Gentlemen Glide/Ladies Reebok Royal Gentlemen/Ladies Glide Parent nhta-30268 B077RC7L33 Best-selling worldwide Attractive fashion Perfect processing e7c076b


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:

Gentlemen Glide/Ladies Reebok Royal Gentlemen/Ladies Glide Parent nhta-30268 B077RC7L33 Best-selling worldwide Attractive fashion Perfect processing e7c076b -

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
    Le Coq Sportif Women039;s Sports Shoes, Colour White, Brand, Model Women039;s Sports Shoes Lisa Metallic White Parent B075YGGVQ5Diadora Heritage Sneakers Trident Women - Suede (20117257401) UK Parent B07G58NDBRDiadora Heritage Women's 172574 60063 Cross Trainers Grey Grey 3.5 Parent B075DV5QR5Le Coq Sportif Women’s Dynacomf W Low-Top Sneakers Parent B00VLQ21ZO , ARKK Copenhagen Women's Raven Fg 2.0 Sneakers Parent B079P71D48 , K-Swiss Women’s Court Classico Fashion Sneaker Parent B01K8RUCNYMen's/Women's DKNY 23150401 Active CORE Parent B00WNEUG50 Innovative design Stylish and charming Seasonal promotion , Crocs Women’s Citilane Roka Metallic SLP W Sneaker Parent B071WCWRMVCapezio Unisex Adults' Arch and Extend Dance Shoe Parent B01N0TCS5Y , Mamum Women Stretch Fabric Ankle Boots, Women's Ladies Fashion High Heel Boots Ladies Classic Stretch Fabric Ankle... Parent B0787X642QRTRY Women'S Heels Comfort Fall Suede Dress Chunky Heel Coffee Black 2In-2 3/4In Parent B075MCFHTWQianliuk Women Running Shoes Gym Trainers Casual Comfortable Sports Shoes Parent B07GCNV1L8 , Geox D Contact a, Women’s Sneakers Parent B01MZ21UXHAdidas Women's Stan Smith W Casual Shoe Parent B00SVVA14U , Frye Women’s Gemma Kiltie Suede Fashion Sneaker, Navy, 6 M US Parent B0192AXNDERTRY Women'S Heels Light Soles Summer Fall Pu Casual Dress Stiletto Heel Burgundy Khaki Green Black 2In-2 3/4In Parent B075MCCPL2 , Royal RepubliQ Elpique Base Shoe, Women’s Trainers Parent B076C1NJCMVolcom Lookout SNDL, Women’s Flip Flops Parent B00LIHSBZ0Gentleman/Lady Bullboxer Women’s 962010e5l Trainers Parent B0767SS1ZD High quality and low overhead real Popular recommendationHogan Women's HXW2600AD70IQYB200 Silver Leather Sneakers Parent B07CQ7WLZ4PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 7 M US Parent B077SR8BFVPUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 10.5 M US Parent B077SP4XX1PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 10 M US Parent B077SP4JN1 , PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 6.5 M US Parent B077SS273X , PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 7.5 M US Parent B077SP5368PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 8 M US Parent B077SS2BRH , PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 8.5 M US Parent B077SS2BRKPUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 9 M US Parent B077SY8HZ9PUMA Women's Basket Heart Scallop Sneaker Black, 9.5 M US Parent B077ST6CLS ,