Mix in Christmas being a date night (New Year's is the family holiday), and couples will line up down the block to get KFC. To seal the deal for character recognition, every KFC I've seen in Japan has a life-sized fiberglass Colonel standing by the door. When Husband dressed up as the beloved Colonel for Halloween, we knew he'd get some attention, but we didn't necessarily expect him to achieve rock star status, which he did.
So of course he broke out the look again for Christmas.
|Just as the Christmas Chicken predicted.|
He got every reaction from blank stares and confusion (mostly older folks, some foreigners) to full-on freak-outs complete with clapping and jumping up and down (usually women). Most people that noticed the white suit, of course, were just delighted. Eyes widened, smiles appeared, jaws dropped, hands waved excitedly. Even when he wasn't stopped for pictures, he left a trail of giggles in his wake. It was awesome.
If you ever feel sad, dress up as something people love and go out in public. People just get so excited! They don't know you, but they're sure as heck happy to see you.