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KFC, SANTA CLAUS, AND CHRISTMAS: AN OUTSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE
Posted by ADRIAN G. in CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT and tagged CHRISTMAS,COLONEL SANDERS, JAPANESE CULTURE, KFC. | 11.30.11


The Christmas holiday can be a very different experience depending on where you celebrate it, and few have to adapt their plans more than foreign parents who reside in Japan.
Louise George Kittaka is one such foreign parent inside Japan, and she described her situation in great detail in a piece called “What do you do when the kids think Colonel Sanders is Santa?” In the piece, she discusses her position as someone who has to take into consideration the specific cultural expectations and traditions that are typical in the country. For example, as she says in the piece, my youngest daughter used to be convinced that Santa moonlighted as Colonel Sanders, or “Kentucky Ojiisan” as kids call him. She’d seen the statue of the Colonel decked out in a Santa suit outside our local KFC and come up with her own explanation. “Santa cooks chicken for everyone at Christmas,” she declared.
Read the rest of the piece for more of her insight.
When considering people living outside of the countries they grew up in during their childhood, the experience of a “holiday” in a substantially different society can vary greatly from what the person experienced as a child, and Kittaka’s piece does a good job explaining the specific situation faced by her and, in turn, other non-Japanese individuals living in and continually adapting to Japanese customs.
To some of us (those of us in the United States), associating Christmas with Kentucky Fried Chicken is extremely strange, but apparently it’s quite a big deal over there, and is a solid example of the many differences between the holiday season in the US and the holiday season in Japan.

    KFC, SANTA CLAUS, AND CHRISTMAS: AN OUTSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE

    The Christmas holiday can be a very different experience depending on where you celebrate it, and few have to adapt their plans more than foreign parents who reside in Japan.

    Louise George Kittaka is one such foreign parent inside Japan, and she described her situation in great detail in a piece called “What do you do when the kids think Colonel Sanders is Santa?” In the piece, she discusses her position as someone who has to take into consideration the specific cultural expectations and traditions that are typical in the country. For example, as she says in the piece, my youngest daughter used to be convinced that Santa moonlighted as Colonel Sanders, or “Kentucky Ojiisan” as kids call him. She’d seen the statue of the Colonel decked out in a Santa suit outside our local KFC and come up with her own explanation. “Santa cooks chicken for everyone at Christmas,” she declared.

    Read the rest of the piece for more of her insight.

    When considering people living outside of the countries they grew up in during their childhood, the experience of a “holiday” in a substantially different society can vary greatly from what the person experienced as a child, and Kittaka’s piece does a good job explaining the specific situation faced by her and, in turn, other non-Japanese individuals living in and continually adapting to Japanese customs.

    To some of us (those of us in the United States), associating Christmas with Kentucky Fried Chicken is extremely strange, but apparently it’s quite a big deal over there, and is a solid example of the many differences between the holiday season in the US and the holiday season in Japan.

     

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TOY POODLES BECOMING JAPANESE POLICE DOGS…?
Posted by ADRIAN G. in CULTURE and tagged DOGS, POLICE FORCE, POODLES. | 11.30.11


Fierce, aren’t they?

When you think of a “police dog”, you probably visualize a big, snarly German Shepherd, right?
Chances are you don’t envision a little toy poodle, but apparently the force at Tottori Prefecture Police is taking on two of them to man the streets as vicious attack dogs.
Okay, maybe they won’t be chasing down thieves and intimidating suspects; rather, they will be sent out to search for missing hikers.
A spokesman for the force had this to say in defense of acquiring the miniature dogs for duty: “Their trainers thought the dogs had keen senses and responded exceptionally well to commands”, so it will be interesting to see if they’re capable as police force canines.

    TOY POODLES BECOMING JAPANESE POLICE DOGS…?

    Fierce, aren’t they?

    When you think of a “police dog”, you probably visualize a big, snarly German Shepherd, right?

    Chances are you don’t envision a little toy poodle, but apparently the force at Tottori Prefecture Police is taking on two of them to man the streets as vicious attack dogs.

    Okay, maybe they won’t be chasing down thieves and intimidating suspects; rather, they will be sent out to search for missing hikers.

    A spokesman for the force had this to say in defense of acquiring the miniature dogs for duty: “Their trainers thought the dogs had keen senses and responded exceptionally well to commands”, so it will be interesting to see if they’re capable as police force canines.

     

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  3. HELLO KITTY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!
Posted by YUNAPYON in FASHION and tagged CHRISTMAS, GIFT, HELLO, KITTY,LIGHT, SHOPPING. | 11.28.11

awww… look at these kawaii hello kitty christmas lights! They would look great on trees and in your room!
available over SANRIO Online Store.. for $29.95
I have this feeling it might be sold out pretty soon for this upcoming holiday season!  ;)
another great gift for a hello kitty lover! Don’t miss it!
And don’t forget to get some awesome hello kitty christmas holiday cards. Aren’t these so KAWAII?? love them!!!

Hello Kitty 3D Tree Christmas Card: Holiday

Hello Kitty Japanese Greeting 3D Card: Holiday
you can purchase all of them online here.
(via Sanrio online shop)

    HELLO KITTY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!

    awww… look at these kawaii hello kitty christmas lights! They would look great on trees and in your room!

    available over SANRIO Online Store.. for $29.95

    I have this feeling it might be sold out pretty soon for this upcoming holiday season!  ;)

    another great gift for a hello kitty lover! Don’t miss it!

    And don’t forget to get some awesome hello kitty christmas holiday cards. Aren’t these so KAWAII?? love them!!!

    Hello Kitty 3D Tree Christmas Card: Holiday

    Hello Kitty Japanese Greeting 3D Card: Holiday

    you can purchase all of them online here.

    (via Sanrio online shop)

     

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    nekkokat:

Sugar bunnies! :x 

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    Sugar bunnies! :x 

     

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