1TO9 Womens Boots Fringed Low-Top Zip B078JB5PVF Low-Heel Rubber Warm Warm Lining Fringed Road Nubuck Suede Ankle-Cuff Suede Boots MNS02411 B078JB5PVF Parent 0e920df




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:

1TO9 Womens Boots Fringed Low-Top Zip B078JB5PVF Low-Heel Rubber Warm Warm Lining Fringed Road Nubuck Suede Ankle-Cuff Suede Boots MNS02411 B078JB5PVF Parent 0e920df - 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
    AdeeSu Womens Slouch Square Heels Mid-Calf Urethane Boots SXC02471 B078KJ61JV Parent , AdeeSu Womens Square Heels Glitter Not_Water_Resistant Suede Boots SXC02483 B078KHP9TM ParentBalaMasa Womens Slip-Resistant Tassels Pointed-Toe Urethane Boots ABL10058 B078KKW87Y Parent , BalaMasa Womens Slip-Resistant Pointed-Toe Dress Urethane Boots ABL10060 B078KM93TH ParentBalaMasa Womens Wedges Slip-Resistant Fashion Urethane Boots ABL10059 B078KMCXKB ParentBalaMasa Womens Assorted Color Wedges Slip-Resistant Urethane Boots ABL10052 B078KN21GG Parent , BalaMasa Womens Comfort Slip-Resistant Retro Urethane Boots ABL10055 B078KMP833 Parent , BalaMasa Womens Wedges Slip-Resistant Pointed-Toe Urethane Boots ABL10051 B078KN76ZN Parent , BalaMasa Womens Platform Slip-Resistant Retro Urethane Boots ABL10064 B078KN2SWF Parent , BalaMasa Womens Wedges Platform Buckle Dress Urethane Boots ABL10050 B078KN8V23 ParentBalaMasa Womens Casual Slip-Resistant Tassels Urethane Boots ABL10049 B078KN4V8T Parent , BalaMasa Womens Casual Comfort Rhinestones Suede Boots ABL10047 B078KMLPPJ ParentBalaMasa Womens Casual Slip-Resistant Tassels Suede Boots ABL10048 B078KP3NYJ ParentBalaMasa Womens Platform Slip-Resistant Casual Urethane Boots ABL10088 B078LQWSBP Parent , BalaMasa Womens Assorted Color Wedges Slip-Resistant Urethane Boots ABL10053 B078KR6Y16 Parent , BalaMasa Womens Comfort Platform Slip-Resistant Casual Suede Boots ABL10078 B078L4YK2P ParentBalaMasa Womens Platform Buckle Pointed-Toe Casual Urethane Boots ABL10077 B078L2T9BN Parent , AdeeSu Womens Ruched Mid-Calf Sequins No-Closure Urethane Boots SXC02473 B078KFPGXV ParentBalaMasa Womens Fashion Slip-Resistant Comfort Suede Boots ABL10073 B078L6MKZ2 Parent , BalaMasa Womens Platform Slip-Resistant Glitter Suede Boots ABL10062 B078KQ1GCP ParentBalaMasa Womens Platform Slip-Resistant Buckle Suede Boots ABL10079 B078L7SGV4 ParentBalaMasa Womens Dress Pointed-Toe Buckle Urethane Boots ABL10076 B078L7B8RM ParentBalaMasa Womens Wedges Platform Slip-Resistant Urethane Boots ABL10103 B078LQCV7K Parent , BalaMasa Womens Casual Pointed-Toe Slip-Resistant Buckle Urethane Boots ABL10085 B078LQNJNS Parent , 1TO9 Womens Boots Closed-Toe Zip Low-Heel Warm Lining Waterproof Track Soft-Ground All-Weather Bootie Urethane... B078LPVKF8 Parent , 1TO9 Womens Boots Closed-Toe Zip Low-Heel Checkered Warm Lining Not_Water_Resistant Track Smooth Leather Urethane... B078LQQQ3R Parent , BalaMasa Womens Platform Slip-Resistant Casual Urethane Boots ABL10089 B078LRT1BN Parent , 1TO9 Womens Boots Closed-Toe No-Closure High-Heel Waterproof Warm Lining Solid Manmade Smooth Leather Cushioning... B078LRLVLQ Parent , BalaMasa Womens Slip-Resistant Round-Toe Casual Suede Boots ABL10091 B078LRWVSW Parent ,