Converse Womens UK, Chuck Taylor Hi All Star Textile Converse Hi Shoes, UK: 5.5 UK, Oxheart/Larkspur/Black Parent B00ITZC4TS dcd0e7b




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:

Converse Womens UK, Chuck Taylor Hi All Star Textile Converse Hi Shoes, UK: 5.5 UK, Oxheart/Larkspur/Black Parent B00ITZC4TS dcd0e7b - 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
    Zenzzle Womens Running Shoes Small Starts Rocket Pattern Print on for Ladies Outdoor Running Sneakers Parent B07CR4RFMV , Hogan Women's Trainers Beige Beige Parent B07DCR595N , Smilun Lady's Classic Derby Ankle Boot Suede and Smooth PU-Leather Shoes Round Toe Parent B01M3OGX44Flojos Women’s Peacock Walking Shoe, Grey Parent B015XDETAUWXMDDN Female Modern Dance Shoes Brown Dancing Shoes Female Adult 5cm High Heel Indoor Dance Shoes Soft Soles... Parent B077R38PV1 , ShangYi Women's Girl's Sandals Salsa / Samba/Latin Dance Shoes Satin / Sparkling Glitter Customized Heel (More... Parent B01G1G9G6U , Zenzzle flip-Flops Pattern Women's Running Shoes Casual Lightweight Athletic Sneakers US Size 36-45 Parent B0785ZXRG1Salabobo AQQ-6191 Womens Wedding Party Tango Peep Toe Mid Heel Satin Rhinestone Dance Shoes Parent B01NALHPPJ , Zenzzle Womens Running Shoes Colorful Small Flowers Pattern Print on for Ladies Outdoor Running Sneakers Parent B07CG4RLJBFYios Women'sHeels Spring Summer Club All Match Pump OL Style Shoes Gladiator Comfort Suede Office & Career Dress... Parent B074PMD21H , Man's/Woman's Every Sidewalk [Us Import] Parent B0002IQFYA Attractive and durable Stylish and charming comfortableWXMDDN Female Modern Dance Shoes Brown Dancing Shoes Female Adult 5cm High Heel Outdoor Dance Shoes Soft Soles... Parent B0784JW6GFConverse mens 150196F Chuck Taylor Ox Parent B010EGQOJ0 , Skechers Women’s Ultra Flex-Bright Horizon Trainers Parent B01MUD1P1Oadidas by Stella McCartney Women's Adizero Adios Sneakers Parent B06X9YG6N9 , Rieker Women’s L9404 Hi-Top Sneakers Parent B01J7ECOMQ , AVIA Women's Avi-Mania Track Shoe Parent B07169Y3WG , ShangYi Women's Girl's Sandals Latin / Salsa / Samba Dance Shoes Satin Customized Heel Black / Blue / Brown /... Parent B01G1GB6G8 , Holywin Womens Round Toe Square Heel Tassel Shoes Solid Color Slip-On Suede Snow Boots Parent B07HNFS9GQ , LHWY Women Round Toe Block Heel Tassel Shoes Solid Color Slip-on Suede Snow Boots Calf High-top Outdoor Casual Parent B07HHX9H1LFANQIANNAN Slippers Indoor Home Warm Cotton Slippers Winter Pineapple Grid Wooden Floor Slip Home Shoes Parent B07HLSSD7W , Softee Unisex Adults' Chancla Modelo Evy Flip Flops Parent B0746S83TY , Find Nice Womens Salsa Comfort Beginner Practice Latin Tango Cha-Cha Swing Ballroom Party Wedding Sudue Sole 3IN... Parent B07FH7FS9FZenzzle Womens Running Shoes Abstract Tribal Ethnic Pattern Print on for Ladies Outdoor Running Sneakers Parent B07CLCSHSPZenzzle Sheep and Snowflakes Print on Women's Running Shoes Casual Lightweight Athletic Sneakers US Size 6-15 Parent B07838HY7L , Geox Women’s D Illusion D Hi-Top Sneakers Parent B01M6V2V1LEsportsMJJ Bicycle Bike Front Basket Decoration For Children - Blue Parent B07FFTZRGQ , Regatta Eastmoor Mid Womens Lightweight Walking Hiking Boots Parent B009DFZ4K4ShangYi Women's Shoes Leatherette Flat Heel Slide / Comfort / Open Toe Sandals Dress / Casual Black / Yellow /... Parent B01FZJL54U