Carmela Women's Ankle Nappa Ankle Heel Parent Boots Boots B075M8DLXL Parent 9377f6a


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:

Carmela Women's Ankle Nappa Ankle Heel Parent Boots Boots B075M8DLXL Parent 9377f6a -

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
    Easemax Women's Comfy Side Zip Up Block Mid Heel Motor Ankle Boots B075S2PKTF ParentTommy Hilfiger Women’s Madeln-Wc Equestrian Boot B075S49GWB Parent , Easemax Women's Fashion Zip Up Square Toe Ankle Mid Chunky Heel Boots With Rivet B075S55YDY Parent , Women Ankle Boots black, (schwarz) STEFANY-123 BLACK B075S5RLC8 ParentRomika Apollo 08 Womens Waterproof Hiking Boots B075S8MDV2 Parent , PEDRO MIRALLES Women's Boots Black Black B075S8YRGJ ParentLaCrosse Woman Hampton 2 Rubberboots Leo II Print B075SJYJ9D Parent , Gentleman/Lady SPM Women's 21973254-01-13157-05106 Boots B075SKWGZM Parent High grade Brand unique , LaCrosse Woman Hampton 2 Rubberboots Bird Print B075SLH3WF Parent , Easemax Women Stylish Round Toe Mid Chunky Heel Ankle Boots B075SWTMF8 Parent , Easemax Women's Rivet Zip Up High Stiletto Heel Ankle Boots B075SWZXWF ParentRebecca White W17-ARW601 Texans Bikers Woman B075SYFJLN Parent , Men's/Women's Tamaris 1-25745-39 Womens Booties B075T7FPGM Parent Wear resistant Selected materials have funFemale winter snow boots leather warm flat in the boots double deduction casual shose B075T8XMK1 Parent , Women 's winter snow boots Colorful printing shose leather non - slip short boots ( Size : US:5.5\UK:4.5\EUR:36 ) B075TBG3C1 ParentLadies winter snow boots thicking plaid short boots B075TBJ63D Parent , KUKI fall single boots female boots side zipper boots large size women boots cheap boots B075WTR4HK Parent , Cressy Womens Boots, Colour Brown, Brand, Model Womens Boots 50301C Brown B075WWS7KM Parent , Easemax Women's Sweet Slip On Mid Chunky Heel Ankle High Boots With Rivets B075WY92VS ParentRavel Navy 'Tarrant' Ladies Chelsea Ankle Boots - UK 6 - EU 39 B075WZ2B2F ParentMan/Woman VIA 51 Women's Boots B075X1785Z Parent Beautiful design online shop International big nameDarkwood Womens/Ladies Walnut Water Resistant Warm Walking Ankle Boots B075X1GRTP ParentCafè Noir LNA942010390 010 Nero 39 vaccine Trousers B075X1LXL8 Parent , Cafè Noir LNA942010380 010 Nero 38 vaccine Trousers B075X1QP2S Parent , Cafè Noir LNA942010360 010 Nero 36 vaccine Trousers B075X2BRBV Parent , Hunter Women’s Wft1071rma Sct Wellington Boots B075XLJCQD Parent , Daniel Hechter Women's 7001-04nu Boots B075X2JPHH Parent , Alpe 3091 Ankle Boot with Straps B075XN1VV4 Parent , Steve Madden Women’s Geneva Combat Boot B075Y8TXW3 Parent ,