AllhqFashion Soft Women's Soft AllhqFashion Heels Material Zipper Peep-Toe High Heels Solid Sandals B01HGN6XP4 Parent 9a382cc


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:

AllhqFashion Soft Women's Soft AllhqFashion Heels Material Zipper Peep-Toe High Heels Solid Sandals B01HGN6XP4 Parent 9a382cc -

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
    AllhqFashion Women's Solid Frosted Kitten Heels Open-Toe Buckle Sandals B01HI9TLQE Parent , AllhqFashion Women's High-Heels Patent Leather Solid Hook-and-loop Open Toe Sandals B01HI9TI5S Parent , AllhqFashion Women's PU Solid Pull-on Pointed Closed Toe High-Heels Sandals B01HI9TX6M ParentAllhqFashion Women's Low Heels Solid Pull On Open Toe Sandals B01HI9TRWM ParentAllhqfashion Women's Buckle High Heels Blend Materials Solid Open Toe Sandals, Purple, 36 B01HI9TXH6 ParentAllhqFashion Women's Buckle Kitten Heels Pu Assorted Color Open Toe Sandals B01HI9TY2K Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Patent Leather Hook-and-loop Open Toe High-Heels Solid Sandals B01HI9TYW0 Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Split Toe Low Heels Frosted Solid Buckle Sandals B01HI9TZPQ Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Buckle Split Toe No-Heel Satin Solid Sandals B01HI9U5ZK ParentAllhqFashion Women's Open Toe High Heels Soft Material Solid Buckle Sandals B01HI9U6N6 Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Solid Imitated Suede Spikes Stilettos Peep Toe Buckle Sandals B01HI9U7NA ParentAllhqFashion Women's Open-Toe Buckle Pu Solid High Heels Sandals B01HI9U8JI Parent , AllhqFashion Women's High Heels Solid Zipper Peep Toe Sandals B01HI9UAPA Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Buckle High Heels Blend Materials Solid Open Toe Sandals B01HI9UB22 Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Blend Materials Solid Zipper Open Toe High Heels Sandals B01HI9UB9A Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Frosted Buckle Open Toe Low Heels Solid Sandals B01HI9UF8C ParentAllhqFashion Women's Buckle High-Heels Blend Materials Solid Peep Toe Sandals B01HI9UI3O ParentAllhqFashion Women's Frosted Assorted Color Zipper Peep Toe High-Heels Sandals B01HI9US66 ParentAllhqFashion Women's Open Toe High-Heels Assorted Color Buckle Sandals B01HI9URBW Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Spikes Stilettos Solid Zipper Open Toe Sandals B01HI9UX02 ParentAllhqFashion Women's Pu Assorted Color Buckle Open Toe High-Heels Sandals B01HI9UTWO ParentAllhqFashion Women's Buckle Peep Toe Spikes Stilettos Blend Materials Solid Sandals B01HI9VE9G Parent , AllhqFashion Women's Patent Leather Round Closed Toe Low-heels Buckle Solid Sandals B01HI9V1KI ParentArray Womens Jazz Leather Closed Toe Mules B01HITH3TQ ParentAllhqFashion Women's Hook And Loop Open Toe High-Heels Solid Sandals B01HI9VJ78 ParentAgooLar Women's Patent Leather Hook-and-loop Peep Toe High-Heels Solid Sandals B01HJ8EFO2 Parent , AgooLar Women's Buckle Peep Toe Kitten-Heels PU Solid Sandals B01HJ8E2B8 Parent , AgooLar Women's Open Toe Hook-and-loop PU Solid High-Heels Sandals B01HJ8G3B0 Parent , AgooLar Women's Buckle PU High-Heels Assorted Colors Open Toe Sandals B01HJ8EK8S Parent ,