Famous for its festivals and cosplay events, Japan couldn’t miss October’s most important celebration. Halloween has been renowned around the globe for centuries, rapidly gaining fame even in countries where the celebration was “not a thing” up until now. Going from zero to hero, the event is now attracting not only Japanese people but also foreigners, making it one of the biggest festivals in autumn.
First celebrated by the Celts, when sacrifices to the deities were made in hope of a merciful winter, Halloween, in Japan, has nothing to do with its original purpose. Quite similar to Christmas, the event is highly commercialized in Japan. From the most epic street party in Shibuya, to the tastiest pumpkin latte, Halloween is a festival you cannot miss while in Japan. If you are a cosplay fan, then this is your time to shine.
From October 27th to October 31st the streets of Shibuya will be closed to vehicles, so make sure you find the scariest or cutest outfit, and wander around Tokyo taking photos with your favourite anime characters, try out the best monster cookies or even join a parade.
If you’re in for an all-night-party, then Roppongi is the place to go. With a variety of clubs, bars and official events to attend, there’s something spooky and fun for every soul. Even Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan are bringing out their scariest adventures, so if Halloween is your cup of tea, why not give Japan a chance this year?
Photo by Jen Theodore