Skechers B076Q4NB37 Sport Women's Sneaker Women’s Women’s Ultra Flex-Capsule Sneaker Parent B076Q4NB37 d03ab50




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:

Skechers B076Q4NB37 Sport Women's Sneaker Women’s Women’s Ultra Flex-Capsule Sneaker Parent B076Q4NB37 d03ab50 - 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
    Nike WMNS Air Max 1 MID SNKRBT Ladies Shoes Black 685267 003, Size:40 Parent B0178H08V8 , WMNS AIR MAX 1 MID SNKRBT WOMENS Sneakers 685267-002 Parent B0178H08FY , MINITOO Ladies Printed Mesh Black Synthetic Latin Salsa Dance Sandals Formal Party Shoes UK 7.5 Parent B07DW98D1VMINITOO Ladies Printed Mesh Black Synthetic Latin Salsa Dance Sandals Formal Party Shoes UK 7 Parent B07DWDRSCV , Womens's Shoes Spring Summer New Linen Soles Rounded Toe Breathable Lazy Shoes Handmade Embroidery Flat Bottom... Parent B07CVH7YK4 , LIUXINDA-XZ Summer tide Beach shoes, women's summer, new fashion, cool drag muffin, thick beach, high beach slippers. Parent B07D286Q1V , ZEVONDA Surf Aqua Beach Swim Wetsuit Mens Womens Yoga Exercise Diving Snorkeling Swim Shoes Parent B07DMTDBW7 , Diadora Unisex Adults' Hawk 5 Gymnastics Shoes, 6 UK Parent B01CJG88MYPuma Women's Speed 300 Ignite Ankle-High Running Shoe Parent B01N6QDEWE , MDRW-Lady/Elegant/Work/Leisure/Spring 7 5Cm Suede High-Heeled Shoes With Coarse Point Fashion All-Match Golden... Parent B07BDK9JJJ , Nat-2 Womens Stack 4 in 1 Trainers Parent B004CCRS6QMan/Woman Festi-Gal Gold Parent B00CX6SFEC Diverse new design a variety of British temperamentZHZNVX Women's Shoes PU(Polyurethane) Fall Comfort Sneakers Flat Heel White/Black Parent B07H3MFL4G , Salabobo L018 Womens Sexy Professional Latin Wedding Party Prom Peep Toe Custom Heel PU Dance Shoes Parent B01JPCSAWI , snfgoij Ladies Hiking Shoes Women Lightweight Walking Shoes Breathable Running Shoes Mesh Sneakers Increased Comfort Parent B07CZBF318 , adidas Stan Smith Mens Trainers Parent B01C8UCXDG , RUGAI-UE A Simple Fashion All-Match Pointed High-Heeled Shoes Buckle Hairtail Mouth Sandals With Thin Woman Parent B072Q862STMINITOO L202 Women's Flare Heel Grey PU Leather Latin Salsa Ballroom Dance Shoes 2 UK Parent B0196P0FEUT.T-Q Women's Dance Shoes Satin Ballet Full Sole Flat Heel Pink Fuchsia Latin Sandals Salsa Jazz Tango Swing Practice... Parent B07DJB5HGS , MINITOO L202 Women's Flare Heel Grey PU Leather Latin Salsa Ballroom Dance Shoes 5.5 UK Parent B0196P0IOWMINITOO L202 Women's Flare Heel Grey PU Leather Latin Salsa Ballroom Dance Shoes 4 UK Parent B0196P0GXK , MINITOO L202 Women's Flare Heel Grey PU Leather Latin Salsa Ballroom Dance Shoes 7.5 UK Parent B0196P0M4SMINITOO L202 Women's Flare Heel Grey PU Leather Latin Salsa Ballroom Dance Shoes 7 UK Parent B0196P0L8AMINITOO L202 Women's Flare Heel PU Leather Latin Salsa Ballroom Dance Shoes Parent B0196P0MWU , Showudesigns Fashion Butterfly Slip 0n Sneaker Women's Mesh Summer Running Flat Shoes Parent B07DLZZKP4Gola Women’s Bullet Liberty Pp Grey Trainers Parent B078NHRXF1 , T.T-Q Women's Dance Shoes Modern Ballroom Leatherette Heel Silver Gold Latin Sandals Salsa Jazz Tango Swing Practice... Parent B07DLXTYQ1 , T.T-Q Women's Dance Shoes Satin Heels Heel Professional Other Black Latin Sandals Salsa Jazz Tango Swing Practice... Parent B07DLXR38Y , ZHZNVX Women's Shoes Rubber Spring/Fall Comfort Sneakers Flat Heel Round Toe Black/White / Black/Red Parent B07GZMWSK5