Slipper Casual Summer Wedding Shoes Anti-skid Cool 30269 Cool Sandals Female Summer Fashion Outdoor Wild (2 Colors Optional) (size... B07DXWJ8MR Parent 5ed434f


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:

Slipper Casual Summer Wedding Shoes Anti-skid Cool 30269 Cool Sandals Female Summer Fashion Outdoor Wild (2 Colors Optional) (size... B07DXWJ8MR Parent 5ed434f -

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
    KPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/In Summer 10Cm High-Heeled Shoes Women'S Shoes Word Belt Waterproof Platform Suede Fish... B07F88KHV5 Parent , KPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Summer Joking Women'S Slope Retro Waterproof Platform Hollowed Out One Word Buckle Comfortable... B07F87XBZN Parent , KPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Sexy 13Cm Super High Heel Thin And Shallow Shoes Waterproof Table A Word With Toes Fashion... B07F89R55C ParentKPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Summer Sandals And Sandals Waterproof Tables Comfortable And Thick Bottomed Cross Straps... B07F89BYM5 Parent , KPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Summer Sexy Thick Sandals Thick Bottom Thin Buckle Waterproof Table Toes 13Cm High Heels. B07F8BPMJZ Parent , KPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Women'S Sandals Summer Sexy Fish Mouth Waterproof Table High Heel Women'S Shoes Buckles... B07F89DTCT ParentKPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Baotou Sandals Women Fashion Bow Tie 10Cm High Heel Shoes Buckles Slender Sexy Wedding... B07F8GG92P ParentKPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/Temperament Sandals Summer Joker Dizzy Dyed Graffiti Wash Painting Personality Trend... B07F8FFK7D Parent , YUBINliangxie Sandals Genuine Leather Net Yarn Thick Bottom Loose Shoes Casual Mid Heel Flat Fish Mouth Female... B07F8RXZ1M Parent , KPHY Summer Women'S Shoes/9Cm High Heels Sandals Rough Heels Summer Shallow Mouth Buckles Fashion Sexy Toe Rivet... B07F8FFK7K ParentKPHY-Women's shoes/Fish Mouth 12Cm Super High Heel Shoes Waterproof Platform Thin Sandals Summer Sexy Lacquer... B07FC1RJMJ ParentSHOEES High Heel Sandals Tip Fine with the Summer Western Headdress Clasp Hollow Shallow Mouth Rome Fashion Shoes B07FBH5DK2 ParentKPHY-Women's shoes/In Summer 9Cm High Heels Fine Heels Fashion Sandals Transparent Bow Tie Sexy One Touch Women'S... B07FC3J2V7 ParentKPHY-Women's shoes/In Summer 13Cm Super High Heels Waterproof Tables Thin Sandals Hollowed Out One Word Buckle... B07FC2GDJN ParentKPHY-Women's shoes/In Summer 7Cm High-Heeled Shoes Fine Heels Fashion Sandals Middle And Sexy T-Shaped Buttons... B07FC48BSM Parent , KPHY-Women's shoes/Pointed 8Cm High Heel Shoes Fine Heels Fashion Sandals Diamond Sexy Word Belt Cat And Women'S... B07FC2Q68Y ParentKPHY-Women's shoes/In Summer 12Cm High Heels Waterproof Tables Thin Sandals Sexy Snakes Buckles Women'S Shoes. B07FC6YXZR Parent , KPHY-Women's shoes/Summer 9Cm High-Heeled Shoes Rough And Fashion Sandals Transparent Sexy Water Drill One Word... B07FC6HGVV Parent , DHG Summer casual retro muffin shoes, wild thick sandals, summer ladies sandals B07FF61VZR ParentRhinestone Sandals Women Flat Shoes Summer Beach Vacation (Color : BLACK, Size : 37) B07FC9JT1R Parent , DALL Court Shoes Thin Heels Summer Women's Shoes Black High Heels Slippers Sandals Shallow Mouth 10.7cm High (... B07FG1JWPY Parent , HAOYUXIANG Simple hundred-lap fashion color sandals pointed thick heel high heel leather shoes with a word buckle... B07FF9DXLP Parent , GTVERNH-12Cm High Heels Sandals Summer Thin Heel Fish Mouth Waterproof Platform Rivets Simple Belt Women'S Shoes. B07FG1KN9K ParentSandals Summer Open Toe Wedge Black Sexy Platform Wedges High Heels Thick Bottom Women's Shoes B07FG1MKM1 ParentSandals Amazing Summer Word Buckle Female Thick With Rhinestone With Women Shoes For Daily Shopping Trips (Color... B07FG221BG Parent , QINGTAOSHOP Women's Shoes Stiletto Heels Word Sandals Sexy Heels (Color : White, Size : 39) B07FG243FS Parent , QINGTAOSHOP Women/women's shoes/waterproof platform high-heeled sandals fish mouth open-toed high heels straw... B07FG267LK ParentDALL Court Shoes Pure Color Women's Shoes Coarse Heel High Heels Slippers Sandals Elegant And Comfortable 9cm... B07FG272DP ParentSandals Single Shoes Spring Summer Female Flat Retro Soft Bottom Oxford Shoes College Wind Small Leather Shoes... B07FGDBZ6T Parent