Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken is an institution. So is putting Colonel Sanders in a variety of different outfits, including anime characters, samurai and school children. Oh, and maids!

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

This is a Colonel Sanders statue. There are typically located inside or in front of KFCs in Japan.

For years now, the Colonel statue has been dressed as Santa as part of the fast food chain's big Christmas push. Many Japanese people eat KFC on Christmas. It's a decades-long tradition.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

That's not the only costumes KFC chains dress the Colonel in. On Children's Day, which is May 5 in Japan, families with sons display miniature suits of samurai armour. Following suit, many KFCs put the Colonel in DIY cardboard armour.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before
Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before
Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before
Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

But this is just the tip of the Colonel's Japanese cosplay odyssey. Colonel Sanders passed away in 1980, so he can't have a say in the costumes Japanese KFCs put his statue in. Some make him look good. Some, but certainly not all, are part of official anime tie-ins. Others, like the maid outfit above, are kind of questionable! Most are creative and in good fun.

The KFC in Tokyo's geek mecca of Akihabara is famous for its Colonel Sanders cosplay. However, it is not the only KFC to dress the Colonel in interesting costumes.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before
Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Here's the Colonel doing a One Piece cosplay.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

This Dragon Ball get-up was even part of the most recent DB film's official promotion.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Your friendly neighbourhood Colonel Sanders.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Sleazy Sanders.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Sometimes, the Colonel enjoys a historical reenactment. Here, he's Date Colonel after Date Masamune.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Yikes! Check out that Sanders sword.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Here, he is dressed as a member of Japan's special samurai police force, the Shinsengumi.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Chicken love.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

This outfit marks the Hinamatsuri, the country's doll festival.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Watermelon is delicious in the summer.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Kyoto can get very hot!

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

It seems the Colonel supports Kyoto's local soccer team, Kyoto Sanga.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Check out the jersey's back: "Nintendo" (任天堂). Neat, huh?

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

But wait, the Colonel supports other soccer teams, like Vegalta Sendai.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

And baseball teams, like the Hanshin Tigers. There was a famous Colonel Sanders curse, you know!

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Local KFCs dress the Colonel in different uniforms to root for the hometown teams.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

This Colonel is dressed up in a mishmash of uniforms that range from kindergarten to high school. The bag says "Kentucky Kindergarten." The black tube, which is similar to the rolled diploma-filled tubes high schoolers get, reads "Happy Graduation."

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Another kindergarten Colonel.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Happy Halloween!

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Hitting the slopes. Er, standing still near them.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Dressed for a visit to a hot springs.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Let's just pretend this never happened.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Colonel Sanders as...the Virgin Mary. He's also an angel.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

A Shinto priest.

Colonel Sanders Dressed Up Like Never Before

Ah, Colonel, no. Please. Just no.

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Comments

    that dragonball shot is finger licking good

    Ok, so they all kinda make some kind of sense at least. All except for the prawn hat wearing colonel holding a....sausage?

    I'm less surprised about the outfits as I am that there appears to be one of these statues in front of pretty much every KFC in Japan.

    This was one of my favourite things about Japan. I loved seeing the colonel dressed up.

    I like that the article title is "...like never before!" when this article is done once a year or so.

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