Skechers Women's D'Lite Air Air Women's D'Lite Casual Shoe Parent B01N084RZD 36ef9f3




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:

Skechers Women's D'Lite Air Air Women's D'Lite Casual Shoe Parent B01N084RZD 36ef9f3 - 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
    Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, Unisex Adults’ Sneakers Parent B01N3KIF6XShangYi Women's Dance Shoes Latin Satin Chunky Heel Black Parent B01FZJW814 , Geox Snake D0112B Ladies Trainer EU Size 36 Bronze Leather Parent B07C2SDKCMHROYL Women's Standard Latin/Modern/Samba/Chacha Dance Shoes Satin Ballroom W-806 Parent B078MYDTN1 , Asolo Women’s Asama ml Low Rise Hiking Shoes Parent B07B362LMX , Ruco Line Women's 4129FENZYNERO Silver/Black Fabric Hi Top Sneakers Parent B07DXL53FB , Crime London Women's Trainers White Bianco Perlato Parent B079FYPBLFSoftinos ICA388SOF Smooth/Suede, Women’s Trainers Parent B073MMSWTVVans Women’s Ward Suede Hi-Top Trainers Parent B07C8YCG9PSam Edelman Women's Pixie Fashion Sneaker Parent B01N6T4RDL , Nike Womens Accora RFLCT Trainers 807151 336 UK 3.5 EUR 36.5 US 6 Parent B01H4292PA , LvYuan-ggx Women's Heels Cashmere Summer Walking Hollow-out Stiletto Heel Black Beige Green Blushing Pink 3in-... Parent B074CXGZKPGentleman/Lady Ash Women’s As-Nikita Sneaker Parent B073JSX18Q Durable service Fine art Fair price , Latin dance shoes for children/Flat dance shoes/ children's dance shoes Parent B01NGUJCWW , HORNET BOTTICELLI Women's Sneakers Suede (4 UK / 37 EU, Green) Parent B06XGCPPCHHORNET BOTTICELLI Women's Sneakers Suede (6 UK / 39 EU, Green) Parent B06XGBLCQJSkechers Street Women's Women's Hi-Lite-Rhinestone Toe Cap Sneaker Parent B075ZZL2M3 , Bovake Barefoot Shoes, Soft Quick-Drying Rubber Aqua Breathable Lightweight Mesh Skin Walking Shoes - Swim Yoga... Parent B079HQJXNF , NIKE Womens Classic Cortez Nylon Womens 749864-008 Size 9.5 Parent B07D96FZXSGunn & Moore Original All-Rounder, Unisex Kids’ Cricket Shoes Parent B075NQS7T4Fleet And Foster Womens/Ladies Saturn Summer Sandals Parent B01EAUJ4UWWomen's Vintage Classic Sneakers Thick Sole Shoes Fashion Sneakers Blackish Green EU36 Parent B07H8KBQ4DZHZNVX Women's Shoes PU(Polyurethane) Spring/Summer Comfort Sneakers Flat Heel Closed Toe Black/Khaki Parent B07H3LG18LMen's/Women's CONVERSE Women’s Gymnastics Shoes Parent B076NGPXDZ quality Sufficient supply Fashion dynamicLaura Vita Women’s Denise 02 Trainers, Multicoloured Parent B0756TK8FZ , Holywin Fashion Womens Flock Shoes Casual Sports Shoes Winter Warm Within Velvet Shoes Parent B07HNFTFPROuneed- Women's Winter Warm Sports Shoes Mountain Casual Shoes Parent B07HKD5Z5JReebok Women’s Club C 85 Diamond Fitness Shoes, Black Parent B01MSR7NH2 , Man/Woman ECCO Women’s 450503 Trainers Parent B07CRNV339 flagship store Comfortable touch Seasonal hot sale