PieSanto Removable Insole Sandal 180868 Comfort Sandal Shoe 180868 B07CP39K95 B07CP39K95 Parent 5902421


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:

PieSanto Removable Insole Sandal 180868 Comfort Sandal Shoe 180868 B07CP39K95 B07CP39K95 Parent 5902421 - 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


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
    Neosens S504 Restored Skin Ebony Cortese, Women’s T-Strap Sandals B01N7EV1Z4 Parent , Dune Women’'s Mylie Open Toe Sandals B07BJ2MG1C Parent , Nine West Women's Leslie Suede Dress Sandal B01K55M4JE ParentECCO Women’'s Babett Sandal Open Toe B00J9T6DCC Parent , Sam Edelman Women's Darlene Wedge Sandal B01M5FXTKR ParentPleaser Women’s Spiky-608mg Platform Sandals B007VQHBZI ParentPanama Jack Women’'s Dori Basics Open Toe Sandals B01M9G0MSG Parent , Corso Como Women's Joyce Espadrille Wedge Sandal B01M8OR53E ParentDavid Tate Women's Rosette Evening Sandal B002FB5V88 Parent , Gabor Women’s Comfort Heels Sandals B01M1BLODM Parent , Art Women’'s 0148 Memphis I Meet Open Toe Sandals B01NH0MSGC Parent , Calvin Klein Women's Ramona Wedge Sandal B01N9825I8 Parent , Nine West Womens 25033497 Fazzani Synthetic B076HMKC7Y Parent , Fitflop Women Fino Toe-Post Open Toe Sandals B01LWU1ARH Parent , Fitflop Women’'s Superlight Ringer Ankle Strap Sandals B06XPK62X5 ParentGabor Women’'s Fashion 65.764 Wedge Heels Sandals B01L36ZT5K Parent , Geox Women's D Amalitha G Open Toe Sandals B0766BCCW1 ParentPikolinos Women’s Cadaques W8k_v17 Wedge Heels Sandals B01M5GCHYP ParentDaya by Zendaya Women's Milo Dress Sandal B01K1J9UWI Parent , El Naturalista Women’s N327 Soft Grain Torcal Open-Toe Sandals B01MU9MG0V ParentGeox Women’'s D Mauvelle C Open Toe Sandals B0766DD3YV Parent , Fly London Women’'s Peke844fly Open Toe Sandals B077C48PMY Parent , Panama Jack Women’'s Vera Basics Open Toe Sandals B01M4O6Y7K Parent , Andre Assous Women's Elika Platform Sandal B01NCWVC31 ParentBadgley Mischka Jewel Women's Caroline Dress Sandal B01M5IOHPZ Parent , Pinup Couture Women’'s Bettie-19 Sandal B06XKYSJXK Parent , Desigual Women’'s Shoes_odisea Africa Bn Sling Back Sandals B075SB8ZXS ParentNeosens Women’s S941 Fantasy Geo Cream/Aurora Ankle Strap Sandals B076X6PDG9 ParentMjus Women’s 752013-0201-0002 Ankle Strap Sandals B076H4MVXG Parent