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KFC Japan Made $6 Billion Yen Over Christmas Weekend

We always said fried chicken brings joy to countless souls, and now the numbers show it. Over Christmas weekend, Kentucky Fried Chicken raked in some serious cash in Japan for the holidays.

Sora News reports that between Dec. 23-25, KFC Japan brought in more than 6 billion yen ($53.4 million) over the course of the holiday weekend. Sora calculates it as about 24 million pieces of mouthwatering fried chicken and enough to leave each resident of Tokyo with two and a half pieces.

Fried chicken over the holidays is actually a popular tradition in Japan. Folks would even call ahead to order their meals at local KFC locations in preparation for Christmas weekend.

According to the company, this is KFC’s highest recorded sales for the Christmas season.

Wonder if any of those millions of Japanese customers ate their fried chicken alone like I did over the holiday weekend?


Dole Japan Selling Fancy $6 Bananas Because Reasons


Americans go gluten free without knowing what gluten is, and it turns out Japanese people buy $6 bananas because they’re grown 500 meters above sea level.

Dubbed “Gokusen” bananas (“goku” meaning extreme and “sen” meaning compilation), these Dole-produced specimen were cultivated from “over 100” different types of bananas, resulting in fruit that’s “36.5% sweeter, 33.4% more fragrant,” and “40%” better textured than regular bananas, according to Rocket News.

Though Gokusen have technically been available since 2009, Dole decided to sell 59 of their fancy shmancy ‘nanners in honor of fake food holiday Gokusen Day on May 9 (since “go” and “ku” can also mean five and nine). For 590 yen, hardcore banana lovers could buy their very own specially boxed, serial number-etched, limited edition Gokusen banana at the Takashimaya Department Store in Shinjuku, Japan. Because that just seems like an excellent use of 6 bucks and a Friday afternoon.

H/T Dole Japan


This Hiroshima Costco Charges A Ridiculous $32 for Parking


Good news! Apparently, I’m not the only person on planet Earth to sometimes go to Costco to just hang out. The free samples, the office chair races, the mounds of 88-to-a-pack of derelict baby toys. It’s dinner and a night out all in one, and now the residents of Hiroshima can enjoy my personal Wonderland . . . as long as they spend $32 (3,000 yen) to park.

Yes, $32 just to park. That’s less than two days of parking at Disneyland, and they don’t even offer tram rides to the cashier!  But, wait. Costco knows their parking fee is a little cray, so they offer a deal: Make a purchase of $53.50 (5,000 yen) or great, and you get an hour of free parking. Make a purchase of $107 (10,000 yen) or greater, and get two hours of “free” parking. In other words, it’s a race. Hiroshima shoppers need to plan their routes before parking. Dad grabs the twelve-pack of tires, Mom hustles for the two-for-one stove deal, and the little’uns fill their tiny hands with all the child-size jars of mustard they can handle. They better hope they find everything and it costs more than 4,999 yen, otherwise the 3,000 they spent outside just went to waste.

Apparently, the astronomical fee is a protective measure: Officials predict mad traffic at the popular warehouse/store, and the three-level parking structure can only accomodate 1,050 cars. Only. It’s also across the street from a large baseball stadium, so Costco doesn’t want anyone crowding their lot just to while away their day while watching the game.

If that 3,000 yen is a bit much for you, though, Costco offers parking meters, too: Just 100 yen ($1.07) for 10-20 minutes.

Yeah. Right. Good luck with that. Because Costco isn’t literally a giant warehouse maze that requires wheel dollies in place of shopping carts.

H/T Rocket News 24 + PicThx Parent Collective