Japan's Best Boring Halloween Costumes

Some people might try to outdo others with elaborate and showy costumes. But at this annual event in Japan, participants are trying to do something far simpler—boring, even.

This event is called “Jimi Halloween” (地味ハロウィン), with jimi (地味) meaning “mundane,” “plain,” or “subdued.” As Spoon & Tamago points out, this regular event was started by website Daily Portal Z back in 2014 by folks who felt that traditional Halloween costumes were too over-the-top for their tastes.

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This year’s get-together was held over the weekend. Here are some of the best mundane costumes.

Someone who cannot get a seat at the food court in the mall.

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The costume of a person wearing black clothing that has played with a cat.

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This woman is dressed as a person who is taking a photo of a meal.

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The person who cleans the escalator’s handrail.

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Someone about to win Old Maid.

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This man is dressed as a right-handed person.

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A person who is drinking a hot beverage.

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This is a costume of a person who would get mistaken as store staff at an eyeglasses shop.

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A studio assistant to a photographer taking children’s photos.

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A person who has just purchased an umbrella the moment it stops raining.

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When you get close to winning bingo, but don’t.

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A guy who can’t find where his seat is at the baseball stadium.

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Face-swapping your face with a Starbucks cup.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.