Ladola B07D1S81KK Womens Hollow Out Chunky Sandals Heels 20724 Square Heels Urethane Sandals DIU00515 B07D1S81KK Parent 8fec430




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:

Ladola B07D1S81KK Womens Hollow Out Chunky Sandals Heels 20724 Square Heels Urethane Sandals DIU00515 B07D1S81KK Parent 8fec430 - 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
    Fine Nice GSMN-T001 Womens New Fashion Wedding Bride Rhinestone Mid Heel Slip on Sandals B07D36W9B8 ParentLadola Womens Hollow Out Chunky Heels Platform Urethane Sandals DIU00567 B07D37CXNF Parent , Ladola Womens Chunky Heels Platform Slip-Resistant Urethane Sandals DIU00571 B07D37LBRS ParentLadola Womens Hollow Out Chunky Heels Buckle Cross Wristbands Urethane Sandals DIU00573 B07D37SMJ4 ParentLadola Womens Chunky Heels Metal Buckles Buckle Peep Toes Urethane Heeled Sandals DIU00553 B07D37P587 Parent , Ladola Womens Spikes Stilettos Cross Wristbands Platform Urethane Heeled Sandals DIU00560 B07D38BLCW Parent , LINYI Women's Sandals 2018 Summer New Gladiator Style Wedge High Heel Transparent Mules 34-40 Yards B07D38BPYT ParentLadola Womens Metal Buckles Jewels Slip-Resistant Urethane Sandals DIU00551 B07D38KQ4T ParentLadola Womens Chunky Heels Buckle Platform Urethane Sandals DIU00572 B07D38RPF3 Parent , Madden Girl Womens Leexi Fabric Open Toe Casual Strappy Sandals B07D3C6TFM ParentHB B649 Black Glitter Sandals B07D3FYQ9Q Parent , HB B646 Blue Shimmer Open-Toe Sandal B07D3GPV1G Parent , TheWhiteBrand Bambo Black White M0131BLACKWHITE, Sandals B07D3JKR32 Parent , Outdoor Slipper Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (36-47) (Color : Green, Size :... B07D3JMFCZ ParentOutdoor Slipper Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (36-47) (Color : Yellow, Size... B07D3JMFKV ParentGraffiti Slipper Outdoor Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (38-45) (Color : Blue... B07D3JQ2FZ ParentOutdoor Slipper Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (38-48) (Color : Beige, Size :... B07D3JVBLC Parent , Outdoor Slipper Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (36-47) (Color : Red, Size : 45) B07D3JXYW8 ParentOutdoor Slipper Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (38-48) (Color : Red, Size : 45) B07D3JY1Z1 Parent , Graffiti Slipper Outdoor Summer Beach Sandal Slipper Man/Women Big Size Couple's Slipper (38-45) (Color : Beige... B07D3K2WVY ParentMr/Ms Grunland CB1661 Slipper Women B07D3R3XWH Parent Promotion New design Exquisite workmanshipYMFIE Ladies summer simple fashion retro bandages toes flat bottomed sandals. B07D3RR8BW Parent , Lollyfox Brie Perspex Ankle Strap Sandal in Rose Gold B07D3RS88B Parent , Lollyfox Brie Perspex Ankle Strap Sandal in Black B07D3RT5WG ParentYMFIE 2018 summer ladies toes sandals antique simple fashion antiskid soft bottom sole slippers. B07D3RT5Z5 ParentImac Scarpe Donna Sandali in camoscio Grigio 107951-1976-018 B07D3T84VG ParentAa-nvliangxie Women sandals Women'S Sandals Summer Large Code Rome New Leisure Fish Mouth B07D3TBWVL Parent , WEIQI-Ladies Sandals/Summer Roman Sandals, Comfort/Non-Slip, Teen/Student, 3cm,34-41 B07D3TDCGQ ParentAa-nvliangxie Women sandals Women'S High Heel Sandals 2018 Rough And New B07D3TFRF5 Parent