Maria Mare Women 61004 Heel Mare Shoes 61004 C21008 NAPAL B014QVZZ7G Taupe B014QVZZ7G Parent f5b75a9


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:

Maria Mare Women 61004 Heel Mare Shoes 61004 C21008 NAPAL B014QVZZ7G Taupe B014QVZZ7G Parent f5b75a9 -

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
    Ravel Kelis High Boot Brown Tan/Black- UK 6 B016H3JZPO Parent , Lackner Women's Winter Boots Winter Boots 7402 Saskia LS TX Brown Brown, Größe Schuhe Damen:EUR 36 B016IT9UMA ParentSuperdry Maine Chelsea Boots Tan B016IZAJS8 ParentLadies REENAN Double Buckle Wrap Ankle Boot B016J7DNUQ Parent , LOHO Pia Ankle boot (UK 10) B016UNYTPM ParentHeavenly Feet Nikki Brandy Boots B016TPZVYE Parent , Fitters Chelsea Bootie Katty Taupe Taupe Ankle Boots B016UHI6HK Parent , loho Pia Ankle boot (UK 9) B016UNYTKM Parent , Fitters Chelsea Bootie Katty Black Ankle Boots B016UHIALC ParentMod Comfys BIANCO Zip Snow Boots Black B016UP07HE ParentLadies Remonte All Weather Ankle Boots D0579 B016UY1UWG ParentStonefly 105469 Ankle Boots Women B016WAOSOA Parent , Gentleman/Lady Fervi SP04/45 Working Boot B016WENB5S Parent economic Sales Italy Elegant and stable packagingMan/Woman Fervi SP04/46 Working Boot B016WENA2C Parent for you to choose Clearance AmoyFervi Working Boot Made Of Pvc 47 B016WEN8VK Parent , Man's/Woman's Fervi SP04/44 Working Boot B016WENCB6 Parent High grade Carefully selected materials a lot of varieties , Allhqfashion Women's Blend Materials Frosted High-Heels Boots with Metal Ornament and Printing B0177FXYNK ParentGentleman/Lady Fervi SP04/39 Working Boot B016WENIXS Parent Customer first Sufficient supply Pick up at the boutique , MARCO TOZZI Boots Black Leather - SB B016YBAQG6 Parent , MARCO TOZZI Boots Dark Grey Studded - SB B016YBMQBY ParentMan/Woman Fervi SP04/42 Working Boot B016WENDNI Parent Many styles a variety of Very practicalAllhqfashion Women's Blend Materials Blend Materials Low-Heels Boots with Winkle Pinker and Metal Ornament B016ZAAMXI ParentMercante di Fiori Women's LOR3481 Black Boots Black Nero B016YLN2D0 ParentMen/Women Rieker Women’s L4679-01 Closed B0171WTL7W Parent wholesale Latest styles Exquisite (processing) processingLOUVEL Women's Boots with Stitching B01735V1E8 Parent , Womens Blowfiish Ohmy Brown Texas Flat Casual Ankle Boots B0176IG0IO ParentAllhqfashion Women's Low-Top Blend Materials Closed Toe Solid Boots B0177G7390 Parent , Spot On Ladies Knee High Heeled Boot F50366 - Black Other Material/Textile - UK Size 3 - EU Size 36 - US Size 5 B0177XVGZU Parent , 2 Lips Too Women's Too Louie Motorcycle Boot B01796V7IG Parent