Happy Birthday, Colonel

4 Sep

September 9th is the birthday of the late Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of the American fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken.

カーネル・サンダーズ (Colonel Sanders) died in 1980 at the age of ninety. But if he were still alive, he would turn 121 this Friday.

Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants are popular in Japan…especially at Christmastime. Many KFC restaurants in Japan have life-sized statues of Col. Sanders out front.

Most Japanese people think, though, that Colonel Sanders first name is actually 「カーネル」 (Colonel). They have no idea that his name is actually Harland Sanders and “colonel” is a rank in the military (the Japanese equivalent is 「大佐」).
And, also, Kentucky Fried Chicken is often shortened to “KFC” in America…but in Japan, it’s normally called 「ケンタッキー」 (“Kentucky“) for short.

Click here to read the post I wrote last year about the 40th anniversary of KFC in Japan. That post also has links to other posts I wrote that tell about the popularity of KFC at X-mas in Japan and also about the “Curse of the Colonel in Japanese baseball.

Anyways, to celebrate Colonel Sanders’ birthday, Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan is offering a set called the 「カーネル・バースデー・パック」 (“Colonel Birthday Pack”), which has three “Original Chicken” and three “Colonel Crispy” chicken, for ¥990 until 2011 September 21st.

The special price of ¥990 was chosen for this campaign because Colonel Sanders birthday is the ninth day of the ninth month (September 9th).

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6 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Colonel”

  1. cocomino September 4, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I love Kentucky Fried Chicken but my youngest daughter is allergic to egg and milk products.
    So I can’t eat it at home. omg.

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    • tokyo5 September 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      >my youngest daughter is allergic to egg and milk products.

      That must be difficult! You need to be wary of many kinds of foods!

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  2. gigihawaii September 4, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Yum! You have persuaded me to buy KFC tonight for dinner. Haven’t eaten fried chicken in months!

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    • tokyo5 September 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      >You have persuaded me to buy KFC tonight for dinner.

      Is KFC in the U.S. having a special campaign in honor of Col. Sander’s upcoming birthday, too?

      >Haven’t eaten fried chicken in months!

      I like chicken a lot.

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      • gigihawaii September 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

        Don’t know of any special campaign, but hubby got 10% off the total price because he is a senior citizen. I like extra crispy chicken, and find the original recipe chicken to be too greasy.

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      • tokyo5 September 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

        >10% off the total price

        That’s pretty nice.

        >I like extra crispy chicken, and find the original recipe chicken to be too greasy.

        I prefer the “Original Recipe”.

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