MINITOO QJ6232 6.5 Women's Buckle nhta-29847 Leopard Suede Ballroom QJ6232 Latin Salsa Tango Dance Shoes UK 6.5 Parent B06Y48XW13 2d32700




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:

MINITOO QJ6232 6.5 Women's Buckle nhta-29847 Leopard Suede Ballroom QJ6232 Latin Salsa Tango Dance Shoes UK 6.5 Parent B06Y48XW13 2d32700 - 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
    J ÁHAYBER TELINA SHOE WHITE 39 Parent B076FC13YB , J ÁHAYBER TELINA SHOE WHITE 37 Parent B076FBSV3P , Rieker Women’s M6238 Hi-Top Trainers, Schwarz/Schwarz/Grey/Schwarz Parent B071YDVY1LJ ÁHAYBER TELINA SHOE WHITE 40 Parent B076FCJP26 , Gentleman/Lady Gabor Women’s Hi-Top Parent B00L42ISTS wholesale a variety of Modern and elegant , Lotto Women's Fitness Shoes N1212 Parent B0053CPNNO , Pantofola d'Oro Women’s Carla Slip on Donne Low Trainers Parent B01N9E5OS4 , New Balance 910v3, Women’s Trail Running Shoes Parent B01FSIUGA2Vans Unisex Old Skool (Leopard) Skate Shoe Parent B0779H5HT1Puma Women’s Enzo Nf Wn Sneaker Parent B072R79M9SWomen'S Sandals Comfort Nubuck Leather Summer Casual Comfort Ruby Black 4In-4 3/4In Parent B074L4DKPSSteve Madden Women's Altitude Fashion Sneaker Parent B01LXWG4FD , Skechers Womens Black 'Synergy 2.0 Mirror Image' Trainers Parent B07BW2HH42 , Rockport Women’s Emalyn Low-Top Sneakers Parent B01MED810TGeox Women’s D Happy C Low-Top Sneakers Parent B06Y1WBKS2 , RTRY Women'S Sandals Summer Comfort Pu Dress Chunky Heel Applique Black / Blue / Royal Blue Others Black Us7.5... Parent B074CWQH67Cesare Paciotti PPED2WTCA Sneakers Woman Parent B06XCPKHJCRTRY Women'S Sandals Summer Comfort Pu Dress Chunky Heel Applique Black/Blue/Royal Blue Others Black Us6.5-7/Eu37... Parent B074CX69QVRTRY Women'S Sandals Summer Comfort Pu Dress Chunky Heel Applique Black/Blue/Royal Blue Others Black Us8/Eu39/... Parent B074CWV89S , Diadora Women’s Playground Wn Gymnastics Shoes Parent B077ZC9TZS , RTRY Women'S Sandals Summer Comfort Pu Dress Chunky Heel Applique Black/Blue/Royal Blue Others Black Us5.5/Eu36... Parent B074CX6WTR , Ash Women's Lucky Knitted Trainers 41 EU White Parent B06XZQZGFY , NIKE WMNS Air Huarache Run - US 5W Parent B075Y1HFWG , Puma Women’s Dare WNS Speckles Sneaker, Asphalt Parent B0753DWD6JAsh Women's Lucky Knitted Trainers 39 EU White Parent B06Y14V1KMClarks Womens Brynn Harper Hi Top Trainers Parent B01H08H27S , Ms. Latin shoes/Baotou sequined dance shoes/Ballroom Dance Shoes/GB dance shoes Parent B0762GF22WDC Shoes Chelsea Tx Se, Women’s Low Parent B01N5KNARW , KUKI Women's Slippers Flip-flops Beach Slippers Parent B07BDP4PJ4