Turkey is not a common sight in Japan. The average household does not have an oven large enough to cook the traditional Christmas bird, so Americans living in Japan have often been frustrated in their efforts to put together a familiar holiday meal.
Historically, many homesick expats have flocked to Kentucky Fried Chicken as a substitute for turkey. It was therefore that, back in 1974, the restaurant began to cater to this seasonal clientele with their “Christmas Chicken” meal. This meal would consist of fried chicken, cake, and even wine.
Over time, the Japanese began to take to this tradition themselves, seeking out KFC and other fried chicken establishments on Christmas Eve. So popular has this tradition become that people will line up out the door, even going so far as to call in reservations for their Christmas bucket.
If you’re looking for a way to make your own holiday season more special, consider a meal at Sushi Hana in Bothell. A festive selection of brightly-colored sushi and other Japanese favorites are sure to be a fun new twist on your seasonal traditions!