In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken isn’t just popular, it’s an institution. It’s even a holiday tradition. Eating KFC on Christmas has been widely practiced since the mid-1970s. With 1200 locations across the country, Japan is KFC’s third-largest market after China and the US.

Standing outside near the entrance of each one of those outlets, welcoming customers with open arms and a smile, is a life-size statue of Colonel Sanders. And, thanks to Kotaku, we just learned that those statues of The Colonel are dressed in all sorts of different costumes all the time - for specific holidays, for seasonal celebrations, media promotions, and sometimes just for the fun of it.

The photos you see here represent a very small sampling of the costumed Colonel Sanders statues that have been spotted around Japan. Head over to Kotaku to view many more.

Please fire me. When on my lunch break, my manager insisted that I “stop reading that trash” (George Orwell’s 1984) so I could “focus on my real job” which was frying chicken.


KFC buys nearly a billion chickens a year - if you packed those chickens body to body, they would blanket Manhattan from river to river and spill from the windows of the higher floor of office buildings - so its practices have profound ripple effects throughtout all sectors of poultry industry.

KFC insists it is “committed to the well-being and humane treatment of chickens.” How trustworthy are these words? At a slaughterhouse in West Virginia that supplies KFC, workers were documented tearing the heads of live birds, spitting tabacco into their eyes, spray-painting their faces, and violently stomping on them. These acts were witnessed dozens of times. This slaughterhouse was not a “bad apple,” but a “Supplier of the year”. Imagine what happens at the bad apples when no one is looking. 

Humans are oppressors is so many ways.