Halloween Was Supposed To Be Virtual In Tokyo But Wasn't

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In years past, massive crowds descended on Tokyo’s Shibuya. But this year, with the global pandemic, things were supposed to be different. They were supposed to be virtual.

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Shibuya mayor Ken Hasebe, for example, asked people to avoid the area to prevent covid-19 clusters and instead visit a “virtual Shibuya” online to celebrate Halloween.

In the days leading up to October 31, there were even signs that read “Halloween Home.” Many people listened, but some did not.

There were still crowds (though, NHK reports fewer people in costume), as evident by Tomohiro Osaki’s photos—but certainly not the massive crush of people seen in previous years.

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Many of the people that descended on the area wore masks, but there were anti-mask demonstrations in front of Shibuya Station.

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While it’s true the numbers are certainly lower than in years past, people were supposed to stay home and enjoy festivities on their computers.

It wasn’t only in Shibuya where revelers came out, but also in other locations, such as Osaka’s Minami, where the crowds appeared even bigger than in Shibuya.

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For more, be sure to follow Ambroise Velvet, Tomohiro Osaki, and Kansai Photos on Twitter. Read Kansai Photo’s report right here.

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All tweets used with permission.

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

DISCUSSION

Not surprised there are stupid humans everywhere, I’m just surprised how Halloween seems to be huge in Japan. Even with all the American exposure from movies, and the fact it’s super easy to buy Halloween decorations too, it’s not a widespread thing in Brazil, it just never caught on. People know it exists and we even have a tentative translation (“Dia das Bruxas”, Day of the Witches), but I guess it just feels too foreign? No idea