Alphabounce nhta-30223 Xeno Xeno Womens in by Black by Adidas Parent B01NGTPZYT 2c348c1




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:

Alphabounce nhta-30223 Xeno Xeno Womens in by Black by Adidas Parent B01NGTPZYT 2c348c1 - 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
    Homieco™ Womens Ladies Girls Kids Gymnastic Dancing Yoga Ballet Dance Shoes Parent B06XWBDC59 , Find Nice Womens Latin Dance Shoes Comfort Fashion Tango Cha-Cha Swing Ballroom Party Wedding Prom Sudue Sole... Parent B07FH7JDSZTosca Blu Women’s Funky Low-Top Sneakers Parent B079MHK5TJZCH new female ultra high heels fish mouth shoes suede buckle fine female sandals / party shoes , 37 Parent B074DWWHKYZCH new female ultra high heels fish mouth shoes suede buckle fine female sandals/party shoes, 36 Parent B074DVY39F , Puma Platform Veg Tan Naturel W Shoes Parent B07369CG8F , Agile By Rucoline Sneaker 1304 A Chambers Soft Blu Parent B07C8L5LDQ , New Balance WW813 Women US 11 2A White Walking Shoe Parent B00LBZ8JK6Dansko Women's Helen Fashion Sneaker, Black/White Suede, 37 European US Parent B01A06EQLM , PREMIATA Perforated Lucy 2949 Sneaker Parent B07FS9ZJ8H , Coloranimal Women's Jogging Running Walking Sneakers Lightweight Comfortable Flats Parent B07D7BGHWP , Converse Women's Chuck Taylor All Star Madison Low Top Sneaker Parent B07CR9JLMW , Vanessa Wu Women’s Emma Trainers Parent B07B17HSRW , Nike Women’s WMNS Air Max Thea PRM Low-Top Sneakers Parent B071DJJ8KM , Spring and summer fashionable high-heeled tip size, the hollow female sandals Parent B07CQXLFM2 , New Balance WW813 Women2A White Walking Shoe US 9 UK 7 Parent B00LBZ81VSFrye Women’s Melanie Perf Slip on Sneaker Parent B074QTM1Z2 , Nero Giardini P717253D Sneakers Women Parent B07G39XWMJ , CFP 8013 Womens Round Toe Block Heel Comfy Latin Salsa Lightweight Soft Pumps Dance Modern Shoes Pretty Rumba... Parent B071Y1KZ6QGentleman/Lady New Balance Womens Ws574v1 Parent B06XX92SM6 Guarantee quality and quantity Used in durability Explosive good goods , Man's/Woman's Freed Teaching Shoe Parent B00E4N0MYS Aesthetic appearance Orders are welcome Elegant and robust menuSkechers Women’s Go Walk 3 Low-Top Sneakers Parent B00KYCKOLOMan/Woman HEAD WOMEN'S BREEZE Parent B0187KGY9U Clever and practical a variety of Exquisite (processing) processing , NIKE Women’'s Air Max Siren Fitness Shoes Parent B00PZ7YLNKReebok Women’s Classic Leather Spirit Running Shoes, Sharing/White/Energy Parent B0171X135YSuperga Women’s 2750 Macrame Sneaker Parent B073ZNQBBKConverse Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Womens Trainers Parent B06Y2S8X7H , Women'S Sandals Mary Light Soles Pu Summer Casual Dress Walking Marylight Soles Buckle Flat Heel Black White Flat Parent B074L4Z5KVYMFIE Spring and summer ladies' slippers fashion simple antiskid beach and cool slippers Parent B07CDVMN9Y ,