TAOFFEN Women's Flat 30236 Flat Court Shoes Parent B0791C7JGR Parent b5fcbf8




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:

TAOFFEN Women's Flat 30236 Flat Court Shoes Parent B0791C7JGR Parent b5fcbf8 - 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
    Yours Clothing Wide Fit Women's Embellished Court Shoes in Eee Fit Size 7EEE Black B07GQD38FC Parent , Darcy Leopard Print Microfibre Stilleto High Heel Pointed Court Shoes B07D3Y257K Parent , Aisun Women's Sexy High Stiletto Heels Faux Suede D-orsay Pumps Court Shoes B078N98JQC Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Round Closed Toe Pull On Solid High Heels Pu Pumps Shoes B01IKE66M8 ParentAllhqFashion Women's Round Closed Toe Pull On Pu Solid High Heels Pumps Shoes B01IKE2ZCS Parent , Kaloosh Women's Glitter Sexy Pointed Toe Kitten Heel Metallic Decoration Two-Piece Shoes B078K7K6KM Parent , Spritumn Women Pumps Elegant Rhinestone High Heels Platform Pumps Satin Wedding Court Shoes Sexy Thin Pointed... B07DPKPYZK Parent , RAZAMAZA Women Slip On Court Shoes B078YRTPLZ Parent , Miyoopark Women's Stiletto Slip-on Synthetic Bridal Wedding Pumps Formal Party Evening Prom Shoes B01M66L0JT ParentMarco Tozzi 29613-20 Pumps Leather B00BCNVSP0 ParentHooH Women's Pointed Toe Stiletto High Heel Pumps Red Sole B01HCKT5BU Parent , Emily Bridal Women Dress Shoes Crystal Chunky Heels Slip on Pumps Satin Shoes for Women B07C7848JB ParentCOOLCEPT Women High Heel Peep Toe Shoes B0798L9FN1 Parent , DecoStain Women's Causal Square Toe Metallic Decoration Chunky High Heels Pumps Court Party Evening Work Dress... B07BQF88ML Parent , Odomolor Women's PU Solid Zipper Round Closed Toe Kitten-Heels Pumps-Shoes B071L8NT51 Parent , Eve Baby Pink Faux Suede Stiletto High Heel Platform Court Shoes B07D3Y9C6Z ParentJOJONUNU Women Fashion Block Heel Court Shoes B07B2S2FBW ParentTAOFFEN Women's Stylish Pointed Toe Court Shoes B079ZJRH52 Parent , Allhqfashion Women's Low-Heels Patent Leather Pull-On Pumps-Shoes, FBUDD011121 B07H83VBHT ParentTAOFFEN Women's Pointed Toe Pumps Court Shoes B07BPQN951 Parent , JOJONUNU Women Fashion Thick Heel Court Shoes B07B2S4G59 Parent , AicciAizzi Women Block Heel Court Shoes B07CSPYXRY ParentEasemax Women's Elegant Faux Suede Mid Chunky Heel Square Toe Slip On Bowtie Court Shoes B07CRDFZB1 ParentWomens Rhinestone Court Shoes Heeled Peep Toe Slip On Wedding Dress Pumps Shiny Evening Bride Party Prom 5623-17 B07H5H1Y9H ParentCOOLCEPT Women Fashion Slip On Court Shoes Bowknot B078W1QW1V Parent , AgooLar Women's Round Closed Toe Low-heels Patent Leather Solid Pull-on Pumps-Shoes B01JZ3AUPW Parent , AgooLar Women's Solid Patent Leather High-Heels Closed-Toe Pull-On Court Shoes B07CWKKZXX Parent , Pearl Zebra Print Microfibre Stiletto High Heel Classic Court Shoes B07D3X62JQ ParentAllhqfashion Women's Spikes-Stilettos Solid Pointed-Toe Pumps-Shoes, FBUDC009975 B07H7DPP1B Parent