As we enter the month of October, my Japanese friend asked me, “How come some shops are already decorating for Christmas? What about Halloween?”
Good question. (T . T)
Yes, it may seem a little early to start shopping and celebrating Christmas, but every single year it just seems to come earlier and earlier !?(･_･;? … Anyway. I explained to my friend that Halloween was actually quite an American holiday, and one that wasn’t as celebrated here in Europe. But apparently, Halloween is something that is increasingly becoming more and more popular in Japan. Which is why I have decided to look into this a bit more…
If you’re lucky enough to be in Japan at the moment, Universal Studios has opened up a Resident Evil attraction for its Halloween horror nights. The attraction promises an eerie maze of zombie infested streets. What better way to frighten yourself than to visit Raccoon City でしょう? But if that isn’t enough, you can always visit Fuji-Q Highland theme park, which hosts one of the scariest haunted houses in Japan, but also the world’s longest haunted walk-through.
Perhaps being scared half to death is not the best way to celebrate Halloween. Another option would be to take part in Japan’s biggest Halloween parade held in Kawasaki (Kanagawa prefecture), where all types of ghouls, witches and demons (and even anime characters!) take to the streets for an evening full of festivities. And being Japan, the costumes look incredible.
You can also see some more pictures by Danny Choo here.
Of course Halloween in Japan wouldn’t be Halloween in Japan if it didn’t have its own cultural touch.
Looks appetizing doesn’t it?
Halloween also becomes the perfect opportunity to release “Halloween themed” flavors, such as pumpkin flavor Kit Kat, or even Pumpkin pudding Baskin’ Robins ice cream.
So during the months of September and October, you won’t find Christmas decorations in Japan, but instead…
So what do we think of Halloween à la Japan style? Well, they’ve managed to adapt it so it includes cosplay, matsuri (festival) like events, creative food and flavors, and the infamous kawaii (cute) culture (even at Halloween). What more could you ask for!
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