Planning Christmas 2015: Japan tops the list

OK, maybe not completely on top of the list, but the idea of celebrating the holidays with a Christmas Party Barrel from KFC is slightly intriguing. Yes, that KFC.

Check out the Christmas Party Barrel you can get – Christmas Cake included – from KFC in Japan

Turns out that getting turkey in Asia is hard so American ex-pats will often substitute in chicken to get something close. I had heard this before and a couple of us briefly considered importing turkeys to Korea on our trip in mid-November before quickly becoming much, much smarter. But KFC has managed to convert it into a marketing coup, with long lines of customers and pre-orders coming in months ahead of time. I feel like I should have that experience just once. Plus we have something of a family history with the chain such that it is, believe it or not, a celebratory meal in some context.

I’m pretty sure we’re trying to get to Asia for the holidays next year anyways. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Interesting!

    When we went to Turkey two Novembers ago, we brought along some turkey jerky to consume on Thanksgiving Day. Not quite the same, of course, nor as good as the local food.

    Now we’re curious – what’s your family’s KFC history story?

  2. Japan for Christmas is a great idea! And yes, there are literally lines around the KFC buildings.

  3. Just back from Xmas in Japan, and it was cold. Saw a sign or two for KFC but it wasn’t even close to being a fall back option given the tremendous amount of great (and nowadays affordable) local food options across Japan.

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