Halloween in Japan - A Splash of Humor on How Japanese Celebrate it

From time to time we get some cultural info. requests like, "Do Japanese celebrate Halloween?" The answer is they most certainly do. But not quite or at all the way it is traditionally celebrated in America or different countries. The Japanese have kind of done away with the whole "trick or treat" style of celebration where doors get knocked on with kids getting "tricked or treated".

Halloween in KobeHalloween in Japan in Kobe

Instead it definitely has a more adult feeling to it.
The one notable exception is suburban areas with large expatriate communities or Japan's famous Universal Studio Japan Halloween party.

You will also run into a few fall celebrations in various cities in early  October which will have haunted houses, costume contests, face painting and food booths. But Instead of the more traditionally celebrated  ghouls, goblins and pumpkin carving and display, Halloween in Japan is more or less for adults who just want a reason to party, have fun, dress up and take piles upon piles of pics. Just scroll down to see some of pictorial damage of the event.


Instead of having it take place in suburbs with kids racing around from house to house to get their treats it takes place in the streets of Japan with the unique twist that only the Japanese can give.The Japanese style Halloween in Tokyo or any other major city for that matter consists of adults getting trashed in bars and bar hopping from area bar to area bar and because of the slick and quick transit, from city to city. Really... why just party in Kobe when you can keep it rolling in Osaka later on?

Halloween in OsakaHalloween in Osaka at a Karaoke Bar

To many, Japanese girls it gives them the occasion to dress like Playboy bunnies and show their goodies, something they could never get away with on any other day.

While the men get to dress like their favorite celebrities and show off their six pack abs or crazy sense of humor without the social stigma of "being out of line",  "weird"  or socially dysfunctional in some way or another. There is no "out of line" because the line gets bent. And to be honest their aren't many other celebrations in fall so it just flat-out fits right in as the perfect reason to crack a cold one or twelve and paint the town red.

Halloween in Japan - Can't you Just Smell the Money?

Japanese in Halloween Darth Vader vs. Cute School GirlsIt must be Halloween. Japanese School girls and Darth Vader

Not to be left out of the financial loop, Halloween in Japan has been monetized well and brother we ain't kidding.  From the 100 yen shops donning full costumes, crazy wigs, face paint, hats, finger nails, Ninja costumes, bullet wounds, samurai swords, knives you name it and just about every kind of plastic mutilation device you can strap on, slip over and slip into.

Also, no stone left un-turned in the costume, makeup and accessory department as department stores gear up for the big event in late August.

And when we say "gear up" we mean it. From big monsters like Coca Cola (check out the pic on the left) down to smaller ones like chain coffee shops Starbucks and Tully's offering special little orange and black Halloween snacks to go with their coffee.

So if you want to treat yourself to seeing a different side of Japan, the kind that only this special holiday can bring out, then most definitely check out the pub and street scenes in any of the big cities to get an eye full of the wacky side of Japan.

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