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Man, doesn’t that pile of Kentucky Fried Chicken look enticing? Sure, it may not be the most sophisticated meal, and there’s really no way you can twist the nutritional facts to call it particularly healthy, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a purer, simpler gastronomic joy than a bucket of fried chicken.

But you know what makes the above image all the more beautiful? The large-font Japanese text smack dab in the middle of it, the part that says tabehodai, or, in English, “all you can eat.”

Taking a page from Burger King’s endless Whopper promotion, KFC Japan has announced that for two days this summer, you can have all the fried chicken you can eat for 45 minutes for a measly 1,280 yen (US$12.50). The popular chain is being so generous that the price also includes French fries, a soft drink, and free refills of both, as well.

The promotion is part of KFC’s celebration of the anniversary of the chain’s founding , and can be taken advantage of at 537 branches in Japan on July 3 and 4. Every restaurant will be serving up KFC’s original recipe, and while the Kentadon rice bowl isn’t on offer as part of this deal, select locations are even being so magnanimous as to include the option of extra spicy red hot chicken (the list of those offering original recipe only can be found here, while those that also offer the red hot chicken are listed here).

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There are a couple of catches, though. First, only a limited number of people can take advantage of this deal at each location. KFC Japan will start accepting reservations on June 14, presumably through its website here. The company also says that those branches which don’t fill up all their slots with advance signups may also accept hungry walk-ins on the days of the promotion on a first-come, first-served basis.

Diners won’t be able to choose which cut of chicken they’d like in each refill, because it’s logistically impossible for any restaurant group to obtain that many drumsticks. Finally, although KFC sells the majority of its chicken in Japan as takeout, you can’t take any portion of your all-you-can-eat chicken home with you. While this means you won’t be able to take home enough leftovers to feed your family for the week, each paying adult can also bring one child, aged 3 to 6, along with them, free of charge, for the all-you-can eat deal. Additional kids in the same age bracket can be tacked on for 600 yen each.

▼ We recommend having a nice, long talk with your five-year-old about the concept of “self-restraint” before you turn them loose on limitless fried food, however.

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Source: Jin, KFC Japan
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