Burger King Japan introduces Whopper designed to ward off evil spirits
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As the year comes to a close, several companies and product manufacturers are trying to cash in on the overall negative feelings people have towards 2020. For example, Burger King in Japan is reportedly offering a burger that can allegedly ward off bad spirits.
In a video on the Burger King Japan YouTube page, the company announced the arrival of the new Spicy Yakuyoke Whopper containing spicy garlic flakes and a special spicy sauce, but the sandwich has another selling point: It may "get rid of evil," Burger King Japan hints on its website.
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In Burger King's commercial, a group of employees are shown bringing the burgers to a temple in Chofu City, Tokyo, where they appear to be blessed. The caption also explains that it will be difficult for Japanese citizens to carry out their traditional end-of-year events — like attending simliar blessing services at temples — due to the "difficult" nature of the year 2020.
It is custom in Japan to visit a temple or shrine around the new year and pick up a yakuyoke amulet to ward off evil, Mashed reports.
The burger is also made with garlic flakes that are made from Japan’s "hottest golden gang" and is also topped with a special spicy sauce to increase the overall hotness of the burger.
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This isn’t the only time that international Burger King chains have seemingly used the negative perception of 2020 to inspire a sandwich. Fox News previously reported that Burger King in Brazil decided to create a burger that exemplifies the general feeling of 2020. After surveying fans, the restaurant chain used the results as inspiration for the sandwich, which contained a chicken foot, overcooked noodles, sardines, thick caramel sauce and Jell-O. To top it off, the sandwich was served on a burnt bun.