ECCO Sandals Women’s Aquet nhta-30281 Ankle Strap Sandals Women’s B074CVV6XB Parent ede457d




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:

ECCO Sandals Women’s Aquet nhta-30281 Ankle Strap Sandals Women’s B074CVV6XB Parent ede457d - 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
    Gabor Fashion, Women’s Wedge Heels Sandals B01M70QSSU Parent , Filippa K Shoes Women’s Logan Open Toe Sandals B07BHCXV4Q Parent , Fly London Women’s Yech189fly Open Toe Sandals B077C3QDTN ParentHotter Women’s Viviene T-Bar Heels B07B9W4RBZ ParentGabor Shoes Women’s Comfort Sport Ankle Strap Sandals B0763V17DF Parent , ECCO KANA, Women’s Multisport Outdoor B0140WZ1JI ParentGabor Women’s Comfort Sport Open Toe Sandals B0763PYNZD ParentFly London Women’s Yand709fly Wedges B01LXKB9SI ParentECCO Women's Offroad Lite Sandals B01M2TXJRF Parent , Fly London Women’s Yail907fly Wedge Sandals B01LZ5I9QU Parent , Fly London Yogo Women's Wedge Sandals B001AE5Z2I Parent , Gabor Women’s Comfort Sport Ankle Strap Sandals B076224SL6 ParentArt Women’'s 0587 Mojave Mykonos Sandals with Flat Platform B01MS24QT9 ParentLumberjack Women’s Blanche Ankle Strap Sandals B077Y6XXK3 ParentPanama Jack Women’'s Sulia Sailor Open Toe Sandals B077TZLCTP Parent , N5181 Dolce Cuero/Tulip Leather Woman 37 Sandals Elastic B075LM9SRW ParentECCO Women's Women's Bluma Toggle Gladiator Sandal B01ELFZWGG Parent , Strive Womens Metallic Leather 'Faro' Sandals B07BZQNQ22 ParentCharles by Charles David Womens Intake B0100RG5J2 ParentLauren Ralph Lauren Women’'s Dayna Flat Sandal B074ZWP22F Parent , El Naturalista 5201 Womens Sandals B076BRJGQG ParentMarc Fisher LTD Women's Doris Sandal B014UZH8Q4 ParentSchutz Women's Freida Dress Sandal B00J2QXO42 ParentSchutz Women’s Sthefany Heeled Sandal B07524F4G6 ParentCole Haan Women’'s Penelope Wedge Ii Sandal B0743DHYD2 Parent , Poetic Licence by Irregular Choice Women’'s Moscow Mule Sling Back Sandals B0758HFRL4 ParentImagine Vince Camuto Women’s Dacia Heeled Sandal B074XGP7RM ParentSchutz Women's Monya Dress Sandal B015PS0F38 ParentPour La Victoire Women's Shanna B00NXSMLVW Parent