Japan is well known for taking foreign products and ideas and adapting them to suit domestic taste, and Christmas is no exception. A highly commercialised and non-religious affair, lots of money is spent annually on decorations, dinners and gifts. KFC is arguably the biggest contributor, thanks in part to its advertising campaign.
“One of the reasons the campaign lasted so long is that the message is always the same: at Christmas you eat chicken,” said Yasuyuki Katagi, executive director at Ogilvy and Mather Japan, the advertising agency."
In this week’s issue, Patricia Marx reports on touring New York and Boston with five “un-cuddly” emotional-support animals:
"Why did the turkey cross the road? To get to the Hampton Jitney. How did the twenty-six-pound fowl get across? With me hoisting him by his ‘Emotional Support Animal’ harness, as if he were a duffel bag."
Above: The author takes an alpaca to the drugstore. Photograph by Robin Siegel.