Japan trick or treating?

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.

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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.

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So during the months of September and October, you won’t find Christmas decorations in Japan, but instead…

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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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4 thoughts on “Japan trick or treating?

  1. Sadly Halloween’s not as big a deal in Japan as it might seem from the shops. You do see pumpkin decorations around and the usual Hello Kitty etc, but unless you work with kids you’re unlikely to really experience Halloween celebrations in Japan (well, except in foreigner bars!). I, however, spent two weeks dressed as a witch and one as an apple over three years in Japan. Whilst dressed as an apple I also had to stand outside my school with Minnie Mouse handing out flyers. Fun times… 😉


    1. Aww well that’s a little bit disappointing 😦 I guess you should never trust commercial marketing (u_u) I’m glad you had the Halloween spirit while you we’re there though! Although ちょっと大変だったみたいよね…


  2. Is it really common to see Xmas decorations in October in Europe?

    Too soon!

    In America, of course, October has Halloween decorations and then in November there are Thanksgiving decorations.
    You don’t usually see Xmas decorations until late November in America.

    When I first came to Japan in 1990, there was no Halloween at all here. It’s become bigger and bigger over the years here (still nothing like in America though 😉 ).
    Xmas has been a big holiday in Japan … but you don’t don’t see decorations for it until early November here (even that is too soon, I think).

    Well anyways, nice blog. Please feel free to comment on mine.


    1. Yes for some reason Xmas seems to come earlier and earlier each year! I can’t comment for the whole of Europe, but I’ve seen it in France and England. I think it’s because Halloween is not really as popular as in America, and well Thanksgiving doesn’t exist here. So they focus on the next big holiday.

      I’ve been told Xmas in Japan is different though, as it’s more of a couple’s holiday. Is that true?

      Thanks for commenting on my blog and feel free to do so anytime!


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