Circus (US B07F7B47FQ by Sam Edelman Women's Jilly-5 Modern Ivory (Rose 27838 All Day) Fuzzy Fabric SM (US Women's Size 5-6) M B07F7B47FQ Parent a41adc9




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:

Circus (US B07F7B47FQ by Sam Edelman Women's Jilly-5 Modern Ivory (Rose 27838 All Day) Fuzzy Fabric SM (US Women's Size 5-6) M B07F7B47FQ Parent a41adc9 - 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
    Carmela Sandals Slippers Women, Colour Gold, Brand, Model Sandals Slippers Women 66185C Gold B07FDF69Q4 ParentClarks Women's Festival Fizz Fuchsia Nubuck Wide Fit E Slingback Sandals, UK 4.5/EU 37.5 B07FD85PG4 ParentYUBINliangxie Cool Drag Girl Wear Outside Fashion Harajuku Sandals Women Flat Wild Rome Sandals (Size : 37) B07FD88DWK Parent , Men's/Women's Carmela 066153 ORO B07FD9155G Parent Crazy price Online comfortable , 1TO9 Womens Chunky Heels Solid Peep-Toe Lambskin Slides Sandals MJS02709 B07FD31HR6 Parent , 1TO9 Womens Chunky Heels Buckle Peep-Toe Pleather Heeled Sandals MJS02680 B07FDBC8R2 Parent1TO9 Womens Wedges Platform Buckle Lambskin Platforms Sandals MJS02673 B07FDBFDDK Parent , 1TO9 Womens Wedges Platform Solid Suede Platforms Sandals MJS02705 B07FDBLWFW Parent , Carmela Sandals Slippers Women, Colour Brown, Brand, Model Sandals Slippers Women 66319C Brown B07FDF84NK ParentCarmela Sandals Slippers Women, Colour Grey, Brand, Model Sandals Slippers Women 66165C Grey B07FDF6C42 Parent , Angel love beauty Women's High Heel Sandals Suitable For Prom Wedding And Party (Size : 7UK) B07FG15WWT Parent , YMFIE Fashion leather open toe high heel sandals summer temperament elegant comfortable high heels B07FDKBHNV Parent , GRACE SHOES 56435 Wedge Sandals Women B07FDZ1R4C Parent , 1TO9 Womens Spikes Stilettos Buckle Peep-Toe Microfiber Heeled Sandals MJS02767 B07FF222B7 ParentDHG Spring clean ladies sandals, ladies webbed flats, pointed high singles B07FF5PGVW Parent , Men/Women Bionatura Memory doam Sandals B07FF4R93J Parent bargain Quality First a wide variety of goodsGRACE SHOES 56423 Wedge Sandals Women B07FF2FNWM ParentMERUMOTE Women's T-Straps Strappy Sandals Flat Rockstud Sandals Summer B07FF68SML ParentHunter Womens Original Leather Sandal Open Toe Casual Sport Sandals B07FFDYNBL Parent1TO9 Womens Rhinestones Platform Polyester Slides Sandals MJS02839 B07FFRZT3R Parent1TO9 Womens Zipper Chunky Heels Solid Lambskin Heeled Sandals MJS02840 B07FFTPRQC Parent , Summer Women's High Heel Sandals Rhinestones Straps High Heel Flowers Hollow Diamond Sandals B07FFT492X Parent , American and European Summer Course with high-heeled sandals cow split leather sandals roman sandals B07FG1G958 Parent , AJZGF Fashion Wild Flat-Bottomed Word Slippers, Flat Beach flip-Flops. B07FG1HDRX Parent , Sandals CJC High-Heeled Baotou High Heels Thin High Heels Fashion Rhinestone Simple Sexy Elegant Shallow Mouth B07FG1JBT5 Parent , 1TO9 Womens Non-Marking Cold Lining Solid Urethane Sandals MJS03086 B07FG1VQYV ParentLady Zipper High Heel Sandals Ankle Strap Mid Heel Fine Heel Comfortable Sandals For Middle-aged Women And Lovely... B07FG1V37X Parent1TO9 Womens Toggle Water_Resistant Dress Urethane Sandals MJS03092 B07FG1XZNK Parent , BalaMasa Womens Sandals Peep-Toe Peep-Toe Urethane Sandals ASL04848 B07FG1VWMT Parent