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KitKat taxis blessed by Shinto priest offer good luck to test-taking passengers

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By Oona McGee, RocketNews24

Nestlé Japan has done a sterling job of marketing KitKats for the domestic market by playing up the phrase “kitto katsu”, which sounds like “KitKat” and also translates to “sure to succeed”. As a result, the chocolate wafer bars have become popular good luck items, given as gifts and consumed by hardworking students hoping to pass their exams.

Now, with the January to March exam season almost upon us, Nestlé Japan has teamed up with the Nishitetsu taxi company in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu, to provide a lucky cab service for locals in the area. Called the “Juken ni KitKat” model, or the “Sure to Succeed in the Exam” model, the eye-catching cars will come in two varieties.

Two yellow KitKat cabs will be available in Fukuoka City, with three in Kurume City.

As an added bonus, the first 2,000 people in each city to catch one of the specially marked taxis will receive a free “exam message” box of mini KitKats. Passengers will have to mention to the driver that they’re studying in order to receive one of the free packs.

Before their inaugural run, the vehicles were blessed by a shinto priest in a special ceremony at Kora Grand Shrine which included prayers for success in examinations.

Those looking to catch a lucky break in a specially wrapped taxi can book one by advance phone reservation during the promotional period to March 8. Phone bookings aren’t necessarily required, however, as the company says you’ll be given a dose of extra luck if you happen to hail down one of these by chance on the street.

Source: Nishitetsu

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For years, Nestle Japan's Kit Kat marketing team has done a brilliant job. This is a continuation of their great work.

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Anything to make a buck ! (Sorry, yen.)

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What a scam. I'm not a big fan of this. Most people realize this is superstition, but are willing to fork out the cash anyway, "just in case."

My wife's grandmother (now deceased) gave many millions of yen to the Buddhist temple where her family grave is located in hopes of getting preferential treatment in the afterlife. I hope the Buddhist monk there likes his Benz that he drives thanks to him bilking her and others like her.

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