send games to America so we become stupid, and America sends fast food over there so the Japanese become fat.'
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Phersu wrote:


masked185 wrote:

Suddenly the obesity epidemic grows.... :D


As a Japanese friend put it?

'They send games to America so we become stupid, and America sends fast food over there so the Japanese become fat.'


Except that video games alone don't make someone stupid :D. I see your point though!
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I just enjoyed seeing the fat Col Sanders outside the shops. I was worried after KFC changed to a skinny Sanders that they all got thrown away or something.
I'll eat KFC maybe once every couple months when my parents feel like visiting and they feel like chicken, otherwise I happily prepare my own.
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Phersu wrote:


tsun wrote:

It's no rumor, but not everyone celebrates their Christmas by going to a KFC.


Do you?

I do not. I want to believe that I am a strong proponent of eating balanced meals, therefore a bucket of chicken is much too heavy

I would only eat a couple
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tsun wrote:
I do not. I want to believe that I am a strong proponent of eating balanced meals, therefore a bucket of chicken is much too heavy

I would only eat a couple


Same here. I generally have a couple legs. Except I also eat the chicken bone too. That marrow is delicious.
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masked185 wrote:

Suddenly the obesity epidemic grows.... :D


Funny!

So I guess there is some truth to this particular rumor. Even though not everyone takes part in it. Kind of how some people declare Christmas is consumerist and thus don't celebrate it here in the USA.
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I definitely wouldn't do that. KFC where I am taste horrid and best avoided. I don't eat McDonald's either and can't recall the last time I was at BK. I can eat unhealthily at times but I just don't use these places to do so.
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I definitely wouldn't do that. KFC where I am taste horrid and best avoided. I don't eat McDonald's either and can't recall the last time I was at BK. I can eat unhealthily at times but I just don't use these places to do so.


It tastes pretty bad here in the states as well. Dripping with so much grease you use napkins by the handful. (American napkins) Literally at least twice the necessary amount of salt. And the meat comes from caged steroid chickens that are so backwards the dark meat still looks white. So revolting.
And I'm not one to turn up my nose at fried chicken. Popeyes is da bomb. But KFC, hell no.
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masked185 wrote:

Suddenly the obesity epidemic grows.... :D


Not really. Japan has a lot of fried foods normally. KFC is no different than tempura or a chicken or pork katsu. Heck, most "traditional" Japanese food we think of like Ramen are massive sodium bombs.

The Japanese do generally understand moderation (for the most part, there are lots of overweight Japanese too) and they do not eat at these places regularly. Again, for the most part. I am sure there are some who do, and they probably are in the plus sizes. But most Japanese are well aware of how to limit their calorie intake.

The origins though go back to the 70's when KFC started their Christmas dinner promotion. Turkey is not very common in Japan for the most part. So KFC decided they could create a new tradition in Japan with Chicken instead of turkey. As Japan was pretty mad about anything American in those days it was an easy sell. So today it is mostly a tradition like having Turkey on Thanksgiving.

Of course Christmas does not really mean anything in Japan. Stores are open normally. Although the whole KFC Fried Chicken dinner thing has gotten so large, at least in Tokyo and most major cities, that you have to preorder your dinner ahead of time.

Another odd Japanese tradition is the Christmas Cake. Which is effectively just a white cake with vanilla frosting that one gets for dinner. This you see in some Anime with characters trying to sell them the day before and day of Christmas. Does not really mean anything except that it seems "Western". You often see Christmas tables set with a White Cake in films from the US that take place during Christmas. At least in the 60's and 70's. But really it is just a bit of commercialization. Which in the US might seem crass, but since the Japanese have no tradition of Christianity really other than it is "Western" it is simply another weird holiday and day to buy certain things. The Japanese are very into seasonal foods and holidays.

But really it is the same as Valentine's Day and White Day where girls give Chocolates to guys on Valentine's Day and the boys reciprocate (although the return gifts are supposed to be more expensive, one reason in Anime you see popular guys refusing chocolates) on White Day. Just seasonal "holiday's" that are just commercialized with little actual meaning to the Japanese beyond the (relatively recent) traditions that go along with them.

These are all imported "Western" holiday's and so are commercialized. Not to be confused with more traditional Japanese holidays like New Years or Obon.
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