AARZ LONDON Womens Ladies Crystal Ladies Diamante Casual Parent Comfort Slingback Diamante Low Wedge Heel Lightweight Sandals Shoes Size B07BH4ZG9G Parent e6fbe91


Know Japan, Shop Japan, Love Japan

You’ll hear people say Japan has 4 unique seasons. It’s sorta true. Autumn starts September 1st. No ifs, no buts. Don’t care if it’s still summer weather outside. When September gets here, autumn does too.

That same day, shops cram their ‘seasonal’ shelves and aisles with as much Halloween stuff as they can fit. And the day after Halloween, it’ll be swapped out for Christmas stuff. (Repeat for every holiday, real or commercial.)

Halloween itself, in Japan, is so much fun. We’ve peeked into Osaka’s spooky party scene 2 years in a row, and loved how scary crazy it got.

This is what it’s like to celebrate Halloween in Osaka.

No autumn leaves in this park, just partygoers

The ‘main’ Halloween party night isn’t always the 31st. If that’s a weekday, we all dress up on the nearest weekend instead. So, because Halloween proper fell on a Tuesday for 2017, this report’s from the Saturday night before.

Partygoers meet up at Triangle Park early in the evening. It’s less of a real plan and more of a habit. A weird Halloween tradition that everyone somehow knows. Triangle Park is in the Amemura area of Osaka. Honestly, you can’t miss it. When we rocked up, it looked like this:

AARZ LONDON Womens Ladies Crystal Ladies Diamante Casual Parent Comfort Slingback Diamante Low Wedge Heel Lightweight Sandals Shoes Size B07BH4ZG9G Parent e6fbe91 - suziannscloset.com

There’s a Family Mart conbini right next to the park, for a quick cheeky drink. It’s okay to drink outside here! Chances are you’ll bump into someone else in costume while you’re there. Maybe you’ll take a selfie with the nearest Family Mart worker. This isn’t weird at all.

(Remember to be nice and ask people if they’re cool with pics. Anyone in costume should totally be down, but do the Japan thing and be polite about it.)

Take your drink, and your friends, back to the park. Do some more people-watching, take more photos. If it’s anything like 2016 went down, by now someone will be dancing in the middle.

After that, up to you.

Follow the crowd – they’ll take you to cool places

Osaka has loads of bars and clubs. Any of them that aren’t running some kind of Halloween event are either closed or empty. There are thousands of people wandering around outside on that night. Like zombies (not all of them dressed like zombies, but hey).

A big tradition in Osaka is the Halloween Rampage party, at Rooftop Bar OO. Pronounced ‘ooh’. It’s the main event everyone goes to. No idea where to hit up next? Head for Rampage. Split up with your mates earlier? They’ll be at Rampage. Didn’t bump into someone yet? Try checking at Rampage. You get the idea.

2017 was Rampage’s 10th anniversary! Most parties don’t last a whole decade. Everything felt bigger: the music, the dancefloors, the VIP spaces, the queues to get in… The summer outdoor pool got turned into a stage for fire dancers.

The rooftop’s another great place to see what people are wearing. We met a kawaii Baymax on our wander around! This was a real good outfit choice. Anonymous and lots of padding. Taking notes for 2018 ideas.

It’s been an epic year for Halloween in Osaka. We said that last year, and we’ll say it again next year. The 31st itself won’t be as intense as the weekend. We’ll see people in costume down by the Dotonbori for sure. Not in the kind of numbers that hit up the park, but enough to notice.

Once Halloween’s over, next is Christmas. Starbucks has the gingerbread lattes ready. It’s a shame we don’t do so much dressing up at Christmas… unless it’s for the Santa Run


You May Also Like
Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Just keep digging: junk on Yahoo! Auctions Japan No Comments
  • mati mati stationery by Zenrin: explore Japan’s streets on paper No Comments
    AIYOUMEI Women Low Block Heel Closed Toe Mule Shoes Pointed Toe Flat Summer Slip On Sandals Slippers B07CCBBH5L Parent , Shoe Closet Ladies Black Stilettos Ankle Strap Peep Toes Strappy Sandals High Heels B07CBZS8QX Parent , WYXlink Womens Sandals, Fashion Women Pumps Leaf Flame High Heel Shoes Sexy Peep Toe High Heels Sandals B07CCZJQYK Parent , AIYOUMEI Women High Block Heel Mules Sandals Summer Casual Shoes B07CCMZHY7 Parent , Women's shoes FEIFEI Summer Fashion Wear-resistant Casual Couple Shoes Sandals (Color : Blue, Size : EU39/UK6/... B07CCZPHVX Parent , Womens Ladies Crystals Stiletto Heel Wedding Evening Party Sandals Shoes B07CCZKBW9 Parent , Shoes ZHANGRONG- Ladies Womens Open Toe Thong Sandals Summer Slippers Ankle Strap Flat (Color : A, Size : EU39... B07CDD77Y5 ParentShoes ZHANGRONG- Sandals Woman Summer Fashion Outer Wear Thick-bottom Slope With Women's (Color : B, Size : EU39... B07CDCP7LL ParentRongzhi Womens Ankle Strap Heeled Sandals Pumps Stiletto Formal Dress Party High Heel Shoes Pointed Toe B07CF7JWQK Parent , Women's shoes FEIFEI PU Material Summer Flat Casual Stylish Simplicity Beach Sandals (Color : Beige, Size : EU36... B07CDR5QY1 Parent , AIYOUMEI Ladies Fashion Rhinestone Sandals Ankle Strap Low Block Heels Shoes Summer Casual B07CF7N3KM ParentRongzhi Womens Heeled Sandals Ankle Strap Pumps Suede High Heels Stilettos Dress Party Shoes Pointed Toe B07CF7L8VH ParentSandals Women's Beach Bohemia Low Heel Wedge Open Toe Rhinestone Shoe B07CFKTVNZ ParentRongzhi Womens Sexy Heeled Sandals Ankle Strap High Heels Pumps Stilettos Dress Party Shoes Pointed Toe B07CF7QPKF ParentHOMEBABY® Women Summer Sandals Shoes - Girls Pumps Leaf Flame High Heel Shoes Sexy Peep Toe High Heels Sandals... B07CFQGQSW ParentSandals Summer Women's Beach Bohemia Middle Heel Wedge Rhinestone Shoe B07CFKWN4W ParentAIYOUMEI Women Comfortable Party Sandals Mid Block Heel Open Toe Court Shoes Ankle Strap Flowers Sandals Holiday B07CFX46W6 ParentFrestepvie Women's Flat Shoes Sweet Bowknot Fashion Girls Slip on Shoes B07CFWSLGV ParentAIYOUMEI Ladies Elegant Satin High Block Heel Open Toe Sandals Strappy Ankle Strap Court Shoes Summer B07CG2WQDJ ParentAIYOUMEI Women High Block Heel Open Toe Court Shoes Platform Ankle Strap Flowers Sandals Holiday B07CG6P8CL Parent , AIYOUMEI Womens High Block Heel Platform Summer Sandals Strappy Peep Toe Slip On Bow Shoes Holiday B07CG72KZQ Parent , Women Fashion Sandals,Ladies Women Summer Metal Leaf Flame High Heel Shoes Sexy Peep Toe High Heels Single Shoes B07CGDDLBG ParentQXH Women's Sandals Beach Shoes Flat Bottom Round Head Hollow Solid Color B07CGDP1PK ParentAIYOUMEI Woemens Summer Low Mid Block Heel Closed Toe Ankle Strap Sandals Pearl Strap Wedding Shoes B07CGLTT9L ParentJamicy Women Sandals, Ladies Summer Fashion Open Toed Transparent High Heels Sandals Shoes B07CGQGMGM Parent , Jamicy Women Ladies Peep Toe Plastic Short Boots Sexy Diamonds High Heeled Party Wedding Sandals Shoes B07CGM2DQS ParentYUCH Ladies' Slippers, Cave Shoes, Summer Skidding Round Head Sandals B07CGZWD31 ParentYUCH Lady Beach Shoe Bow Tie Sandals B07CGV9T2B ParentQXH Women's Sandals Beach Shoes Leather High Heel Round Head Spell Color B07CHVHP4S Parent