Japan’s Kentucky for Christmas

For American expats living in Japan, the holiday season could be a frustrating time. Separated from their families during one of the most family-oriented times of the year, a familiar Christmas meal can be a comforting thing. Unfortunately, the traditional turkey is nearly impossible to find.

Back in the seventies, many foreigners turned to fried chicken as a substitute. Japan’s Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants picked up on this trend, and in 1974 launched their first “Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii”, or “Kentucky for Christmas” campaign. They offered their customers a special Christmas chicken meal, specifically to cater to homesick expats. The Japanese soon took to this tradition, and today you can see people lining up out the door for a bucket of chicken, Christmas cake, and even champagne. Many people even order their bucket months in advance to avoid the lines!

Consider starting your own unusual holiday tradition this year with a plate of delicious, festively-colored sushi. Our Japanese restaurant in Seattle is a great addition to any special day!