arnaldo toscani 8010507 Sandals 8010507 Women 22050 Brown 36 B07B2GK5YS B07B2GK5YS Parent c99b1e6


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:

arnaldo toscani 8010507 Sandals 8010507 Women 22050 Brown 36 B07B2GK5YS B07B2GK5YS Parent c99b1e6 -

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
    Gentleman/Lady Office Heartfelt Transparent Sandals B07BDJ7Q4B Parent High quality and low overhead High-quality materials Different styles and stylesLaura Vita Women's Bettino Leather Ankle Strap Sandals B07BF91TJB ParentJessica Simpson Women’s Plemy Heeled Sandal B07BF2HY7R Parent , FLYRCX Suede sexy sandals with high heels and high heels B07BDMRZLM ParentUnisa Sandals and Slippers for Women, Colour Bronze, Brand, Model Sandals and Slippers for Women MABRE EV KS Bronze B07BF9QVWF ParentMan's/Woman's Pleaser ADORE-709FS B07BFK9P21 Parent Quality products Selected materials Recommended today8cm, 10cm Black Europe and The United States Summer Pearl Foot Ring Buckle high Heels, Sexy Wild Pointed fine... B07BFB8SN6 ParentLaura Vita Dune 04 Womens Sandals B07BFFYJJ9 ParentMEILI Women buckle high heel sandals B07BFBNXDF Parent , Stonefly Sandals and Slippers for Women, Colour Black, Brand, Model Sandals and Slippers for Women Vanity III... B07BFB3C3C ParentCalaier Women Catxad Closed-Toe 7CM Block Heel Buckle Sandals Shoes B07BFC93DT ParentMen's/Women's Pleaser MOON-709CAT B07BFKHBBL Parent Customer first Affordable List of explosionsThe Art Company Art Company Art Mykonos 1262A Flatform Sandal With Ankle Strap EU 40/UK 7 Black B07BFG5LPY ParentCalaier Women Catxae Open-Toe 10.5CM Wedge Heel Buckle Sandals Shoes B07BFBXPYC Parent , Mr/Ms Pleaser BEAU-608T B07BFKB7L3 Parent Crazy price, Birmingham Elegant and sturdy packaging Beautiful and charmingMEILI Ladies buckle high-heeled sandals B07BFBL6KF Parent , Men's/Women's Pleaser MOON-708FLM B07BFKW77R Parent Elegant appearance Bright colors TRUEBC Footwear Women’s Here We Go Now Wedge Sandal B07BFRZRWN ParentDream Women's Wedge Sandals Fashion Sexy Open-toed High Heels B07BFVNTX3 Parent , Dream Sexy Suede High Heels Sexy Vintage Open-toed Ladies Sandals B07BFVPMPR ParentDream Black Elegant High Heel Open-Toe Sandals Summer Fashion Women's Wedges Sandals B07BFVXQ6V ParentDream Elegant Wedge Sandals Summer Open-Toe Platform Heels Platform Women's Sandals B07BFVXRY7 ParentSummer Women's Black Wedge Heel Sandals Fashion Velcro Peep-Toe High Heels B07BFVZ6J7 ParentSummer Women's Wedge Heel Sandals Fashion Velcro Peep-Toe High Heels B07BFW793X ParentZHUDJ 12Cm Super Heels In Spring With Fish Mouth Female Sandals B07BFWGJLV ParentZHUDJ 12Cm Super Heel Sandals Women Summer Spring Waterproof Platform With One Word Buckle Fish Mouth High Heels B07BFWHQH1 Parent , Easy Spirit Womens Explore24 Everso Sandals B07BFWXXZR ParentEasy Spirit Womens Hopelyn3 Hopelyn3 B07BFXJ8C5 ParentUnisa Sandals and Slippers for Women, Colour Light Brown, Brand, Model Sandals and Slippers for Women MABRE EV... B07BFY1KT4 Parent