Japan doesn't have a Thanksgiving, but they do have a Labor Thanksgiving Day. This is just a work holiday in Japan. They don't celebrate with meals of turkey and various stuffings. Most of them just have the day off which means the streets are going to be crowded on that day. My husband and I were in Kyoto during Thanksgiving day and the city was packed. We couldn't even use the buses because it was crowded, so we developed a love for the subway system.
The crowds were a problem but like I said before, the homesickness can hit hard for some people. It hit hard for my husband. He wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving in Japan. I told him that Japan doesn't have turkey, it's just not a thing they have to eat. The lack of turkey is why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC. We didn't celebrate with KFC but we were on the lookout for chicken to celebrate Thanksgiving in Japan.
|Our Thanksgiving chicken from Grill & Bar Wild Chicken in Kyoto, Japan.|
The restaurant was a great break from all the Japanese food. My husband and I just ordered a bunch of sides and a whole chicken to share. All the food was delicious.
|Nachos and french fries.|
|Potatoes au gratin.|
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