Why Do Japanese People Eat KFC on Christmas?

Many non-Japanese people often ask me why everyone eats KFC on Christmas in Japan.


Many non-Japanese people often ask me why everyone eats KFC on Christmas in Japan. The actual reason is all down to one employee at KFC, Takeshi Ookawara. The story begins in December 1973 – at that time there were only 100 KFCs in the whole of Japan.

In Aoyama, Tokyo, a Christian school contacted KFC and asked them to show up at the school’s Xmas party. None of the teachers at the school had the right body shape to be Santa, so they were hoping an employee could dress as Santa and come instead. In return, they would buy lots of fried chicken, as they figured it was similar enough to turkey to be used as a replacement.

KFC agreed, and a staff member showed up dressed as Santa with lots of fried chicken, which he handed out while saying “Merry Christmas”!
The kids loved it.

Then, Mr. Ogawara had the idea to try and spread using KFC instead of turkey at Christmas to the rest of Japan. KFC was invited to many school parties to dress as Santa and give out fried chicken for Christmas.

There were also children who thought Colonel Sanders was actually Santa Claus.

To be fair, Santa Claus is also a low-income middle-aged part-timer.

The number of Christians in Japan

The number of Christians in Japan is under 1% of the total population. So, rather than going to church, Christmas in Japan is mostly a consumerist holiday, with the presents and dinner and expensive restaurants hiding the real reason it exists – to increase economic growth.

The same reason America goes to war. (Wars have been started over less.)


Three years later, the media interviewed Mr. Ookawara, and asked him if eating fried chicken was the custom overseas at Christmas. He said yes.
The media believed him and reported it as fact, and the misbelief spread across Japan. Fake news – Japan was doing it first.

So now we can’t complain when the western media says that all Japanese watch hentai porn. At least both countries ended up happy – we get to eat delicious KFC, and they get to watch hentai.

Current Day

In Japan, Christmas Eve is a big event for couples. On Christmas Eve, all KFC, jewelers, and condoms are sold out.

Yes! All good presents come in small boxes.

So if you want to experience a real Japanese Christmas this year,
go to your local KFC!

Youtube video Meshida – Christmas in Japan

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The best museums to enjoy contemporary art in Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the most culturally-diversified cities in the world – from Japanese traditional culture to cutting-edge design, underground music, and otaku & anime culture. This mega city also has many art museums and some of them give us opportunities to enjoy the great experience of contemporary art.

Here are the best contemporary art museums in Tokyo, where you will get some new kinds of inspiration.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)


If you want to explore contemporary art in Tokyo, MOT should be the first choice to visit.  You can see the most of Japanese contemporary artists through its collection, while it always holds a special exhibition under a well-curated theme.

Open 10:00am-6:00pm

Closed on Monday

Close to Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station (Hanzomon Line & Oedo Line)

Mori Art Museum


Mori Art Museum, one of the biggest privately-owned museums in Japan, features some of the best contemporary artists in the world the most popular culture, in the very convenient location of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills, where you can also enjoy shopping and nightlife.

Open 10:00am-10:00pm (10:00am-5:00pm on Tuesday)

Open everyday

Close to Roppoingi Station (Hibiya Line & Oedo Line)

The National Art Center, Tokyo


You can see multiple art exhibitions at The National Art Center, Tokyo, such as world-famous contemporary or modern artists and Japanese local art universities’ exhibitions. Its stunning architecture and facade was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, the Japanese architect. 

Open 10:00am-6:00pm (10:00am-8:00pm on Friday & Saturday)

Closed on Tuesday

Close to Roppoingi Station (Hibiya Line & Oedo Line)

Warari-um (The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art)


Watari-um shows very unique artists from all over the world in its compact space owned by curator/art director Mr. & Mrs. Watari. The shop on the 1st and underground floor has so many kinds of art books and artists’ goods with another exhibition.

Open 10:00am-6:00pm (10:00am-8:00pm on Friday & Saturday)

Closed on Tuesday

Close to Gaien-mae Station (Ginza Line)

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art


If you love to visit an art museum in a beautiful architecture, you can’t miss the Hara Museum. Located in a quiet residential area, you can enjoy Japanese or international contemporary artists’ exhibition with its one-and-only atmosphere.

Open 11:00am-5:00pm (11:00am-8:00pm on Wednesday)

Closed on Monday

Close to Shinagawa Station (JR Yamanote Line/Shinkansen)

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery


Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery holds exhibitions on modern and contemporary artists, sometimes featured with other fields like pop culture.a

Open 11:00am-7:00pm (11:00am-8:00pm on Friday & Saturday)

Closed on Monday

Close to Hatsudai Station (Keio New Line)