Halloween Turns Tokyo Into A Giant Street Party

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It’s Halloween. And in Tokyo, people are dressing up, people are getting together, and things are getting bonkers.

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Don’t believe me? Here are a mass of people singing PPAP in Shibuya.

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Okay, now you believe me.

A little over a decade ago, Halloween wasn’t much of a thing in Japan. But now, it most certainly is, with Tokyo’s Shibuya becoming a giant Halloween street party. There are also massive parades elsewhere across the country, most notably Kawasaki

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Shibuya draws the biggest crowds, it seems. And in Japan, Halloween isn’t just October 31, but people gather and celebrate it over the course of several days, especially during the weekend.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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koda89
Koda Kazar

Is it really any surprise that Japan has taken so well to Halloween? It’s another excuse for them to cosplay and have fun. :P

I am nevertheless impressed by how well many of these costumes are. Whereas here you just have swarms of people often wearing the same outfits(the army of Harley Quinns this year for example).