Sam Wedge Parent Edelman Brynn, Flat Women’s Flat Wedge Platform Sandals B015GIBXC4 Parent 239059d


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:

Sam Wedge Parent Edelman Brynn, Flat Women’s Flat Wedge Platform Sandals B015GIBXC4 Parent 239059d -

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
    Geox Domezia C, Women’s Heels Sandals B017BWJ76C Parent , Comfort Fashion Women's Fashion Sandals B079W63SWM Parent , HÖGL Women’s 5-10 7840 1800 Ankle Strap Sandals B077YK1MS6 Parent , Calvin Klein CK Jeans Women's Valeri Fisherman Sandal B00O8GAWM8 ParentPapillio Womens Cameron Pop Birko-Flor Sandals Narrow Pastel Blue Size EU 39 - UK L5.5 B079NRMFDJ ParentCobb Hill Rockport Women's Trista-CH Heeled Sandal B011VSURM0 Parent , Pepe Jeans Women’s Walker Anglaise 17 Sandals B01M07KDSD Parent , Byblos Women’s Daily Ankle Strap Sandals B01JGQS5UK ParentNine West Women's Yolo Satin Heeled Sandal B00XUMFOVK ParentSemler Women’s Dunja Ankle Strap Sandals, Rose B01MR1V68C ParentNF38 Dolce Cuero/Tulip Leather Woman 37 Sandals Elastic B076BSBLPB ParentKickers Atila, Women’s Heels Sandals B0745L9TP5 Parent , Pleaser Women’s Eclipse-601dm Open Toe Sandals B00B472MU4 ParentGaudì Women’s Clara Ankle Strap Sandals B0749VNWVJ Parent , Ganter Women’s Sonnica-e Hs Gladiator Sandals B074P6Y95X Parent , Ganter Goa-g, Women’s Heels Sandals B074P7GBH8 Parent , Vagabond Women’s Carol Open Toe Sandals B076T5JSTJ Parent , Berkemann Women’s Coletta Ankle Strap Sandals B074PZ2KVW ParentPLDM by Palladium Women’s Ficaria NAT Open Toe Sandals, Black B075NXB31G Parent , Men's/Women's Mentor Women’s Platform Sandals B0759NSHJ6 Parent Charming design luxurious CharacteristicsBunker Women’s Soul Open-Toe Sandals B01NCSFCUO ParentRondinaud Women’s Vero Open Toe Sandals B077NQPR16 ParentGanter Women 5-202823 Heels Sandals B074P7JBFK Parent , Antik Batik Women’s Pallas Open Toe Sandals B076WZ7ZFB ParentGadea Women’s 41072 Open Toe Sandals B077T676LR Parent , NF38 Dolce Cuero/Tulip Leather Woman 36 Sandals Elastic B076BQKY43 ParentMenbur Women’s Falvaterra Ankle Strap Sandals B0773V9GT2 Parent , NF38 Dolce Cuero/Tulip Leather Woman 40 Sandals Elastic B076BN3BFW Parent , Bianco Women’s Classic Suede Ankle Strap Sandals B076648HF9 Parent