Scared Silly: Is Japan finally taking Halloween seriously?

October 27, 2018
by Rakuten.today
Scared Silly: Is Japan finally taking Halloween seriously?

Japan loves to dress up. That’s one reason it might not seem so surprising to see the streets of Shibuya flooded with costumed hordes of young people every Halloween. But while we’ve grown used to seeing cosplay anime characters in Harajuku and Akihabara, the electrical stores hub, and retro-US costumes in Yoyogi Park on Sundays for a dance-fest, Halloween was something of a late arrival. Until as recently as 2009, October 31 was a rather niche occasion in Japan. “Halloween trains,” essentially flash mobs of (often intoxicated) foreigners in costume, were a time-honored tradition among the expat community since the […]

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