The president and chief executive of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan purchased the trademark white suit worn by company founder “Colonel” Harland Sanders at auction Saturday for $21,510 — then promptly tried it on.
Masao “Charlie” Watanabe grinned while putting on the suit jacket and black string tie at the Heritage Auctions event, standing beneath a photograph of Sanders. He had already planned to attend a company marketing meeting in Dallas, but arrived early after he found out about the auction, he said.
Watanabe was one of hundreds of in-person, telephone and online bidders vying for various items, including a gun belt owned by legendary outlaw Jesse James and leg irons that restrained abolitionist John Brown.
Although it is said that most Japanese are Shinto and Buddhist, few people are aware the Japanese also participate in "commercialized Christianity" in order to take advantage of those fun Christian holidays.
Christmas, with its sparkly, over-glitzed trees, a cherry-cheeked Santa Claus and the ritual of gift-giving is irresistible to the Japanese who have taken to celebrating Christmas on a superficial level. You can hardly blame them for wanting to participate in such an entertaining religion.
But the Japanese have adjusted Christmas to their own liking. Santa-san enters the house through the window and brings one gift to each child on Christmas Eve, which he leaves on the childs bed. Christmas also plays a romantic role, a type of Valentines Day for couples. But there is plenty of Christmas spirit too — decorations, Christmas carols piped into shopping malls, and of course Christmas sales.
And there is one stellar biped who has stuck his neck out to represent Christmas in Japan: the chicken. Chicken is the official Christmas dinner and most families order KFC to spread the Christmas joy.
Have you ever thought about eating as much KFC fried chicken as you want?
There is such a place where your dream can come true.
KFC Onohara in Osaka is that place. It’s the only KFC that has a buffet called the Colonel Buffet. And they call it that for a reason cause it has it all!
After paying a buffet fee (weekdays: 1050 yen, weekends and holidays: 1380 yen), you get a bottomless glass and a endless plate. The buffet has not only the colonel’s secret recipe fried chicken, but french fries, chicken nuggets, fried noodles, dumplings, pasta, vegetables, coleslaw, fruits…your mouth watering, yet?
It does have a time limitation, though…60 minutes on weekdays, and 40 minutes on weekends and holidays.
The packs of tea and gum syrup that have the Colonel Sander’s face on them are my favorite of tiniest of touches.
If you share the dream of all you can eat KFC, try it and let us know about it.