Golden Goose Sneakers Women's Shoes high top Golden top Leather Trainers Sneakers Slide Pink Parent B07H47VNQV f000c89


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:

Golden Goose Sneakers Women's Shoes high top Golden top Leather Trainers Sneakers Slide Pink Parent B07H47VNQV f000c89 -

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
    RUGAI-UE Summer Sandals Women Shallow Mouth Soft Flat Shoes Parent B073WT2885Ladies wear beach shoes, fashion flip flops, summer slip heels, foot slippers Parent B0743C4JY8 , Qingchunhuangtang@ Facebook women shoes linen slippers Parent B07C9RVHWN , Slippers HAIZHEN Women shoes 3cm/7cm Summer Female anti-skid handmade shoes/Leisure sandals/Sandals/Thick for... Parent B074P6RHCG , XINGMU Fisherman Shoes Straw Shoes Women Shoes Student Shoes Flax Shoes Parent B07F6CMG19FLYRCX Black herringbone lady summer simple fashionable personality outdoor antiskid beach shoes. Parent B07D6QMF53BTBTAV In The Summer Outdoor Anti-Slip With A Flat Base Cool Slippers European Code (39) Yellow Parent B07DLVBWSH , Qingchunhuangtang@ Cold slippers in spring and summer and high heel slippers Parent B07BSBVRY5Qingchunhuangtang@ Spring and summer slippers Baotou semi slippers thick bottom sandals Parent B07BSGWMHH , Summer simple fashion slippers, ladies slippers, non slip beach shoes Parent B0744F7J25 , WHLShoes Women's Sandals Wild Half Slipper Ms. Summer Flat Heel Wearable Slip Fashion Casual Parent B07DJB9YWYMan's/Woman's Tomorrow Never Comes Parent B0017HDN9U durable Let our goods go to the world Popular tide shoesAWXJX Summer women's flip flops Thick with Word trailer Open toe Outer wear Parent B07CNFKT1KSalomon Women's Medium Impact Bra – Ss16 Parent B01BNQ6ACG , Men/Women Happy Birthday Henry Parent B004KZPRUY Best-selling worldwide Beautiful appearance classic style , ITTXTTI Slippers female flat slippers female summer fashion wild bow wear non-slip slippers women sandals beach... Parent B07FQBY6YSShangYi Women's Shoes Fabric / Glitter Wedge Heel Wedges / Platform Sandals Dress / Casual Silver / Gold Parent B01FZJMM9C , Xue Qiqi In light of the low and women shoes marriage shoes Chinese bridal shoes tip light is low and red flowers. Parent B07D7B8XVZ , RUGAI-UE Flat Soft Sister Summer Sandals Women Flat Thbshoes Parent B073WVLW9TXue Qiqi Court shoes Round flat shoes shallow mouth square buckle with a single shoes female low-heel casual shoes... Parent B07DW6ZBDSPersonalized Flip Flop,Cute Arrows,Tribal Pattern,Abstract,Geometrical Pattern,Summer Flip Flop Parent B07F72KM4V , RUGAI-UE Summer Sandals Women Thick High-Heeled Shoes Retro Shoes Parent B073WT3Q87 , RUGAI-UE Butterfly Dew Toe Sandals Student Summer Buckle Women Leisure Shoes Parent B073WSZ6R5ZHOUBA Women Summer Flip Flops Wedge Heel Platform Sandals Shoes Anti-Slip Slippers Parent B07G3CJ6FD , RUGAI-UE Simple Wear Slippers Summer Fashion Women Bow Slippers Thick Parent B073WT95DDGentleman/Lady All-Match,Slip,Slope,With,Summer,Fashion,Sandals Parent B072R4T651 main category Modern design Tide shoes list , Man/Woman Thinking Out Loud Parent B000028EZR High quality and low overhead Environmentally friendly Contrary to the same paragraphLGK&FA Summer Women'S Sandals A Large Size Diamond Summer Sandals Fashion All-Match Retro Beach Shoe Buckle A... Parent B075M7K6VH , LIUXINDA-XZ Summer tide Summer sweet flowers, flat bottomed toe sandals, two wear flat sandals, flip flops, flip... Parent B07D282F6K