Black Bike B0010YPPUK Gaiters Bike Gama Hock Parent 30230 B0010YPPUK 87f302b




My CMS

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:

Black Bike B0010YPPUK Gaiters Bike Gama Hock Parent 30230 B0010YPPUK 87f302b - 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

 

0 Shares
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
    GTVERNH In The Summer The Tip Slippers Female With Bold Stylish Andsequinsbaotou Leisure Low And Semi Slippers Parent B07CR8F8M3 , MINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 5.5 Parent B0716SS7MF , Tamaris Fashletics 23732-21 805 Women's Trainers Synthetic 'Touch-it' Insole Parent B07FH72ZTK , MINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 7 Parent B0716T4FKYMINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 3.5 Parent B0716T2JJV , MINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 2.5 Parent B071LB1J3BMINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 5 Parent B071F4MF74 , MINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 4.5 Parent B0725KZMFRMinitoo Girls Womens Fashoin Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals Parent B0722Z5C3M , MINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 2 Parent B072FBWVGF , MINITOO Girls Womens Fashoin Silver Glitter Latin Ballroom Social Dancing Shoes Evening Wedding Sandals UK 6 Parent B0725KZMFT , LIANGJUN Women's Shoes Sneakers Thick Bottom Spring Outdoor, 5 Sizes, 2 Colors Available (Color : Green, Size... Parent B078SY1QNCSHINIK Women's Shoes Fabric 2018 Summer Comfort Slippers & Flip-Flops Walking Shoes Open Toe Flowers For Outdoor... Parent B07D6VMBWSSalabobo Womens Sexy Fashion Two Straps Latin Cha-cha Custom Heel Satin Professional Dance Shoes Parent B01JQYP8NY , Bugatti Women’s 441393626900 Trainers, White Parent B0761WH3TGXue Qiqi Silver gradient leather high-heeled shoes with a fine tip with mother crystal single shoes female marriage... Parent B07DNCRBNT , GTVERNH Embroidered Shoes Summer Old Beijing Shoes Round Head Middle Heels Low Shoes. Parent B07DNGZDZ4Women'S Sandals Marylight Soles Pu Summer Casual Dress Walking Mary Light Soles Buckle Flat Heel Black White Flat Parent B074L4DGXXWomen Ballerina Flats Plush Shoes Pump Round Toe 3cm Chunkly Heel Loafer Color Match Casual Court Shoes Eu Size... Parent B078KF24FQXINGMU Women Spring Shoes Fshion Sneakers Solid Sewing Adult Canvas Shoes Woman Fabric Parent B07G14VBZM , Mizuno Women’s Wave Inspire 12 Running Shoes Parent B01FZRFX36 , GTVERNH-Autumn Winter High Heels With Bold And Comfortable Women Shoes College Wind Retro Oxford Single Shoes Parent B078JM6Q1TArmani Jeans Women’s 9252277p615 Trainers Parent B01LY3PX34 , The high-heel fish mouth big code slopes with shoes, sandals Parent B07CW2PF1T , ZHZNVX Women's Shoes Fur Fall Comfort Sneakers Flat Heel Black/Gray / Red Parent B07H1CNVDQ , Women's Reebok, RealFlex Transition sneakers Parent B005I2DIA4SHOESHAOGE Slippers High Heel Increase One Word Drag Leisure Fish Mouth Thick Bottom Slope Heel Pine Cake Bottom... Parent B0753M1BBVMINITOO GL224 Ladies Buckle Silver Synthetic Latin Tango Ballroom Professional Dance Shoes Wedding Prom Sandals... Parent B01MQ09WLV , ShangYi Women's Dance Shoes Latin Patent Leather Chunky Heel Blue/Pink/Red/Silver/Gold Parent B01FZJWTW2 ,