DASTI Women's with Iconic Sneakers Womens with a Timeless Style Sneakers Women's Parent B07D3WLPQF 52c71c4


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:

DASTI Women's with Iconic Sneakers Womens with a Timeless Style Sneakers Women's Parent B07D3WLPQF 52c71c4 - 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


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
    adidas Performance Womens Chilwa 2 Shower & Bath Shoes Parent B00J6595Z6Resplend ♥♥♥Leggings Women's Resplend Water Shoes One Size Parent B079MC7H9RSanuk Womens Yoga Glam Yoga Glam Parent B072WF1YHQMizuno Wave Elevation WOS, Women’s Competition Running Shoes Parent B00SBC64YKHogan Women's HXW00N0001035X9998 Grey Leather Sneakers Parent B07H94CFF8Skecher Street Women’s Hi-Lite-Bermuda Brights Sneaker Parent B074CP657T , ECCO Women's Gillian Casual Slip on Sneaker Parent B07753CQ2C , Sergio Tacchini Women’s Forher Ltx-Pony Cross Trainers Parent B07GK3CBBRSkecher Street Women's Hi-Lite-Bermuda Brights Sneaker, White Fuchsia, M US Parent B074CNLX22 , Men/Women Armani Jeans 925116 6A516 Parent B07G29XN9Q Many styles Moderate cost Seasonal hot sale , Steve Madden Women’s Nc-Sugar Sneaker Parent B0764553FR , LvYuan ggx Women's Heels Basic Pump Comfort PU Spring Casual Basic Pump Comfort Blushing Pink Green Black Under... Parent B074CYM5G2MOHAI Women's MIKYL Burgundy Leather Sneakers Parent B07GQNK3RBPinko Sneakers Women - (BLKS11H2084Y2KQ) UK Parent B06XJVMZ93Jimmy Choo Women's MIAMIVDGPLATINUM White Leather Sneakers Parent B07DMMDHY6 , Prada Women Shoes White Leather Pink Neoprene Sneaker with Wave Wedge 3E6264 Parent B07DCD2NN7Reef Women’s Miss J-Bay Flip Flops Parent B00VKM1P7Y , Bikkembergs Women's BKW101450 White Fabric Sneakers Parent B07BJL4WTWJ Slides Women's Perrie Sneaker Parent B076DZSP2K , Men/Women Ruff Kutz [VINYL] Parent B00TSOOWU8 Long-term reputation First batch of customers Outstanding styleadidas Zapatilla PW Tennis HU J FTWR Blanco T-3.5 Parent B07BLRT9SHVolcom Women's Forever and Ever Dress Sandal Parent B00LIHNISKPakhuis 4 Tires Pressure Monitor Indicator Valve Stem Cap Sensor Eye Alert Parent B013JSCIH2Mirak Ladies/Womens Ballet/Dance Shoes (Chrome Suede) Parent B00BTQ4S6Q , Roxy Women’s Tahiti V Flip-Flop Parent B075MKPXP8 , Man's/Woman's WMNS NIKE tanjun Parent B01NBWFC6R Excellent craft Medium cost Fine wild , Mirak Ballet Childrens/Kids Dance Shoes/Sports Shoes(Chrome Suede) Parent B00BTQ6BN4 , Gentleman/Lady Ash Sneaker Triton Black Parent B07GRZSBWP Excellent value Orders are welcome Excellent workmanshipSperry Top-Sider Bahama 2-Eye Washed, Women’s Low-Top Sneakers Parent B00L9DWUCS ,