DULEE DULEE Women's Heel Stiletto and Lady's Stiletto High Heel Sandals,White 35 B06XSJFV4Y Parent 415e577


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:

DULEE DULEE Women's Heel Stiletto and Lady's Stiletto High Heel Sandals,White 35 B06XSJFV4Y Parent 415e577 - 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
    TAOFFEN women Fashion Closed Toe Ankle strap High Heel Flowers Sandals B06Y2YFH84 Parent , WOMENS TOE POST CUSHIONED ELASTICATED SANDALS SIZE 4 - 8 METALIC BLACK B06Y3B5M62 Parent , HooH Women's Sandals Peep Toe Stiletto Multicolor Butterfly Pumps B06Y41WFG9 ParentGRACE SHOES 9516 High Heeled Sandals Women B06Y4G6H8Y Parent , COOLCEPT Women Fashion Ankle Strap Sandals Open Toe Slingback Wedge Heel Shoes With Flower B06Y4P24FK Parent , GRACE SHOES 9701 High Heeled Sandals Women B06Y4FTJJV Parent , Smilice Women High Block Heel Sandals Open Toe Ankle Strap Platform Shoes B06Y5JGF9Z Parent , TAOFFEN Women Fashion Open Toe Ankle Strap Floral Summer High Heel Sandals B06Y66BBX9 Parent , TAOFFEN Women Fashion Platform T-Strap Slingback Floral Summer High Heel Sandals B06Y677QFR ParentTAOFFEN Women Fashion Ankle Strap Buckle Slingback Flat Summer Sandals with Fringe B06Y6MT2X4 ParentCOOLCEPT Women Fashion Ankle Strap Sandals Closed Toe Flat Shoes B06Y66529S ParentDivaz Ladies Slingback Sandals Style Cyrus Colour Wine SZ 36-41 (EU 37) B06ZY5SYMQ Parent , Divaz Ladies Wedge Heeled Slingback Sandals Style Gomez Col Black sz 36-41 B06ZYQYFP4 Parent , Cinzia Soft IBC14 002 Sandal Women B06ZZV71DD ParentGiani Bernini GB35 Releigh Sandals - Sunshine B071182FWS ParentDiamond Platform Sandals In The Summer,Flat Black And White Fashion Sandals-white Foot length=22.8CM(9Inch) B0711Y2XFD Parent , American Rag Womens Calla Open Toe Casual Strappy Sandals B071916YY4 ParentBuckle High Heel Sandals,Summer Fashion Sexy Peep-toe Heels-Pink Foot length=22.3CM(8.8Inch) B0711Y2XFF Parent , Black Strappy Heels Ladies Black Barely There Ankle Strap High Heels B0711KWSRN Parent , Fly Flot CIABATTA Uomo, 62044/T.Moro, colore Testa Di Moro, Nuova Collezione Primavera Estate 2018 B0716KVMSC Parent , GRACE SHOES 55130 Wedge Sandals Women White 37 B071218FCF Parent , Nine West Women’'s Raetruda Synthetic Sandal B071CRG22B Parent , Gold flat sandal Zuleika by Gioseppo B0719TK5LV ParentIpanema Women's Fashion Sandals multi-coloured multicoloured B071CFF4DP Parent , LongFengMa Women Sexy Party Shoes High Heel Ankle Wrap Slingback Platform Sandals B071CP2M5D ParentLongFengMa Women Sexy High Heel Peep Toe Strappy Platform Zipper Sandals B071CYLLHC ParentCotswold Womens/Ladies Bourton Casual Sandal B071DBM2TN Parent , Rocket Dog Womens singlecr Open Toe Beach Slide Sandals B071CX9182 Parent , Carolbar Women's Elegant Fashion Rhinestones High Heel Stiletto Zip Sandals B06Y43P7WK Parent