SYYAN Women's Rome PU Open Hot Drilling B078PFP5BH nhta-30291 Open Toe Zipper Manual Pump Dress Sandals Gold B078PFP5BH Parent 5236c41


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:

SYYAN Women's Rome PU Open Hot Drilling B078PFP5BH nhta-30291 Open Toe Zipper Manual Pump Dress Sandals Gold B078PFP5BH Parent 5236c41 -

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
    KPHY Sandals Girls Summer Middle And Sea Fish Mouth Soft Bottom Rough Heel Middle-Aged Mom Leather Sandals. B07CP6QT4G ParentFila Women's Memory Foam Outreach Running Shoes; Grey (8.5 US) B079B93RGS ParentAWXJX women's flip flops summer Leatherette outdoor Non-slip Soft bottom student Casual Slope Pink A 6 US/36 EU... B07CPXMZW5 Parent , Cole Haan Womens Hollysam Low Top Velcro Running Sneaker B079GPY218 ParentL@YC Women's Sandals Comfort PU Summer Outdoor Comfort Stiletto Heel/Black B079GWWWBD Parent , L@YC Women's Heels Summer/Fall/Sandals Leather Wedding/Party & Evening/Dress The Stage Catwalk Shows/Black B079GX2DRV ParentDolce Vita Women’s Claire Slide Sandal B079H6JQM7 Parent , Dolce Vita Women’s King Slide Sandal B079J1G8PV ParentSkechers Women's Reggae Fest-Trail Dame-Scalloped Collar, Engineered Skech-Knit Slip-on Loafer, Natural, 9 M US B079JJXJ8X ParentHavaianas Flip Flops Women Slim Retro B079SX2CS4 ParentHarry Hall Womens/Ladies Eston Leather Paddock Boots B079SYJYPT ParentNorthside Womens Burke II-W Burke Ii-w B079TG79J9 Parent , adidas Superstar w Women's Sneakers, Brown (carnoc/Carbon/rosimp) B079W77GJR Parent , Teva Tirra Women's Walking Sandals - SS18-9 B079YK7D54 ParentXIAOLIN Ladies Slippers Leather Cork Outdoor Flip Flops Female Pearl Fashion Beach Sandals Color / size optional... B07BFVWSXT Parent , THE NORTH FACE Women’s W Litewave Fastpack Low Rise Hiking Boots B07B4JTGRV Parent , Women Transparent Mesh Boots New Charming Short Boots High Heels Ankle Boot Fhison Sandals B07B7FGJB3 Parent , Cavallo Unisex Entry Level Slim Boot, Black, Size 6 B07B9RSG96 Parent , Columbia Women’s Santiam Hiking Sandals B07BDP3N4L ParentMan/Woman Champion Women's Rival Slip-On B07BFKXZ7D Parent Various styles Good market TRUE , SHOESHAOGE The Girl Fine With Slotted Fasteners Exposed And Rough Like The Ultra-High With Sandals B07BGZ25F3 Parent , OME&QIUMEI Thick Slippers Girl Summer Wear Sandals In The Summer Streaks And Slotted B07CKSSK9W Parent , OME&QIUMEI Semi-Slippers Women'S Summer Dress With No Outside Followed By The Package Script Is And Students. B07CKVWNJW ParentOME&QIUMEI The Summer Slippers Summer Girls Wearing Outdoor Floor Thick With High-Heeled Slope. B07CKW1GD9 Parent , OME&QIUMEI Slippers Slopes With The Thick Sand In The Summer Sandals High-Heeled Women Outside The Summer Wear B07CKX8Q5C ParentOME&QIUMEI The Summer The Female Slippers To Wear Flat Non-Slip Sandals Outdoor Cold On The Beach. B07CKYB2QM ParentOME&QIUMEI Summer Sandals Girl Wearing A Flat Base Outdoor Slotted And Thick Students. B07CKYZP8S ParentAWXJX women's flip flops summer Thick bottom Outer wear High heel Comfortable B07CN7MRDG ParentAWXJX women's flip flops summer Slope waterproof Thick bottom High heel B07CNGB58J Parent