Melady Women Women Classic nhta-25374 Gladiator Parent Sandals B07CL2DTDP Parent 184efb3


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:

Melady Women Women Classic nhta-25374 Gladiator Parent Sandals B07CL2DTDP Parent 184efb3 -

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
    Ipanema Women's Fashion Diamond Sandal B07CN64T8H Parent , Aisun Women's Fashion Peep Toe High Block Heels Sandals B07CN68KCX ParentAicciAizzi Women High Heels Sandals Slip On B07CN73VYX ParentQIER-TX Summer character flip-flops female non-slip sandals fashion flat bottom ladies sandals and slippers B07CN9MGM9 Parent , TAOFFEN Women Fashion Open Back Mules Sandals B07CN8W7CP Parent , Aisun Women's New Buckled Medium Chunky Heels Sandals Shoes B07CNCR3Y7 Parent , AicciAizzi Women Peep Toe Sandals Shoes B07CNCQTKC Parent , Carolbar Women's Western Platform Block High Heel Zip Summer Sandals B07CNF85WF ParentYELLOW Sandals and Slippers for Women, Colour Black, Brand, Model Sandals and Slippers for Women Zombie Black B07CNZL47G Parent , JOJONUNU Women Fashion Flats Sandals B07CNFFNLL ParentTAOFFEN Women Sparkly Heels Mules Sandals B07CNDP1CC ParentAisun Women's Sweet Pointy Toe Ankle Strap Flowers Sandals Shoes B07CNH36VM ParentHUHU833 Fashion Women Rhinestone Open Toed High Heels Transparent Stiletto Sandals B07CNJ41D8 ParentSimply Be Womens Sole Diva Platform Sandal B07CNWVJGW ParentJOJONUNU Women Block Heel Office Sandals B07CNH68FX Parent , Simply Be Womens Heavenly Soles Jewel Sandals B07CNX4HZR Parent , TAOFFEN Women Fashion Wedge Heel Mules Sandals B07CNFTTMT Parent , TAOFFEN Women Peep Toe Sandals Shoes Bow B07CNZ84BP Parent , TAOFFEN Women Fashion Heels Mules Slip On B07CNZDS7B ParentTAOFFEN Women Open Toe Sandals Shoes Velcro B07CNYWQHX Parent , TAOFFEN Women Flats Sandals Beach Shoes B07CNZNT2S Parent , TAOFFEN Women Open Toe Mules Heels B07CP1NMFR Parent , TAOFFEN Women Peep Toe Sandals Shoes Slingback B07CP2CLBJ Parent , Coolcept Women Chunky Heel Sandals B07CP2D71Y Parent , RAZAMAZA Women Fashion Chunky Heel Sandals Platform B07CP2FDPM Parent , YELLOW Sandals and Slippers for Women, Colour Black, Brand, Model Sandals and Slippers for Women Londres Black B07CP4YKSB ParentCoolcept Women Fashion Chunky High Heel Sandals B07CP2HH83 ParentCoolcept Women Lovely Cross Strap Sandals Heels B07CP3HV39 Parent , RAZAMAZA Women Evening Block Heel Sandals B07CP46WYR Parent ,